DC Takes on FBI Spying on Black and Muslim Activism & Communities

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Activists gathered at the David A Clarke School of Law in Washington, DC to discuss FBI surveillance and infiltration of Black and Muslim activism and communities, and to develop a strategic plan to expose and bring an end to the worst FBI abuses.

The event featured a panel facilitated by DRAD’s executive director, Sue Udry that included prominent civil rights activists Nkechi Taifa, Barbara Arnwine, and Fatema Ahmad. Panelists talked about the long, painful, and often violent history of FBI activities directed at progressive and radical activism, particularly that aimed at Black and Muslim activists. They honed in on two current incarnations of FBI repression: the Black Identity Extremist intelligence assessment, and the Countering Violent Extremism program.

After the panel, participants broke into sessions on Congressional Advocacy; Digital Surveillance; Research and Grassroots Organizing to develop a strategic plan proposal. A final session, led by Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, brought the group back together to synthesize and come to consensus on the

The conference was organized by the Black Identity Extremism Abolition Collective, which includes Defending Rights & Dissent, National Conference of Black Lawyers, the Transformative Justice Coalition; Stop LAPD
Spying; and, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).