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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.

Amtrak’s Suspicious Activity Reporting Guidelines & the White Privilege of Freedom of Travel

By: Friday October 24, 2014 7:51 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) obtained a copy of guidelines for Amtrak customer service employees in Texas. The organization received it as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which it filed because individuals have been submitted reports indicating they were “wrongfully searched and arrested on Amtrak trains.” The company may [...]

Amnesty International Delegation Releases Report on Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson, Missouri

By: Friday October 24, 2014 12:42 pm

When Ferguson, Missouri, was experiencing a crackdown by militarized police forces in August after a white police officer killed Mike Brown, Amnesty International made the unprecedented decision to deploy human rights observers to a city inside the United States. A 13-person delegation monitored developments and the human rights organization has now released its report on [...]

Justice Department Rejects Key Reforms to FBI Whistleblower Regulations

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 5:06 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is considering an array of new procedures that may modestly improve protections for whistleblowers, however, the Justice Department rejected a number of key reforms that “whistleblower advocates” have urged the agency to adopt. Under a presidential policy directive President Barack Obama issued in October 2012, which applied to whistleblowers with [...]

On Day of Action Against Police Brutality, Grassroots Group Presents Report on Chicago Police Violence

By: Wednesday October 22, 2014 7:11 pm

A grassroots organization set up to bring attention to the “voices and experiences” of young people of color most targeted by police violence in Chicago issued a “shadow report,” which has been submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. The group, We Charge Genocide (WCG), was formed in June after a young African-American man [...]

CIA Agents Reportedly Impersonated Senate Staffers While Torture Report Was Being Produced

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 5:39 pm

CIA agents “impersonated Senate staffers” while the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was producing its report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, according to Huffington Post. “According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials,” journalists Ali Watkins and Ryan Grim reported, “CIA agents [...]

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Seattle Police Who Believe Restricting ‘Use of Force’ Violates Their Rights

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 12:04 pm

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by nearly one hundred Seattle police officers, who claimed a “use of force” policy adopted in response to a Justice Department lawsuit violated their constitutional rights to defend themselves. The Justice Department found that the Seattle Police Department “engaged in a pattern or practice of using unlawful force [...]

Pumpkin Riot, Ferguson & the White Privilege to Turn Down for Whatever

By: Monday October 20, 2014 10:22 pm

"We have pumpkins, we are not armed" #ferguson pic.twitter.com/vrgiL8e88y— stevegiegerich (@stevegiegerich) October 20, 2014 Protesters approached the St. Louis County Justice Center while holding pumpkins marked “racism,” “police brutality” and “white privilege.” They planned to smash the pumpkins in front of the police station to make a point about the disparity in media coverage of [...]

US Government Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Against ‘Suspicious Activity’ Program Which Keeps Files on Innocent People

By: Monday October 20, 2014 12:47 pm

The United States government has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of five US citizens who say they were victims of a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals. According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], a National Suspicious Activity [...]

Podcast: Guantanamo Prisoner’s Attorney on Importance of Public Seeing Videos of His Forced-Feedings

By: Sunday October 19, 2014 10:00 am

Guantanamo prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab has been pursuing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s administration to force the government stop using force-feeding to punish him while he is on hunger strike and protesting against his continued indefinite detention, even though he has been cleared for release. There were legal proceedings in recent weeks, where a [...]

Ferguson Protesters & Allies Describe ‘American Horror Story’ They’re Experiencing in Open Letter

By: Friday October 17, 2014 5:12 pm

[Editor's note:  The following is an open letter written by protesters and allies in Ferguson, Missouri, where the unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown was gunned down and killed by a white Ferguson police officer named Darren Wilson on August 9. Since then, community members have been taking action. They have demanded justice, especially that [...]

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