Action: No More Secret Surveillance
For years now, local law enforcement has secretly deployed surveillance technologies to that disproportionately target people of color and other vulnerable communities. Police, for example, have used these technologies to monitor #BlackLivesMatter protestors and leaders, while the federal government buys access to surveillance companies’ databases to funnel immigrants into Donald Trump’s racist deportation machine.
High powered technologies like drones, social media surveillance, and facial recognition software have quietly invaded our everyday lives by collecting some our most personal and sensitive data without transparency, oversight, or accountability — but not without grave and dangerous consequences.
SB 1186 (Hill) returns power back to local communities by giving us a voice and a seat at the table when it comes to deciding if and how local law enforcement can use surveillance technologies.
At a time when the federal government has put a target on the backs of immigrant and Muslim community members, people of color face deadly abuses by law enforcement, private companies disregard democratic safeguards just to make a buck. We must reclaim our right to decide when law enforcement can acquire technologies that allow them and the federal government to track and even detain us.
All of us deserve to feel safe, especially in our own neighborhoods. Tell your assemblymember you want a say when surveillance proposals are on the table. With your help, we the people can protect one another.