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. [...]

Occupy Marks Two-Year Anniversary as Richest 1% in America Continue to Get Richer

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 11:22 am

Two years ago, a group of Americans in New York City sparked a movement that redefined protest and struggle. Around one hundred people took over a park near Wall Street to call attention to income inequality and economic injustice. Occupy Wall Street participants called themselves “occupiers.” They were a group fed up with what the [...]

Illinois State Terrorism Law’s Constitutionality Challenged by Lawyers for NATO 3

By: Friday January 25, 2013 5:05 pm

Three Occupy activists known as the “NATO 3,” who came to Chicago to protest at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit last May and were arrested and later indicted on terrorism charges, are challenging the constitutionality of an untested Illinois anti-terrorism statute under which they were charged. Lawyers submitted a motion in court today asserting the [...]

CEO of Trade Association Defends Decision to Not Donate to Occupy Sandy

By: Friday November 16, 2012 12:33 pm

A CEO for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Gary Shapiro, has published an editorial, which defends his decision to not donate support the relief effort being undertaken by Occupy Sandy in the aftermath of the superstorm. The op-ed is remarkable because it indicates just how much respect the relief effort has garnered. For background purposes, [...]

Interview: Free Press’ Josh Stearns on Importance of Tracking Journalist Arrests

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 4:51 pm

One year ago today, Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street had built an encampment, was raided. During the raid and after, the police arrested a number of journalists and attacked some of them (in addition to the occupiers there who were roughed up and arrested). It was one of the first times that became clear [...]

Occupy Sandy Does Not Signify Occupy Wall Street Has Found ‘New Purpose’

By: Monday November 12, 2012 12:33 pm

The media as a collective has never understood the Occupy movement. From November 2011 to the movement’s one-year anniversary, various outlets pronounced the movement dead. The pronouncements ignored the various reasons why the movement appeared to be dead, such as less media coverage and the fact that it has never had a national organization at [...]

Occupy Sandy Relief Fills Void FEMA & Red Cross Are Unable to Fill

By: Monday November 5, 2012 7:21 pm

One week since “Frankenstorm” Sandy hit the northeastern United States, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg projects twenty to forty thousands New Yorkers. Residents on the Rockaway Peninsula are complaining about the lack of help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A posting at Occupy Sandy Stories described, “Many Staten Islanders feel their borough [...]

Grand Jury Resister Released Reportedly Cooperated with Investigation of Pacific Northwest Activists

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 6:11 pm

(update below) There are people who by choice describe themselves as anarchists, who are being jailed for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in Seattle. They have been subjected to surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They have been issued subpoenas to testify to a grand jury or be held in [...]

Protest Song of the Day: ‘We are the 99 Percent’ by Tom Morello, Serj Tankian & Tim McIlrath

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 9:55 am

To recognize the power of protest music, acknowledge its role in keeping dissent alive and how musicians translate social issues and systemic problems into song, The Dissenter has launched a daily feature that highlights a protest song every weekday. Tom Morello, reinvigorated by the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, recorded this song, “We are [...]

Park Curfew Violated Rights of Occupy Chicago Protesters Arrested Last October

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 6:40 pm

A judge ruled that Chicago’s park curfew ordinance is unconstitutional and dismissed over 90 cases against people who participated in an Occupy Chicago protests in October when they tried to occupy Grant Park with tents and were arrested. Cook County Court Judge Thomas Donnelly wrote in his decision and in regards to arrestees’ claims the curfew is [...]

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