Police abuse

My work challenging police departments also intersects white nationalism, to the (unfortunately substantial) extent that white supremacists have successfully infiltrated law enforcement agencies.

In particular, my work in solidarity with the movement for black lives demonstrates my willingness to take political risks. I’ve participated in occupying sites from Washington’s Union Station and DuPont Circle (where I was struck by an irate hedge fund lawyer who used his SUV as a battering ram to plow through a crowd), to a shopping malls in St. Louis, to an intersection outside a police precinct here in SF.

I’ve also demonstrated thought leadership in the movement for black lives, challenging the movement orthodoxy in 2015 with early public warnings about the risks—ultimately, the ruse—of police body cameras, which I foretold would prove largely fruitless in advancing civil rights while presenting yet another vector driving authoritarian state omniscience. My article in Truthout explained the issues succinctly, and drove discussions across the civil rights community from the Dream Defenders in Miami to Saint Louis University Law School. Our early recognition of how the movement was being co-opted is the particular reason cited by Professor Justin Hansford from Howard Law School for his (forthcoming, TBA) endorsement of our campaign.

Limits on police surveillance

The recent passage of a groundbreaking ban on face surveillance in San Francisco reflects work I directly supported through my work at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). It also reflects components of an organizing & policy strategy that I developed in 2010 to combat racial & religious profiling (across the wars on drugs, terror, and immigration) in its various dimensions at once rather than in disempowering silos. My work organizing, writing, speaking, and advocating for limits on state surveillance is informed by its history of politicization, and recurring eras during which state surveillance has been weaponized to neutralize dissent. Communities impacted by this suppression of dissent include communities of color (designated by today’s FBI as so-called "black identity extremists"), immigrants, animal rights networks, and environmental activists.