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Events

Upcoming Events

June 22, 2012: Values into Action: Mobilizing Communities against Police Profiling
Phoenix, AZ
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, 232 AB

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar will participate in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's General Assembly. He will join UUSC associate for civil liberties Anna Bartlett to discuss how BORDC mobilizes diverse coalitions to provide enforceable legislative protections at the local level through the Local Civil Rights Restoration campaigns.

Recent Events

June 9, 2012: COINTELPRO 2.0: Surveillance, National Security, and Our Eroding Civil Liberties
Providence, RI
3:00 to 4:15 p.m. at the Providence Convention Center, Ballroom C

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar spoke in a panel discussion about surveillance and national security at Netroots Nation 2012. He was joined by Cyrus McGoldrick of CAIR-NY and Linda Sarsour of National Network for Arab American Communities. CAIR-SFBA Director Zahra Billoo moderated the panel.

April 21, 2012: New York Green Festival
New York, NY
12 noon at Javits Center North, Stage B

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar spoke at this event focusing on sustainability and social justice. His talk, "How We the People Can Restore Civil Liberties," will be held on Stage B on Saturday, April 21.

April 13-14, 2012: Winning Hearts and Minds
San Francisco, CA
Firehouse at Fort Mason Center

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar participated in a plenary session titled "Movement-Making: Tales from the Front Lines" alongside Natalie Foster of the Rebuild the Dream Movement and Angela Chan of the Asian Law Caucus.

March 16, 2012: Forcing the Agenda: Provoking Policy Reform through Legal Action and Community Collaboration
Chicago, IL
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar gave a keynote address at Loyola University Chicago School of Law's 2012 Public Interest Law Reporter Symposium.

For more information, visit the event website.

March 15, 2012: Occupy the Midwest Conference
St. Louis, MO
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Kiener Plaza (Market Street and 8th Street)

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar spoke at the Occupy the Midwest conference. His remarks focused on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and local opportunities to build resistance to military detention without trial, including ways to build transpartisan coalitions bringing together Occupy participants, Tea Party organizers, and others from across the political spectrum.

March 12, 2012: Civil Rights Trivia Night
Asheville, NC
7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Firestorm Cafe and Books

George Friday and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee hosted for an evening of fun, political discussion and an exploration of ways to build civil rights campaigns.

February 25, 2012: Community civil liberties discussion
Dallas, TX
2:00 p.m. at the Central Market Community Room, 5750 East Lovers Lane, Second Floor

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar spoke in a discussion on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the threats it poses to constitutional rights. The event was sponsored by Amnesty International, the Center on American-Islamic Relations, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

February 24, 2012: Constitution in 2020: Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens
Dallas, TX
12:15 p.m. at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

The American Constitution Society at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law hosted BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar to discuss national security, civil rights, and immigration issues.

February 23, 2012: Indefinite detention of US citizens? A bipartisan assault on the Bill of Rights
Fort Worth, TX
12:00 noon at Texas Wesleyan School of Law Lecture Hall

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar spoke in a discussion moderated by Sahar Aziz. The event focused on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the threats it poses to constitutional rights.

January 26, 2012: NDAA Teach-In
Northampton, MA
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main Street

Shahid Buttar, the Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, civil rights attorney, and a hip-hop/electronica MC; Chris Pyle, politics professor and former government whistleblower; and Emily Odgers, Northampton Human Rights Commissioner—along with the Preserving Our Civil Rights campaign—spoke at a teach-in on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a law recently signed by President Obama that allows the indefinite detention of American citizens.

January 24, 2012: Who’s Keeping an Eye on Big Brother? Civil Rights, Illegal State Surveillance, and the War on Terror
South Royalton, VT
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Vermont Law School, Yates Common Room, 164 Chelsea Street

The Vermont Law School Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild hosted a panel discussion about suspect government activities that continue to intrude on our constitutionally protected civil rights a decade after September 11th. Panelists will lead a guided discussion examining the appropriate balance between state security and civil rights. Afterward, please join us for activist workshops and enjoy light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

Panelists:

  • Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Thom Cincotta, Political Research Associates
  • Michael Price, Brennan Center

 

2011 Events

December 1-2, 2011: Securing Our Rights in the Information-Sharing Era
San Francisco, CA

The convening brought together organizers, policy experts, and community leaders to better connect our work. This was an opportune time for the "Securing Our Rights" convening. This year marks not only the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, but also 15 years since the passage of the "Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996," the bill that established the 287(g) program which later set the stage for Secure Communities program, and 40 years since the war on drugs was waged on low income communities and communities of color. The government has used each of these events to expand policies and invest in enforcement strategies that violate our civil liberties and human rights.

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar and Field Organizer George Friday both participated in panel discussions at this convening.

October 29, 2011: Citizens' Intervention "Enough is Enough" Rally
Washington, DC
11:30 a.m. to sunrise, US Capitol West Front Lawn

The Enough Is Enough Rally and Citizens Intervention is taking place at a magical moment in American history.  Thanks to the Occupy movements, we are finally talking about the struggles of the 99%, not manufactured political theater. RSVP

Speakers:

  • Thom Hartmann, Author and radio/TV host
  • Lawrence Lessig, Author and Harvard Law Professor
  • Buddy Roemer, Fmr. Louisiana Governor/GOP Presidential Candidate
  • Shahid Buttar and Chip Pitts, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Frances Moore Lappé, Author & Co-founder of Small Planet Institute
  • Robert Borosage, Campaign for America’s Future
  • Linda Killian, Journalist and Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholar
  • Jesse LaGreca, Occupy Wall Street
  • Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers of October 2011
  • Charlie Fink, Patriotic Millionaires
  • Lisa Graves, Center for Media and Democracy
  • Chris August, winner of World Poetry Slam Championship
  • Douglas Clopp, Common Cause
  • Mark Hays and Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Public Citizen
  • Eleanor LeCain, World Innovation Network
  • Gowri K, spoken word artist
  • Liz Prescott, spoken word artist

Live performances by Hip Hop Artist Obii Say, popular musician Troy Lush performing an original song written for the movement with a choir, band Emma's Revolution, Hip Hop dance group 5 Nation, Beltway Poetry Slam Adult Artists, Beltway Poetry Slam Youth Artists and more.

