Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
From the FBI, to local police intelligence divisions, to private security; social justice activists, radicals, and others challenging injustice and inequality, invariably confront governmental and other forces—who often operate in the shadows—aimed at constraining their reach and maintaining the status quo. We will examine the methodologies of these agencies in the not far past and examine their implications for today.
Aaron Leonard is the author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists and A Threat of the First Magnitude—FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union 1962-1974. He is a contributor to the History News Network, Jacobin, and Truthout.org. He has a BA in history from New York University and is currently completing his third book, The Folk Singers & the Bureau…And the Suppression of the Communist Party, USA: 1939-1956 (Repeater Books, UK, Fall 2020). He lives in Los Angeles.