Upcoming Forum: Resisting Surveillance Chicago

Tuesday October 24th, 6-8PM
1344 S. Halsted

Join American Friends Service Committee and the Social Justice Initiative for an evening investigating surveillance programs in Chicago, and how communities are resisting these racist, invasive and dangerous practices.

From federal counter-terror to local policing efforts, surveillance practices feed the criminalization of Black communities and communities of color and expand the reach of the carceral state. At this event we’ll hear from organizers on the front lines of resisting surveillance in their communities, and the stakes of this work in this moment.

Speakers include:
JANAÉ BONSU, Black Youth Project 100

Janaé E. Bonsu is an activist-scholar and organizer based in Chicago. She is a member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), a national member-led organization of 18 to 35-year-old freedom fighters moving toward liberation through a Black Queer Feminist lens. Janaé has led the development of BYP100’s public policy agendas and is a member of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Policy Table. Janaé is also a Ph.D. student at Jane Addams College of Social work, where her work focuses on Black women, state violence, and alternatives to state intervention.

Arab American Action Network – Youth Organizing Campaign Rep

Spearheaded by the Youth Organizing Program at the Arab American Action Network, the Campaign to End Racial Profiling aims to end Racial Profiling, harassment and entrapment by law enforcement against Arabs and Muslims while connecting it to other oppressed communities. Efforts include organizing against the Suspicious Activities Reports (SARS) program.

NICOLE NGUYEN, University of Illinois at Chicago

Nicole Nguyen is on faculty at UIC. Her research examines how national security policies reorganize US public schools, criminalize non-dominant youth, and advance US empire. She currently is investigating how countering violent extremism programs treat Muslim youth as uniquely vulnerable to terrorist radicalization and pressure social service providers like counselors to identify and report potential youth terrorists.

**This space is wheelchair accessible, and bathrooms are gender-neutral.
**Refreshments will be available.
**Babies & children (and their noises) welcome in space, activities provided, though no formal childcare at this time.

Interested in co-sponsoring and spreading the word about this event? Have questions? Contact DSouthorn@afsc.org.

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