We’d gathered at Eddie Deen’s Ranch to interrupt the American Legislative Exchange Council at dinner. I was wearing a pink cowboy hat, temporarily inducted into the CODEPINK Posse, an effort organized by the local branch of the well-known national rabble rousers for peace. About 30 of us stood along the sidewalk outside the Ranch, watched by a half-dozen police officers looking bored, a chatty police detective and a pair of startled horses held by two men dressed as cowboys. Overhead, an airplane circled, towing a warning about corporate corruption.
|By: Kit OConnell Saturday August 16, 2014 9:40 am|
|By: Kit OConnell Saturday August 9, 2014 1:59 pm|
Be kind. Be connected. Be unafraid.
With these three simple tenets, Rivera Sun envisions a peaceful, nonviolent revolution springing from a near future United States just a little bit more repressive than the one we live in today.
The seeds of The Dandelion Insurrection are all around us in our world today.
|By: Kit OConnell 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.
|By: Kit OConnell Sunday April 7, 2013 9:30 am|
Has humanity stopped looking to the future with hope?
|By: John Washington Tuesday September 25, 2012 1:50 pm|
Infiltration has been effectively used to undermine many social moments and Occupy is no different. FOIA requests show that the alphabet soup of organizations that make up the modern police state in America have been watching Occupiers around the country. In Cleveland, Chicago and other cities we have seen informants working undercover to entrap Occupiers and paint them as terrorists.
|By: Kit OConnell Monday May 14, 2012 4:15 pm|
After a weekend of protest and controversy, it’s clear that the TransPacific Partnership, the secretive and far-reaching international trade deal negotiated in Addison, Texas is under fire. The more sunshine we let in, the less attractive this deal looks to world leaders.
From a direct action perspective, the highlight of the week was the major disruption caused by Yes Lab pranksters with support from Occupy Dallas. Their efforts, which included replacing the toilet paper in the hotel with special ‘TPP’ message paper, culminated in a major infiltration and the presentation of a fake “Corporate Power Tool” award to US Trade Representative Ron Kirk.