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Second Sunday Cinema looks at the drones among us

The Second Sunday Cinema series will feature “Rise of the Drones,” a PBS special report this weekend.

U.S. law enforcement is greatly expanding its use of domestic drones for surveillance at an astounding rate both on the federal level and here in California. Congress has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to change airspace rules to make it much easier for police nationwide to use domestic drones, but the law does not include badly needed privacy protections. Here in California, legislation is currently making its way through the Assembly. Routine aerial surveillance would profoundly change the character of public life in America, exposing citizens to invasions of privacy in and around our homes.

After the screening Sunday, there will be a talk on the topic of drones in Nevada County. From cameras that can capture every detail of an entire city at a glance to swarming robots that can make decisions on their own to giant air frames that can stay aloft for days on end, drones are changing our relationship to war, surveillance and each other. “Rise of the Drones” is presented by the Peace Center of Nevada County and Social Action Committee of the UUCM. Petitions will be available for presentation to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, and for an initiative process. There is a suggested donation of $5 -10. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. “Rise of the Drones” shows at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. For information contact the Peace Center at 265-0200 or visit http://ncpeace.org.

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