Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) currently intend to close fifty-four schools before the year is over. This means Chicago is likely to have the largest number of school closures in any city in America this year.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 27, 2013 6:40 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday February 14, 2013 5:52 am|
Dozens of people demonstrated in front of the White House to protest construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is being built by the multinational corporation TransCanada. Forty-eight of them engaged in civil disobedience and were arrested.
|By: DSWright Wednesday January 23, 2013 12:25 pm|
To its credit the Sierra Club seems to have recognized that the status quo is not working and has decided to escalate its activism. According to Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune the group will being a campaign of civil disobedience to fight climate change.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 18, 2012 4:32 pm|
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a lawsuit brought by a lawyer with the National Lawyers Guild against a military operative who infiltrated peace activist groups may proceed.
NLG member attorney Larry Hildes, one of the lawyers involved in bringing Panagacos v. Towery, told Firedoglake this is the “first time any appellate court has ever said that yes you can sue the military for damages for spying on civilian activists. As far as we know there has never been another case that said this.” He added, “By saying we have legitimate causes of action against the army personnel for spying on our clients, getting our clients arrested, etc,” it means we have grounds to sue and that these causes of action, if proven, may entitle plaintiffs to damages.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday November 26, 2012 5:00 pm|
Tonight’s documentary, Who Bombed Judi Bari?, takes an in depth look at the events surrounding the attack on Earth First! organizers Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney. Bari and Cherney–who is one of our guests tonight, along with director Mary Liz Thomson–were visible, vital forces in the fight to end over-logging of redwood forests.
Who Bombed Judi Bari? is riveting. The film unfolds through Bari’s deposition in the civil suit she and Cherney filed against the Oakland Police Department and the FBI in the wake of their 1990 arrest for transporting an explosive device, and utilizes news footage and on-the-scene videography of Earth First! rallies and protests to create an exciting and moving film.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 19, 2012 6:30 pm|
This morning four people in Nacogdoches, Texas, “locked themselves to heavy machinery used along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route, according to the Tar Sands Blockade group. The action interrupted and halted ongoing pipeline construction until police pepper sprayed the blockaders and were able to arrest and remove them in flexicuffs.
The action was planned in “solidarity with local landowners struggling to protect their water and land from TransCanada’s toxic tar sands pipeline.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 1, 2012 4:11 pm|
Community, faith and labor organizations mobilized this afternoon for a rally and civil disobedience action in support of thirty-eight workers on strike at a Walmart warehouse in Elwood, Illinois. They marched down to this distribution center, and, at least thirteen clergy and community leaders sat down and blocked an entrance to the center to prevent goods from arriving or leaving the warehouse. After the leaders sat down in the road, a private security force there to protect Wal-Mart, who were dressed in riot gear, marched out and surrounded the leaders.
The private security force arrested all of the people committing civil disobedience. They had an officer with a camera taking video of the action. They also drove a Humvee with an Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) out into the street and parked fifty to one hundred feet away from where people were being arrested. The warehouse was, according to Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), completely shut down.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 26, 2012 2:30 pm|
I spoke with Ron Seifert, a spokesperson for the Tar Sands Blockade. He recounted what happened to blockaders yesterday and then explained why activists find it critical to be out resisting construction of the tar sands pipeline.
|By: David Dayen Monday September 24, 2012 10:12 am|
A direct action group called Tar Sands Blockade has been harassing TransCanada and their efforts to build the lower half of the Keystone XL pipeline. That portion, from Cushing, Oklahoma to the port at the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, was approved by President Obama as a way to speed through to international markets what has become a glut of oil being processed in the interior of the United States. It’s seen as a prelude to the potential approval of the northern half of the pipeline, which would connect Cushing to the tar sands region of Alberta, allowing “the biggest carbon bomb on the planet” of energy-intensive tar sands oil to move to the Gulf.