October 27-28, 2011: Advancing Justice Conference
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Kabuki

The Advancing Justice Conference is a national civil rights and social justice conference that aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders in one place to address a broad range of issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It serves as a unique forum where researchers, advocates, direct service providers and other leaders can meet face-to-face, talk about their common challenges and find ways to work collaboratively.

On Thursday, October 27, Shahid Buttar will participate in a panel discussion titled, “10 Year Anniversary of the USA (UN)PATRIOT Act” alongside Nura Maznavi of Muslim Advocates, Zahra Billoo of CAIR San Francisco Bay Area, and Veena Dubal of the Asian Law Caucus.

October 26, 2011: PATRIOT Act Tenth Anniversary event
Los Angeles, CA
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the ACLU of Southern California, 1313 West 8th Street

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California will host a panel discussion and call to action to mark the tenth anniversary of the USA PATRIOT Act and its impact on our communities. The discussion will be moderated by Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. Panelists include the following:

  • UCLA School of Law Professor Hiroshi Motomura
  • Ameena Qazi, Deputy Executive Director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • George Friday, National Field Organizer of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC)
  • Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU-SC

Light refreshments will be provided.

October 24, 2011: Speak-out and community forum on civil rights
Berkeley, CA
6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian-Universalists, 1924 Cedar at Bonita

The Coalition for a Safe Berkeley hosted a speak-out to unveil proposed city legislation to protect civil and human rights in the face of increasing federal surveillance, repression, deportations, and racial profiling. The speak-out featured testimony from Berkeley residents (and others) about their personal experiences with these abuses of civil and human rights. BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar joined Veena Dubal of the Asian Law Caucus and Cinthya Munoz of Just Cause in speaking at the event.

October 20, 2011: "Unpatriotic"
Seattle, WA
4:30 p.m. at Badgley Hall, University of Washington

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar spoke to a student audience at an event sponsored by the University of Washington's Muslim Students Association.

October 19, 2011: “How Concerned Communities Can Restore Civil Liberties"
Redmond, WA
7:00 p.m. at New Masjid (Masjid-Ar-Ramah – MAPS), 17550 NE 67th Court

Shahid Buttar, BORDC's executive director, spoke at an event sponsored by the Muslim Association of Puget Sound.

October 17, 2011: Opportunities for Change: How We the People Can Keep America Free
Portland, OR
6:30 p.m. at the Buchan Reception Room, First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Avenue

Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, spoke at Portland's First Unitarian Church in an event sponsored by the church's Peace Action Committee.

October 15, 2011: Ten Years in Afghanistan Rally, March, and Forum
Portland, OR
1:00 p.m. at Shemanski Park followed by 2:30 p.m. forum at the First Unitarian Church

Bill of Rights Defense Committee Executive Director Shahid Buttar spoke on civil liberties and human rights at this rally as well as the forum that follows it.

September 24, 2011: Is “Creeping Shariah” a Real Threat or a Trumped Up Scare Tactic?
Chevy Chase, MD
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Wisconsin Place Community Center, 5311 Friendship Blvd.

Have you heard about the “creeping Shariah” controversy?

Recently some have been pushing the idea that American Muslims are trying to take over the country and subvert the Constitution by implementing strict Islamic law known as Shariah. This idea has taken root in a number of state legislatures throughout the country, though it has been vigorously opposed by the ACLU and many Jewish, Muslim, and Christian groups. Former congressman and “Love Boat” actor Fred Grandy is a leader in the “creeping Shariah” movement. He was invited by the Chevy Chase Republicans Women’s Club to speak on September 24. Concerned residents of Montgomery County sought to engage Grandy or the members of the Republican Women's Club in a public debate so attendees could decide for themselves if the concern is justified or just an excuse to harass a minority community.

Invited Speakers:

  • Maryland State Senator & Professor of Constitutional Law, American University Jamie Raskin
  • Former Congressman Fred Grandy (or any designated representative)
  • National Legislative Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Corey Saylor
  • Executive Director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Shahid Buttar
  • Professor of African Studies, Howard University, Dr. Sulayman Nyang

September 24, 2011: Reclaiming power and defending our communities: How YOU can protect yourself from profiling and preemptive prosecution
Boston, MA
12:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

The panel presentation focused on how the "war on terror" climate and its exploitative legal practices in the federal justice system have affected civil liberties and human rights of Arab, Muslim, African American, South Asian, and all immigrant communities.

Representatives from the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), Project SALAM, Friends of Human Rights (FHR), Peace Thru Justice Foundation and others had a panel discussion about their political, social and legal campaigns around these very important issues to address how we can change these policies and build power for our communities.

Included in the panels were families who shared personal stories of struggles for justice. The goal of the program was to shed light on the conditions of families and communities suffering under the war on terror, mobilize our communities to change these repressive injunctions, and establish alliances across all communities for collective strength and positive social change.

September 16-18, 2011: MIC at 50
Charlottesville, VA
Friday at the Haven and Saturday and Sunday at Piedmont Virginia Community College

Our current wars and smaller military operations in over 100 other countries are part of what President Eisenhower warned of 50 years ago in speaking of the Military Industrial Complex. This conference will offer opportunities to evaluate the Military Industrial Complex and its effects.

More than 20 speakers led the discussion, planning, and organizing.  Speakers included Bill of Rights Defense Committee Field Organizer George Friday, former procurement executive and chief contracting officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bunnatine (Bunny) H. Greenhouse, retired Army Colonel Ann Wright, author Bruce Levine, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former Pentagon desk officer Karen Kwiatkowski, author Robert Jensen, international affairs analyst Helena Cobban, retired CIA officer Ray McGovern, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space Bruce Gagnon, author and West Point graduate Paul Chappell, and many more.

September 14, 2011: The Legal Landscape 10 Years After the September 11 Attacks
Springfield, MA
12:00 noon at Western New England University School of Law, Blake Law Center

Panelists Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and Kevin O'Regan, assistant US attorney, will discuss counterterrorism issues in the post-9/11 world. Bruce Miller will moderate the discussion.

September 12, 2011: Roundtable Discussion on 9/11
Washington, DC
12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th Street NW

Ralph Nader and Busboys & Poets hosted an unusual roundtable discussion on Monday, September 12, looking at the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in a forthright way that promotes forward thinking.

