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30 years ago a Chinese tank column stopped for ‘Tank Man.’ Fang Zheng wasn’t so lucky - Los Angeles Times
“The tank was suddenly right in my face,” he continued. “It happened so fast. The tank did not hesitate. It just rolled over me. I was conscious. I could feel that I was being dragged by the tank because my trousers were stuck.” He managed to free himself.

On June 5, as tanks left the square, a lone man holding shopping bags stood blocking a column of tanks, an image of courage and defiance that became a global symbol of the pro-democracy protest. His identity and fate remain a mystery.

The number of people killed is unknown. Estimates vary from several hundred to 10,000.
China  Tiananmen  tank  protest  death  injury 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
'The Case Is Finally Over': Charges Dropped Against All Remaining J20 Defendants
Charges against the remaining J20 protesters with no plea deals who were awaiting trial were dropped Friday with prejudice—meaning proscecutors can't try them again for the 2017 protest.

Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters were arrested on Jan. 20, 2017, for protesting the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The prosecution of the group—using felony charges against protesters and journalists—has been criticized by rights groups and failed miserably in court. Friday's ruling by D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin, which ordered the charges dropped with prejudice, shuts the door completely on the case.
protest  arrest  trial  judge  dismissed  dropped  charges  Trump  president  inauguration 
march 2019 by Quercki
De-bullshitifying the libertopian Legend of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge / Boing Boing
The reality is that the Paiutes who lived there were ethnically cleansed by the US Army, who then sold some of the land to speculators from out-of-state, who were dominated by a couple of crooked megabosses who used trickery, bribery, coercion and fraud to get the land at discount prices and force out their competition. Those welfare capitalists then made a killing by using heavily subsidized US federal infrastructure, such as railways, to get their products to market.

When those cattle-barons ran their business into the ground, they got bailed out by the federal government. The feds bought the land that they'd sold at subsidy prices to rich speculators, and ended up with a big piece of territory that, having been purged of its original residents, and having been worked to ruin through mismanagement and greed by unscrupulous robber-barons, turned into a wildlife preserve.
protest  history  privilege  Native_American  wildlife  Oregon 
january 2019 by Quercki
The man whose deportation Elin Ersson tried to prevent | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 26.07.2018
Ismail Khawari was deported from Sweden back to Afghanistan

Elin Ersson's protest made headlines around the world. Using Facebook Live, she broadcasted in real time how she was trying to stop the alleged deportation of an Afghan national by refusing to take her seat and allowing the plane to take off.

Before the 21-year-old activist boarded the plane, she believed she would find two men set for deportation: one around 50 years of age, and the other, 26-year-old Ismail Khawari.

Khawari's family had contacted Ersson and her network of activists shortly before he was due to be deported. Together, they figured the young man was slated to travel onboard a Turkish Airlines plane from Gothenburg to Istanbul. Ersson bought a ticket and boarded the plane.

Ismail Khawari, however, was not on board. He was deported from Stockholm to Kabul the following day. According to Ersson, the older man was on the plane.
Sweden  airplane  Afghanistan  deport  protest 
july 2018 by Quercki
Gun-Violence Protests Drew an Estimated 1 Million Students - WSJ
By Arian Campo-Flores
Updated March 15, 2018 7:41 a.m. ET
At 10 a.m., 1,000 students walked out of Stuyvesant High School in New York City. An hour later, 2,800 filed out of Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago. An hour after that, 1,000 went to the capitol in Boise, Idaho. And an hour after that, 1,000 walked out of Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, with signs that read “Am I next?”

In a wave across the country Wednesday morning, students voted with their feet to protest government inaction on gun control. Nearly 1 million students took part in protests, which included...
gun  violence  children  protest  locked_article 
march 2018 by Quercki
On Property and Protest – GODS & RADICALS
In summation:

While I don’t engage in property destruction myself, over many years I’ve been friends with those who do (Catholic Plowshares activists, I’m looking at you). These were always in critique of the larger destructive systems. To not engage that larger critique is to miss the point entirely, and only pits us against one another and plays directly into the hands of those who most directly oppress our comrades and the most vulnerable members of our interlocking communities.

I would like to see people working toward solid aims. On occasion, it feels like some people are just acting out. Also, not having strategic aim makes it much easier for infiltrators/agitators/provocateurs to enter our ranks and incite people to non-strategic action or putting others in danger.

In my opinion, if we are going to build long-term, sustainable, society-changing activist communities, we must also always ask “What purpose/whom does this action serve?” And “What is our plan?”

I hope that anyone engaging in, critiquing, or supporting planned property destruction considers these sorts of questions.

