Steve Rohde will speak on “DRONES ABROAD AND SPYING AT HOME: What’s Happening to Our Democracy?“
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 7-9pm
Multipurpose room (2nd floor) of the Main Library on 6th St. & Santa Monica Blvd.
Enter parking garage on 7th St.
With the stunning revelations over the last couple of weeks of widespread NSA spying on Americans, the June 26th general membership meeting of the Santa Monica Democratic Club will be more timely and urgent than we could have imagined back when we invited the civil liberties champion Stephen Rohde to be our guest speaker.
Rohde, a constitutional lawyer and the current head of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, will address “Drones Abroad and Spying At Home” and will take audience questions on what’s happening to our democracy at a time when we are learning that every major phone carrier has evidently complied with government orders to turn over logs of all phone calls made to, from, and within the country over the past seven years, and that vast, comprehensive troves of information about internet activity have also been monitored by the government.
Join us for an eye-opening and provocative discussion, and feel free to invite friends: Like all our monthly membership meetings, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, and the general public is welcome.
We hope to see you there.
Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist. He is the Chair the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, a founder and current Vice-Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Vice Chair of Bend the Arc, a Jewish Partnership for Justice and a Vice President of Death Penalty Focus. Mr. Rohde is the author of American Words of Freedom, which explores the origins, history and meaning of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. His most recent book is Freedom of Assembly, which is part of the American Rights Series. He is also co-author of Foundations of Freedom published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation and has written numerous articles and book reviews on civil liberties and constitutional history.