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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.

Baltimore’s Refusal to Permit Legal Observers to Witness Police Enforcing Curfew Resulted in Mass Arrest

By: Monday May 4, 2015 12:24 pm

At least ten legal observers with the National Lawyers Guild were arrested on Saturday night and effectively blocked by police and the city of Baltimore from witnessing the enforcement of a curfew. The observers were released throughout the day on Sunday. The arrests were a result of police refusing to recognize the observer status of legal [...]

Police in Pakistan Open Criminal Investigation Into Former CIA Officials Involved in Drone Strike

By: Friday May 1, 2015 11:07 am

As ordered by a high court in Pakistan, police in Islamabad launched a criminal investigation into former CIA station chief, Jonathan Bank, for charges of murder and conspiracy to kill in a drone strike in 2009. They also opened a similar investigation into former CIA legal counsel John Rizzo. Kareem Khan’s teenage son, Zahinullah, and [...]

Chicago Police Swarm DePaul Law School During Event on Acquitted Chicago Officer Who Killed Rekia Boyd

By: Thursday April 30, 2015 4:16 pm

CPD worried about a legal teach-in for Rekia Boyd. #RekiaTeach pic.twitter.com/JZAbthfh2i — Manpreet Kaur (@mteji09) April 30, 2015 Dozens of Chicago police swarmed an evening event at DePaul Law University on the case of Chicago officer Dante Servin, who killed Rekia Boyd and was recently acquitted during a trial this month. Attendees were outraged by [...]

Pennsylvania Law Aimed at Silencing Prisoners Like Mumia Abu-Jamal Declared Unconstitutional

By: Wednesday April 29, 2015 3:54 pm

A federal judge has ruled that a Pennsylvania law passed to silence prisoners, like Mumia Abu-Jamal, who speak about mass incarceration and other criminal justice issues from jail violates freedom of speech and due process rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution. A permanent injunction against the law was issued and the attorney general is [...]

Baltimore Uprising: Insisting What Happened Was Not a Protest is Delusional

By: Tuesday April 28, 2015 4:28 pm

The establishment press and the ruling class did not care about the people in the community of West Baltimore until rocks and bottles were thrown, businesses were looted and police cars, trash cans and buildings were set on fire. Then, everyone in a position of power in Baltimore, the state of Maryland and the federal [...]

US Marshals Service Whistleblowers Allege Officials Use Freedom of Information Act to Retaliate Against Them

By: Monday April 27, 2015 4:02 pm

Multiple whistleblowers in the US Marshals Service have informed Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s office that leadership is allegedly using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to retaliate against them for seeking to report systemic abuses of power. In a letter to the Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates of the Justice Department, Grassley, who [...]

Podcast: Questions That Should Be Answered About FBI’s Conduct Before & After Boston Bombings

By: Sunday April 26, 2015 8:10 pm

The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of thirty offenses stemming from his role in the Boston Marathon bombings, will enter the sentencing phase this week. Tsarnaev’s defense will focus on showing why Tsarnaev should not be executed, and part of the defense is likely to involve a focus on Dzhokhar’s brother, Tamerlan, and [...]

CIA Has Congressional Staffers Watch Videos of People Being Blown Up to Preserve Support for Drones

By: Sunday April 26, 2015 10:15 am

Monthly trips by congressional intelligence committee staff members to the CIA reportedly take place so that staff members can watch footage of drone strikes in Pakistan or other countries. The CIA has the staff members “watch videos of people being blown up,” according to the New York Times, and this “macabre ritual” then makes it [...]

Defense Asks Court to Sentence Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling as Leaker, Not a Spy or Communist

By: Friday April 24, 2015 6:48 pm

The defense for former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, has asked a court in Alexandria, Virginia, to “see” Sterling “not as a spy or a communist who committed espionage” but as someone who leaked information to a reporter. Sterling’s defense requests that he be [...]

Obama Administration’s Announcement About US Drone Strike Shows It Doesn’t Know Who Drones Are Killing

By: Thursday April 23, 2015 3:44 pm

President Barack Obama’s administration announced that a US drone strike, which targeted an “al Qaeda-associated compound” in January, killed two hostages in Pakistan. One of the hostages was an American contractor named Dr. Warren Weinstein, the other an Italian named Giovani Lo Porto. Weinstein was a USAID contractor and Lo Porto was an aid worker. [...]

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