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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.

US Government: Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling is ‘No Whistleblower,’ Deserves Lengthy Prison Sentence

By: Tuesday April 21, 2015 3:22 pm

A sentencing memo from the United States government submitted to a federal court on Monday argued former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is “no whistleblower” and recommended that Sterling be given a severe and lengthy prison sentence. The appropriate range of nineteen and a half to twenty-four years was suggested. During a January trial, the government [...]

No Justice for Rekia Boyd as Chicago Police Officer Who Killed Her is Found ‘Not Guilty’ by Judge

By: Monday April 20, 2015 4:55 pm

The family of twenty-two year-old Rekia Boyd, who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, was awarded $4.5 million in a wrongful death settlement in 2013. Yet, just over two years later, the officer who fired the shot that hit Boyd in her head has been found “not guilty” by a judge of [...]

Yemeni Americans Feel Doubly Betrayed as US Government Refuses to Evacuate Them from Yemen

By: Monday April 20, 2015 10:15 am

The US envoy to Djibouti spoke about the “tough experience” Yemeni Americans trapped in Yemen last week, however, what was missing from his remarks were any indications that the government will end its refusal evacuate tens of thousands of Americans from the war-ravaged country. Tom Kelly, according to McClatchy, acknowledged that hundreds of Americans had [...]

Despite Changes, US Government Still Unwilling to Provide Meaningful Information to Americans Put on No Fly List

By: Wednesday April 15, 2015 10:00 am

The United States government will now inform US citizens placed on the No Fly List whether they have, in fact, been put on the No Fly List and possibly some details related to the basis for the listing. But an attorney for an American challenging the government’s No Fly List authority has suggested that the [...]

Victory for Movement: Chicago Agrees to Reparations for Police Torture Survivors

By: Tuesday April 14, 2015 5:22 pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his administration and lawyers and police torture survivors announced at a city council finance committee hearing that they had agreed upon a package for reparations. The package includes $5.5 million for survivors, public acknowledgment of torture and other non-financial benefits that will help families of survivors heal. From 1972 to 1991, [...]

Hillary Clinton’s Announcement Paves Way for Progressives to Abandon Principles Very Early in 2016 Election

By: Monday April 13, 2015 12:21 pm

Hillary Clinton’s long-anticipated announcement that she will run for president in the 2016 election paves the way for progressives to abandon their principles and values much earlier than previous elections. A number of progressives are not likely to wait this time for the Democratic Party’s primary to unfold because they contend it is inevitable Clinton [...]

In FBI Terrorism Sting Against Mentally Ill Kansas Man, Informants Built Bomb & Provided List of Materials

By: Friday April 10, 2015 5:16 pm

In a terrorism sting operation, the FBI arrested a twenty year-old man from Topeka, Kansas, who United States government officials claim attempted to “detonate a vehicle bomb at Fort Riley military base near Manhattan, Kansas.” He also apparently suffers from mental illness. John T. Booker Jr., who also goes by the name Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, [...]

Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin, Who Killed Rekia Boyd While Off-Duty, Finally Goes on Trial

By: Thursday April 9, 2015 8:31 pm

In a rare example of prosecutors seeking to hold a Chicago police officer accountable for a fatal shooting, Dante Servin went on trial for involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. On March 21, 2012, Servin, who was off-duty at the time, responded to a 911 call complaining about noise in Douglas [...]

Human Rights Watch Sues US Government Over DEA’s Massive Surveillance Program That Chills Their Work

By: Wednesday April 8, 2015 12:05 pm

Human Rights Watch has sued the United States government over a massive surveillance program that intercepted billions of Americans’ international phone call records and was operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency for more than two decades. The lawsuit names one hundred unidentified officials or employees involved in operating the program as defendants. It also names [...]

DEA Surveillance Program Harvested Americans’ Call Records—And It Took Snowden’s Disclosures to End It

By: Tuesday April 7, 2015 7:02 pm

The United States government harvested the records of billions of Americans’ international phone calls for over two decades. It was ended by the Justice Department in September 2013 after disclosures by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden brought widespread attention to massive government surveillance. The surveillance program was made public by the Justice Department in January. The [...]

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