First They Came for the Immigrants...A Forum on Human Rights, Constitutional Rights, Your Rights
April 11, 2012
The forum will feature testimonies from people whose rights have been jeopardized by government surveillance. With: Melissa Gonzalez-Brenes, Chair, Cambridge Human Rights Commission Nancy Murray, Director of Education, ACLU of Massachusetts Cathy Hoffman, Cambridge UJP This forum will also provide an overview of policy changes that are eroding basic constitutional rights, and the implications for us all. In the aftermath of Sept 11, there have been dramatic and chilling changes in government practices toward immigrant communities. These changes have extended to surveillance of those expressing dissent or protesting US policies, and beyond. First they came for the immigrants…derives from a famous WW11 quote, attributed to Pastor Neimoller, referring to the passivity of Germans following the Nazi rise to power. They came for one group after another until…"they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me."