Ken Montenegro is executive vice president of the National Lawyers Guild and is the technology director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. He is responsible for ensuring technology is used to advance the programmatic objectives of the organization. Previously, Ken was the technology director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. He is a co-founder of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and of the Radical Connections Network. Ken is a graduate of the Peoples College of Law. He is a longtime activist with grassroots communities and movements, in particular around immigration and policing.
Free Speech Zero Day: Fascists Are Abusing It, Corporations Exploit It - How Do We Take It Back?
The left has historically fought corporate and government censors to ensure radical and revolutionary ideas can be freely shared under the banner of free speech. Recently, fascists have begun using the same free speech argument to support the spread of racism, misogyny, violence, and hatred both online and in real life. This has become especially true during the heavy switch to online organizing during the COVID-19 crisis. This mixes with an increasing dependence on corporate marketed software, including web conferencing software like Zoom.
How do we fight back without compromising our own online organizing? What changes in our own meeting and conference culture need to be made? How do we avoid depending on corporate definitions of political extremism which have historically targeted trans folx, bogus political groupings such as "black separatist extremists," and other movement allies?