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

By: Friday October 17, 2014 7:50 am

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 9, obtained the phone number for Keith Novara from her boss. She called him on October 15 just after 7 pm.

Novara, an outreach officer in Maibes’ neighborhood, admitted that he had called the real estate broker, where she works as an independent contractor, to warn him that the phones might be “blowing up” with people upset by Maibes’ tweets.

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

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 8:00 am

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 problem of police violence against African-Americans and the need for racial justice in the United States.

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

By: Monday October 13, 2014 12:10 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 a part of “Ferguson October,” a “weekend of resistance” for transforming a moment of protest against white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who killed the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown into a movement. But the events of last night did not go by schedule at all—and that is part of why it worked so well.

Ferguson, Red Fountains & the Blood That Has Soaked the Ground for Generations

By: Sunday October 12, 2014 9:27 am

There were well over a thousand people from various community, union and activist organizations out in the streets of downtown St. Louis yesterday. They were not just marching for justice for Mike Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was gunned down by white Ferguson police officer, but were also coming together to highlight the need to transform a moment into a movement that will confront police violence in communities.

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

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 10:14 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.

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

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 8:54 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 if protests are stopped. It seemed police arrested 13 people, including a CNN freelancer, to discourage people from protesting.

Also, it was reported on October 3 that the St. Louis County Police are once more in charge of policing protests.

Chipmunks Shut Down Utah Tar Sands

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 4:59 pm

Activists dressed as chipmunks shut down construction at the first US tar sands mine on September 23. It was the latest in a series of actions by Utah Tar Sands Resistance targeting the 213 acre Book Cliffs tar sands mine.

A video released by the group shows chipmunks spreading rapidly through through the camp site where they block construction equipment with their bodies. Though the finale of the video playfully describes the chipmunks fates as “poisoned by tar sands waste water,” activists actually shut down construction for part of a day, resulting in five arrests. There have been 27 total arrests since the beginning of the campaign to halt construction.

Respecting the Bump Gets Results as Well as Respect

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 7:10 pm

Girshriela Green got involved the day someone called saying he wanted to make a change at Walmart – the corporation that had left her seriously injured from overwork and seriously underpaid. “I was sitting at home in a neck brace,” she said, “going, how did I land here – I was a model employee, I exceeded all expectations, and I’m sitting here broken.”

When she returned to work, Girshriela needed light duty because she was still recovering from the injury and because she was pregnant. She had trouble getting accommodations and began to hear from other women who were afraid to tell their manager they were pregnant. “Shouldn’t nobody be scared to tell someone you’re starting a family,” says Girshriela. “That’s a beautiful thing.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mark Schapiro, Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy

By: Saturday September 20, 2014 1:59 pm

One thing is for certain about climate change, to borrow the words of the title of the new book written by author, journalist and activist Naomi Klein: it changes everything. Just about a month before her book came out though, so too did another one singing a similar tune: Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy, authored by investigative journalist Mark Schapiro.

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