In Case of Palestinian American, Prosecutors Criminalize Political Activity and Create ‘Prejudicial Atmosphere’

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 10:14 am

A lawyer representing Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh, who is accused of immigration fraud, says the United States government’s request for an “anonymous jury” in the case and the partial sequestration of jurors is all a part of prosecutors’ efforts to create a prejudicial and fearful atmosphere.

 

Judge Blocks ’5 Second Rule’ as Unconstitutional But Embraces Police Claims About ‘Violent’ Ferguson Protesters

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 10:25 am

A United States district court judge issued an order preventing police from continuing to enforce a rule they created and imposed against protesters in Ferguson, which required them to keep moving or face arrest. The judge found that the rule was unconstitutional and acknowledged that commanding officers were well aware that it was “unlawful” to arrest people who were peacefully standing on a sidewalk.

Government: “Protesting Mob” Intends to Tamper with Jury in Case Against Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh

By: Monday October 6, 2014 3:50 pm

The United States government in the case of Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh has requested that a court “empanel an anonymous jury” and order the US Marshal Service to partially sequester jurors during her trial. The government contends that a prominent Palestinian organizer has engaged in a “concerted effort to improperly influence the criminal proceedings” by building public support for Odeh.

Odeh is the 67-year-old associate director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. She has been a naturalized citizen in the US since 1995. But, on October 22, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly had her arrested.

Podcast: ‘Ferguson October’ & How Community Continues to Stand Up to Police Aggression

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 8:54 am

Police action against protestors in Ferguson escalated again this past week. According to those who continue to organize for justice in the aftermath of Mike Brown being gunned down by a Ferguson police officer, the police are now engaging in a process similar to hostage-taking, where they arrest people and agree to release those individuals if protests are stopped. It seemed police arrested 13 people, including a CNN freelancer, to discourage people from protesting.

Also, it was reported on October 3 that the St. Louis County Police are once more in charge of policing protests.

Turn Left for Earth

By: Sunday September 21, 2014 7:01 am

I appreciate that there’s more happening than just a march for the climate today on the International Day of Peace, and I get the idea that keeping the safe and obedient march-to-nowhere separate from protests actually at the United Nations where our corporate overlords are determining the rate of the earth’s demise is intended to please all of the people some of the time, but I can’t help wishing that the march would just turn left instead of right when it reaches 42nd Street, in order to march to the United Nations rather than to nowhere.

This is not a radical idea.

Kerry’s Pretentious Scolding of CODEPINK for Protesting Escalation of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 6:40 am

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and President Barack Obama’s plans to combat the group. However, before getting into his remarks, he took a moment to address the pink-clad members of the peace group, CODEPINK, because they were in the room holding up pink signs with antiwar messages and greeted him with chants and words of protest as he entered and sat down at the witness table.

“As I came in here, obviously, we had some folks who spoke out, and I would start by saying that I understand dissent. I’ve lived it. That’s how I first testified in front of this country in 1971. I spent two years protesting a policy so I respect the right of CODEPINK to protest and use that right,” Kerry said.

Bautista, Crisp-Sauray, and McKibben: A Future to March For

By: Monday September 15, 2014 4:04 pm

It was June 12, 1982. My daughter was still in her stroller, my son as yet unborn, when my wife and I, six friends, and another child in a stroller joined an estimated million people in New York City at the largest antinuclear protest in history. All of the adults in our party had grown up in a world unsettled in a unique way: Armageddon had, for the first time, potentially become a secular event. End times were no longer God’s choice for us, but ours for ourselves.

It seemed no mistake that, three decades into the Cold War, the nuclear readiness of the two superpowers was referred to as “mutual assured destruction,” about as graphic a phrase as you could find for the end of civilization; and, of course, it had its own acronym which, to us at least, seemed less like an abbreviation than sardonic commentary: MAD.

Austin Banner Drop for Texas Abortion Access

By: Friday September 12, 2014 5:40 pm

On Thursday activists in Austin, Texas performed a “banner drop” — tying a painted sheet to a highway overpass — above Interstate Highway 35 during a busy evening’s rush hour. The banner read, “Abortions Save Lives, Keep Clinics Open, Block #HB2.”

House Bill 2, or the Texas Omnibus Abortion Bill, places draconian restrictions on the ability of residents to access abortion. It’s already forced many clinics in the state to shut down through its unreasonable requirements such as hospital admitting privileges for doctors and holding clinics to the standards of surgical operating theaters, even if they only administer abortion with pills.

The Prosecution of Environmental Activists: District Attorney Sam Sutter Sets Bold Example for Other Prosecutors

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 10:05 am

When Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter surprised two environmental activists and reduced all criminal charges against them to civil infractions, it was an unusual and rare example of a prosecutor exercising his conscience and using prosecutorial discretion while still upholding the rule of law. And it led activists to praise him for his courage as someone who had linked his office to the need for leadership and action on climate change.

Armored Vehicle Manufacturer Flips Out After Its Representative Explains Why Vehicles Used at Protests

By: Monday September 8, 2014 1:27 pm

Armored vehicle manufacturers are especially sensitive to suggestions that their vehicles will be used against protesters, even though that is exactly how they were used in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white police officer gunned down Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

The Armored Group LLC was recently present at Urban Shield, an annual trade show and training exercise in Alameda County, California, supported by law enforcement and security agencies at the local, state and federal level.

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