Hard Knock - Diggin in the Vault Audio Collection

Deception, Disinformation and Law Enforcement

We speaks with key activists and organizers about law enforcement agencies using deception and disinformation tactics against individuals who campaign to bring about political or social change in the United States.



Melina Abdullah Ph.D is Professor and former Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. Abdullah is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with subjects ranging from political coalition building to womanist mothering.

Carroll Fife is the councilmember-elect for Oakland’s District 3. After decades of public service as a non-profit director and community organizer, Carroll was called to run for office by the people with whom she organizes every day. One of the founding members of Moms for Housing, Carroll has fought both in the halls of power and in the streets to protect the human right to housing.
As councilmember her priorities will be to divest from police to invest in community, get every unsheltered person in Oakland into housing as quickly as possible, and create progressive tax structures to correct social and racial inequities. Her historic winning campaign, supported by virtually every endorsing organization in Oakland, was powered by over 1000 active volunteers, and has transitioned into a permanent political organization dedicated to passing transformative legislation and building a progressive majority on the Oakland City Council.

Tur-Ha Ak a key member of Community Ready Corps. Tur-Ha Ak is also the CEO of Urban Protection Industries, a harm reduction security company.