The Race Paper and Other Secret Documents: How the FBI and DHS are Surveilling and Criminalizing Black Protest


Add to My Calendar Thursday, August 2, 2018 10:30am to 11:45am


New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

Join CCR at Netroots Nation 2018 for this important discussion, which will take place in Room 210.

In 2017, under court order, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI turned over hundreds of pages of emails, reports, policies and other documents to the Center for Constitutional Rights and Color Of Change. These documents reveal government surveillance of the Movement for Black Lives, and Black activists and organizers. They show how federal agencies characterized protesters as “Black Supremacist Extremists” and portrayed protected First Amendment protest activity as inciting violence to justify surveillance. These documents also reveal for the first time the existence of a report produced by the DHS Intelligence and Analysis office called the “Race Paper” and that is entirely blacked out in reliance on the National Security Act.

Join us as we focus attention on law enforcement’s historic and current suspicion and targeting of Constitutionally-protected political speech and protest, and call for accountability.

Omar Farah, Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights
Brandi Collins-Dexter, Media Justice Director at Color Of Change
Tabitha Mustafa, founder of New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee and a Program Associate with the American Friends Service Committee.
Moderated by Marbre Stahly-Butts, Co-Director of Law for Black Lives

You can find out more about CCR’s work on our Color of Change v. DHS case page.

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July 20, 2018