A new coalition of groups concerned about New Orleans’ expanding government surveillance system is holding two community dialogues to gather input from community members about the impact of the city’s vast surveillance network.

The events, presented by the ACLU of Louisiana and Stop Watching NOLA, will feature presentations by coalition members and breakout sessions for community members to share their views. The coalition will then compile that public input and present it to the New Orleans City Council during a future hearing.

Eye on Surveillance Community Dialogue – March 21
Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 7:30pm
New Hope Baptist Church
1807 Reverend John Raphael Jr. Way
New Orleans, LA 70113

Eye on Surveillance Community Dalogue – March 26
Tuesday, March 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Allways Lounge and Theater
2240 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

About the Eye on Surveillance Coalition:

Eye on Surveillance is a coalition of groups concerned that government surveillance, both past and present, has been utilized to target and criminalize black, brown, LGBTQ, and working communities – without meaningfully reducing crime.

The coalition includes representatives of the ACLU of Louisiana, Stop Watching NOLA, Nola to Angola, Bourbon Alliance of Responsible Entertainers (BARE Nola), the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO), Jewish Voice for Peace New Orleans, Peace by Piece New Orleans, Ubuntu Village NOLA, and Shift Change.

The coalition ultimately seeks to halt the expansion of government surveillance tools and increase oversight of current surveillance methods; explore evidence-based alternatives for improving public safety through community input; and protect vulnerable communities from harm associated with government surveillance.

 

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