On Saturday, April 16, 2016, ADC Staff Attorney Yolanda Rondon was a panelist at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice (EAD) Conference in Washington DC. As part of the EAD call for action and collaboration, Ms. Rondon was featured on a panel entitled “Christian and Muslim Communities moving Forward Together.”
Ms. Rondon addressed the history of surveillance on communities of color and the necessity of moving forward together to address the overt surveillance of Arabs by law enforcement today. Ms. Rondon also discussed how the Countering Violent Extremism programs, “Don’t Be a Puppet” website, and the Shared Responsibility Committees are lineages of the rise of Islamophobia, anti-Arab sentiment, and the surveillance state as a public norm.
Ms. Rondon was joined on the panel with Corey Saylor with the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Ron Steif with Should to Shoulder, and moderator Yasmine Taeb with the Friends Committee on National Legislation.