What makes the book stand out from other photographic Occupy chronicles is Anderson’s meticulous documenting of the undercover police infiltrators. An appendix in the back of the book points out each officer’s appearance in the book, and even includes the text messages they shared while undercover. In recent months, with less to photograph Anderson has made a second career out of using open records requests to investigate the inner workings of the police surveillance of nonviolent political protest.
|By: Kit OConnell Sunday March 30, 2014 1:59 pm|
|By: Kit OConnell Friday March 7, 2014 9:15 am|
John Jack Anderson has decades of experience as a photojournalist. As part of the Austin Chronicle team, he conducted a long study of Occupy Austin from its first beginnings till the point when it’s activity waned two years later. He continues to be a fixture at local protests, and during the height of Occupy was our embedded reporter — someone activists trusted enough to tip off about direct actions and civil disobedience before they happened, even in those paranoid days of police infiltration and provocation.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday May 9, 2013 7:10 pm|
Travis County is home to Austin, Texas and well over a million residents. The county’s district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg was released from jail about 1am this morning after serving half of a 45-day sentence for driving under the influence of alcohol.
|By: Kit OConnell Friday November 16, 2012 7:10 pm|
Judge Joan Campbell’s release reveals that a total of six undercover officers were assigned to monitor Occupy Austin, but three were apparently not involved directly in the lockbox incident where undercover Austin police built lockbox devices. Made from PVC pipes and also known as sleeping dragons or dragon sleeves, lockboxes linked seven protesters together at the December 12, 2011 Port of Houston shutdown. The use of these devices resulted in these occupiers from Austin, Dallas and Houston facing felony charges instead of the misdemeanors brought against those who simply linked their arms and legs.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday October 17, 2012 7:00 pm|
During the week leading up to Occupy Austin’s October 6 birthday, the group participated in the Cop Block’s Chalk The Police Day of Action. We began by chalking at Austin City Hall, where the police monitor was in session and in honor of a recent court ruling that said bans from City Hall were unconstitutional.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday October 17, 2012 2:49 pm|
The Texas fusion center enabled Austin Police to entrap activists in Houston, but apparently it can’t help settle a dispute when that entrapment comes to light. The Austin Chronicle reports that the Austin Police Department would rather drop the charges against the Gulf Port 7 than reveal their undercover officers.
Also a Tar Sands Blockade Update.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 25, 2010 11:25 am|
Neil Katz of CBS News notes that “Facebook’s position on the ads is ironic considering the content found on its site. One group called “Marihuana, Marijuana, Mariguana” has 369,000 active monthly users who post photos of bikini clad bong smokers and giant piles of weed. A popular game on Facebook called “Pot Farm” has 740,000 monthly users who enjoy trying grow their own virtual marijuana fields.”
[More coverage after the jump. You can see the ad Facebook banned, sign the Facebook petition and swap our your Facebook picture for the censored "Just Say Now" image here.]