Occupy’s Political Prisoners

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 7:20 pm

Among the many signs of the profound threat that the Occupy movement poses to the status quo has been the coordinated effort by local and state police together with the Department of Homeland Security to suppress the rights of protesters. The United Nations recently criticized the United States for its violent police attacks on the movement.

In the month since the pre-NATO arrests, a new tool in the arsenal is becoming clear: turning dedicated activists into political prisoners.

 

Tribune Company Moves to Seize Occupied Chicago Tribune’s Website

By: Monday June 11, 2012 8:05 am

A newspaper launched by activists from Occupy Chicago and journalists loosely associated with the Occupy movement in Chicago face the possibility of losing the website for their newspaper. The Tribune Company has submitted a complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to force the transfer of ownership of two domains from those involved in the newspaper to the Tribune.

The Climate of Repression During the NATO Summit

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 5:36 pm

The consensus being formed by news media is that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) deserves high praise for how it handled the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, especially the protests. The word is that CPD Chief Garry McCarthy and the thousands of police officers he oversaw exercised great restraint including during the biggest protest against NATO on May 20. The brutality, harassment, intimidation, and preemptive policing carried out by CPD and other security forces has been ignored.

Illinois County Recorder Joins the Fight Against MERS for Fraud and Deception Regarding Property Transfer Fees

By: Wednesday May 23, 2012 5:27 pm

All I can say is it’s about damn time somebody in Illinois stepped up to the plate to hold banks accountable for their criminal activities! St. Clair County Recorder Mike Costello and State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly on May 21st filed a civil suit for fraud and deception against 22 banks for allegedly using MERS to “sidestep recording fees” and creating “a scheme to evade county fees and shield property transfer records from the public.” As State’s Attorney, Mr. Kelly works with and advises government at the county level, while the Attorney General provides the same services at the state level.

Occupy Supply Skill Share: NATO 5 Occupy and the War on Terror

By: Wednesday May 23, 2012 2:50 pm

FDL Dissenter’s Kevin Gosztola will give us some background information based on his coverage of the five activists arrested during a raid on a South Side Chicago apartment and held without charge. They were arrested during the night around 1 a.m. on May 17, along with four other activists who have since been released. Join our discussion on The NATO 5: Occupy & The War On Terror on Wednesday 5/23 at 8:00pm

Chicago PD, FBI & Secret Service Claim NATO 3 Came to Chicago to Commit ‘Terrorist Acts of Violence’

By: Saturday May 19, 2012 5:45 pm

Three Occupy activists raided on May 16 and disappeared for a period of time by Chicago police were brought before a bond judge this afternoon and officially charged with material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, and possession of explosives or explosive or incendiary devices. The State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez asked for bail to be set at $5 million for the three men who had come from out-of-state to protest the NATO summit. The judge set the bail at $1.5 million. Each of the charges are felony charges.

The case marks the first time that state prosecutors have used the Illinois Terrorism law to prosecute individuals.

Activists Charged With Providing Material Support for Terrorism Ahead of NATO Summit

By: Saturday May 19, 2012 7:52 am

The three activists that remained in jail have now been charged with “possession of incendiary or explosive device, conspiracy to commit terrorism & providing material support for terrorism,” according to the National Lawyers Guild attorney Sarah Gelsomino who is representing the activists arrested and disappeared in a night raid on Wednesday in Bridgeport, Chicago. (h/t @OccupyChicago)

Activists Raided & Arrested Ahead of NATO Summit Continue To Be Held Without Charge

By: Friday May 18, 2012 1:43 pm

Five activists raided and arrested in an apartment in Bridgeport on the south side of Chicago continue to be held without charge. They were arrested during the night around 1 am on May 17, along with four other activists who have since been released, they were also held without charge.

NATO Summit Roundup: Hyping the Possibility of Violence, Emanuel’s Latest Summit Spin

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 5:00 pm

Many protesters have already traveled here. Hundreds are on buses headed to Chicago. Journalists and photographers are flying here to cover the summit. Security fencing made up of heavy metal has gone up around McCormick Place convention center where the summit will be held. The Field Museum will be closed. Wireless carriers have boosted their capacity for the summit. Chicago police will be on edge because they have to work long hours and, like Rahm Emanuel, they pretty much loathe activists. Here’s a roundup of recent events and stories.

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