Overpass Light Brigade Is Challenging Free Speech Restrictions

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 7:18 pm

Last Monday, I attended the Austin Overpass Light Brigade’s fourth gathering. As previously reported on Firedoglake, the group had been shut down by police at its previous two attempts. The message on election eve was DO MORE THAN VOTE, and occupiers came prepared for police interference.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes John Nichols, UPRISING: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street

By: Sunday February 26, 2012 1:59 pm

Political reporters go entire careers hoping for the opportunity to cover some world historical story, to be present at a moment history is truly being made. Even journalists who pour their careers into public events, who cover the leading stories all over the globe, can never have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a story and be there as it grows to skyscraper proportions.

John Nichols is one of the fortunate few, and he chronicles the experience in Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Joe Burns, Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 1:59 pm

Joe Burns’ incredibly important new book seems to me much larger than the labor movement. I hope he will share with us today some insights into his view of U.S. labor history and the potential for a U.S. labor future, but also his perspective on how this impacts our society as a whole. Are we right to look to the labor movement as a possible ally in the struggle for justice and maybe even peace?

Wisconsin: Capitol Police Tackle, Arrest Members of the Press

By: Tuesday June 7, 2011 8:30 am

Five people were arrested in Madison, Wisconsin at the Capitol yesterday, amid a march of thousands led by former Sen. Russ Feingold.

Lesson from Wisconsin: Always Act Quickly and Decisively

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 10:00 am

While I strongly disagree with the law pushed through this week by the Wisconsin GOP to strip public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights, I think the political lesson that all politicians can take away from this event is that, whenever possible, you should act quickly and decisively.

The Spirit of Madison – FDL’s Founding Membership

By: Friday March 11, 2011 8:16 am

The spirit of Madison is on display here on a rolling basis. And everyone has a role to play, a way to engage more deeply in the community. By becoming a member of FDL you can get not only discounts on progressive events and activities, but ways to interact at a greater level with our writers and editors. More than anything, membership will foster ways to get involved. Just like I saw in Madison.

Late Night: ‘And That’s How I Know That It’s Time to Be Brave’

By: Monday February 28, 2011 8:00 pm

This house was open. This house was everybody’s, belonged to anybody who opened the door that day, anybody who could come and stay. And Governor Walker locked it down. Locked it away. Bolted it shut. They’re rifling through purses now, scanning briefcases. You have to take off your coat to come in. You have to wait in line.

Did Protestors Call Walker’s Bluff? No Arrests in Wisconsin Capitol

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 4:15 pm

We just spoke with David Dayen in the Capitol – from all appearances, Capitol police are NOT removing the protestors who remain in the building. For the moment, 35 minutes after the supposed clearing of the Capitol Building, the police have no orders to move people, and the protestors aren’t going anywhere.

Live Updates: Police to Clear Protestors from Wisconsin Capitol Building

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 1:57 pm

I’m collecting live coverage of events as police prepare to clear out the Wisconsin Capitol Building in Madison, WI on the 14th day of protests against Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting bill. Police are scheduled to remove protesters at 4:00 p.m. CST, with several dozen planning to be arrested in civil disobedience.

You should also check out David Dayen’s latest post from inside the Capitol with videos of protesters (also collected below).

Multiple Protesters Detail Plan to Engage in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience, Refuse to Leave Building

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 1:51 pm

Multiple leaders of the faith community, students, union members and activists plan to refuse to leave the Capitol building today at 4:00pm, engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience. This could result in people being physically carried out of the building at 4:00 p.m. local time.

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