No to the “smart wall.” Day of Action against expanded border surveillance.

Today civil liberties groups are holding a Day of Action to oppose additional funding for invasive surveillance technology at the US border, reported to be part of the “agreement in principle” reached by Congressional negotiators to avoid another government shutdown.

Groups including Fight for the Future, Access, Demand Progress, Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee, and Defending Rights and Dissent will deliver thousands of signatures to Speaker Pelosi’s office at noon tomorrow EST on Capitol Hill, and will mobilize their members for online actions to drive phone calls to tweets at key members of Congress.

Last week, 28 human rights and civil liberties groups including Fight for the Future, the ACLU, EFF, RAICES, Mijente, and signed an open letter calling on Members of Congress not to fund surveillance technology at the border.

Research shows that expanding these mass spying programs will inevitably lead to more unnecessary suffering and death at the US border, and they pose a grave threat to millions of people’s privacy and civil liberties across the nation.

We’re asking you to Tweet and Call at these Democrats who are leading the negotiations for border wall funding and to demand they don’t provide additional funding for invasive technologies like facial recognition, algorithmic risk-assessment, DNA collection, and ubiquitous drone spying.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey — 202–225–6506

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard — 202–225–1766

Congresswoman Barbara Lee- 202–225–2661

Congressman Pete Aguilar — 202–225–3201

Congressman Henry Cuellar — 202–225–1640

Congressman David Price 202–225–1784

Share this far and wide. The US government’s mass surveillance programs are already out of control. Congress should be shutting them down, not expanding them.

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