From Dec. 1-2, 2011, the Securing Our Rights in the Information Sharing Era: A convening on national security, surveillance and immigration enforcement brought together 175 organizers, policy advocates and community leaders from across the country together to better connect their work on the issues impacting their communities. Participants learned about existing data sharing programs and the different federal, public, and private agencies involved in these programs; developed their capacity to fight back; and connected with each other's areas of work. The thoughtful insights from participants in the conversations and sessions with speakers and with each other made it a vibrant and powerful convening.
Audio recordings of different panels, speeches, and workshops are available for listening. Please feel free to share the audio recordings from the convening with your members and allies. You can listen to the keynote address "Decline of Our Democracy in the Post 9/11 Decade" by Vince Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, the first plenary, "Privacy in Perspective: Implications of Government Surveillance on Human Rights and Civil Liberties" and more. Additional recordings will be released in the following weeks. If you have written or would like to write a short blog that about the convening – we'd love to post them on our website!
The convening would not have been possible without the support of co-hosts and extraordinary Planning Committee individuals. Thank you to these groups and their staff for their time in creating dynamic plenary and workshop sessions and for bringing together an amazing group of people together. We are also grateful to the Proteus Fund, the Akonadi Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Atlantic Philanthropies for contributing the resources to make this convening possible.
Co-hosts: Asian Law Caucus, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Muslim Advocates and Rights Working Group.
Planning Committee: Advancement Project, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU - San Diego, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Asian American Justice Center, Asian Law Caucus, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area, Detention Watch Network, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Muslim Advocates, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, National Network for Arab American Communities, South Asian Network and Thomas Cincotta.