A 2014 Midterm Election Post-Mortem: The Democratic Party Will Not Solve Our Problems

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 5:20 pm

The Democratic Party was totally demolished in the midterm election last night. Where I live, in Illinois, a pension fund raider and Job Creator of the 1% named Bruce Rauner defeated Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. But, in the morning, when I woke up I was largely dispassionate about the outcome of the election.

 

Edward Snowden Says Occupy Wall Street Was “Last Time Civil Disobedience Brought About Change”

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 8:00 am

The Nation Magazine published an interview with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, and one of the parts that is most remarkable is his commentary on civil disobedience and the movement that was ignited in 2011 by Occupy Wall Street.

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.

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

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 10:05 am

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 as someone who had linked his office to the need for leadership and action on climate change.

Lawyer: Military Employee Admitted He Was Paid by Army to Attend Private Activist Meetings in Homes

By: Monday June 16, 2014 3:23 pm

An attorney pursuing a lawsuit against alleged domestic United States military spying says during depositions in the case a civilian employee who worked for the Army admitted he was paid to attend activist meetings at private homes in the state of Washington. One fusion center intelligence employee, who coordinated with the military, also considered civil disobedience to be “terrorism.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Julia Angwin, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Back in July 2012, long before Edward Snowden’s leaks heightened the general public’s concern about online privacy, then Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin set off on a picaresque quest to find some kind of online privacy. The chronicle of that quest, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Surveillance, serves as a kind of user’s guide for our new dragnet world.

Lawsuit: Attempted Entrapment of Activists by Military Officer & Further Evidence of Domestic Spying

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 6:54 am

A lawsuit challenging domestic military spying against citizens engaged in antiwar activism and acts of civil disobedience obtained a public record that further confirms the United States Army was involved in targeting “leftists” or “anarchists” as domestic terrorists in 2007. Also, according to a “Democracy Now!” interview, one of the activists was pressured by the [...]

Memo to a Federal Judge on Civil Disobedience

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 5:45 pm

We’ve reached a surreal mile marker on the road to Orwell Land. When a federal judge sentences an 84-year-old nun to prison, on behalf of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”, and then advises us to have more faith in the system, it’s time to get off that damn road.

FDL Movie Night: Obey

By: Monday January 13, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s movie, Obey, comes loaded with a powerful filmmaking punch: All images were found online and reconfigured to create a dystopian 51 minute vision, based on journalist Chris Hedges’ book Death of the Liberal Class.

Hedges’ book made the argument that a breach has occurred between the liberal class– consisting of academics, artists, educators, creatives, clergy, journalists, politicians, etc–and the radical social and political movements it once supported or sympathized with.

Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher & the Power of Civil Disobedience in Growing Movements

By: Sunday September 29, 2013 6:45 am

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher served twenty-one months in prison after disrupting a federal land auction that would have sold off the leasing rights to oil and gas companies. He stopped oil and gas companies from exploiting resources around the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in southeastern Utah and nearby the Book Cliffs in eastern Utah.

He had not planned to buy the land, but when he was asked at the auction if he was there to bid, he saw an opportunity and said yes.

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