Nader recently suggested in a "USA Today" article that many Americans might want to pause to recognize—or unlearn—those reactions and overreactions to 9/11 that have gravely harmed our country and other regions abroad. He says we should do this so we don't allow such serial blowbacks in the future.

Roundtable participants included:

  • Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell and adjunct professor of government at William & Mary University;
  • Mike German, policy counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy at the ACLU and former FBI agent;
  • Bruce Fein, adjunct scholar with the American Enterprise Institute and former executive editor of World Intelligence Review.
  • Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and people's lawyer

September 12, 2011: Anti-Terrorism Law Post-9/11 and Its Impact on Civil Rights
Boston, MA
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Pierce Atwood LLP, 100 Summer Street, Boston

The New England Muslim Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston are pleased to present, "Anti-Terrorism Law Post-9/11 and Its Impact on Civil Rights," a panel discussion on how changes in law since 9/11 have affected the domestic civil rights landscape.

Panelists:

  • Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Aloke Chakravarty, National Security Attorney
  • Nancy Murray, Director of Education at ACLU of Massachusetts

RSVP to Neetu Sehgal at neetu.sehgal@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

September 8, 2011: September 11, 2001: A Retrospective
Washington, DC
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress

This program explored the event and its legacies, particularly for South Asian, Muslim, and Arab American communities with readings by and a Q&A session with four contributors to a special September 11-themed issue of The Asian American Literary Review (AALR).

The Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
Asian Division Foyer L J 149
(Capitol South metro stop, blue/orange lines)

Speakers:

  • Shahid Buttar, executive director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Vasudha Desikan, art editor for Left Turn Magazine and researcher for a labor union in Washington, DC
  • Pawan Dhingra, associate professor of Sociology and Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College
  • Deepa Iyer executive director, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

There was also a signing of the AALR special issue and a special display at the Asian Reading Room L J 150. The display at the Asian Reading Room included responses to 9/11 consisting of VIP letters of condolences to America, newspaper articles, books on 9/11 written in various Asian languages, poetry, and a photography essay titled “Sept 11, 2001 Chinatown, NYC.”

August 3, 2011: Civil Rights Trivia Night
Northampton, MA
6:00 p.m. at the Yellow Sofa, 24 Main Street

The Preserving Civil Rights campaign, which is co-sponsored by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, hosted an evening of civil rights trivia.

July 16, 2011: Resisting Profiling, Preemptive Prosecution, and Prisoner Abuse
Detroit, MI
2:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center

A citizens hearing to confront repression of human rights and civil liberties by the criminal justice system, with a reception at 2:30 p.m. and the program from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center at 13535 Livernois Avenue in Detroit.

A session on "Prosecutorial Persecution in the Criminal Justice System" will feature the following speakers:

  • Shahid Buttar, Executive Director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Steve Downs, Esq., National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms
  • Dawud Walid, CAIR-MI
  • Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire

There will also be a video presentation by Mel Underbakke, of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms.

A session on "Impact of Preemptive Prosecution on Families" will feature the following speakers:

  • Hedaya Jayyousi, Detroit, MI (CCR Plaintiff)
  • Tamer Mehenna, Boston, MA
  • Tom Burke, Grand Rapids, MI

The event is sponsored by the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) and cosponsored by Islamic House of Wisdom, US Human Rights Network, Michigan Emergency Coalition Against War and Injustice (MECAWI), Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), American Friends Service Committee-Michigan Criminal Justice Program, Families United For Justice In America (FUJA), Council on American Islamic Relations-CAIR-MI, Justice For Shifa and Haris Support Committee, Project SALAM, Friends of Human Rights, Muslim Center of Detroit, Peace Education Center, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
 
To RSVP, contact events@civilfreedoms.org. For more information visit www.civilfreedoms.org.

June 30, 2011: Nonprofits Profit at Madam's Organ
Washington, DC
5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Madam's Organ Blues Bar & Restaurant (2461 18th Street NW)

Every Thursday, Madam's Organ hosts a fundraiser for a different nonprofit in the DC area, and on June 30 the Bill of Rights Defense Committee was the beneficiary.

June 29, 2011: Civil Write-In
Northampton, MA
6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence (220 Main Street)

Attendees discussed the Preserving Our Civil Rights campaign and signed cards urging our local government to pass an ordinance protecting our civil rights. Then they delivered the cards to City Hall. . Sponsors of this event included the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the American Friends Service Committee, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

June 11, 2011: Hartford Community Forum
Hartford, CT
11:00 a.m. at the Parker Memorial Center

The Hartford Civil Rights Coalition hosted a community forum in the Parker Memorial Center at 11:00 a.m. on June 11. Participants learned about harmful federal surveillance and immigration policies, how they are affecting Hartford residents, and what we can do to fight back. Sponsoring organizations included the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union of CT, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of CT, and A Better Way Foundation.

June 1, 2011: Accountability Today—Preventing Torture Tomorrow
Washington, DC
6:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol Street

Nearly ten years since the beginning of the so-called “War on Terror,” not a single victim of the Bush administration’s torture program has had their day in court or received any meaningful redress from the United States. Both the White House and Congress have opposed efforts to establish a Commission of Inquiry and any independent criminal investigation into torture. Moreover, the United States has opposed every civil action brought against US officials, shutting the courthouse doors to victims of torture and other serious US violations of international law. Meanwhile, several countries have initiated their own investigations related to US-sponsored torture, isolating the United States in its failure to investigate torture crimes.

Keynote speech by Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and a torture survivor. Panelists include Amrit Singh, Senior Legal Office for National Security and Counterterrorism, Open Society Justice Initiative; and Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights.

Cosponsors: Alliance for Justice, American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Center for Constitutional Rights, Human Rights First, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Pax Christi USA, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Physicians for Human Rights, and Witness Against Torture.

May 26–28, 2011: Turning the Tide National Summit
Arlington, VA
George Mason University, Founders Hall

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network, together with members of the Inter-Alliance Dialogue (IAD) network and other national partners, hosted a three-day Summit to Turn the Tide from the criminalization of migrant communities to a world of dignity and respect.

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar presented in the "Criminalizing Communities of Color: Racial Profiling in the Name of National Security" panel, alongside Sian OFaolain, Sameera Hafiz, and Pabitra Benjamin of the Rights Working Group.

