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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.

Mother Will March Every Day Until Chicago Police Provide Answers on Police Shooting That Killed Her Son

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 1:42 pm

Protesters gathered on Mon. to march for Roshad McIntosh who was fatally shot by police last Sun. in E. Garfield Park pic.twitter.com/xUmhm6PFzx— Alex Wroblewski (@alexwroblewski) September 2, 2014 More than one week after Chicago police shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh, his mother is still demanding the police provide basic information on what happened to [...]

Podcast: Ferguson, Class Divisions & Why Community May Reject Voting as Key Answer to Injustice

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 10:56 am

The stark reality is police in America have gunned down black youth in the streets many, many times prior to Michael Brown’s death. Why did this act of police brutality lead to such a show of incredible rage and protest from a community? Moreover, as the community fights to win justice, what are the problems [...]

Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

By: Saturday August 30, 2014 10:08 am

The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the [...]

Lawsuit Against Ferguson, St. Louis County Police Argues Officers Handled Citizens as ‘War Combatants’

By: Friday August 29, 2014 11:48 am

A lawsuit filed against Ferguson and St. Louis County police officers seeks millions of dollars in damages for violations of rights and laws, which allegedly occurred while police were in the process of aggressively suppressing protests. Altogether, seven different individuals allege they were falsely arrested. Multiple individuals also contend officers intentionally inflicted “emotional distress,” committed [...]

Defense Argues Palestinian Organizer’s Indictment Was Product of Illegal FBI Investigation

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 11:12 pm

A motion to dismiss an indictment against Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh for allegedly committing immigration fraud argues Odeh’s indictment was the “product of an illegal investigation into the First Amendment activities of the Arab-American Action Network (AAAN),” a community group based in Chicago. Rasmea Odeh is an organizer in Chicago. She has been a naturalized [...]

Judge: Government’s Justification for Keeping Detainee Abuse Photos Secret is ‘Not Sufficient’

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 9:11 pm

A federal district court judge has ruled that the government’s certification to prevent the disclosure of thousands of photos of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq—including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison—is “not sufficient to prevent publication.” The federal judge ordered [PDF] the government to appear in court on September 8 and produce [...]

Mother of Black Teen Shot & Killed by Chicago Police Says Officers Wouldn’t Let Her See His Body

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 4:33 pm

Chicago police officers shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh in the west side neighborhood of North Lawndale on August 24. His mother was at a press conference after a letter was delivered to the United States Justice Department calling on the federal government to come to the city and investigate crimes by police officers, who [...]

Navy Nurse Who Refused Order to Force-Feed Hunger Striking Guantanamo Prisoners May Face Discipline

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 10:43 am

The first and only officer on the medical staff at Guantanamo Bay to conscientiously object to force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike has reportedly had his assignment ended. He has been sent back to Naval Health Clinic New England, his “parent command,” while an investigation is completed, which may result in discipline or a court-martial. The [...]

Aunt Who Witnessed Fatal Police Shooting in Kansas Recounts What Led to Death of Mentally Ill Teen

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 4:58 pm

In Kansas, Ottawa police shot and killed Joseph Jennings, an 18-year-old who was mentally ill, on August 23. At least two officers on the scene were well aware that he suffered from seizures and had responded to a call one day ago to take him to the hospital to pump his stomach after he tried [...]

‘We’re Tired of Police Judging Us’—St. Louis Resident Opens Up About Police, Protests & Mike Brown (Video)

By: Monday August 25, 2014 4:54 pm

While on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, to cover the aftermath of the killing of Mike Brown by police, I had the privilege of being introduced to Kerry, a young black man and resident of the St. Louis area. He agreed to speak to me about his experiences. We recorded the interview on August 21, [...]

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