Official Statement of the DC Library Association in Support of Black Lives Matter
The DC Library Association Executive Board is committed to supporting the movement for Black lives. As librarians and information professionals, we must work intentionally and without cessation to combat the forces of systemic racism in our lives and in our institutions. We acknowledge the legacy of genocide and racism in the founding of the United States and are committed to combating and repairing it’s effects on our communities and in our workplaces. We, the DCLA executive board, affirm that Black Lives Matter. We stand in active opposition against white supremacy, police brutality, and state violence. In the interest of keeping our communities safe and supporting them, we have compiled a list of national and local resources. Please share this information as widely as possible.
Your Phone is a Cop: Critical Tips on Protestor Privacy
Be aware that anything on your phone or connected device can easily be surveilled and used by police and law enforcement to prosecute protestors. It has happened before and it will happen again. Even if your phone is turned off. Even if you never post the video or picture. There are incredibly sophisticated technologies to do so, and these are just the ones we know about, .IMSI-catchers, Stingrays, or more recently Crossbows can record phones' geolocation, their phone number, personal names, and sometimes the content of texts, phone calls, and e-mails. Make sure those around you and in communication with you are aware of these surveillance strategies.
Here are some tips you can use to keep everyone safe:
Quick Tips on Privacy at Protests
Other Privacy Tools:
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