May 21, 2011: Building Bridges Workshop
Seattle, WA
8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street

How have Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians in the Seattle area been affected by the erosion of civil liberties since September 2001? How can local Unitarian-Universalist, Muslim, and other members of the Seattle-area community come together as allies to create a more just and supportive society?

This day-long bridge-building workshop addressed the civil-liberties violations happening at the local and national level and effective ways to address these violations.

The event planning committee includes American Muslims of Puget Sound, Council on American Islamic Relations, East Shore Unitarian Church, Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, Muslim Association of Puget Sound, and University Unitarian Church.

Presenters included representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union, local religious leaders, and national civil-liberties organizations. James Yee, former Muslim chaplain at Guantánamo Bay, delivered a keynote speech.

May 7, 2011: Carrying the Legacy, Advancing with Confidence
Independence, OH
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd.

Carrying the Legacy, Advancing with Confidence was the theme of the annual civil rights banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Cleveland chapter.

The keynote speakers were Chip Pitts, of Stanford and Oxford universities and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and Kareem Irfan, president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and former chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. Leaders and members of area Islamic societies and centers were in attendance.

May 6, 2011: UDC Eco/Justice Cafe
Washington, DC
4:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the UDC Firebird Inn, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Building 38, B-Level

The cafes support support area environmental and social justice activists, their organizations, and the UDC students and staff who are concerned about people and the planet. The Eco/Justice Cafe features friendly people, tabling organizations with important information and services, live music, relevant information, pool, video, great vegetarian and vegan food, beer & wine & softdrinks, a children's play/art area and more!

The special guest speaker/performer was Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and hip hop artist.  

April 16, 2011: Nation Magazine Discussion Group
Washington, DC
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Cleveland Park Public Library, Second Floor (3310 Conn. Ave.)

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar joined the group to discuss topics including domestic surveillance, the PATRIOT Act, COINTELPRO, and more.

April 9, 2011: Art and Activism
Amherst, MA
1:15 to 2:45 p.m. at Hampshire College

Artistic expression has been a powerful way for individuals, activists and educators to connect with other communities, make organizing and social change more accessible, and transform politics, culture and societies. Presenters will discuss their work and approaches to art as an avenue for political change. Speakers include Hira Nabi, Shahid Buttar, Cedar Firesong Robideau, Molly McLeod, and Elizabeth Brundage.

April 8, 2011: War & Peace: Challenging the Military Industrial Complex
Amherst, MA
4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Hampshire College

Anti-war activists explore the strategic use of human rights stories to justify military actions, the heavy toll of making war, and policy alternatives that arise in the struggle against militarism. Speakers include Norma Akamatsu, Shahid Buttar, Anissa Helie, Jo Comerford, and Paul Chappell.

April 7, 2011: "COINTELPRO 2.0" lunch discussion with BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar
Chicago, IL
11:50 a.m. in DePaul Law School, Room 903 (25 E. Jackson Boulevard)
Lunch will be served.

April 6, 2011: "COINTELPRO 2.0" **discussion with BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar
Chicago, IL
6 p.m. in John Marshall Law School, Room 201 (315 S. Plymouth Court)

April 5, 2011: "COINTELPRO 2.0" lunch discussion with BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar
Chicago, IL
12 noon in Chicago-Kent Law School, Room 580 (565 W. Adams Street)

April 4, 2011: Lunch talk with Shahid Buttar and Prof. Aziz Huq
Chicago, IL
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at University of Chicago Law School, Room V (1111 E. 60th Street)

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar and Professor Aziz Huq, a member of BORDC's advisory board, hosted a lunch talk sponsored by the American Constitution Society, the National Lawyers Guild, and the South Asian Bar Association.

March 30, 2011: U.S. Detention Policies a Decade After 9/11: Two Perspectives on National Security
Springfield, MA
12 noon at Western New England College of Law

Speakers:

  • Pardiss Kebriaei is staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights. Her work focuses on representing men detained at Guantánamo Bay in their habeas corpus challenges, before international human rights tribunals, in diplomatic advocacy with foreign governments to secure resettlement for men who cannot return home, and in post-release reintegration efforts.
  • Michael Sullivan was appointed U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts in 2001. During his tenure, he prosecuted terrorism suspect Richard Reid. From 2006 to 2009, he was acting director and later director of the FBI’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  He currently heads the Boston law office of Ashcroft Sullivan LLC.

Event sponsors included Pioneer Valley No More Guantánamos, the WNEC chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, the WNEC chapter of the Federalist Society, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

March 30, 2011: U.S. Detention Policies a Decade After 9/11: Two Perspectives on National Security
Northampton, MA
7 p.m. at Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College

Speakers:

  • Pardiss Kebriaei is staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights. Her work focuses on representing men detained at Guantánamo Bay in their habeas corpus challenges, before international human rights tribunals, in diplomatic advocacy with foreign governments to secure resettlement for men who cannot return home, and in post-release reintegration efforts.
  • Michael Sullivan was appointed U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts in 2001. During his tenure, he prosecuted terrorism suspect Richard Reid. From 2006 to 2009, he was acting director and later director of the FBI’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  He currently heads the Boston law office of Ashcroft Sullivan LLC.

Event sponsors include Pioneer Valley No More Guantánamos, the Smith College Government Department, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

March 14, 2011: Middle East: Global Implications of Democratic Uprisings
Washington, DC
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Carnegie Endowment for National Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Speakers:

  • Shahid Buttar, executive director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, professor of International Relations and direcotr of the Centre for the Global South at American University
  • Ambassador Karamat Ullah Gohri, former Pakistani ambassador

This event was part of the American Muslim Alliance Foundation's Monthly Policy Forum series.

February 27, 2011: Normalizing Crisis Mode: The Perpetual Erosion of Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Dallas, TX
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall, Southern Methodist University

Chip Pitts, former president of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee board of directors and lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and Oxford University, discussed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), body-scanners and related measures, the FBI's stepped-up investigations of anti-war, peace, and civil rights groups, wasteful and ineffective spending by the military/industrial/ surveillance complex, and how the decline in the objective rule of law increases room for arbitrary, subjective detection.

