The Next Fight: Combating the Ever-Rising Surveillance State

The Next Fight: Combating the Ever-Rising Surveillance State

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Aug. 13 11:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Aug. 13 11:50 AM (Eastern)

Surveillance technologies are growing and expanding their reach in both the private and public sectors. Despite moves toward ending mass incarceration and its harms, the systems of criminalization are evolving with the power of technology. This panel will bring organizers from different movements and communities together to talk about the growing impact of these technologies, the different sectors they effect, organizing and corporate campaign strategies to combat them for current and future fights, and the role of corporate power in how these technologies are distributed.


Alyxandra Goodwin

Alyx is currently organizing with BYP100 Chicago, a senior organizer and researcher at Action Center on Race and the Economy, and a co-founder and writer with LEFT OUT Magazine. Her writing and activism are centered around the momentum and challenges of building Black power and self-determination. Her work at ACRE currently focuses on the relationship between the finance industry and policing, racialized capitalism, and how these things exacerbate oppressions.


Jelani Drew

Jelani is a digital organizer and strategist with experience managing campaigns and building community power both online and offline. Jelani is currently on the Kairos team as a campaign manager. Prior to their role at Kairos, Jelani was a part of the CREDO Action team and worked at Fight for the Future. Jelani entered the digital organizing field as a 2018 Kairos Fellow and focuses on the intersection between tech and racial justice.

PG Watkins


Paige PG Watkins (they/them) is a nonbinary organizer, facilitator, trainer and organizational strategist from Detroit. They are a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)’s Detroit chapter and a board member of the James & Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership. PG is a member of Blackout Collective’s Dark Matter network, training in direct action and civil disobedience with groups around the country. They are an abolitionist who believes that a world is possible beyond jails, detention, and punitive punishment. PG is currently involved in campaigns to end mass surveillance in Detroit, to create a People’s Budget that divests from policing and to stop the new county jail development.

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