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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.

Pumpkin Riot, Ferguson & the White Privilege to Turn Down for Whatever

By: Monday October 20, 2014 10:22 pm

"We have pumpkins, we are not armed" #ferguson pic.twitter.com/vrgiL8e88y— stevegiegerich (@stevegiegerich) October 20, 2014 Protesters approached the St. Louis County Justice Center while holding pumpkins marked “racism,” “police brutality” and “white privilege.” They planned to smash the pumpkins in front of the police station to make a point about the disparity in media coverage of [...]

US Government Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Against ‘Suspicious Activity’ Program Which Keeps Files on Innocent People

By: Monday October 20, 2014 12:47 pm

The United States government has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of five US citizens who say they were victims of a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals. According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], a National Suspicious Activity [...]

Podcast: Guantanamo Prisoner’s Attorney on Importance of Public Seeing Videos of His Forced-Feedings

By: Sunday October 19, 2014 10:00 am

Guantanamo prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab has been pursuing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s administration to force the government stop using force-feeding to punish him while he is on hunger strike and protesting against his continued indefinite detention, even though he has been cleared for release. There were legal proceedings in recent weeks, where a [...]

Ferguson Protesters & Allies Describe ‘American Horror Story’ They’re Experiencing in Open Letter

By: Friday October 17, 2014 5:12 pm

[Editor's note:  The following is an open letter written by protesters and allies in Ferguson, Missouri, where the unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown was gunned down and killed by a white Ferguson police officer named Darren Wilson on August 9. Since then, community members have been taking action. They have demanded justice, especially that [...]

St. Louis Officer Who Called Activist’s Boss About Her Tweets Now Under Investigation by Internal Affairs

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 9:00 pm

A St. Louis police officer, who called an activist’s boss and warned her boss about alleged “inciteful” tweets, is reportedly under investigation after the activist posted a video of her calling this officer to confront him. Leigh Maibes, who has participated in protests since Mike Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer on August [...]

Government Frustrates Court’s Plan for Release of Videos of Guantanamo Prisoner Being Force-Fed

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 11:59 am

The United States government is planning to appeal a decision by a federal judge, who ordered the release of at least twenty-eight videos of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner being forcibly extracted from his cell in shackles and force-fed. Attorneys for the Justice Department have requested an administrative stay so videos are not made public before [...]

In Report to UN Committee Against Torture, US Government Touts Division That Doesn’t Really Prosecute Torturers

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 6:01 pm

The United States government submitted its “periodic report” to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. There are multiple glaring aspects of the government’s report on how it believes it is complying fully with the Convention Against Torture (CAT), however, one part of the report where the government claims to have done what it was supposed [...]

Day of Resistance: ‘Ferguson October’ Makes St. Louis Feel Presence of Growing Movement Against Police Violence

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 10:23 am

Protestors' list out their demands for elected St. Louis officials inside city hall. #fergusonoctober pic.twitter.com/sOA2ORGqRR — Muad'Dib (@Thursday_Neal) October 13, 2014 By the time the day of resistance was over on October 14, there had been at least seventy-six arrested during somewhere around five to ten separate nonviolent actions to call attention to the national [...]

Tweets From the Ferguson Frontline

By: Monday October 13, 2014 9:24 pm

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How ‘Ferguson October’ Ended Up Occupying a Plaza on Saint Louis University’s Campus

By: Monday October 13, 2014 1:16 pm

Hundreds of people took to the streets of St. Louis last night following an interfaith service at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University (SLU). They eventually made their way on to the SLU campus by 2 am and, by early morning, twenty-five people remained with tents in Clock Tower Plaza on campus. It was all [...]

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