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TODAY join Rights Working Group and Melissa Harris-Perry on Twitter to discuss profiling and rights after 9/11

Crossposted from Rights Working Group

Rights Working Group and renown progressive scholar Melissa Harris-Perry will hold a Twitter Chat, TODAY from 3-4 pm ET, about racial profiling and ways to reclaim and expand rights lost after 9/11.

Why? Ten years ago, in June 2001, the End Racial Profiling Act was first introduced in Congress with strong bi-partisan support.  After 9/11, significant support for ending racial profiling took a backseat to unethical national security policies that expanded racial profiling to other groups.  The federal government began targeting people of Arab, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim backgrounds for extra scrutiny, launching the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System that required more than 80,000 men to register and undergo interrogations, detentions and deportations.  In addition, we experienced restrictions on privacy rights, due process and the expansion of the government’s powers of surveillance and detention.

Under the newly formed Department of Homeland Security, immigration law and policies were conflated with national security laws and practices, resulting in an increase in resources devoted to detentions and deportations of immigrants, worksite raids, home raids and collaborations with local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law.

While profiling broadened and became more frequent among some communities of color, the racial profiling impacting African Americans and Latinos that expanded during the War on Drugs in the 1970s and 80s continued.

We will talk about how, together, we can combat these forms of oppression to restore and expand democracy in our nation. We will share resources, ideas and reach a broader audience. Join us TODAY from 3-4 pm! Tell a friend! To promote and join the twitter chat Use hashtag: #reclaimrights #p2

To RSVP, tweet this: @RightsWorking I’ll be at the #reclaimrights #tweetchat on 9/7!

Promote the Chat using your own or a sample tweet:

Let’s fight for rights lost after 9/11 Join @rightsworking for Reclaim Our Rights Twitter Chat, Sept. 7, 3-4 p.m., ET. Use #reclaimrights #p2

Spread the word! End Post 9/11 racial profiling! Join @rightsworking Twitter Chat, Sept. 7, 3-4 p.m., ET. Use #reclaimrights #p2

Chat with Melissa Harris-Perry and @rightsworking about rights lost post-9/11. Sept. 7, 3-4 pm, ET,. #reclaimrights, #p2, #mharrisperry

Join in on the *National Week of Action* :Reflecting on Our Loss and Reclaiming Our Rights – September 11-17, 2011

10 things non-profits should know for the DoGooder contest

From our b-listed blog-

We love contests!

On the heels of of our very own I AM THIS LAND contest on diversity (bear with us, winners will be announced soon!!!)  See3 and YouTube are back for the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards! We’re very excited for this, because Breakthrough picked up the honor back in 2009 for our film, “Death by Detention.”

Here are 10 details to keep in mind before you enter:

1. You have to submit a video made in 2010 (but there’s an exception for some folks – see #4!)

2. Not sure if the subject/issue in your video qualifies? It does! The contest has no specific category or missions. Ah open minds and flexibility!

3. Video 11+ minutes long? Make friends with iMovie, Avid, Final Cut and edit it down! Videos must be no longer than 10 minutes.

4. New category alert: Best Thrifty Video for videos made under $500. Small nonprofits big on heart and small on wallet, they’re talking to you. AND you guys have longer to enter because your videos can be made any time before the end of the submission period.

5. Voting is open to the public March 7th and only lasts until March 11th. Rally up the troops so they give your video support (fb, twitter, carrier pigeon).

6. To be eligible, your org has to be a member of  YouTube Nonprofit Program. (But you should be on it anyway, it’s a great program!)

7. You could win a spot on YouTube’s HOMEPAGE. And if you saw the commercials during the Superbowl this past weekend it’s sort of like that. Also: 2,500 grants provided by the Case Foundation, free entry to Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) and Flip Video Cameras.

8.  We’re a major supporter of being global, (our other office is in India!) but videos must be submitted from the US, UK and Australia.

9. If you watch this video you’ll find the answer to winning. It’s subliminal. No, we’re just kidding. But the video does give a great overview!

1o.  If you’re a nonprofit that makes videos ENTER. If you don’t win (though you might!) your video will be seen along with tons of others which only spreads your message, mission and issues even further. So enter!