Resisting Surveillance: Racial & Religious Profiling in Boston & Beyond

It’s no secret that People of Color, religious minorities, and other “suspect communities” are targeted by criminal justice and national security agencies. From police scrutiny of Black Lives Matter activists to the Muslim-focused “countering violent extremism” (CVE) initiative, government surveillance divides communities, interferes with First Amendment protected activity, and impedes movement organizing.

This event will examine parallels and intersections between state profiling of Black communities, Muslims, and other Communities of Color in Boston and beyond, with special focus on the new federal CVE initiative.

Come engage with a panel of inspiring activists to explore how we can resist surveillance and strengthen the movement for racial justice through building solidarity across our diverse local communities.


  • Said Ahmed, Co-Founder & Executive Director, United Somali Youth, inc.
  • Shannon Erwin, Executive Director, Muslim Justice League
  • Aisha Shillingford, Innovation Guru, Intelligent Mischief
  • Carl Williams, Staff Attorney, ACLU Massachusetts

Tues Nov 17 @ 7 PM
First Church of Roxbury
10 Putnam St

Moderator: Andrew Cohen, Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice

This event is co-sponsored by the ACLU Massachusetts, Black and Pink, Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice, Intelligent Mischief, Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, Moishe Kavod House Boston, Muslim Justice League, Safe Hub Collective, and United Somali Youth, inc.