Six student activists were violently arrested yesterday outside of a City University of New York (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College fundraiser featuring former CIA Director and Honors College adjunct professor David Petraeus.
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:40 am|
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday September 17, 2013 4:40 pm|
In August, I reported on protests at the 40th anniversary gathering of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a branch of the corporate shadow government which writes laws like Stand Your Ground and then pays off puppet legislators to make their bills into law. On August 8, Chicago Police, led by white-shirted commanding officers, brutalized nonviolent protestors after a union-sponsored rally.
Police arrested six protestors, but all charges have been dropped because police declined to appear in court yesterday.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 17, 2013 12:50 pm|
Two years ago, a group of Americans in New York City sparked a movement that redefined protest and struggle. Around one hundred people took over a park near Wall Street to call attention to income inequality and economic injustice.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday August 14, 2013 4:48 pm|
There were six people arrested during the police attack on the August 8 #NoALEC protest outside Palmer House Hotel. Unlike the six arrested during Chicago’s first Moral Monday, these people did not necessarily expect to get arrested. The First Amendment provides less protection than ever in 2013, but it can still be a surprise when the hammer comes down on you, personally.
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday August 13, 2013 5:19 pm|
The American Legislative Exchange Council “celebrated” its 40th birthday in Chicago last week, and protestors were there to greet this arm of the corporate shadow government — even rolling out the welcome wagon on the “Moral” Monday before they arrived.
|By: Kit OConnell Saturday August 10, 2013 7:52 am|
In August 2012, I visited Chicago and talked with Rachel Unterman about supporting the city’s political prisoners.
A year later, many political prisoners from Chicago still need the support of those of us on the outside. Last year, we heard how Mark “Migs” Neiweem (pronounced Nye-wame) was beaten by guards and placed in solitary confinement for engaging in political education inside the jail. Since then, Neiweem agreed to a plea bargain that should see him free on good behavior this November.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday August 8, 2013 11:50 am|
Today, a coalition of labor organizations, activist groups, and other concerned citizens will rally around the Palmer House Hilton, the historic hotel where the American Legislative Exchange Council is meeting. Today’s main event is called the ALEC Exposed in Chicago Rally, though a Northern Illinois Light Brigade action is planned for tonight as well.
ALEC is the secretive thinktank of corporations and one-percenters which writes model legislation for their pet state senators and representatives throughout the country.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday August 7, 2013 4:40 pm|
Today I attend another protest in downtown Chicago against the American Legislative Exchange Council.
This secretive thinktank of corporations and one-percenters writes model legislation for their pet state senators and representatives throughout the country. These bills are then introduced, often literally unchanged, and all too often become law. Attacks on women’s rights, immigration, public health care and education, the right of workers’ to organize, stand your ground laws, and more can be traced back to the work of ALEC and its supporters.
|By: Peterr Friday August 2, 2013 8:30 am|
While pundits and athletes and politicians speak out about the anti-LGBT laws that were recently enacted in Russia, and the ongoing violence against LGBTs there, and the question of a boycott of the Sochi games is argued all around, the silence from the sports associations that govern the sports that would compete at Sochi is deafening.
Given the non-discrimination statements in the governing documents of every one of these federations, as well as the Olympic Charter itself, speaking out ought to be a no-brainer. Don’t believe me? Take a look at what those governing documents say . . . and then maybe people need to think about moving the games.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 23, 2013 3:25 pm|
“We’re learning more about the large hunger strike going on behind bars of several California prisons,” a local radio station in Fresno, California reported yesterday. “State prison officials say the whole thing was orchestrated by prison gangs in order to sell drugs and make money.”