Bank of America’s Protection Detail

By: Saturday May 5, 2012 6:00 pm

To protect Bank of America from inconvenience, Charlotte, North Carolina has directed its police officers to harass and arrest protesters.


UN Envoy Sharply Criticizes US Local Governments for Repressive Actions Against OWS Protesters

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 3:16 pm

We now have a United Nations special envoy for freedom of expression is making the obvious point that many would rather avoid, that the responses to Occupy Wall Street and other protests go against the universal right of freedom of expression.

First Step in Eviction of Occupy Wall Street Advanced

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 7:15 pm

Late yesterday, New York City officials announced that they would move to clear Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street protesters Friday morning. Mayor Michael Bloomberg informed the protesters himself at the park.

Chanting Gets People Arrested at Second Round of OpBART Protests

By: Tuesday August 23, 2011 6:18 am

Opponents of the cell phone shut down by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) just over a week ago continued their protests with another round at 5 pm. Those who attempted to hold a peaceable assembly on the platform at the Civic Center station were immediately met with riot police, who had orders to not tolerate any demonstration whatsoever.

BART Shutdown of Cell Phone Services Part of Wider Crackdown on Protest

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 1:59 pm

To prevent a planned protest from going “viral,” Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco shut down cell phone service at four stations on August 11. The hacktivist group Anonymous responded with plans that included a peaceful protest on August 15. Anonymous drew attention to a move that many believe has no precedent because no government agency has cut off communications out of fear that a protest might happen before.

Lt. Dan Choi Needs Our Help

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 4:00 pm

It’s time to rally for Lt. Dan Choi.

Jane was with Dan in June when Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela George announced that on August 29, the government will put him on trial for protesting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell last November in front of the White House. To date, Dan has refused to accept the government’s plea deal.

AFL-CIO Calls On Obama to Enforce Free Trade Agreement Requirements in Bahrain

By: Sunday April 24, 2011 6:00 pm

One of the tradeoffs made by the US administrations to gain support for entering into Free Trade Agreements is that these agreements impose certain standards on the parties – to protect the environment, human rights and union rights.

So what will the Obama administration do when the terms of one of those agreements are blatantly violated?

The Ghosts of SCOTUS Justices Past Continue to Haunt Holder

By: Saturday November 13, 2010 9:00 am

Today is the 154th birthday of SCOTUS Justice Louis Brandeis, one of the Court’s most forceful voices for freedom of speech and the right to privacy. Today, as AG Eric Holder deals with cases involving torture, wiretapping, state secrets, GQ paints a picture of an AG filled with angst, as Marcy Wheeler summed it up yesterday. But maybe it’s not angst, but that Holder is being haunted by SCOTUS Justices past, like Brandeis, Holmes, Robert Jackson, and Potter Stewart.

Happy birthday, Justice Brandeis, and keep up the good work.

Conservatives Turn on Petraeus over Koran-Burning Comments

By: Tuesday September 7, 2010 8:20 am

While Petraeus is merely saying to the American Taliban (see what I did there) that riling up their parishioners by deliberately antagonizing the entire Muslim world will put American lives at risk, his daring to suggest such a thing has conservatives up in arms. . . .

America’s Real Patriot Act: The Employee Free Choice Act

By: Thursday December 25, 2008 1:30 pm

When America’s founders crafted the Constitution, they knew more was needed to ensure the survival of democracy. So they created the Bill of Rights. They made sure that at the top of the list, the First Amendment included such rights as the freedom of assembly. That is, the freedom of all of us to gather together in groups of our choosing. Like, say, unions.

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