Big Brother Is Watching You
By Cliff DuRand
“Big brother is watching you.” That is no longer just the theme of a dystopian novel. It is the reality of today’s national security state. And it was Edward Snowden who opened our eyes to the extent of surveillance over our daily lives by the National Security Agency (NSA). In retaliation against this citizen whistleblower, Snowden is now “the most wanted man in the world” and living in exile in Russia.
Center for Global Justice Presents
Tue, Aug 23, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
Untold History of the United States: “Reagan, Gorbachev, and the Third World: Rise of the Right”
Tue, Aug 23, 4pm
Teatro Santa Ana
“Organic Agriculture and Cooperatives in Cuba” with Jennifer Ungemach and Cliff DuRand
Wed, Aug 24, 11am
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Thu, Aug 25, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
The Center for Global Justice proudly presents the Academy Award nominated film Citizen Four. This documents the inside story of Snowden’s release of a treasure trove of information about NSA’s illegal and nefarious spying on the public. The film is directed and produced by cinematographer Laura Poitras, whom he had first contacted anonymously under the name Citizen Four. She reveals her interviews with Snowden as he first tells her what the whole world now knows. Watching Citizen Four is disturbing. Chills run down the spine of the viewer as a piece of history appears on screen. While this high tech surveillance is new, we should remember that government spying (and worse) has long been with us, particularly if you are an opponent of the status quo—and doubly so if you are African-American.
The documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution revisits the Sixties, when millions in the US believed that revolutionary change was in the air; that imperialist war, capitalist exploitation, and racism needed to die; and that radical change was not only possible but also inevitable. The response of the establishment was COINTELPRO, the Counter Intelligence Program organized and implemented by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI to harass, discredit, and destroy the Black Panthers and other revolutionary organizations by every dirty trick imaginable, up to and including trumped-up criminal charges and outright assassination. Young politically-minded people should see this film and learn some history of revolutionary politics in the US. Older politically-minded people who have gotten fuzzy about the lengths to which our ruling class will go to stamp out opposition should also see the film, lest we forget.
This week Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States focuses on the 1980s with “Reagan, Gorbachev, and the Third World: Rise of the Right.” This decade saw a sharp turn to the right, leading Stone to ask, “how much further right can it go?” Now, a quarter century later, we have an answer to the question.
On a more upbeat note, the Center for Global Justice looks at a country that is blazing hopeful new trails. “Cuba: Organic Agriculture and Cooperatives” will look at how Cuba became the world leader in organic agriculture and is now poised to also become the first country with cooperatives as a major sector of its society. Jennifer Ungemach has been leading organic agriculture trips to Cuba for several years. Cliff DuRand has recently returned from an investigation of the new urban cooperatives as part of its renewal of socialism.