Other featured speakers:

  • Rev. Holsey Hickman, witness to historical erosion of civil liberties
  • Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights
  • Adriana Cadena, coordinator of the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance
  • Matt Simpson, policy strategist with the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Khalil Meek, executive director of the Muslim Legal Fund of America

January 29, 2011: The Loss of Civil Freedoms in America
Washington, DC
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library

Panel I:  Prosecuting Thought Crimes and Manufactured Charges

  • Prof. Sahar Aziz, Georgetown Law Center
  • Steve Downs, Project SALAM

Panel II:  Profiling and the Erosion of Civil Freedoms

  • Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Mike German, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Corey Saylor, Council on American-Islamic Relations (invited)

Panel III: Unequal Treatment and Victim Families Testimonies

  • Shaker Elsayed, Universal Justice Foundation
  • Padriss Kebriaei, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Faisal Hashmi, Muslim Justice Initiative
  • A member from the Duka, Elashi, and Abu Ali Families

January 27, 2011: Grassroots Lobby Day
Washington, DC
Capitol Hill

Grassroots constitutionalists from across the country and political spectrum gathered on Capitol Hill to bring our concerns to our members of Congress. The lobby day took place as Congress prepared to once again consider reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act.

The lobby day included a morning briefing, meetings with members of Congress, and an afternoon debrief.

January 18, 2011: Panel Discussion on the 2008 Attorney General Guidelines
Washington, DC
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Gold Room in the Cannon House Office Building

The Brennan Center for Justice hdld a discussion to mark the release of their new report: Domestic Intelligence: New Powers, New Risks. The report raises concerns about the implementation of the 2008 Attorney General's Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations and  meaningful oversight of domestic counterterrorism efforts. The panel discussed domestic intelligence gathering, the needs of law enforcement and the impact on Muslim communities.

Panelists included the following:

  • Representative Rush Holt, chairman, Select Oversight Intelligence Panel (2007 -2010)
  • Valerie E. Caproni, general counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Emily Berman, author, Domestic Intelligence: New Powers, New Risks
  • Shahid Buttar, executive director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Michael Isikoff, national investigative correspondent, NBC (moderator)

The panel was moderated by Carrie Johnson, Justice Correspondent, National Public Radio.

January 17, 2011: Solidarity with whistleblower Bradley Manning
Washington, DC
12 noon at FBI Headquarters

This event on Martin Luther King Day began with a 12 noon protest at the FBI Headquarters (935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). Protestors then traveled to the Quantico Marine Base where Manning is being held for a protest at Quantico at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Sue Udry.

January 17, 2011: Preserving Our Civil Rights Today
Northampton, MA
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Edwards Church

The American Friends Service Committee hosted presentations and performances on MLK, Jr. Day. This celebration also kicked off of a regional campaign to keep intact the rights of everyone in our communities, given assaults on immigrant rights, FBI raids on activists, and confronting the legacy of racism in the United States.

  • Featuring soloist Evelyn Harris
  • Hear from a range of community organizers from Northampton to Hartford about contemporary barriers to civil rights

This event was co-sponsored by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

January 15, 2011: Islamophobia and Beyond: Challenging the Politics of Exclusion in America
Washington, DC
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 1390 V St. NW

Islamophobia reached a new low this past year in America, with the controversy over the so-called Ground Zero mosque, Burn a Quran day, the fallout over Juan Williams' controversial comments about Muslims, and the rampant bigotry in the 2010 mid-terms elections. This panel discussion on the legal implications of this phenomenon, the role of the media, and the efforts of political leaders to use marginalization as a campaign strategy covered how Islamophobia spread over the past decade, how this trend threatens other communities, and ways to counter it.

Panelists:

  • Faiz Shakir, vice president at the Center for American Progress (moderator)
  • Shahid Buttar, civil liberties lawyer and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Wajahat Ali, playwright and essayist
  • Fouad Pervez, Foreign Policy in Focus contributor
  • Corey Saylor, director of government affairs at the Council on American-Islamic Relations Corey Saylor

This event was sponsored by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Center for American Progress, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

January 6, 2011: The Stripping of Freedom: A Careful Scan of TSA Security Procedures
Washington, DC
8:30 a.m. at the Carnegie Institute for Science

This one-day public conference was devoted to an assessment of the TSA airport security procedures and recommendations for reform. Experts in law, aviation security, and health safety, advocates for flyers rights, privacy protection, and religious freedom, as well as lawmakers and policy advisors participated in the event. Video of the event is available from C-SPAN.

Featured speakers:

  • Ralph Nader
  • Rep. Rush Holt
  • Nadhira Al-Khalili
  • David Greenfield
  • Kate Hanni
  • Chip Pitts (BORDC)
  • Prof. Jeffrey Rosen
  • Michael Roberts
  • Bruce Schneier
2010 Events

December 5, 2010: Criminalizing Dissent: WikiLeaks, FBI Raids, Maryland Police Spies and YOU
Washington, DC
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Busboys and Poets

Information and Organizing meeting for activists and civil libertarians to discuss recent (ongoing) government attempts to criminalize dissent and what we can do to counter such attacks on our civil rights.

From the September FBI raids of peace and solidarity activist homes in Minneapolis & Chicago; the campaign to discredit Julian Assange and WikiLeaks; Maryland State Police spying on local activists and more, our government is intent on quashing dissent (especially when it has to do with foreign policy) using a variety of tools and tactics. And we can fight back.

Sponsored by Bill of Rights Defense Committee, DC National Lawyers Guild, CodePink, Defending Dissent Foundation, Peace Action, Progressive Democrats of America, United for Peace and Justice.

November 18, 2010: FBI vs. Democracy: How to Stop Government Spying
Washington, DC
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Belmont House

Join BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar and other DC-area civil liberties activists for FBI vs. Democracy: How to Stop Government Surveillance. This discussion explored opportunities to push back on FBI abuses, including surveillance and infiltration of environmental, peace, and religious groups. Sponsors included the National Lawyers Guild, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Washington Peace Center, and Defending Dissent Foundation.

November 15, 2010: Rally for Civil Rights
Hartford, CT
5:30 p.m. at Hartford City Hall

The coalition supporting the civil rights ordinance introduced by City Councilor Luis Cotto gathered for a press conference at 5:30 p.m., with a rally following at 6:00 p.m. A public hearing on the ordinance took place inside City Hall at 7:00 p.m.

November 6, 2010: The FBI Raids: The Activist Community Responds to Government Intrusion
Washington, DC
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Friends Meeting of Washington

During this teach-in, civil liberties activists and experts examine the FBI raids and other attacks on activists, your legal rights, and how our community can respond. Sponsors include National Lawyer's Guild, American Civil Liberties Union, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Washington Peace Center and Defending Dissent Foundation.

