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Saturday, October 3 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Branding Protest as “Terrorist” and How We Resist (CLE)

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CLE Credit: 1 hour for Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society

Black, Palestinian, Indigenous, anti-fascist, and environmental justice movements have been attacked by both the state and ultra-right organizations as “terrorists.” The label is a tool to surveil, criminalize and repress our movements- both historically and currently. We will discuss how the branding is deployed to repress liberation movements using tactics such as: formal legal designations, broad surveillance authorization, the use of Joint Terrorism Task Forces to investigate and prosecute activists, lawsuits by far-right plaintiffs, and more. We will review how the terrorist labeling has attempted to neutralize movements, and how activists and movement lawyers collaborate to resist.

(CLE Credit will be given through the State Bar of CA. After the convention, we'll be emailing out attendance verification forms to all attendees.)


Amira Mattar is a Palestinian-American attorney, the Michael Ratner Justice Fellow at Palestine Legal, and an NLG-NYC member. She specializes in challenging the censorship, suppression and surveillance of Palestine rights advocates in the U.S.

Moira Meltzer-Cohen is an abolitionist, lawyer, and educator supporting people’s liberation movements, with a focus on advocacy for elderly and gender nonconforming persons in prison. She has engaged in grand jury litigation, criminal defense on behalf of people protecting land and water, and defended against politically repressive federal grand jury subpoenas.

Leoyla Cowboy is a legal worker born to the Dine Nation. Leoyla organized at Standing Rock, with the Water Protector Legal Collective, the Red Nation, and the NoDAPL Political Prisoners Support Committee. She has testified at the UN about the criminalization of Indigenous people fighting extraction of resources.

Ajamu Dillahunt is a decolonial activist for Palestinian and Black liberation, based in North Carolina, and a PhD student at Michigan State.

Marbre Stahly-Butts is the executive director of Law for Black Lives and founder of the National Bail Out Collective. She currently sits on the Leadership Team of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table and helped develop the Vision for Black Lives Policy Platform.

Saturday October 3, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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