After an emotionally challenging summer, I enjoyed the chance to immerse myself in my work in the fall. October offered many chances to speak in support of other organizations in addition to EFF, including Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO), the ACLU of Northern California, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle in Baltimore, and a documentary film, "Do Not Resist," that played at an independent theater in my old neighborhood.
On Friday, October 14, I had a chance to MC a gala dinner benefitting Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO), an important organization serving at risk communities across the Bay Area. I appreciated the chance to meet a small army of community advocates, as well as a framed print that the organization gave me depicting the concentration camp at which our government detained and interned 10,000 Americans near Heart Mountain in Wyoming.
The following Friday, October 21, I spoke at the Roxie, an independent movie theater in San Francisco's Mission District, during a Q&A after a screening of "Do Not Resist," an important documentary about police militarization. The film won the Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary, and depicts not only the rise of paramilitary policing but also the racket that civil asset forfeiture has created by giving police financial incentives to wage the war on drugs even to the point of destroying the communities they're pledged to serve.
Three days later, I spoke in Santa Cruz at an ACLU Forum on Mass Surveillance alongside a retired police chief, a UC Santa Cruz psychology professor, and the Santa Clara County legislator who proposed a law setting a national example for transparency and public oversight of local police on Monday, October 24.
In the middle of all that, I published my latest writing for EFF on October 18, explaining how government agencies are expanding "a constitutionally offensive border search regime at physical borders and U.S. international airports...in troubling new ways by prompting travelers from countries on the State Department’s Visa Waiver Program list to provide their 'social media identifier.'" The post explains how monitoring international visitors not only exposes Americans to surveillance, but also undermines the First Amendment rights of Americans to hear diverse views.