NYPD’s Surveillance of Muslim Communities
After the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD became one of America’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies. In 2011, Matt Apuzzo led an Associated Press investigation that revealed how the NYPD deployed undercover officers into minority neighborhoods as part of a human mapping program, among other operations ultimately ruled illegal.
Join us for “The Anatomy of Change: The NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Program'” as we explore the process and impact of this investigation as well as what this masterfully executed project and tell us about NYC today. The conversation will feature Matt Apuzzo; one of his former editors, Michael Oreskes; Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, Linda Sarsour; and others. Critically acclaimed author Moustafa Bayoumi will moderate.
Matt Apuzzo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, where he focuses on issues related to national security and criminal justice. He spent 11 years as a reporter with The Associated Press, where he received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting as part of a team that showed how the New York Police Department systematically spied on Muslim Americans. The series of stories led the NYPD to shutter one of the most controversial surveillance programs and forced the city to rewrite its intelligence-gathering policies.
Michael Oreskes is the former Associated Press senior managing editor where he oversaw the AP’s investigation in the NYPD surveillance program. He is currently NPR’s Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director. During his tenure at AP, Oreskes supervised the timeliness and quality of AP’s global news coverage and worked with business and news colleagues to redefine the journalistic goals of the 169-year-old organization to better reach online and mobile users. He has also worked at The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, and The Daily News.
Linda Sarsour is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. Sarsour has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk.
Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of the critically acclaimed How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin), which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. His latest book, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror, was chosen as a Best Book of 2015 by The Progressive magazine and was also awarded the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. Bayoumi is Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The United Nations Association Brooklyn Chapter is holding the 2nd Annual UN Day at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The event will feature an expert panel focusing on the role of the UN in addressing the threat of climate change. This event will be a great learning experience and a lot of fun and it’s free.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Brooklyn Borough Hall
4:30-6:30 Networking, leaning about different community, national and global NGOs focusing on UN/Climate issues.
6:30-7:45 Expert panel/speakers
7:30-9 Reception with food and live music
Keynote Speakers will be:
* Yasmine Sherif – Human rights lawyer with 25 years’ experience with the UN in Afghanistan, Balkans, Cambodia, Sudan, and Middle East; Author of “The Case for Humanity: An Extraordinary Session”
* George Garland – President of UNA-USA Southern New York State Division with extensive experience at US Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organization and World Bank.
* Juan Elias Chebly – Lead advisor, United Nations Environment Programme, founder, Voipebox.com and giveme-5.org
Impact Iran, a project of Brooklyn College’s Human Rights in Iran Unit, is looking for student interns for this
Impact Iran (impactiran.org) is composed of 14 organizations, based in seven countries, working to promote civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights in our country through engagement with United Nations member states, the UN mechanisms, and through participation in intergovernmental processes. Some of our member organizations include Centre for Supporters of Human Rights, founded by Noble Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi; Article 19; International Campaign for Human Rights; and Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort (ECPM), founders of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
The student will intern closely with the UN Advocacy Officer in New York. The intern will monitor the work of the United Nations in New York, perform various short- and long-term research assignments, liaise with member-states, and assist with campaign strategy around the UNGA. Ideally, the candidate will be available for 15-20 hours per week from mid-September to mid-December.
Applicants should have a strong interest in some combination of international human rights, international relations, and engaging with civil society for social change. Applicants should demonstrate precise attention to detail, the ability to follow instructions, conscientiousness about checking one’s own work, a positive attitude, a proactive approach, and good judgment. French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, or Persian language skills a plus but not required.
Please send a resume and reference (name and contact) to Mani Mostofi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Neda Shahidyazdani (email@example.com). The internship is unpaid but can be done for Brooklyn College credit.
UN Day celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
The date this year is October 26, with a special focus on climate change. This free event should be lively and interesting, with an expert panel, discussion, networking, plus a buffet-reception and live music. With participation by NGOs, community groups and activists, the event can promote community collaborations along with awareness about the UN and action on Sustainable Development Goals such as addressing climate change.
New York University Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
and the Network of East-West Women
Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop
Fall 2016 Schedule
Fridays 4:30 to 6:00 pm, the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies 285 Mercer St., 7th Floor
September 16: Aušra Park, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Siena College
“Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Female Presidents (Lithuania, Latvia, Kosovo, Croatia)”
October 7: Fabio Mattiolli, Faculty Fellow, Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, New York University
“Manhood and Authoritarian Financialization in Macedonia”
Nov 11: Victoria Apostol, Founder, the Group of Feminist Initiatives, Moldova
“The Rise of Religious Populism in Eastern Europe”
Dec 9 : Marina Kingsbury, Lecturer, Political Science, University of AL at Huntsville
“Let’s Have More Russian Babies: How Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Shapes Family Policy in Russia”
Preparing to study abroad? The Office of International Education & Global Engagement is pleased to announce that we are hosting a scholarship writing workshop! This event will be held in 1108 Boylan Hall from 12:30PM – 2:00PM on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
Learn about scholarships and stipends that are available for study and research abroad. Learn the key points of a winning scholarship application and increase the quality of your written proposals. Practice with professionals and receive insider tips from IEGE. For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact the Office of International Education & Global Engagement at 718-951-5189 or visit http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/internationaleducation.
This workshop is open to all students, but is in high-demand and limited to 20 participants. We hope to see you there!