In solidarity. Toward love, equity, and justice.
T._Thorne_Coyle  property  destruction  vandalism  protest  demonstration 
february 2018 by Quercki
Group behind voter ID, stand your ground, ag-gag, private prison, anti-muni-wifi, and killing Obamacare now planning rules for jailing pipeline protesters / Boing Boing
Oklahoma's HB 1123 calls for citizens to receive a felony sentencing, $100,000 fine, and/or 10 years in prison if their actions “willfully damage, destroy, vandalize, deface, or tamper with equipment in a critical infrastructure facility.”

The ALEC model bill, by comparison, calls for those who “willfully trespass or enter property containing a critical infrastructure facility without permission by the owner of the property or lawful occupant thereof shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than {dollar figure}, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of {length of time}, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”
ALEC  NoDAPL  protest  felony 
december 2017 by Quercki
Court rulings toss lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and Mckesson, allow class-action payments to protesters - Baltimore Sun
In the first lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson's ruling Friday said lawyers for a Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy wounded in the attack "utterly failed to state a plausible claim" and instead launched a "confused attack" against Black Lives Matter and others, including movement leader Mckesson, 32, a prominent Baltimore-based activist.

Jackson previously ruled that Black Lives Matter is a social movement and therefore can't be sued. Last month, he threw out a separate lawsuit in which a Baton Rouge police officer blamed Black Lives Matter and Mckesson for injuries he sustained during a protest over a black man's shooting death during a struggle with police.

The officer's lawyers also attempted to add "#BlackLivesMatter" as a defendant, but Jackson ruled a hashtag can't be sued either.

Donna Grodner, a Baton Rouge-based attorney who filed both suits, filed a notice Thursday she is appealing last month's ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
BlackLivesMatter  DeRay_Mckesson  protest  lawsuit  police  death 
october 2017 by Quercki
Jaywalking case exposes law enforcement embedded in far-left group | Local News | Colorado Springs Independent
Law enforcement has a long history of infiltrating social movements.
emember when the Colorado Springs Socialists held a "March Against Imperialism" back in March? As the Independent reported at the time, about 15 people, mostly students, participated in the demonstration meant to denounce militarism overseas.

The protest began and ended at the steps of City Hall, with a short march through downtown streets in between (despite police orders to stay on the sidewalk). When marchers arrived back at City Hall, four were arrested.

Now their case is in municipal court, where the discovery process has exposed an awkward piece of evidence: Two undercover agents were caught on body cameras worn by uniformed officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department. Footage from those cameras, which local police began wearing this year, was released to the defendants then shared with the Independent. It captures the officers' quiet deliberations prior to the arrests.
Other protesters accepted their citations calmly, save one spouting off about his right to free speech and assembly, but the guy in the Carhartt reacts with profanity before muttering tersely, "I'll cooperate, but pat me down at the car."

Ultimately, Carhartt guy is put in the back of the police car, where other officers finally realize he's a fellow lawman they didn't initially recognize since he's employed by the Sheriff's Office. The "knife" in his pocket is actually an extra magazine for his concealed handgun. They trade jabs: "You really should hang out with a better crowd," one says. "I know," he replies, "Fuck the police, right?"

The footage disturbs seasoned activist Eric Verlo, who was among the ticketed protesters, on multiple fronts: that the undercover deputy had a loaded firearm with the safety off in his waistband the whole time; that his expletive-laden response to apprehending officers could've been an attempt to incite other protesters to resist arrest; and most of all, that local law enforcement saw fit to infiltrate a group whose most scandalous act was basically jaywalking.
first_amendment  protest  police  infiltration 
september 2017 by Quercki
Veterans Train to "Re-Deploy" to Communities to Defend Against Trump
Howard is the Co-Director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, a grassroots organization of post-9/11 active duty service members and veterans. IVAW was originally formed in 2004 as a space for vets to speak out against, and rectify their involvement in, the unpopular and unjust wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the 13 years since IVAW formed, the group has covered a lot of ground, organizing around reparations for Iraq, health care for returning service members, and against the redeployment of vets living with PTSD. Increasingly, IVAW is expanding on what it means to be “anti-war,” by focusing on the root cause of war—militarism—and turning their sights to related symptoms of militarism, including militarized police, Islamophobia, and even climate change.

