Occupy’s Political Prisoners

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 7:20 pm

Among the many signs of the profound threat that the Occupy movement poses to the status quo has been the coordinated effort by local and state police together with the Department of Homeland Security to suppress the rights of protesters. The United Nations recently criticized the United States for its violent police attacks on the movement.

In the month since the pre-NATO arrests, a new tool in the arsenal is becoming clear: turning dedicated activists into political prisoners.

Occupy Hilo so far…

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 8:00 am

In Hilo, we are not camping (yet) but we have been holding sign wavings, rallies and other protests for well over 2 months now to raise awareness on a lot of issues. We have been meeting formally and holding General Assemblies for 7 weeks to pool our ideas and energies into direct actions. We are a small but determined and passionate bunch.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Juan E. Mendez and Marjory Wentworth, Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights

By: Saturday December 3, 2011 1:59 pm

What could possibly make a human being torture another human being?

That’s a question that, as a young boy, I recall asking my grandparents—Holocaust survivors—after they described to me in vivid detail the torture they and other members of my extended family were subjected to by the Nazis during World War II.

It’s a question I returned to earlier this year when I had the opportunity to interview a veteran of the US Army Reserves who was torn up about the torture he says he witnessed and participated in against some “war on terror” detainees while serving as a guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility. [That guard, Pfc. Albert Melise, has since been barred from reenlistment for speaking to me.]

#OccupySupply: Over $100,000 Raised to Support Occupations Everywhere

By: Thursday November 17, 2011 3:57 pm

We did it! With your help we’ve now raised over $104,000 to purchase and distribute supplies to the occupations! Thanks to everyone who has supported the fund – this was all you.

Pizza Orders from Around the World: A Sign #OccupyWallStreet Could Last Awhile?

By: Monday September 19, 2011 8:30 am

For two days now, hundreds of protesters have occupied Zuccotti Park, a private park in and around Wall Street, as part of Occupy Wall Street. The protesters intended to legally assemble and demonstrate on the public sidewalks on Wall Street, but the New York Police Department (NYPD) put up blockades before the planned occupation began preventing any protests from happening.

‘No On SB 5′: How we got 1.3 million signatures

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 3:50 pm

One at a time, that’s how.

I know that’s a flippant way to put it, but all the big picture stuff risks losing sight of the most important thing of all: This happened because passionately committed individuals took it upon themselves to get the training and put themselves in a position to ask their friends and neighbors to support the referendum.

ScienceBlogs.com Bloggers Go on Strike, Issue Demands to Management

By: Wednesday July 21, 2010 3:30 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Internet’s first Blogger Strike.

PZ Myers, a biologist and proprietor of Pharyngula, a blog on biology on on ScienceBlogs.com, announced in a post yesterday afternoon that he was officially “on strike,” including in his demands to management increased communication, support, transparency, and trust from ScienceBlogs.com management.

Solidarity: Alabama Fishermen Organize Bayou Blockade to Protest BP

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 6:50 pm

Alabama fishermen used a half-dozen boats to prevent access to the Mississippi Sound in an early morning blockade to protest BP’s unfair hiring practices yesterday. The fishermen, who’ve been idled by the massive ban on fishing in the oiled waters of the Gulf of Mexico, say BP is hiring far more recreational boaters than commercial fishermen in its cleanup efforts.

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