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Two Events to Protect Dissent November 10th 2010

November 10, 2010

Please join us at either or both of these events in Philadelphia:

11:30 AM Press Conference / Public Education Event, West Side City Hall, 15th and Market. Philadelphia.

6:30 PM Town Hall:  The War on Dissent.  Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia.

Protecting Our Waters’ educational activities and public testimony was tracked by PA Homeland Security, along with over 300 other citizen action organizations, at taxpayer expense.  Stand with us and learn more.

11a.m. – 1p.m. — Be part of a Public Media and Outreach Event & Celebration of Free Speech, Dissent, and Civil Liberties @Phila. City Hall, west side, 15th & Market Sts.

Join the First Amendment Network (FAN), which includes the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) , the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Brandywine Peace Community, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Protecting Our Waters, The Shalom Center, and others. Speakers program begins at 11:30 a.m.

Speakers include civil rights attorney Paul Hetzenecker; Iris Marie Bloom; and Virginia Cody, gas drilling moratorium advocate who first released the Pennsylvania Intelligence Bulletins issued by Homeland Security.

Virginia Cody lives in the “gasland” of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  She was the only activist allowed to testify at the September 27th PA Senate hearing.  (Neither she nor Iris are speaking at the evening event).

Full list of fabulous speakers posted separately in Press Conference Media Advisory post.

Then Wednesday November 10th evening…

Learn more about the many current threats  to YOUR RIGHT TO DISSENT.

6:30p.m. – Attend The War on Dissent: A Town Hall at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA.

The Town Hall panel includes: Michael German, former FBI agent and ACLU Policy Counsel; Mary Catherine Roper, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU of PA; Paul Hetznecker, Phila. civil rights attorney; and Jess Sundin, target of the recent FBI raids on anti-war activists in the Midwest.  Sponsored  by a host of human rights, peace, environmental, and community groups.

Read a revealing report about the tracking of citizen activists, including tactics like tracking down and grilling activists’ parents, comparing nonviolent organizations calling for social justice to Al Qaeda, and release of citizens’ information to 42 entities including the Marcellus Shale Coalition and private gas drilling companies.

And read all about it in the Philadelphia Weekly Press article, “Spotlight on Surveillance,” published today (scroll down; third article from top).


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