Losing Liberty Through the Backdoor
Letting the government bypass iPhone security measures won’t stop terrorists—or make you safer.
The question of how to balance government surveillance with individual privacy is really quite simple. On one side the government believes that the investigation of someone who is either planning or has actually carried out a crime should be without any conditions, that all evidence potentially relating to the event should be accessible to law enforcement. On the other side, citizens have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their day to day activities, meaning that the government should have to demonstrate indisputable “probable cause” to a judge before undertaking any intrusion into an individual’s private space. And even then, the intrusion should be narrowly defined to include only the actual criminal activity under investigation. (more…)
Imani McCalla is a Journalism Major at SUNY Purchase and has been interning this semester at WESPAC. She recently attended the Westchester MLK Institute’s annual conference on Ending Violence, Building Hope and took the time to write an article about her experience.
“Rebuilding A Community And Reliving A Dream”
By Imani McCalla
Following years of civil unrest within black communities, Manhattanville College and staff joined Westchester Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence in their 17th annual Ending Violence, Building Hope community gathering this month to discuss tools for positive change.
Inspired by Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, the organization, since 1987, facilitates nonviolent action for social justice and promotes nonviolence as a way of life. (more…)
A group gathered the evening of Tuesday, January 26, 2016, focused on supporting parole for Herman Bell as well as for the First International Day of Action in Solidarity with Trans Prisoners.
We wrote birthday cards to former Black Panther Herman Bell (freehermanbell.org), who just turned 68 on January 14. We watched the moving 8 minute documentary about Herman by Freedom Archives https://vimeo.com/51465733 and discussed our personal experiences and feelings around the prison system.
We wrote to trans prisoners, affirming our solidarity and support, as part of the First International Day of Action in Solidarity with Trans Prisoners, which took place January 22.
We learned more about the case of Rev. Joy Powell http://freejoypowell.org/, a political prisoner held in Bedford Women’s Prison, located in Westchester County, New York.
We wrote to other political prisoners including Jalil Muntaqim http://www.freejalil.com/ and we discussed how to push for passage of the SAFE Parole Act http://www.parolereformnow.org/ which would reform the parole process.
It was a good night and we look forward to continuing the work locally on these issues. The night was sponsored by WESPAC Foundation and the Victory Bus Project and took place at WESPAC’s office in White Plains. #FreeEmAll
It is very disappointing that our local NYS Assembly Member David Buchwald is a co-sponsor of A8220. I am trying to set up a meeting with him. If you are in his district and would be willing to attend this meeting, please let me know. In the meantime, please do be in touch with your state representatives on this free speech matter. The NY State Senate passed a bill last week that will create a blacklist of individuals and institutions that are engaged in a boycott of a U.S. ally. 55 NY state senators voted in favor and 6 senators voted against
These six NYS Senators who voted against are all African American and Latino. (more…)
A huge thank you to Francesca Kabemba, WESPAC’s Executive Assistant, for compiling this annual report 2015. The WESPAC staff and board would like to thank all friends and donors for keeping the lights on at WESPAC and for all your support in so many ways. We have much work to do together in 2016. Please click the link under the photo for our annual report. annual report 2015
The Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia invites you to this important conversation:
Thursday, November 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Ethical Culture Society of Westchester
7 Saxon Wood Rd.
White Plains, NY 10605
(Ample, free parking available –
bus #60 stops on nearby Mamaroneck Ave.)
Recent events raise complex questions about how we define freedom of expression and where we consider imposing (more…)
The Past, Present, and Future of Community Planning
For Fair and Affordable Housing
A WESPAC Foundation / CSEA Roundtable / Planners Network Forum
Saturday, October 24, 1pm
CSEA Local 860
595 W. Hartsdale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607 (more…)