The Democratic Party was totally demolished in the midterm election last night. Where I live, in Illinois, a pension fund raider and Job Creator of the 1% named Bruce Rauner defeated Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. But, in the morning, when I woke up I was largely dispassionate about the outcome of the election.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 5, 2014 5:20 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 31, 2014 6:43 am|
Former CIA analyst and activist Ray McGovern was arrested as he attempted to attend an event in New York City featuring former CIA director and retired military general, David Petraeus. He was charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 28, 2014 8:00 am|
The Nation Magazine published an interview with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, and one of the parts that is most remarkable is his commentary on civil disobedience and the movement that was ignited in 2011 by Occupy Wall Street.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 24, 2014 12:26 pm|
When Ferguson, Missouri, was experiencing a crackdown by militarized police forces in August after a white police officer killed Mike Brown, Amnesty International made the unprecedented decision to deploy human rights observers to a city inside the United States. A 13-person delegation monitored developments and the human rights organization has now released its report on what the delegation witnessed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 21, 2014 8:05 am|
Protesters approached the St. Louis County Justice Center while holding pumpkins marked “racism,” “police brutality” and “white privilege.” They planned to smash the pumpkins in front of the police station to make a point about the disparity in media coverage of primarily white college students rioting in Keene, New Hampshire, and media coverage of reaction in Ferguson, Missouri, to white police officer Darren Wilson who killed an unarmed black teenager named Mike Brown.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 17, 2014 7:50 am|
A St. Louis police officer, who called an activist’s boss and warned her boss about alleged “inciteful” tweets, is reportedly under investigation after the activist posted a video of her calling this officer to confront him.
Leigh Maibes, who has participated in protests since Mike Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, obtained the phone number for Keith Novara from her boss. She called him on October 15 just after 7 pm.
Novara, an outreach officer in Maibes’ neighborhood, admitted that he had called the real estate broker, where she works as an independent contractor, to warn him that the phones might be “blowing up” with people upset by Maibes’ tweets.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 14, 2014 8:00 am|
By the time the day of resistance was over on October 14, there had been at least seventy-six arrested during somewhere around five to ten separate nonviolent actions to call attention to the national problem of police violence against African-Americans and the need for racial justice in the United States.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 13, 2014 12:10 pm|
Hundreds of people took to the streets of St. Louis last night following an interfaith service at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University (SLU). They eventually made their way on to the SLU campus by 2 am and, by early morning, twenty-five people remained with tents in Clock Tower Plaza on campus.
It was all a part of “Ferguson October,” a “weekend of resistance” for transforming a moment of protest against white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who killed the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown into a movement. But the events of last night did not go by schedule at all—and that is part of why it worked so well.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday October 12, 2014 6:40 pm|
As part of a weekend of actions in St. Louis, an unplanned civil disobedience action took place at a QuikTrip gas station early on Sunday. Police in riot gear—and holding shields and batons—broke up the action and arrested 19 people around 3 am. Actions and events have been taking place under the banner of “Ferguson October.”
|By: wendydavis Sunday October 12, 2014 5:20 pm|
The protests had been peaceful all day, with estimates of 3,000 people from all over the country in attendance. There were teach-ins, dancing, music, and moments of silence for Michael Brown and all those who’ve been mercilessly killed by police. A group of eight New Black Panthers were there helping with security, but there seemed to have been no ‘broken windows’ by protestors or deliberate provocateurs to cause police to clamp down, make arrests, tear gas folks…all people were quite disciplined if still angry that Darren Wilson still hasn’t been arrested or indicted after weeks of waiting.