Speakers:

  • Sue Udry, Defending Dissent Foundation
  • Michelle Richardson, ACLU
  • Kay Guinane, Charity and Security Network
  • John Hardenbergh, National Lawyers Guild

November 4, 2010: Civil Liberties and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
Washington, DC
6 p.m. at Georgetown Law School

A panel discussion with Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Will Potter, journalist, GreenIsTheNewRed.com; Odette Wilkins, executive director of the Equal Justice Alliance. Sponsors include Georgetown Law chapters of Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, National Lawyers Guild, Criminal Law Association, and American Constitution Society.

October 19, 2010: Is There Evidence that US Elected Officials, Employees & Contractors Have Broken & Continue to Break International Law?
Brooklyn, NY
6:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Law School

Presenters will include Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and Cathy Gallagher, Center for Constitutional Rights attorney. Please RSVP to BLS.NLG.RSVP@gmail.com. This event is free and will be held at Brooklyn Law School, Subotnick Center, 10th Fl., 250 Joralemon St., Downtown Brooklyn.

October 14, 2010: Forum on Torture, the Law, and Human Rights
Berkeley, CA
7:00 p.m. at Boalt Hall, Room 150, UC Berkeley Law School

A panel discussion featured former National Lawyer's Guild President Marjorie Cohn, author Andy Worthington, Bill of Rights Defense Committee Executive Director Shahid Buttar, and World Can't Wait National Director Debra Sweet.  The panel was moderated by Ray McGovern.

October 13, 2010: Writers on Torture
Berkeley, CA
7:00 p.m. at University Lutheran Church, 2425 College Avenue

Barry Eisler, best-selling thriller writer and author of the new rendition- and torture-based novel Inside Out joined Andy Worthington, Rita Maran, and Justine Sharrock to discuss fact, fiction, the crimes of the “War on Terror,” and approaches to writing about these topics and disseminating them to the public. Moderated by Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

October 12, 2010:The Giant John Yoo Debate
Berkeley, CA
6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the UC Berkeley Campus

World Can't Wait, lawyers, law students, and surprise guests gathered for a real debate over Yoo's theories and legal work defending torture.

October 2, 2010: One Nation Working Together March
Washington, DC
9:30 a.m. at 14th & Constitution

On Saturday, October 2, 2010, hundreds of thousands of Americans from across the country gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, to demonstrate our re-commitment to change. The One Nation March will feature human and civil rights leaders, labor leaders, environmental and peace activists, faith leaders, celebrities and sports figures—all marching together to help Put America Back to Work and to Pull America Back Together. And to help reorder our national priorities so that investments in people come first.

Shahid Buttar, BORDC executive director, spoke to a feeder march organized by local DC groups prior to the full march.

September 28, 2010: Panel Discussion
University of Pennsylvania
6:00 p.m.

The University of Pennsylvania hosted a panel discussion on the state of civil rights and civil liberties in the United States in the post-9/11 context, focusing especially on the impact of the law on Muslims domestically and the battle for hearts and minds abroad. Panelists included Kermit Roosevelt, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Steve Vladeck, Washington College of Law, American University; Baher Azmy, Seton Hall University Law School; Hope Metcalf, Yale Law School; and Sarah Paoletti, University of Pennsylvania (moderator).

September 19, 2010: Hope Out Loud 9
Hartford, CT
12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Hope Out Loud 9 combines music, poetry, dance, family activities, speakers with fun for everyone. Spend the afternoon. Bring a picnic. It's a concert, a day of remembrance, a day of inspiration, a day for renewal with many organizations dedicated to peace and the arts. The event is organized by the Connecticut Coalition for Peace and Justice. Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, was the keynote speaker.

September 11, 2010: Common Folk: The Voices of a Movement
Washington, DC
8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Bus Boys and Poets

Common Folk: The Voices of a Movement is a three-part concert series exploring and creating a new conversation on the topics of Health, Environment, and Immigration. This third event in the series was focused on the community conscious open mic. The Cornel West Theory headlined, and Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, was a guest speaker.

August 16, 2010: Hartford City Council Meeting
Hartford, CT
City Hall Council Chambers, 7:00 p.m.

On August 9, Hartford City Councilor Luis Cotto introduced groundbreaking legislation to restore civil rights and liberties in Connecticut’s capital. With the support of a diverse local coalition, Cotto’s bill—based on proposed reforms developed by BORDC to stop local police from participating in racial profiling, federal immigration enforcement, and domestic surveillance—is the first of its kind.

Supporters of the bill, including BORDC's Shahid Buttar and Emma Roderick, gathered at the City Council meeting at which the legislation will be discussed.

July 29, 2010: Community Forum on Arizona's SB1070
Northampton, MA
6:00 p.m. at First Churches

Northampton community organizers held a public forum on July 29 at 6:00 p.m. at First Churches titled “Should we boycott Arizona? Next steps for our community.” In conjunction with American Friends Service Committee, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Northampton Human Rights Commission and the Immigration and Workers Rights Coalition, the organizers planned this forum to provide a space to both inform the community of the issues involved with the Arizona law SB1070 as well as encourage diverse voices from the community to discuss the issues and the impact they may have for the Northampton community.

July 24, 2010: National Peace Conference
Albany, NY
10:15 a.m. at Crowne Plaza Hotel

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar presented a workshop called "War, Militarization, and the Assault on Civil Liberties and Communities of Color."

June 25, 2010: Accountability Now—Ending Torture Forever
Washington, DC
6:00 p.m. at National City Christian Church

A diverse panel of experts, including Sr. Diana Ortiz, Matthew Alexander, David Cole, Dr. Sondra Crosby, and Jim Winkler joined in conversation with 50 torture survivors from around the world brought together by TASSC International to mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26).

Event co-sponsors included National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Amnesty International USA, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Physicians for Human Rights, Alliance for Justice, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Human Rights First, Pax Christi USA, War Criminals Watch, and Friends Committee on National Legislation.

June 23, 2010: Racial Profiling: It's Time to Face the Truth
Detroit, MI
1:00 - 5:30 p.m. at the US Social Forum

This workshop worked toward resolving differences between traditionally separated groups facing varying forms of profiling, illuminating legislative and administrative goals of major racial profiling actions, and setting the stage for the next steps forward for action between groups and individuals. Followed by a film screening and panel discussion.

