A group of heavy hitters will gather in New Britain this weekend to discuss civil liberties in an age of surveillance.
The conference, organized by the Connecticut Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention, the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, the Council on American Islamic Relations in Connecticut and United Action-Connecticut, will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
Hundreds of activists from throughout the Northeast United States are expected to attend.
Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer-Prize winning former reporter for the New York Times, will deliver the keynote address. Hedges is the author of 12 books, and was a plaintiff in the historic lawsuit “Hedges vs. Obama,” a court challenge to the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Other participants include Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations of Michigan; Professor Khalilah Brown-Dean, author of “Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race, Crime, and Civil Death;” Tania Unzueta, National Day Laborer’s Organizing Committee; Ana Maria Cardenas, Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization / Pastors for Peace Project and Bruce Miller, Executive Board of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.
Also participating in the panel discussion are Robert King, a former Black Panther who spent 29 years in solitary confinement as one of the Angola 3; Lynne Jackson, of Project SALAM and the leader of the Journey for Justice in defense of Yassin Aref; and Brett Kaufmann, National Security Fellow in the ACLU’s National Security Project.
To register, go to www.ctstopindefinitedetention.com or by contacting Isa Mujahid (email@example.com or 860-471-8473), Mongi Dhaouadi (firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-514-8038) or Daniel Adam (email@example.com or 860-985-4576.)