Washington, DC | www.adc.org | April 12, 2016 -This past weekend, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Staff Attorney Yolanda Rondon joined several ADC supporters at civil rights and racial justice conferences in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, IL.
On April 8, 2016, Dr. Sahar Aziz, Dr. Simone Browne, and ADC Staff Attorney Yolanda Rondon (pictured above) attended the Color of Surveillance Conference at Georgetown Law. During the conference, Dr. Aziz and Dr. Browne participated on a panel discussion and educated attendees on the historical and modern day surveillance of communities of color. The panelists critiqued current government surveillance programs, including the law enforcement led Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs and the Shared Responsibility Committee’s, both of which have serious civil rights implications for our community. See: ADC Demands Cancellation of “Shared Responsibility Committees” FBI Informant Program
On April 9, 2016, the Racial Justice in Praxis Conference 2016 at National Louis University in Chicago, IL helped to expose the realities of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). At the conference, Khaled ElKhatibe, Alice LoCicero, and Abed Gholeh (pictured below) discussed the inherently flawed Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program targeting the Arab and Muslim community, and the problematic framing of our community as a public health and mental health problem.