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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.

‘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, [...]

Mayor of Dellwood, Which Neighbors Ferguson: Setting an Example for How to Build Community

By: Monday August 25, 2014 2:23 pm

When the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer led to individuals damaging businesses, Reggie Jones, the African-American mayor of Dellwood, was concerned that what was happening would spill over. In fact, the St. Louis suburb’s border is only two blocks from the QuikTrip that was set on fire on August 9, the [...]

Ferguson’s Municipal Court System Makes Millions Off Targeting Black and Poor People

By: Monday August 25, 2014 10:52 am

A small nonprofit organization, which provides “holistic legal advocacy” to poverty-stricken residents in St. Louis County, didn’t believe their clients when they claimed they were being incarcerated for not paying fines, targeted for being black and poor and denied access to municipal courts, particularly when they brought their children with them. The organization decided to [...]

Ferguson Organizer on Life Under Police Occupation (Video)

By: Sunday August 24, 2014 11:57 am

Tef Poe, a local musician and community organizer from St. Louis, who grew up in the Ferguson area, addressed how residents feel about the police during a press event on August 22. It was an opportunity for Poe and other young black organizers to put the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer [...]

‘We Finally Got One of Those Animals’: Community Organizer in Ferguson Recounts Arrest

By: Saturday August 23, 2014 11:31 am

Taurean Russell, a black community organizer who was been working to mobilize residents since Michael Brown was gunned down by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, was arrested earlier in the week. At a press event, he recounted his arrest. During the evening, Russell had been on multiple mainstream news programs. He had the opportunity to [...]

In Aftermath of Killing of Mike Brown, Organizers Announce Set of Demands for Justice in Ferguson

By: Friday August 22, 2014 8:40 pm

(update below) Young black organizers, who have been working with members of the Ferguson community to formulate calls for action in response to the police shooting that killed Mike Brown, announced a set of demands they would like to see fulfilled in the aftermath. This set of demands represents what the community will be fighting [...]

‘Before I Die’ Project Goes Up to Help Ferguson Community Residents Heal

By: Friday August 22, 2014 2:24 pm

Boards with “Before I Die” at the top, which Ferguson community residents can write on, have appeared on an old boarded-up Ponderosa restaurant building on West Florissant Avenue, the same stretch of road where evening protests have been taking place since Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer. The “Before I [...]

Reporting from Ferguson

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 7:32 pm

Kevin Gosztola is reporting from Ferguson, Missouri today. You can follow him on Twitter @KGosztola

Teen Says He Was Punched in His Jaw by Police While Being Arrested During Protest in Ferguson

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 2:53 pm

A black eighteen year-old from St. Louis came over to the media zone last night and talked to reporters about how he had been violently arrested by police during Tuesday night while protesting in Ferguson against the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. Leon Nelson, said a “kid threw a plastic water [...]

Legal Observer Arrested in Ferguson Says He Saw Police Targeting Black Men for Arrest

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 12:20 pm

A legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild, who was wearing a clearly marked green hat, was arrested just after midnight on August 20. He was one of at least forty-seven arrests police made during protests urging the county to arrest or indict Officer Darren Wilson, who has been identified as the officer who shot [...]

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