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Friday, October 18 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Criminalizing the Right to Protest: State Crack Downs on Black, Indigenous, and Palestinian Resistance [Gallery 4]

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Speakers from Black, Palestinian, and Indigenous movements and legal organizations, will discuss recent crackdowns on dissent including a wave of anti-protest legislation sweeping the nation. The panel will focus on anti-protest bills attacking Black lives, water protectors, and climate justice activists; anti-boycott legislation targeting Boycott Divestment and Sanctions for Palestinian rights (BDS); the FBI’s Black Identity Extremism designation, militarized policing, law enforcement surveillance and infiltration, and other police terror; the attacks on Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib; and court challenges to repression. The panel’s primary aim is to discuss how we will resist in joint struggle. The panel will highlight common themes connecting attacks on Black, Indigenous and Palestinian solidarity movements in the U.S. and our joint resistance, including: how legislative attacks on our right to protest reinforce the long tradition of pathologizing oppressed people as dangerous; the violations to our free speech rights; right-wing donors who fund attacks; and the attacks on solidarity itself.

Leoyla Cowboy is a citizen of the Dine Nation born to the Salt Water Clan (To’dikozhi). Leoyla testified at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing on the criminalization of Indigenous people fighting resource extraction and worked with various groups on dismantling settler colonialism. Currently, she is a legal worker for the Water Protector Legal Collective, prison abolitionist, and an active member of the NoDAPL political prisoners support committee.

Maggie Ellinger-Locke is a staff attorney at Greenpeace USA where she supports resistance to the climate crisis. She helped lead the Guild’s efforts through several movement moments, including the Ferguson Uprising, J20, and Charlottesville. Her background in legislative advocacy and mass defense has positioned her to fight back against ALEC-led efforts to restricting the rights to protest. She currently serves as co-chair of the Anti-Racism Committee and is a board member of Law for Black Lives DC.

April Goggans has lived and organized in Southeast DC for 12+ years and became a Core Organizer with Black Lives Matter DC in September of 2015. She leads #KeepDC4Me, a branch of Black Lives Matter DC, with a commitment to finding non-police solutions to intra-community violence and ending police brutality, terror, & murder through principled action, community defense, mutual aid, and creating more alternatives. April is a Founding Board Member of the Diverse City Fund, currently sits on the Interim Board of the Washington Peace Center, and is a Founding Member of Eaton House.

Radhika Sainath is a senior staff attorney at Palestine Legal, where she oversees the organization’s casework on free speech, censorship and academic freedom. Together with the Center for Constitutional Rights, she won a landmark lawsuit against Fordham University after it refused to grant club status to Students for Justice in Palestine. Prior to joining Palestine Legal, Radhika represented clients in civil and constitutional rights cases involving discrimination, human rights abuses, and prison conditions at one of California’s most prestigious civil rights firms. Radhika has successfully litigated numerous state and federal class actions and other federal civil rights cases.

Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director of Law for Black Lives, works closely with organizers, lawyers and legal advocates to build a responsive legal infrastructure for movement organizations and to advance and actualize radical policy. Marbre is a founding member of the National Bail Out Collective and Movement for Black Lives Policy Table and helped develop the Vision for Black Lives Policy Platform. Marbre was a Soros Justice Fellow and attended Yale Law School. Before law school Marbre received her Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and worked in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Carl Williams is a movement lawyer dedicated to creating the conditions where people are free from all systems of oppression. Carl has practiced criminal and civil rights law in Massachusetts for over twelve years. He began his legal career as a criminal defense attorney with the Roxbury Defenders. More recently he served as a racial justice attorney with the ACLU of Massachusetts. And he is currently the executive director of the Water Protector Legal Collective, defending Indigenous movements that are defending the earth and water. He is a long time member of the National Lawyers Guild and has served as chair of its Massachusetts board. Carl was a Distinguished Lecturer on Public Interest Law at Northeastern University School of Law and a Practitioner-in-Residence at Cornell Law teaching a course on the history and theory of movement lawyering.

Friday October 18, 2019 4:30pm - 5:45pm EDT
21c Museum Hotel Durham 111 N Corcoran St, Durham, NC 22701
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