Podcast: The Targeting of Free Speech & Activism Around Palestinians on University or College Campuses

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 9:14 am

Pro-Israel groups are engaged in a “fighting retreat,” as one professor at Columbia College Chicago, who had his academic freedom violated, puts it. They are confronting vibrant activism from students calling attention to the suffering of Palestinian people under Israeli military occupation, and, in trying to overcome the challenge they present to their worldview, they are engaged in the suppression of freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of assembly on college or university campuses.

 

Media Coverage Explodes on Petraeus CUNY Honors College Protests

By: Friday September 13, 2013 1:35 pm

After The Dissenter ran a Sept. 10 interview with a member of the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY protesting former CIA Director David Petraeus’ adjunct professor gig at CUNY Macaulay Honors College, national coverage has exploded on protests occurring on his Sept. 9 first day of class.

Late Night: Teacher in Trouble–Fight for Your Rights (to Party)

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 8:00 pm

Golly Mr. Dryden, you’re my favorite teacher!

John Dryden, a high school teacher in Batavia, Illinois is in hot water for teaching his students about their rights, and for putting that lesson into action by informing students of their Fifth Amendment rights in connection with a survey asking about illegal drug use. The survey was ostensibly aimed at assessing the needs of students at Batavia High School except it asked about illegal drug use and students’ names were on each form! What’s a cool teacher to do?

Eugene Delgaudio Delivers Empty Pizza Boxes to Congress

By: Wednesday May 15, 2013 7:35 am

The petitions that Mr. Delgaudio allegedly delivered to Congress must be printed on virtual paper, because the stacks of pizza boxes supposedly housing them are so light that they seem almost weightless when carried (0:06-0:12), and bob and sway when Mr. Delgaudio rests his hand upon them (1:29-1:46). Watch the video, right.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Seth Rosenfeld, Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power

By: Sunday November 11, 2012 1:59 pm

In 1977, The Daily Californian, Berkeley’s student paper, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents bearing on FBI surveillance in Berkeley during the 60’s and early 70’s. In 1981, Seth Rosenfeld, then a Daily Cal reporter, started reading those files that the FBI turned over. He published some initial reports. Later that year, having observed how many files were missing or blacked out (“I wondered whether the bureau was America’s biggest consumer of Magic Markers,” he writes), he filed an additional request for “any and all” records on former UC President Clark Kerr, former Free Speech Movement leader Mario Savio, and more than a hundred other individuals, organizations, and events.

Five lawsuits, many more Magic Markers, and 30 years later, he had succeeded in retrieving more than 300,000 pages of records, a federal judge having ruled that the FBI had no legitimate law enforcement purpose in keeping them secret. His venture in unearthing records about illicit espionage and political operations by America’s chief cops extended throughout, and outlasted, Rosenfeld’s distinguished career as an investigative reporter for San Francisco’s Examiner and Chronicle.

The resulting book is not only about campus surveillance but political causation.

Google Pulls Utoopi Paid Sex App Marketed to Students From Google Play

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 4:10 pm

Now that big players like Craigslist and The Village Voice have been pushed out of the sex advertising marketplace, the Utoopi episode has the appearance of Google not looking too hard in order to sweep up the business they left behind.

Bytegeist Exclusive: Rep. Maloney Letter Blasting Google’s Larry Page Over Android Sex App Marketed to Students

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 1:48 pm

This morning Bytegeist contacted Rep. Carolyn Maloney for a comment on the Google Android App Utoopi, which uses Google Maps to offer “all the paid sex of your city geogargeted.”

The Recession for College Grads

By: Friday August 17, 2012 4:25 pm

The WAPO has a nicely graphed blogpost telling us that there was no recession for college grads. It shows that employment for college grads has risen at a strong pace since the start of the recovery and is well above its pre-recession level. The problem is that we need a denominator in this story.

Backlash Against NYPD’s Covert Surveillance of Muslim Students

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 10:11 am

Student associations at schools in the northeastern United States have demanded the attorney general probe the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) “secret surveillance” of students in their associations. The demand comes after investigative reporting published by the Associated Press revealed the NYPD conducted surveillance of Muslim students at Rutgers University, Yale, Columbia, New York University (NYU), University of Buffalo and other schools.

UC Riverside Students Attacked by Police During Day of Protest to Defend Education

By: Friday January 20, 2012 7:45 am

University of California Riverside students gathered to protest a UC Regents meeting on January 19. They gathered to demand that the Regents stop raising fees, supporting layoffs and passing budget cuts. They organized to defend public education. But, their presence was met with a significant show of force from police clad in riot gear, especially later in the afternoon. The presence of riot police escalated the situation and ultimately led to at least one officer firing paint-filled bullets into a crowd of students.

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