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From Ferguson to Worcester: A Conversation about Policing and Race

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | Worcester

Stone Soup Worcester
4 King Street
6pm

Hear from activists working to keep police accountable at our open house discussion on policing and race.

Food and drinks will be served, and street parking and parking assistance will be available. Free and open to all. Please RSVP to rsvp@aclum.org, or contact Meaghan Giangregorio at 617.482.3170 x 339.



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Boston's "Countering Violent Extremism" Program:
The Dangers of Reliance on a Debunked Theory of Terrorism

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | Cambridge

Harvard Law School, Austin Hall 101
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
6:30pm

The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) pilot program, soon to be launched in Boston, is said to be aimed at deterring U.S. residents from joining "violent extremist" groups, but it may in fact endanger civil rights and prove counterproductive for our security.

Despite overwhelming empirical evidence to the contrary, the CVE framework of counterterrorism is rooted in theories that adopting "radical" ideas or pursuing other constitutionally protected behaviors (such as forms of worship) may be a first step toward terrorist violence, and that interventions may be implemented to prevent people from becoming "violent extremists." The announced Boston CVE program raises strong concerns among many civil rights advocates as well as counterterrorism experts about the ways that flawed models of so-called radicalization may undermine Constitutional rights, stigmatize certain individuals and sow distrust -- particularly between Muslims and federal authorities as well as internally within Muslim communities.

Speakers will include Faiza Patel and Michael German of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, and David Schanzer of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. The event is sponsored by The Harvard Law Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, the ACLU of Massachusetts, and the Brennan Center.

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Free and open to the public.


Forum on Solitary Confinement in Massachusetts Prisons

Sunday, December 7, 2014 | Concord

First Parish Church Unitarian
20 Lexington Road
11:30am

What are the effects of prolonged isolation? Why is it used so often in U.S. prisons, especially with the mentally ill?

Hear from State Senator James Eldridge, sponsor of An Act Relative to the Appropriate Use of Solitary Confinement; Dr. Stuart Grassian, psychiatrist and nationally recognized expert on the psychological effects of solitary confinement; and Leslie Walker, executive director of Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts.

This event is co-sponsored by the ACLU of Massachusetts and the Social Action Community of First Parish Concord. For more information, call 781.718.7640 or email amnestygroup15@gmail.com.


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