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Kevin Gosztola

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Kevin Gosztola is a trusted author who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 Young People For Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago. Currently, he is working on a documentary project on Renaissance 2010 and Chicago Public Schools. On Columbia College's campus, he helps organize events and programming with a humanities/social sciences group known as Critical Encounters. He is currently working with the group to plan a media summit for Chicago in April 2010 and is currently seeking speakers who are willing to participate in talking to artists and media makers about how they can use participatory or social media to create art & media that promotes conversation and action on political, social, and cultural issues.
 
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About Me:
Kevin Gosztola is a trusted author who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 Young People For Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago. Currently, he is working on a documentary project on Renaissance 2010 and Chicago Public Schools. On Columbia College's campus, he helps organize events and programming with a humanities/social sciences group known as Critical Encounters. He is currently working with the group to plan a media summit for Chicago in April 2010 and is currently seeking speakers who are willing to participate in talking to artists and media makers about how they can use participatory or social media to create art & media that promotes conversation and action on political, social, and cultural issues.

Police Fired Tear Gas at Coffee Shop in St. Louis That Was Supposed ‘Safe Space’—Twice

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 4:28 pm

Safe space raided; @Amnesty Int'l observer team tear gassed. Three delegates hit with rubber bullets #Fergsuon pic.twitter.com/TWuq9iuiov — Rachel O'Leary (@racheloleary) November 25, 2014 Police deployed in riot gear fired tear gas directly at a coffee shop in St. Louis early in the morning on Tuesday. The scene unfolded just hours after an announcement by [...]

Grand Jury Does Not Indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for Killing Unarmed Mike Brown

By: Monday November 24, 2014 9:30 pm

After much anticipation, a grand jury in Clayton, Missouri, did not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, on August 9. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury determined “no probable cause” existed to file a charge against Wilson. “Many witnesses to the shooting of Michael [...]

For CNN, Michael Smerconish Helps Police Create Propaganda Against Ferguson Protesters

By: Monday November 24, 2014 11:54 am

Attorney and radio and television host Michael Smerconish spent a full hour on November 22 on the forthcoming grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, that was expected. He committed his show to not only holding protesters accountable but also to giving a Ferguson police officer air time to spread fear by claiming that all police [...]

FBI Sting Operation in St. Louis: Preemptive Policing Ahead of Announcement of Grand Jury Decision

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 1:03 pm

Days before a grand jury announcement is expected on whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for killing an unarmed black teenager, Mike Brown, the FBI has reportedly targeted and caught two men with alleged connections to the New Black Panthers who allegedly planned to purchase guns to hurt police officers. Multiple news [...]

Judge: ATF Agents Encourage People to Commit Crimes They Otherwise Wouldn’t Commit & Protect Stash Houses

By: Friday November 21, 2014 2:41 pm

In a case involving a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) “reverse sting” on an imaginary cocaine stash house, federal prosecutors have requested that an appeals court reinstate charges against two men who had drug conspiracy and robbery conspiracy charges dropped after a district judge ruled the government engaged in outrageous misconduct. However, [...]

Obama Administration Releases First Yemeni Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in Years

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 11:39 pm

Five prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay prison were released and resettled in Georgia and Slovakia. The released prisoners included four Yemenis, marking the first time since 2010 that Yemenis cleared for release were set free. Salah Muhammad Salih Al Dhabi, Abdul Khaled al Baidani, and Abd Al Hakim Ghalib Ahmad Alhag, who are each Yemeni, were [...]

Congressman Criticizes ‘Selective Prosecution’ of CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Calls for Pardon

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 3:07 pm

On the floor of House of Representatives on November 17, Virginia Democratic Representative Jim Moran put forward a stinging rebuke of the “selective prosecution” of former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou. He asked President Barack Obama to pardon Kiriakou and called the fifteen-year CIA veteran “an American hero.” Kiriakou was the first member of [...]

US Navy Considering Discharge of Nurse Who Followed Ethics & Refused to Force-Feed Guantanamo Prisoner

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 6:20 pm

An attorney for a United States Navy nurse facing potentially severe repercussions for refusing to force-feed a Guantanamo Bay prisoner has indicated that the nurse, who has served nearly 18 years in the Navy, may be discharged. He is one of the only known conscientious objectors to force-feeding of prisoners. Ron Meister stated in a [...]

High Court Judge Rules UK Government Not Entitled to Immunity from Claims Brought by Torture & Rendition Victim

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 1:19 pm

A high court judge in the United Kingdom has ruled that a Pakistani detained by British forces in Iraq in February 2004 may proceed with claims against the UK government related to his rendition, torture and detention. Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani, is not barred by the doctrine of state immunity or the doctrine of foreign [...]

Burying My Father Who Was One of My Biggest Fans

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 9:22 am

My dad is being buried today in a cemetery in Mishawaka, Indiana. He died from a heart attack in the middle of the night while he was sleeping on November 14. He was fifty-six years-old. I’ll take a moment to celebrate him, Thomas Gosztola. He was one of my biggest fans and a few weeks [...]

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