[Ppnews] Criminalization of Dissent in Boston

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Homeland Security and the Criminalization of Dissent in Boston:

Police Surveillance, Secret Dossiers, and the DNC Cases

An evening of information and discussion concerning the Lafayette 8,
Richard Picariello, and the DNC3

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00pm
Community Church of Boston,
565 Boylston St. Boston
(Across the street from Copley Square)

What do the Lafayette 8, Richard Picariello and the DNC3 all have in
common?

All are activists arrested in or around Boston near or during the time
of the Democratic National Convention whose cases are now making their
way through the courts. In all three cases, political activists were
targeted for arrest under heightened police security and surveillance
using a joint local and federal police apparatus created under the
pre-text of "fighting terrorism." In all three cases, police and
prosecutors have used this same pretext for refusing to turn over
evidence and police intelligence related to the arrests. These cases
are part of a pattern under the system of Homeland Security: secret
evidence, secret information sharing, secret dossiers on people engaged
in all forms of political activity, and the criminalization of protest
under the pretext of "fighting terrorism."

Learn more about all three cases and about local police surveillance
and repression against activists. Information obtained through FOIA
petitions on behalf of Amer Jubran--a Palestinian activist arrested in
2003 and later forced to leave the country--will also be presented.
This will include a short film with clips from more than 12 police
surveillance tapes of local demonstrations, as well as evidence of
coordinated information sharing between local and federal police
agencies aimed at creating extensive files on people engaged in
political activities protected under the First Amendment.

There will be brief talks by Michael Auffinger of the Lafayette 8 and
representatives of the other defense cases,  as well as Richard Hugus
of the Amer Jubran Defense Committee, and Kazi Toure.

Sponsored by
Anarchist Black Cross of Boston
(www.anarchistblackcross.org)
and the New England Committee to Defend Palestine
(www.onepalestine.org)
¡Libertad a todos los presos políticos!

Jericho Boston
P.O. Box 1057
JP, MA 02130
www.jerichoboston.org
jericho_boston (at) yahoo (dot) com

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