Lawsuit: Attempted Entrapment of Activists by Military Officer & Further Evidence of Domestic Spying

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 9:12 am

A lawsuit challenging domestic military spying against citizens engaged in antiwar activism and acts of civil disobedience obtained a public record that further confirms the United States Army was involved in targeting “leftists” or “anarchists” as domestic terrorists in 2007. Also, according to a “Democracy Now!” interview, one of the activists was pressured by the [...]

Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher & the Power of Civil Disobedience in Growing Movements

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 2:01 pm

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher served twenty-one months in prison after disrupting a federal land auction that would have sold off the leasing rights to oil and gas companies. He stopped oil and gas companies from exploiting resources around the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in southeastern Utah and nearby the Book Cliffs in eastern Utah. [...]

Chicago Public Schools Memo Instructs on How to Handle Civil Disobedience Against School Closings

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 7:43 pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) currently intend to close fifty-four schools before the year is over. This means Chicago is likely to have the largest number of school closures in any city in America this year. President of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Karen Lewis, has declared, “Closing 50 of our neighborhood [...]

Forty-Eight Arrested as Sierra Club Protests Keystone XL Pipeline and Ends Ban on Civil Disobedience

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 8:38 pm

Dozens of people demonstrated in front of the White House to protest construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is being built by the multinational corporation TransCanada. Forty-eight of them engaged in civil disobedience and were arrested. Those arrested included: Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club; Allison Chin, president of the Sierra Club; Bill McKibben, [...]

Challenge to US Military Spying on Peace Activists May Proceed, Court Rules

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 5:58 pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a lawsuit brought by a lawyer with the National Lawyers Guild against a military operative who infiltrated peace activist groups may proceed. NLG member attorney Larry Hildes, one of the lawyers involved in bringing Panagacos v. Towery, told Firedoglake this is the “first time any appellate [...]

Keystone XL Pipeline Protesters Pepper Sprayed by Cherokee County Sheriffs

By: Monday November 19, 2012 8:04 pm

This morning four people Nacogdoches, Texas, “locked themselves to heavy machinery used along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route, according to the Tar Sands Blockade group. The action interrupted and halted ongoing pipeline construction until police pepper sprayed the blockaders and were able to arrest and remove them in flexicuffs. The action was planned [...]

Security Force Arrests Supporters of Striking Walmart Warehouse Workers

By: Monday October 1, 2012 7:00 pm

Community, faith and labor organizations mobilized this afternoon for a rally and civil disobedience action in support of thirty-eight workers on strike at a Walmart warehouse in Elwood, Illinois. They marched down to this distribution center, and, at least thirteen clergy and community leaders sat down and blocked an entrance to the center to prevent [...]

What’s at Stake as TransCanada Moves to Forcefully Suppress Tar Sands Blockade

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 4:46 pm

Nine activists have committed themselves to blockading construction by TransCanada of the Keystone XL pipeline project through Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. The activists have established a position in trees that TransCanada must cut down in order to build the pipeline. They have decided to engage in nonviolent direct action to stop TransCanada from [...]

Occupy Chicago Arrests in Grant Park (VIDEO)

By: Sunday October 23, 2011 2:21 pm

Various occupations across the country have managed to establish permanent bases. Some have enjoyed more cooperation with the city and less police repression than others. Occupy Chicago is one occupation that has not been able to establish a home yet. Despite that, the group has grown in the past four to five weeks. Occupiers planned [...]

Tim DeChristopher Gets Two Years for Showing Profound Courage in the Face of Injustice

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 6:33 pm

(photo: 350.org ) A man with profound courage and great character, climate activist Tim DeChristopher, went to jail today for bidding on oil and gas leases on federal land when he didn’t have the money to pay for the bids he placed. Sentenced to two years and fined ten thousand dollars, DeChristopher was taken into [...]

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