I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

CVEW, CRCL, and Engagement Teams from Homeland Security

Someone tell me what this this is all about - I'm still too fuzzy, or maybe it's Janet - I can't tell. The link goes back to the FBI, so don't follow unless you really want to end up there. This is an excerpt of testimony given by the Secretary -

Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate September 30, 2009

"The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 charges DHS with leadership on the issue of violent extremism and violent radicalization within the United States. DHS established its Counter Violent Extremism Working Group (CVEW) in January to coordinate counter-violent extremism efforts across the Department. In addition to and separate from the operational and intelligence activities I discussed earlier, these efforts also include comprehensive community outreach and engagement programs.

Many of DHS’ outreach efforts are led by the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL), which promotes civic engagement with many different communities as a means of increasing communication, building trust, and fostering resilient communities. In addition to serving those primary goals, engaging key communities also helps to prevent the isolation and alienation that many believe are precursors for violent extremism. It is important to note that such engagement with the many key groups which with CRCL holds dialogues – such as Arab and Somali American communities, as well as Muslim and Sikh leaders – is important in and of itself as a matter of civil rights protection and smart, effective law enforcement. But by helping communities more fully engage with their government, DHS is also preempting alienation and creating buy-in to the broader shared responsibility of homeland security.

CRCL’s Engagement Team works closely with these key communities and other members of the American public in order to provide information and respond to concerns. The Engagement Team is currently active in eight metropolitan areas1, convening roundtable meetings and coordinating outreach events for community members and federal, state, and local government officials.

CRCL is also helping to increase the cultural competency of DHS employees, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement, on issues such as religious dress, misguided stereotypes of religious or minority groups, and cultural practices..."

and more goobledy goop. Anyone know anything about these acronyms and engagement teams? Are they like the welcome wagon, or will they be trying to get all the little girls and boys to become good multi-cultural All-American scouts? Did you catch that part about the "buy-in"? And what about  "Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007"? Man, I really lost a lot in a week. If anyone can catch me up - it actually looks like I'm behind by a few months.

1 comment:

  1. This sure sounds like goobledy goop! I cannot make anything of this! Bu tthanks for letting us know! :-)