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An Oscar Grant Committee Video Showing “Spies of Mississippi”

Date:
Friday, April 11, 2014
Time:
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Event Type:
Screening
Organizer/Author:
Doug
Email:
Location Details:
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave.
(Near Alcatraz)
North Oakland, CA

This hour long documentary is about the creation and activities of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, a spy network that was set up by the Mississippi State Legislature, to spy, gather intelligence, and monitor the Civil Rights Organizations in Mississippi during the mid 1950s to the 1960s, who were fighting to register black voters, organize demonstrations against segregation, and educate the general public about the harsh conditions facing blacks. The documentary reveals how the State Sovereignty Commission hired black people to function as spies in these Civil Rights organizations. These informants, in turn, provided large amounts of information about the activities, especially of its leaders, to the commission. This documentary shows how the Mississippi government was able to accumulate large amounts of data on private citizens through secret surveillance and spying via this unknown, behind the scenes, secret government commission. Spying has not gone away; it is done on a massive scale today by the NSA, as Eric Snowden’s whistle blowing has revealed, an issue of great concern to all Americans. This is a must see video.
Added to the calendar on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 5:18PM
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