FDL Book Salon Welcomes John Anderson, In Search of a Revolution: Occupy Austin in Photographs and Text

By: Sunday March 30, 2014 1:59 pm

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.

 

Barry Commoner, The First Guy I Ever Voted For, Dead at 95

By: Friday October 12, 2012 2:59 pm

Dr. Barry Commoner, scientist, activist, educator and one of the founders of the modern environmental movement, died on September 30 at his home in Brooklyn. He was 95.

I met Dr. Commoner in 1980, when he brought his third-party campaign for US president to my university. Running as the candidate of the Citizens Party, which he helped found, Commoner didn’t command an auditorium. Instead, Commoner sat in what I remember as a smallish classroom, discussing the state of the world with an egalitarian equanimity. He knew he wasn’t going to win the election, but he had things he wanted to explain, and a level of participation he wanted to motivate.

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