August Monthly Gathering (Reminder, no July gathering!):
Saturday, August 15, 2015
The ExComm meeting begins at 6:00pm
Mingling begins at 7:00pm
Program begins at 8:00pm
ADMISSION (Exact change appreciated)
Adult members: $4
Adult guests: $5
Children 13 and under: $2
Members receive free admission in the month of their birthday
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church 23925 Northwestern Highway Southfield, MI 48075
The gathering adjourns to –
Shield’s Restaurant ? Bar ? Pizzeria
25101 Telegraph Road (just north of 10 Mile) Southfield, MI 48034
In the wake of revelations that surfaced in 2013 concerning the extent of the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs, citizens were outraged that a U.S. government agency had gathered the phone records of millions of Americans and used that information to, among other things, track their very movements. Domestic surveillance programs run by our government are, unfortunately, nothing new.
The FBI began COINTELPRO (“Bureauese” for Counterintelligence Program”) in 1956 to disrupt the activities of the Communist Party of the United States. In the 1960s, it was expanded to include a number of other domestic groups and individuals, such as: The Ku Klux Klan, the Socialist Workers Party, the Black Panthers, Dr. Martin Luther King, anti-Vietnam War activists, and the American Indian Movement. During its fifteen years of operation COINTELPRO illegally curtailed the First Amendment rights of hundreds of thousands of individuals. Yet, when its existence was brought to the fore in 1975, public outcry was barely audible and sanctions against the FBI were nonexistent.
Join us on Saturday, August 15th, when Craig Ciccone, local historian and historical consultant, guides us through COINTELPRO, the FBI’s most infamous domestic surveillance and disruption program, including: who its targets were; the creative initiatives devised by FBI agents (such as assassination); what the FBI considered COINTELPRO’s “successes” and the FBI’s continuous attempts to block the release of its own documents.
Mr. Ciccone specializes in the study of political assassinations of the 1960s and ‘70’s, and has appeared on dozens of radio, television, and podcast shows, and lectured extensively at high schools, colleges, universities, and a vast array of political, social, and civic organizations.
Doors open at 7:00pm for mingling with your fellow Mensans and guests. The program starts at 8:00pm.