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Film Launch - COINTELPRO101

COINTELPRO101 is a new hard-hitting new documentary which blows the lid off every undercover tactic and method ever used by the FBI ... and their bag of subversive practices has been exported to the UK.  Find out how our very freedoms, liberties and rights are being eroded by the police and secret services on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
Tuesday, 19 June at 6:30 pm at the British Film Institute (BFI), Blue Room
Thursday, 21 June at 8 pm at the Stratford Picture House, E15 1BX
Friday, 22 June at 6:30 pm at Methodist Church Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ
Saturday, 23 June at 3:45 pm at the Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD
Please see below for more detailed information about all the events
 
COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series of covert and often illegal projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from the late 1950s through the 1970s, although many contest it ever ended. It was aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting community groups fighting for racial, economic and social justice, most infamously through its attacks on the Black Panthers.  TODAY, Muslims, people of colour, and activists in both the US and the UK, face similar tactics from the state.  
 
Join us to watch COINTELPRO101.  After the film, we'll be joined by American and British activists working to protect their communities.  
 
Panellists (vary by event):
- Claude Marks, one of the filmmakers and a prison justice activist.
- Monami Maulik, Executive Director, & Fahd Ahmed, Legal & Policy Director, from DRUM(Desis Rising Up & Moving), a New York City-based organization of working-class South Asians which has been at the forefront of organizing to challenge the NYC Police Department, for its widespread and illegal surveillance of Muslim communities, use of informants and agent-provocateurs, and Islamaphobic training materials.
- Ameena Qazi, Deputy Executive Director and Staff Attorney, from CAIR-LA (the Council of American Relations - Los Angeles), which is filing a class-action lawsuit against the FBI for instructing an informant to collect information on hundreds and perhaps thousands of Muslims in Southern California.
- Moazzam Begg, Guantanamo Bay survivor and Director of Cageprisoners
- Aviva Stahl, US Researcher for Cageprisoners
 
We have four events across England:
 
Tuesday, 19 June at 6:30 pm at the British Film Institute (BFI), Blue Room, Belvedere Road, South Bank London SE1 8XT
Chaired by Cageprisoners, featuring the Institute for Race Relations' Colin Prescod.
 
Thursday, 21 June at 8 pm at the Stratford Picture House, Salway Road London E15 1BX
Chaired by the Newham Monitoring Project. Special focus on the impact of policing practices on East London during the upcoming Olympics. Tickets available from the box office at             0871 902 5740       or online.
 
Friday, 22 June at 6:30 pm at Methodist Church Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ
Featuring family members of Munir Farooqi, one of the first British Muslims to be convicted of terrorism based on the actions and testimony of undercover policemen.    
 
Saturday, 23 June at 3:45 pm at the Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD
Featuring local community members who'll speak about the presence of undercover police in UK activist movements.  
 
***Except for the event in Stratford, all of the events are free.  Please register at  http://www.cageprisoners.com.  If you have any questions/queries, contact Aviva Stahl ataviva@cageprisoners.com, mobile 07562067775. Hosted by Cageprisoners.****

 

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