On November 16, Richard Estes interviewed me on his KDVS program Speaking In Tongues about Burning Man and the recent suicide of Paul Addis. This is part 2 of the interview, in which we talk more about the effects of police and pranksters on countercultures and activist movements.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday December 6, 2012 7:16 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 3, 2012 8:51 am|
According to Tar Sands Blockade reports, police threatened to use tear gas at about 9:20 am CST. Sheriffs shined flashlights into the pipe. They apparently said aloud, “We will not be deterred by threats of violence.” They were also warned to leave the pipe or face arrest.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 19, 2012 6:30 pm|
This morning four people in Nacogdoches, Texas, “locked themselves to heavy machinery used along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route, according to the Tar Sands Blockade group. The action interrupted and halted ongoing pipeline construction until police pepper sprayed the blockaders and were able to arrest and remove them in flexicuffs.
The action was planned in “solidarity with local landowners struggling to protect their water and land from TransCanada’s toxic tar sands pipeline.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 14, 2012 11:27 am|
Jose Pimentel faces state terrorism charges for allegedly building a pipe bomb that he planned to explode. Informants carried out a sting operation that eventually led to his arrest on November 18, 2011. Now, according to the New York Times, documents turned over to his lawyers show the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) played a larger role in the operation than was previously known.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 2, 2012 3:28 pm|
A whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of two Chicago police officers has been filed in federal court. The suit alleges the officers faced retaliation after they discovered one of their fellow officers, Sergeant Ron Watts, was “robbing drug couriers and manufacturing a case against at least one confidential informant” at the Ida B. Wells public housing complex.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 1, 2012 5:45 pm|
Two young women from New England who attempted to start a second tree blockade to stop TransCanada’s construction of the Keystone XL pipeline have been charged with felonies. They were arrested in the last twenty-four hours.
As this blog reported yesterday, in Sacul, Texas, Pika of Vermont and Lauren of New Hampshire climbed up onto platforms in trees to halt construction near a highway crossing. Tar Sands Blockade media spokesperson Ron Seifert told Firedoglake heavy machinery was in the area to the destroy the forest and cut a path for the pipeline. The Blockade tied ropes to the heavy machinery. The ropes went up into the trees and over big tree branches. Hanging from the ropes were platforms for Pika and Lauren. That was how they would disrupt construction.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 31, 2012 11:15 am|
In an effort to connect the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline being constructed by the multinational corporation TransCanada to extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein showed up to support the Tar Sands Blockade.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 18, 2012 8:15 am|
Documents and surveillance video obtained by the Massachusetts chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) show the Boston Police Department (BPD) and the city’s Homeland Security fusion center, the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), have been spying on peace groups and local leaders. The documents show law enforcement has monitored demonstrations, tracked beliefs and “internal dynamics” of activist groups and labeled this information in ways that would make it seem like they were tracking criminal activity.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday October 17, 2012 2:49 pm|
The Texas fusion center enabled Austin Police to entrap activists in Houston, but apparently it can’t help settle a dispute when that entrapment comes to light. The Austin Chronicle reports that the Austin Police Department would rather drop the charges against the Gulf Port 7 than reveal their undercover officers.
Also a Tar Sands Blockade Update.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 15, 2012 6:30 pm|
More than fifty people reportedly risked arrest in Winnsboro, Texas, today, as they walked on to the area where TransCanada is constructing its Keystone XL pipeline and engaged in civil disobedience. Multiple individuals chose to defend and show solidarity with people who have been in the trees for the past three weeks taking direct action against TransCanada. There were solidarity actions in Washington, DC, Boston, Austin and New York City. At least ten people were arrested in Winnsboro.