June 23, 2010: Tools to Fight the Surveillance State
Detroit, MI
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the US Social Forum

Participants in the workshop learned about current domestic surveillance programs and gain concrete skills and tools to fight the surveillance state. The panel presentation included an original performance by hip-hop artist (and BORDC executive director) Shahid Buttar. The second half will focus on strategies to restore our civil liberties, including passing local ordinances limiting law enforcement agencies, and using the Freedom of Information Act to uncover unconstitutional surveillance and infiltration. Participants will learn how to pass local legislation (model ordinance and toolkit will be provided), and how to file FOIA requests (and have the opportunity to prepare requests during the workshop).

June 15, 2010: Activism and Social Networking: Advocating for Privacy
San Jose, CA
1:15 p.m. at the 20th Annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar joined Get FISA Right's Harry Waisbren and intellectual property attorney Christina Gagnier for a panel discussion about how activists can use social networks to advocate for privacy.

June 7, 2010: Blueprint for Accountability
New York, NY
7:30 p.m. at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

In a bold new hybrid of investigative journalism and theater, Blueprint for Accountability brings together the world’s leading experts in politics and journalism with the most visionary artists of our time to create an architectural plan for restoring accountability into our culture.

June 5, 2010: Bridge-building Workshop for UU, Arab, Muslim, and South Asian Activists
Pasadena, CA
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the New Horizon School, 651 N. Orange Grove Boulevard

Since 2001, civil liberties in this country have been eroded in the name of national security. While we have suffered this loss collectively, Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians have been singled out for more scrutiny, facing invasive interrogation practices, racial and religious profiling, invasion of privacy, and restrictions on due process rights.

How have communities in Southern California been affected? And how can Unitarian Universalist, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities come together as allies to create a more just and supportive society? Join us to discuss these questions and more in a day-long bridge-building workshop with the Neighborhood UU Church of Pasadena, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), local and national interfaith, civil-liberties, and human-rights activists, and your fellow UU, Arab, South Asian, and Muslim-American community members.

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar spoke at the event.

May 20, 2010: From Arizona to DC: Immigrant Rights are Civil Rights
Washington, DC
7:00 p.m. at All Souls Church

A community forum on the fight for reform and legalization at All Souls Church (corner of 16th St and Harvard St NW; Columbia Heights is the closest Metro stop).

Panelists Gustavo Andrade (CASA de Maryland), Linda Leaks (Empower DC), Ronal Mayorga (International Socialist Organization), Wendy Ramirez (Equal Rights Center), and host Dave Zirin (edgeofsports.com) will discuss the continuing fight for the rights and dignity of immigrant communities after the passage of and passionate opposition to Arizona 's latest anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. Speakers will discuss the local immigrant struggle in Washington, DC, against the Secure Communities Initiative and the fight for a city council bill to add DC to the list of cities boycotting Arizona until it repeals SB 1070. Come and share your insights, outrage, and ideas with fellow activists to beat back anti-immigrant attacks here in the DC metro area!

The event is sponsored by All Souls Church, Busboys and Poets, CASA de Maryland, International Socialist Organization (ISO), Jobs with Justice, and Washington Peace Center, and endorsed by Africa Action, the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation, the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, CISPES, DC51, Empower DC, The Progressive, National Day Laborers Organizing Network.

May 16, 2010: Civil Rights and the Political Process
Toledo, OH
4:00 p.m. at the University of Toledo Law School Auditorium

The United Muslim Association of Toledo presented a lecture by BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar.

May 12, 2010: Commitment to Charitable Giving: One Year After Obama's Cairo Speech
Washington, DC
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. at 110 Maryland Avenue NE (across the street from the Supreme Court)

A panel discussion with the following participants:

  • Sahar Aziz, Law Office of Sahar Aziz/Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Marcus S. Owens, Caplin & Drysdale
  • Stephen I. Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law
  • Ellen D. Willmott, Save the Children USA

May 4, 2010: Civil Rights Forum
Rockville, MD
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Executive Office Buiding Lobby Level Auditorium

Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights, Commission on Hate/Violence, and the Commission on Human Rights sponsored a panel discussion on civil rights issues. The discussion centered around civil rights in a post-9/11 world. Communities across the nation, including Montgomery County, have had to address post-9/11 hate and bias incidents and their potential effect on the civil rights of several groups, including Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikhs. The panel discussion shared information on ongoing civil rights concerns in the ensuing years, and explored ways government and advocacy organizations can respond.

The discussion was moderated by George Washington University Law School Professor Robert W. Tuttle and included Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Mazen Basrawi; Sikh Coalition Director of Law and Policy Rajdeep Singh Jolly; Counsel for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee Sahar Aziz; and South Asian Americans Leading Together Executive Director Deepa Iyer.

April 28, 2010: The Most Dangerous Man in America
Northampton, MA
7:15 p.m. at the Pleasant Street Theatre

After a screening of the Oscar®-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee hosted a discussion of the film and its parallels to current civil liberties issues.

April 22, 2010: 1984 in 2010: Threats to the Rule of Law—And How You Can Defend It
Ithaca, NY
6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University

This event featured a discussion with Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

April 21, 2010: Bodyscanners and Beyond: Preserving Privacy in a Transparent World
Stanford, CA
12:45-2:00 p.m. at Stanford Law School, Room 280B

Chip Pitts, president of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee's board of directors, an advisory board member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and a lecturer at Stanford Law School, spoke about privacy and technology. Watch video of the event.

April 12, 2010: 1984 in 2010: Threats to the Rule of Law—and How You Can Defend It
Amherst, MA
8:00 p.m. at the Paino Lecture Hall, Earth Science Building, Amherst College

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar gave a lecture on the rule of law, followed by a question-and-answer period on the threats the "war on terror" poses to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The event is sponsored by the Amherst College Bill of Rights Society.

April 12, 2010: Privacy and Technology: Protecting Autonomy in a Transparent World
Dallas, TX
10:30 a.m to 12:00 noon at the UTD Conference Center Auditorium

Chip Pitts, president of BORDC's board of directors, spoke about privacy in a world of technology and social networking. More info.

