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GTMO in MSP: Detention in the Twin Cities, March 1, 2014

Surveillance and Detention in the Twin Cities: A public forum

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

This forum explores how nationality/ethnicity-based suspicion, surveillance, detention and other practices that are often associated with the prison camp at Guantánamo and U.S. “counterterrorism” policies abroad also operate within the Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP) region. It includes a presentation by University of Minnesota students on their multimedia project “GTMO in MSP” as well as comments by Omar Farah, Staff Attorney, Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative of the Center for Constitutional Rights, U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, and other community leaders. There will be ample time for open discussion. Key questions to be addressed include:

  • How have practices of nationality/ethnicity-based suspicion, surveillance and detention impacted people in the Twin Cities region?
  • How has the longer history of US intervention in East Africa, an important site of migration to MSP, shaped these practices?
  • How does surveillance and suspicion impact the ability of people to move money and other resources across national boundaries?
guantanamo immigration

This unmarked ICE building in Bloomington, MN, houses the detention immigration court, run by the Department of Justice, in its basement.

This forum is held in conjunction with the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, including the exhibition on view at the Minnesota History Center from Feb. 11 – March 16, 2014. For more info, see the GPMP blog.

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