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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

St. Louis Officer Who Called Activist’s Boss About Her Tweets Now Under Investigation by Internal Affairs

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 9:00 pm

A St. Louis police officer, who called an activist’s boss and warned her boss about alleged “inciteful” tweets, is reportedly under investigation after the activist posted a video of her calling this officer to confront him. Leigh Maibes, who has participated in protests since Mike Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer on August [...]

Day of Resistance: ‘Ferguson October’ Makes St. Louis Feel Presence of Growing Movement Against Police Violence

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 10:23 am

Protestors' list out their demands for elected St. Louis officials inside city hall. #fergusonoctober pic.twitter.com/sOA2ORGqRR — Muad'Dib (@Thursday_Neal) October 13, 2014 By the time the day of resistance was over on October 14, there had been at least seventy-six arrested during somewhere around five to ten separate nonviolent actions to call attention to the national [...]

How ‘Ferguson October’ Ended Up Occupying a Plaza on Saint Louis University’s Campus

By: Monday October 13, 2014 1:16 pm

Hundreds of people took to the streets of St. Louis last night following an interfaith service at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University (SLU). They eventually made their way on to the SLU campus by 2 am and, by early morning, twenty-five people remained with tents in Clock Tower Plaza on campus. It was all [...]

Sit-In at QuikTrip Gas Station in St. Louis Ends in 17 Arrests, Police Firing Pepper Spray

By: Sunday October 12, 2014 3:58 pm

As part of a weekend of actions in St. Louis, an unplanned civil disobedience action took place at a QuikTrip gas station early on Sunday. Police in riot gear—and holding shields and batons—broke up the action and arrested 17 people around 3 am. Actions and events have been taking place under the banner of “Ferguson [...]

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