April 8, 2010: Rule of Law, Misrule of Men with Elaine Scarry
Cambridge, MA
7:00 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store

Author and professor Elaine Scarry discussed her new book, Rule of Law, Misrule of Men, which highlights BORDC's anti-PATRIOT Act resolution efforts and calls for investigation and prosecution of Bush administration abuses. More info.

April 2, 2010: University of DC Justice Cafe
Washington, DC
6:00-10:00 p.m. at the Firebird Inn

A discussion, "The Constitution and Rights at Risk," with BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar and ACLU National Capital Area Director Johnny Barnes, followed by music from local performers, including Shahid Buttar. More info.

March 29, 2010: Torture, Surveillance, and Continuing Threats to the Rule of Law
Cleveland, OH
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at Case Western Reserve School of Law

A discussion with BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar, sponsored by Law Students for Social Justice

March 28, 2010: CAIR-Ohio Cleveland Chapter 8th Annual Civil Rights Banquet
Westlake, OH
4:00-7:00 p.m. at LaCentre

Keynote addresses by BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar and MAS Freedom Executive Director Imam Mahdi Bray.

March 27, 2010: Dangerous Inheritance: The Ongoing Criminalization of Dissent in America
Chicago, IL
9:45-11:15 a.m. at DePaul University College of Law

BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar spoke at a panel discussion at the National Lawyers Guild Midwest Regional Conference.

March 25, 2010: Fusion Center Discussion
Roxbury, MA
6:00–8:30 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

A panel discussion on fusion centers and privacy and civil liberties featuring:

  • Mike German (Policy Counsel, Washington Legislative Office, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU)
  • Carol Rose (Executive Director, ACLU of Massachusetts)
  • David Gersten (Acting Deputy Officer for Programs and Compliance, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, US Department of Homeland Security)
  • Juliette Kayyem (Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Homeland Security)

Sponsored by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Muslim American Society of Boston, the Department of Homeland Security, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Arab-American Institute.

March 16, 2010, 2010: US Torture and Accountability
Washington, DC
6:45–8:45 p.m. at the Institute for Policy Studies

A panel discussion on torture and accountability featuring:

  • Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Matthew Alexander, author, New York Times contributor, and Air Force veteran whose military interrogation team located Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq
  • Jesselyn Radack, homeland security director of the Government Accountability Project and a former Department of Justice ethics official and whistleblower

March 13, 2010, 2010: Crosspollinate Speaker Series, The Artistic Response
Jackson, MS
8:00–11:00 p.m. at the North Midtown Arts Center

Spoken word, music, and live DJs.

March 12, 2010, 2010: Crosspollinate Speaker Series, The Intellectual Argument
Jackson, MS
5:30–8:00 p.m. at the Jackson Community Design Center

A lecture by BORDC Executive Director Shahid Buttar, "Holding Accountable Those Who Keep Us Safe."

February 28, 2010: Night of 1,000 Conversations
Northampton, MA
6:00–9:00 p.m.

A discussion about racial profiling sponsored by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and including activists from Justice for Jason and the Prison Policy Initiative.

February 28, 2010: Night of 1,000 Conversations
Dallas, TX
6:30 p.m. at La Madeleine

A discussion about racial profiling sponsored by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Dallas Peace Center, the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Muslim Legal Fund of America, and supporters of Ron Paul’s Libertarian Revolution.

February 27, 2010: Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Washington, DC
Georgetown University Law Center

Shahid Buttar spoke at the 12th Annual North American South Asian Law Students Association (NASALSA) Conference.

February 19, 2010: Making Your Government Work for You
Ancramdale, NY
Woodhull Retreat Center

Shahid Buttar gave a workshop to activists attending the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership's Democracy 911 Retreat.

February 16, 2010: Our Moment: RFK and Our Shared Civil Rights Legacy
Northampton, MA
7:00 p.m. at First Churches

Shahid Buttar was a featured speaker at a community forum sponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center.

January 23, 2010: Listen to the Silence
Palo Alto, CA
Stanford University

Shahid Buttar gave a keynote addressat the 14th Annual Asian American Issues Conference.

January 23, 2010: Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights
Washington, DC
11:15 a.m.

Chip Pitts moderated a panel discussion with Chris Calabrese (ACLU), Wendy Weiser (Brennan Center for Justice), John Verdi (EPIC), Marc Rosenblum (Immigration Policy Center), and Roger Gordon (Liberty Coalition) at the Privacy Coalition Annual Meeting.

January 15, 2010: Disorientation
San Francisco, CA
University of Callifornia Hastings College of Law

Shahid Buttar gave a workshop to the University of California Hastings College of the Law National Lawyers Guild Chapter.

2009 Events

Chip Pitts, “The Patriot Act, Warrantless Surveillance, Detention, & Beyond,” Stanford Law School, November 19, 2009

Shahid Buttar, discussion panel and community forum with leaderships of New York area mosques and FBI New York Field Office, October 23, 2009

Chip Pitts, keynote address, World Justice Project Texas Rule of Law Conference, October 20, 2009

Shahid Buttar, discussion panel and workshop, American University's 6th Annual Public Anthropology Conference, "Advancing Social Justice in Times of Crisis", October 9-10, 2009

Chip Pitts, "The Obama Administration Privacy Score Card" discussion panel at the National Press Club organized by the Privacy Coalition, September 9, 2009

Shahid Buttar, Velvet Revolution press conference on disbarring the torture lawyers, National Press Club, June 29, 2009

Shahid Buttar, "The New Threat to the Constitution: Domestic Intelligence Collection," Community Church of Boston, May 17, 2009

Shahid Buttar, "The Faces of Discrimination and Profiling: Emerging Issues and Responses," South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) South Asian Summit 2009, April 25, 2009

    • Panel with Raj Datta, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Vanita Gupta, American Civil Liberties Union; and Mo Razvi, Council for Peoples' Organization

Chip Pitts, "Re-Shaping the Human Rights Agenda: Opportunities in the New Administration," American Bar Association's Spring 2009 meeting, April 15, 2009

    • Panel with Jeffrey L. Bleich, Special Counsel to the President in the White House; Santiago Canton, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; William Davis, U.N. Information Centre; and Karen Stewart, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Shahid Buttar, Berkeley Law School lecture, March 18, 2009

Shahid Buttar, University of Southern California's American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute commencement address, March 2009