Part of the Socialist Night School.
Red Squads, COINTELPRO, McCarthyism. Throughout its history the US left has aroused anger from the powerful, who have sought to silence them. This presentation will cover the history of law enforcement surveillance of political activism, the legacy of McCarthyism, and just how much has and hasn’t changed today.
It will be presented by Chip Gibbons. Chip is a journalist who has written about civil liberties and social movements, both from a historical and a contemporary perspective, for Jacobin and The Nation. He is also Policy & Legislative Counsel for Defending Rights & Dissent, an organization founded by victims of the House Un-American Activities Committee that works to protect the right to engage in political expression.