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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.

Pentagon, DHS Award Grants to Police Without Considering if Agencies Have Record of Violating Rights

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:33 pm

A United States Senate committee held a hearing in the aftermath of what happened with militarized policing in Ferguson, Missouri, in order to examine federal grant programs for state and local law enforcement. At the hearing, two of the heads of three major grant programs admitted they do not examine whether a law enforcement organization [...]

CBP Requests Federal Court Keep Identity of Border Patrol Agent Who Killed Teen Secret

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:19 am

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has asked a federal court in Arizona to keep the name of a Border Patrol agent, who killed a 16-year-old, secret. Mexican Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was on the Mexican side of the US-Mexico “border fence” on October 10, 2012, when a border patrol agent shot him with [...]

Armored Vehicle Manufacturer Flips Out After Its Representative Explains Why Vehicles Used at Protests

By: Monday September 8, 2014 3:14 pm

The Armored Group representative said police need these trucks for protests because protesters might shoot at cops. pic.twitter.com/7Vjn7UGAKO — Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) September 5, 2014 Armored vehicle manufacturers are especially sensitive to suggestions that their vehicles will be used against protesters, even though that is exactly how they were used in Ferguson, Missouri, after a [...]

Podcast: Arrested Activists Discuss Taking Direct Action to Stop Oil Trains at Risk of Explosion

By: Sunday September 7, 2014 11:15 am

Five residents from the Seattle area took direct action on September 2 and constructed a massive tripod that blocked trains transporting crude oil through a rail yard in Everett, Washington. The action was organized by the environmental action group, Rising Tide North America, and was initiated to call attention to the need to halt the [...]

Obama Administration Still Keeping Much Secret About Bush’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program

By: Saturday September 6, 2014 1:46 pm

The Justice Department released to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) two memos on the authorization of warrantless wiretapping, as part of the top secret program, Stellar Wind. The memos were created during President George W. Bush’s administration and contain the “legal justification” for electronic surveillance without a warrant. However, one of the me was [...]

Document from Snowden Contains Blueprint for How US Spying Can Advance Corporate Interests

By: Friday September 5, 2014 3:51 pm

When disclosures from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden were first published by journalists, government officials in the United States insisted that US intelligence agencies do not engage in economic espionage. But, as the revelations continued to trickle out and expose the duplicity of this assertion, officials shifted to suggesting that any economic espionage is [...]

Judge Declines to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Idaho Ag-Gag Law, Agrees Restricts Protected Speech

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 7:07 pm

A federal district court judge in Idaho has declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a coalition of groups and journalists against a law that makes it possible for the state to jail anyone, who secretly films or records animal abuse, for a year. In February, Idaho became the seventh state to pass an “ag-gag [...]

Politico Magazine National Editor Snarks at Greenwald & Helps Former NSA Chief Spread Fear

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 12:30 pm

Ever since revelations from National Security Agency documents began to be published by journalists, much has been learned about how the NSA has transformed the world into a massive surveillance state. Quite a bit has also been learned about journalism in the United States too. A number of individuals in media have demonstrated that they [...]

DNA Evidence Clears Men of 1983 North Carolina Murder but Prosecutor Is Unrepentant About His Role

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 12:38 pm

DNA evidence has cleared two African-American mentally disabled men, who were convicted of a rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in North Carolina in 1983. A judge ordered the men be released from jail, and the district attorney admitted the state had no case and would not try to prosecute the men again. But [...]

Court: Releasing Images of Guantanamo Prisoner Would Incite Violence, Especially Since He Was Tortured

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 8:51 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that the United States government can keep video and photos of high-profile Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani secret because it is well-known that he was tortured and abused and any future release of information depicting him could be used by terrorist groups to incite anti-American violence. The Center for [...]

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