At HOPE X Conference, Protecting and Supporting Dissenters at Forefront of Many Presentations

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 10:30 am

The tenth Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference has been organized around supporting dissenters, especially how to support hackers or hacktivists who are targeted by the government.

A number of talks highlighting the government’s targeting of hackers and the nexus this has with the government’s war on whistleblowers were held on July 18 in the “Manning room,” which was a room in the Hotel Pennsylvania renamed to honor Chelsea Manning.

On the conference website, a page lists out the famous dissenters they are championing. This list includes people like John Adams, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emma Goldman, Arthur Miller and Rosa Parks.

 

Chelsea Manning’s Lawyer Upset He Learned of Possible Prison Transfer Through Pentagon Leak

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 4:10 pm

The Pentagon won’t respond to Chelsea Manning’s requests for gender treatment, but they’ll apparently permit officials to leak information on how the agency plans to handle her requests to the media.

For First Time, Anti-Terrorism Law Used to Have Americans Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline Arrested

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 11:05 am

A demonstration against Devon Energy and the company’s role in fracking and tar sands mining, including the Keystone XL pipeline, ended with four individuals being placed under arrest last week. Two of them were arrested by police on the basis that they had violated an Oklahoma anti-terrorism law prohibiting “terrorism hoaxes.” It is strongly suspected [...]

Activists Targeted Think Arrest of Palestinian Organizer for Immigration Fraud Is Connected

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 4:36 pm

A Palestinian woman and well-respected organizer in Chicago has been charged with lying to immigration authorities about her background when she applied for citizenship in the United States. If convicted, she faces the possibility of being imprisoned for up to ten years and being deported.

Police in North Carolina Engaged in Spying to Root Out ‘Anarchists’ at ‘Moral Monday’ Protests

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 4:00 pm

Individuals who engaged in civil disobedience during “Moral Monday” protests are on trial in North Carolina. During the first trial of one of the protesters arrested, it came out in testimony that police for the state’s legislature conducted undercover surveillance and collected intelligence on “anarchists.”

Occupy Marks Two-Year Anniversary as Richest 1% in America Continue to Get Richer

By: 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.

Activists the US Military Targeted & Spied Upon Were Designated ‘Domestic Terrorists’

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 5:00 pm

Activists who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild have learned that they were listed in a national domestic terrorist database after being targeted and spied upon by the United States Army and Coast Guard, a Washington Fusion Center and police departments in the state of Washington.

Legal Group Launches to Aggressively Challenge US Government Prosecutions of Whistleblowers

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 5:25 pm

A legal group of criminal defense attorneys has formed to combat what they describe as the FBI and Justice Department’s use of harassment and over-prosecution to chill and silence those who engage in journalism, Internet activism or dissent.

The group, the Whistleblower Defense League, will defend individuals engaged in investigating the United States government and those who are “in positions to reveal truths about this government and its relationships with other governments and corporations.”

The Climate of Fear Created by the NYPD’s Pervasive Surveillance of Muslim Communities

By: Monday March 11, 2013 4:10 pm

The Muslim-American Civil Liberties Coalition (MCLC), Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) have released a report, “Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims.”

The report outlines how the surveillance has created a “pervasive climate of fear and suspicion. It highlights racial and religious profiling by the police, which has effectively criminalized Muslims and effectively chilled free speech and activism in Muslim communities.

Multinational Corporation Behind Keystone XL Pipeline Bullies Activists Into Settling Lawsuit

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 5:50 am

TransCanada, which is currently constructing a tar sands oil pipeline that runs through Texas, reached a settlement with activists who have been protesting the pipeline. The settlement was the result of a lawsuit the multinational corporation brought to censor, intimidate and silence activists protesting construction by burdening them with a lawsuit where they would be preoccupied with defending themselves in court.

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