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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.

UN Committee Against Torture Grills US Delegation Over Record Complying with Treaty Ban

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 1:12 pm

A United States delegation came before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, as part of the committee’s periodic review of compliance with a treaty prohibiting torture. The delegation indicated publicly that, unlike under President George W. Bush, the government had decided the ban applies to the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the [...]

US Government to Go Before UN Committee Against Torture & Defend Solitary Confinement

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 12:46 pm

During a periodic review of the country’s obligations under the Convention Against Torture, the United States is expected to go before the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva and defend the use of solitary confinement. On November 12 and 13, the committee will scrutinize President Barack Obama’s administration and its compliance with the treaty. [...]

Palestinian Organizer Rasmea Odeh Jailed Hours After Being Convicted by Jury of Immigration Fraud

By: Monday November 10, 2014 4:57 pm

Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian American organizer who immigrated to the United States twenty years ago, was convicted of immigration fraud by a jury in Detroit. The judge held an afternoon hearing and decided to revoke her bond. She was taken into custody and will be in jail until her sentencing hearing on March 10. Odeh [...]

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Is Counting Down the Days Until His Release

By: Monday November 10, 2014 12:51 pm

This weekend I made another visit to the federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou is imprisoned. He was in good spirits and had begun to count down the days until he is released from Loretto to a halfway house in southeastern Washington, DC. It is about a three hour drive [...]

Protest at Chicago Police Headquarters: Families of Those Killed by Cops Speak Out for Justice (VIDEO)

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 10:44 am

Family of people shot and killed by Chicago police gathered outside the Chicago Police Department’s headquarters on November 5. Somewhere around fifty to a hundred people, including activists and city residents, participated in an evening demonstration for justice and accountability. Specifically, the action took place on November 5 because 22-year-old Rekia Boyd would have been [...]

A 2014 Midterm Election Post-Mortem: The Democratic Party Will Not Solve Our Problems

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 5:20 pm

The Democratic Party was totally demolished in the midterm election last night. Where I live, in Illinois, a pension fund raider and Job Creator of the 1% named Bruce Rauner defeated Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. But, in the morning, when I woke up I was largely dispassionate about the outcome of the election. After previous [...]

Kuwaiti Prisoner Cleared by Periodic Review Board Is Released from Guantanamo in Spite of Republican Fear Mongering

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 12:51 pm

Kuwaiti prisoner Fawzi Al Odah was released from Guantanamo Bay prison and transferred to Kuwait. Odah was cleared for release by a periodic review board in July and is the first prisoner cleared by the board to be released. During Odah’s detention, he was a high-profile prisoner whose attorneys fought for rights for all prisoners, [...]

Trial in the Political Prosecution of Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Starts with Jury Selection

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 5:26 pm

Jury selection in the trial of Rasmea Odeh, who is accused by the United States government of committing immigration fraud on a naturalization form, took place today in Detroit, Michigan. The trial is expected to take place over the next three days. Odeh is a 67-year-old associate director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) [...]

Will Tom Cotton Be the New Face of Surveillance Reform Opposition in the Senate?

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:33 pm

House Republican Tom Cotton looks defeated. Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. It is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power. [...]

Government Has No ‘Agreement’ With Reporter James Risen, Still Plans to Subpoena for Testimony

By: Monday November 3, 2014 5:21 pm

The United States government has indicated that the Justice Department does not currently have an agreement with New York Times reporter James Risen for testimony in a leak prosecution against his alleged source, Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with multiple violations of the Espionage Act. Sterling met with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers and [...]

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