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 [...]

In Case of Palestinian American, Prosecutors Criminalize Political Activity and Create ‘Prejudicial Atmosphere’

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 11:59 am

A lawyer representing Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh, who is accused of immigration fraud, says the United States government’s request for an “anonymous jury” in the case and the partial sequestration of jurors is all a part of prosecutors’ efforts to create a prejudicial and fearful atmosphere. Odeh is a 67-years-old and the associate director of [...]

Judge Blocks ’5 Second Rule’ as Unconstitutional But Embraces Police Claims About ‘Violent’ Ferguson Protesters

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 12:23 pm

A United States district court judge issued an order preventing police from continuing to enforce a rule they created and imposed against protesters in Ferguson, which required them to keep moving or face arrest. The judge found that the rule was unconstitutional and acknowledged that commanding officers were well aware that it was “unlawful” to [...]

Government: “Protesting Mob” Intends to Tamper with Jury in Case Against Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh

By: Monday October 6, 2014 4:39 pm

The United States government in the case of Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh has requested that a court “empanel an anonymous jury” and order the US Marshal Service to partially sequester jurors during her trial. The government contends that a prominent Palestinian organizer has engaged in a “concerted effort to improperly influence the criminal proceedings” by [...]

Podcast: ‘Ferguson October’ & How Community Continues to Stand Up to Police Aggression

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 10:15 am

Police action against protestors in Ferguson escalated again this past week. According to those who continue to organize for justice in the aftermath of Mike Brown being gunned down by a Ferguson police officer, the police are now engaging in a process similar to hostage-taking, where they arrest people and agree to release those individuals [...]

The Prosecution of Environmental Activists: District Attorney Sam Sutter Sets Bold Example for Other Prosecutors

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:28 pm

When Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter surprised two environmental activists and reduced all criminal charges against them to civil infractions, it was an unusual and rare example of a prosecutor exercising his conscience and using prosecutorial discretion while still upholding the rule of law. And it led activists to praise him for his courage [...]

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 [...]

Mother Will March Every Day Until Chicago Police Provide Answers on Police Shooting That Killed Her Son

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 1:42 pm

Protesters gathered on Mon. to march for Roshad McIntosh who was fatally shot by police last Sun. in E. Garfield Park pic.twitter.com/xUmhm6PFzx— Alex Wroblewski (@alexwroblewski) September 2, 2014 More than one week after Chicago police shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh, his mother is still demanding the police provide basic information on what happened to [...]

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