Tim DeChristopher Interview – Climate Change Is The Context of Our Times

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 4:15 pm

An Interview with Tim DeChristopher, the founder of Peaceful Uprising who is widely known known for one of the more creative acts of non violent insurrection and civil disobedience in recent memory when he disrupted a government oil and gas lease auction in order to protect fragile land in southern Utah from long term damage. That story became the subject of the documentary Bidder 70, and that act resulted in DeChrispher spending 21 months in federal custody.

Tim is among the organizers calling for a Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit.

The Use of Force by Seattle Police at the May Day Demonstration

By: Thursday May 2, 2013 1:00 pm

Last year, May Day saw violence as well, with demonstrators engaging in property damage. An independent review found that officers had been confused about who was in charge and “when they could use force to stop violence.”

This year it appears the opposite occurred. The police were authorized to fire off flash bangs or pepper spray at their discretion and they were not restrained in their use of either. They did not want a repeat of what happened on May Day in 2012.

SWAT Team Raids Occupy Organizers’ Apartment in Seattle

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 8:00 am

Early in the morning, on July 10, a SWAT team from the Seattle police department raided an apartment where organizers from the Occupy movement have been living. A warrant shown to the four people that were sleeping in the apartment at the time indicated the police were looking for “anarchist materials” and the raid was part of an ongoing investigation into militant action that Occupy engaged in on May Day.

Beyond May Day, Frustrated Immigrant Movement Forges Ahead

By: Saturday May 5, 2012 1:25 pm

May Day has historically had a pro-migrant message, from its origins in 19th-century working-class Chicago, to its revival in 2006 as a day of protest for immigration reform. But this year, even with the added momentum of Occupy Wall Street, the pro-immigrant mobilizations were relatively modest, according to advocates, though the struggles facing immigrants are growing more dire.

Occupy Lei Day

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 6:35 pm

On May Day, which is known as Lei Day here in the Isles, Occupy Hilo hosted a potluck picnic/signwaving event in solidarity with OWS’s May Day effort. At the height of our festivities, we had fielded about 20 enthusiastic sign wavers.

Reflections on the Occupy Bushwick/Williamsburg May Day Morning Commute

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 4:30 pm

At 7:45 am I loaded up my cart with 200 copies of the first issue of the Brooklyn Occupant, 20 umbrellas, a dozen foam core signs with prints from OccuPrint.org, and headed out to Occupy Bushwick’s May Day Morning Commute. As I looked at the pile of supplies I gathered, I had a twinge of doubt as to whether there would be enough people at Maria Hernandez to distribute them to.

Lakeside Diner

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

AngryArabiya in Court Today … and Tomorrow

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 8:40 am

Zeinab AlKhawaja, whom many of you know from her twitter writing as @AngryArabiya, will face a Bahraini court today and tomorrow on “charges of obstructing traffic and insulting an officer in one case, and insulting at a security officer at a military hospital in a second case.”

Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Late Night FDL: May Day – Walking, Dancing, Marching: It’s Good for You!

By: Tuesday May 1, 2012 8:00 pm

It’s May Day, when those of certain faiths celebrate spring with dances round the maypole (a phallic symbol if ever there was one) and jumping over the Beltane fires, along with some other heart-rate raising activities of the fornicatory variety. In modern times, May Day has become associated with another exercise: Marches! There were marches all over the world today!

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