A handful of fast food workers walked off their jobs in Austin, Texas yesterday, the closest thing our city had to a true May Day celebration in the streets. It happened as part of a global one-day strike led by the Fight For 15 movement. Dozens gathered outside a Popeye’s Kitchen on the east side of town, along a strip of fast food restaurants that cluster near the intersection of Martin Luther King, JR Boulevard and Airport Boulevard. This strip of strip mall purgatory could be any arterial street in America, reeking of fry grease and automotive exhaust.
|By: Kit OConnell Friday May 9, 2014 1:23 pm|
Will a well-meaning social media campaign to rescue kidnapped girls result in military action and, as a result, more blowback against the United States? Could our intervention in Nigeria make Boko Haram stronger?
In recent days, Americans have become aware of the 276 kidnapped Muslim schoolgirls, taken at gunpoint from their classroom in Nigeria by the militant Boko Haram movement.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday May 9, 2014 11:37 am|
Imprisoned CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou is in the midst of serving a 30 month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institute in Loretto, Pennsylvania. On May 1st, he became eligible to be transferred to a halfway house closer to his wife and 5 young children in Arlington, VA.
According to John’s Letters from Loretto published here at Firedoglake, the Bureau of Prisons had promised to move him on May 1st for a total of 9 months in the halfway house if he promised to stop speaking with the press. John complied, but when it came time to review his case, the BOP rescinded their offer. When John resumed writing his letters and speaking to the press, prison officials began a campaign of harassment and intimidation in an effort to silence him.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 9, 2014 6:44 am|
Two FBI agents entered a small business run by a Palestinian American in the Chicago area last week and tried to ask him questions about two activists, who have been targets of the United States government.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday May 7, 2014 3:17 pm|
In addition to the office visits taking place in Washington DC on May 9th, supporters from across the country are joining our day of action for John Kiriakou this Friday in their own states.
We’re asking folks to stop by the local offices of at least one of their representatives in the House and/or Senate on Friday, May 9th to request that they contact the Bureau of Prisons to immediately move John to a halfway house near his family.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Tuesday May 6, 2014 11:05 am|
On Friday, May 9th in Washington, DC, supporters of imprisoned torture whistleblower John Kiriakou will visit a select group of congressmen and senators to request that they contact the Bureau of Prisons to immediately move John to a halfway house near his family.
|By: Josh Tabish, openmedia.ca Tuesday April 29, 2014 12:40 pm|
Together, over 50 international organizations and 2.8 million people have united behind one of the largest online campaigns in history. And, make no mistake, our call to stop the secrecy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being heard loud and clear.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Monday April 28, 2014 12:02 pm|
We began the Kiriakou Campaign Fund to raise money for our activism and reporting efforts on behalf of the family, who we’ve supported here at Firedoglake since his arrest back in 2012. The fund’s first project was to give two of John’s kids, Max and Kate, a bit of an escape this summer by raising $1,600 to send them both to summer camp.
We were excited to achieve our goal over the weekend, but not nearly as excited as Max and Kate when they found out what you all did for them. Check out this e-mail we received from Heather Kiriakou this morning.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Saturday March 15, 2014 7:45 am|
Why do folks go to SXSW?
Film, music, interactive– the festival is broken up into different portions so you can select when to show up based on what you want to spend your time doing. No matter when you go, there are parties aplenty and there’s even a real life Mario Kart!
But not Sally Kohn.
|By: Anti-Capitalist Meetup Sunday March 2, 2014 7:09 pm|
Occupy Wall Street did come up with an official statement from its onset, a litany of valid complaints – with the disclaimer that the complaints were not all-inclusive.
What it did not do, is offer any solutions, any demands, any formula for what to prioritize and how to change it.