[News] From Cointelpro to Today: Cointelpro 101 - four screenings across England in June

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Tue May 29 10:59:11 EDT 2012


FROM COINTELPRO TO TODAY: HOW THE STATE FIGHTS "THE ENEMY WITHIN"

Come watch a new documentary about COINTELPRO, then listen to a panel 
of Brits and Americans reflect on how COINTELPRO-like policing and 
surveillance tactics affect their communities today. Two events in 
London, with additional events in Manchester and Leeds.  Hosted and 
funded by Cageprisoners.

Tuesday, 19 June at 6:30 pm at the British Film Institute (BFI), Blue Room
Thursday, 21 June at 8 pm at the Stratford Picture House, E15 1BX
Friday, 22 June in Manchester (details to be confirmed)
Saturday, 23 June in Leeds (details to be confirmed)
Please see below for more detailed information about all the events

COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series 
of covert and often illegal projects conducted by the United States 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from the late 1950s through the 
1970s, although many contest it ever ended. It was aimed at 
surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting community 
groups fighting for racial, economic and social justice, most 
infamously through its attacks on the Black Panthers.  Today, 
Muslims, people of colour, and activists on both sides of the 
Atlantic face similar tactics from the police and intelligence services.

COINTELPRO 101 is a new documentary which looks back on the 
experiences of the past, so that we can apply these lessons to the 
present. http://www.freedomarchives.org/Cointelpro.html

After the film, we'll be joined by American and British activists 
working to protect their communities.

Invited guests to travel with the film:

- Claude Marks, one of the filmmakers and activist for Puerto Rican 
independence.
- DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving), a New York City-based organization 
of working-class South Asians which has been at the forefront of 
organizing to challenge the NYC Police Department, for its widespread 
and illegal surveillance of Muslim communities, use of informants and 
agent-provocateurs, and Islamaphobic training materials.
- Ameena Qazi, Deputy Executive Director and Staff Attorney for the 
Council of American Relations - Los Angeles, which is filing a 
class-action lawsuit against the FBI for instructing an informant to 
collect information on hundreds and perhaps thousands of Muslims in 
Southern California.

We have four events across England:

Tuesday, 19 June at 6:30 pm at the British Film Institute (BFI), Blue Room
Chaired by Cageprisoners, featuring the Institute for Race Relations' 
Colin Prescod. This is a free event. Keep in mind that seating is 
very limited and first come, first serve.

Thursday, 21 June at 8 pm at the Stratford Picture House, E15 1BX
Chaired by the Newham Monitoring Project. Special focus on the impact 
of policing practices on East London during the upcoming Olympics. 
Tickets available from the box office at <tel:0871%20902%205740>0871 
902 5740 or online at 
<http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/stratford_london/>http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/stratford_london/.

Friday, 22 June in Manchester
Featuring family members of Munir Farooqi, one of the first British 
Muslims to be convicted of terrorism based on the actions and 
testimony of undercover policemen.  Also featuring Cageprisoners 
Director and Guantanamo Bay survivor Moazzam Begg.
(details to be confirmed)

Saturday, 23 June in Leeds
Featuring activists who knew Mark Kennedy, the undercover police 
officer who infiltrated and informed on protest groups for over seven years.
(details to be confirmed)

****If you have any questions/queries, contact Aviva Stahl at 
<mailto:aviva at cageprisoners.com>aviva at cageprisoners.com, mobile 
<tel:07562067775>07562067775.   Hosted and funded by Cageprisoners, a 
human rights organization dedicated to raising awareness about and 
defending the due process rights of people detained under the War on 
Terror.  Visit us at 
<http://www.cageprisoners.com/>http://www.Cageprisoners.com****



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