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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.

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 [...]

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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 [...]

Sit-In at QuikTrip Gas Station in St. Louis Ends in 17 Arrests, Police Firing Pepper Spray

By: Sunday October 12, 2014 3:58 pm

As part of a weekend of actions in St. Louis, an unplanned civil disobedience action took place at a QuikTrip gas station early on Sunday. Police in riot gear—and holding shields and batons—broke up the action and arrested 17 people around 3 am. Actions and events have been taking place under the banner of “Ferguson [...]

Ferguson, Red Fountains & the Blood That Has Soaked the Ground for Generations

By: Sunday October 12, 2014 11:59 am

"This fountain is reminding me of the blood of the Black victims that stains our streets." #FergusonOctober pic.twitter.com/CUwLz2eVKe — Dante Barry (@dantebarry) October 11, 2014 There were well over a thousand people from various community, union and activist organizations out in the streets of downtown St. Louis yesterday. They were not just marching for justice [...]

In Historic Development, Seven Americans Are Notified by US Government They Aren’t on No Fly List

By: Saturday October 11, 2014 10:09 am

As a result of a court ruling that found thirteen United States citizens who were placed on the No Fly List had their rights to “procedural due process” violated, seven US citizens have been notified by the government that they are not currently on that particular watchlist. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had been involved [...]

Yet Another Example of How Government Uses ‘Legal Process’ to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources

By: Friday October 10, 2014 3:21 pm

In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought [...]

Fired Professor Steven Salaita’s Speech at Columbia College Chicago on Israel, Civility & Academic Freedom

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 8:19 pm

*Author’s note: Professor Steven Salaita was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in  because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza. For background on his case, here is a previous post outlining what happened. For biographical information [...]

NSA Claims Notifications to Congress About Authorized Leaks of Intelligence Are ‘Top Secret’

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 1:03 pm

Whether the White House or any agency in the executive branch has made “authorized disclosures” of “national intelligence” and reported these disclosures to Congress is considered top secret information, according to the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the 2013 Intelligence Authorization Act, President Barack Obama signed into law a provision requiring that Congress [...]

The Problem with CNN Hosts Talking About Islam Promoting Violence & Claiming “We’re Just Asking Questions”

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 7:10 pm

For well over a month now, CNN has pushed a conversation about whether there is something inherently violent about Islam or whether the religion promotes violence. Conversation has been presented by anchors, particularly Don Lemon, as just hosts asking questions for the sake of some innocent and potentially educational discussion. The problem is CNN is [...]

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