The transformation of a city area into a completely locked down zone was both fascinatingly surreal and discomforting, both because one had to wonder if it was all necessary and ponder what it says about our republic that political events are believed to require this high level of security.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 7, 2012 10:40 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 4, 2012 4:52 pm|
As a major protest march against the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, wound its way past the Time Warner Cable Center on Sunday, September 2, two journalists were confronted by undercover cops or agents, who threatened to assault one journalist and actually laid hands on another journalist.
The two journalists, Kevin Gosztola, a Firedoglake.com writer, and Steve Horn, a Truthout contributor, who is credentialed to cover the DNC for WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin, took notice of four burly middle-aged white males taking photos of the undocumented immigrant contingent in the march. They were carrying “No Papers, No Fear” blue flags and had put stickers from the activist group, Code Pink, on their person to make it appear as though they were part of the protest. When the journalists noticed one of the men in an orange shirt was wearing a black earpiece, he two felt they were suspicious and decided to investigate further.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday August 25, 2012 10:00 am|
A security bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and FBI garnered wide media attention over the past twenty-four to forty-eight hours, raising the specter of possible “anarchist” violence or “terrorism.” The bulletin was largely state propaganda designed to whip up fear ahead of the convention. Given that there has been no preemptive raid against activists there to protest, the publicizing of this bulletin could be aimed at giving agencies cover if something happens.
I appeared on RT America on Friday night to discuss the bulletin, the possibility that drones will be used to police the RNC and what I predict could happen with protesters and security forces during the convention.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 17, 2012 4:00 pm|
Chicago police have reportedly engaged in a preemptive raid against activists that planned to protest the NATO summit. The raid is believed to have taken place late last night in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 11, 2012 6:00 am|
At a press conference at Occupy Chicago’s headquarters, representatives from various groups outlined what they plan to do during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Chicago on May 20-21. They also addressed how Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city, along with the Secret Service, have not fully respected the First Amendment rights of people planning demonstrations.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 21, 2011 12:59 pm|
An unusually dynamic and lively Manhattan Community Board 1 Meeting took place blocks away from Liberty Park yesterday. The Quality of Life/Financial District Committee met to deliberate over Occupy Wall Street and hear remarks from residents. The board members, which have been in support of Occupy Wall Street, have been receiving an increasing amount of complaints about the occupation.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 20, 2011 11:30 am|
Occupy Wall Street is a healthy and robust occupation right now. It is swarming with media, so much media that occupiers are likely growing tired of interviews (which means the best reporting is coming from people who just sit there and observe the occupation). Each and every day there is some kind of an action that pulls into focus how poor, working class and middle class Americans are being made to shoulder the burdens of society while corporations and the richest 1% receive tax breaks, bailouts and enjoy increased influence over government. During the night when the occupation is most vulnerable to raids or a forced dispersal, the camp is at peace because the occupation has largely won this struggle.
|By: Jane Hamsher Sunday October 9, 2011 11:19 am|
Kevin Gosztola is stopping by #OccupyPhilly this afternoon on his way to New York. Occupy Philadelphia launched last Thursday at Dilworth Plaza, and today issued a press release indicating that there are about 80 tents currently set up on the west side of City Hall. Kevin will be livestreaming his visit and interviewing the protesters.
Today’s events include a concert from 1-4pm organized by Parliament Funkadelic’s Bruce Mays featuring JiLil Timmons, Jason Balmer, GQ, Tre Austin and Amada Gilson. There will be a 3:30 solidarity march with the State Hands Union of Philadelphia (IATSE 8), and a 7 pm general assembly meeting at 15th and JFK.
You can follow #OccupyPhilly on Twitter.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 6, 2011 8:45 am|
Now, leaders who are working on the Obama 2012 re-election campaign or progressive groups that will be canvassing door-to-door to convince people to not abandon Obama are looking to tap in to Occupy Wall Street’s energy. The country is about to see, as Salon’s Joan Walsh suggests, what happens when a movement without leaders meets leaders without a movement. The segment MSNBC host Ed Schultz did on October 5 indicates liberals, whom the Democratic Party counts on to deliver votes, will be working to contain this movement and make it seem these are really frustrated Obama supporters.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 27, 2011 5:20 pm|
Over the past ten days, hundreds of people have occupied Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan in New York as part of Occupy Wall Street. Citizens have faced down a city that has fortified Wall Street with blockades so corporate criminals responsible for the economic collapse in 2008 can avoid confrontations with angry, passionate Americans.