The National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Oregon, the American Constitution Society, Peace and
Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group and Amnesty International USA - Group 48 are sponsoring
an evening forum entitled:
"Civil Liberties 10 Years After 9/11 - Can We Be Safe and Free"
at 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. The event is free and will be held at the Portland
Building Auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Ave in Portland.
The forum will discuss the threat to our civil liberties caused by the prior and current
administration's systematic policies of torture and targeted killing, extraordinary rendition and
warrantless wiretaps, military commissions and indefinite detention, political surveillance and
religious discrimination - policies which have dubious or no value in preserving our safety and
Panelists will also highlight ongoing efforts by ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild and others to
uncover such abuses and hold those responsible accountable in the legal courts and the court of
Speakers include; Steven Wax, Federal Public Defender, who has represented a number of
Guantanamo detainees; David Fidanque, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oregon; Kayse Jama,
Executive Director, Center for Intercultural Organizing; Steven Goldberg a National Lawyers Guild
attorney whose litigation successfully challenged the NSA warrantless surveillance program; and
Brandon Mayfield, a local Muslim attorney falsely accused and imprisoned on terrorism charges.
Jo Ann Hardesty, a former state legislator and a long-time voice for Portland's under-represented
communities and a leader in the struggle against racial and economic injustice. will present opening
remarks and moderate the discussion.
On the evening of September 11, 2001, President Bush addressed the nation. "Our country is
strong," he stated. "Terrorist acts can shake the foundation of our biggest buildings, but they
cannot touch the foundation of America."
Our choice is not, as some would have it, between safety and freedom. Just the opposite is true. As
President Obama recognized in a 2009 speech, "our values have been our best national security
asset--in war and peace; in times of ease and in eras of upheaval." Yet, our government's policies
and practices during the past decade have too often betrayed our values and undermined our
For more information see portlandnlg.org .
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