Most recently, IVAW was making headlines for another “deployment:” heading to Standing Rock to support Indigenous water protectors facing violent police repression as they tried to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Thousands of vets showed up, “because we were called,” Howard notes. “We wanted to be of service to this Indigenous-led movement.”
verterans  peace  war  Standing_Rock  protest 
may 2017 by Quercki
Cybersecurity for the People: How to Protect Your Privacy at a Protest
April 21 2017, 11:17 a.m.
PLANNING ON GOING to a protest? You might not be aware that just by showing up, you can open yourself up to certain privacy risks — police often spy on protesters, and the smartphones they carry, and no matter how peaceful the demonstration, there’s always a chance that you could get detained or arrested, and your devices could get searched. Watch this video for tips on how to prepare your phone before you go to a protest, how to safely communicate with your friends and document the event, and what to do if you get detained or arrested.

This is the first in a new series of videos I’m hosting called Cybersecurity for the People. In future videos we’ll dive into topics such as encrypted messaging apps, password management, and how to become a whistleblower. If you have topics that you’d like to see covered in this series, please let me know. You can email me at micah.lee@theintercept.com or send me a Signal message at 415-964-1601.
protest  demonstration  security  mobile  phone 
may 2017 by Quercki
Town hall crowds to GOP: We live here, we're not paid, and we're not going away - Shareblue
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attempted to add additional weight to the false characterizations at a recent press conference: “There is a bit of professional protester, manufactured-base in there,” he said, providing no evidence. “Just because they’re loud, doesn’t necessarily mean that there are many.”
To debunk these false characterizations, people at town halls are demonstrating that they are, in fact, constituents, in numerous heartening ways.
In Colorado, voters lifted up their state identifications:

In Virginia, constituents wore name tags with their zip codes:

In Arkansas, citizens simply told their senator where they lived:
GOP  paid  protest  false_accusation  healthcare  immigration  ICE 
april 2017 by Quercki
No, someone wasn't paid $3,500 to protest Donald Trump; it's fake news | PolitiFact
It was created by Paul Horner, who posts fake news on a variety of websites. Some of his posts go viral, presumably boosting his standing with Google’s news algorithm. The fake news posts typically earn Horner -- according to an interview with the Washington Post -- $10,000 a month in ad sales.

In the Post interview, Horner took credit for the fake news item about the protester being paid $3,500.

"His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything," Horner said. Referring to then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Horner said, "His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist." Here’s a screenshot of Lewandowski’s since-deleted tweet:
Trump  paid  protest  fake  news 
april 2017 by Quercki
Colin Kaepernick Saw This Coming | Complex
In pop culture years, 2012 was ages ago. But try to remember. That was the year quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the first half of the Niners game against the Rams in Week 10, and a backup QB named Colin Kaepernick had to fill in. The game ended in a tie, the NFL's first in four years. The next week Kaepernick started, and led the team to victory. And even after Smith was declared healthy, Kaepernick continued to start—and to win. A "quarterback controversy" brewed, but coach Harbaugh went with the guy "with the hot hand," as they say. 

With that, a star was born. A second-year, backup QB led the Niners all the way to Super Bowl XLVII, and even though the Ravens came out on top, all people could talk about was Kap. His spread in the ESPN Body Issue made women swoon all around the nation. He signed endorsement deals with Jaguar, Nike, Beats, and Electronic Arts. Feature stories were written about his tattoos, his pet tortoise named Sammy, his being a biracial kid adopted by white parents. 

You remember how he would kiss his biceps after scoring a touchdown? "Kaepernicking," we called it.
Kaepernick  racism  protest 
april 2017 by Quercki
How anti-Vietnam War activists stopped violent protest from hijacking their movement
Today’s protest organizers and participants can learn much from our experiences on the frontlines a half century ago.

A good place to start is to consider the Weathermen, the most prominent of the counterparts to the Black Bloc in our day. As proponents of violent street tactics, the Weathermen capitalized on an aspect of the ‘60s counterculture that glorified violent revolution. Posters displaying romanticized images of Che Guevara, Viet Cong soldiers (especially women fighters) and Black Panthers with guns were plastered on many walls.

The Weathermen didn’t just spout revolutionary rhetoric. One of their most memorable actions was what they proclaimed as the “Days of Rage.” They urged people to join them in Chicago in early October 1969 to “Bring the War Home.” They recruited extensively among white working-class youths to come to the city with helmets and such weapons as clubs, prepared to vandalize businesses and cars as well as assault police. They believed their action would help provoke an uprising against the capitalist state.
blackbloc  violence  vandalism  protest 
march 2017 by Quercki
Republican Legislators Clamp Down on Protests - The Atlantic
Political protests are often designed to provoke a response from elected officials. But in some states, the reaction from state legislators is turning hostile.

A wave of bills aimed at curtailing protests and demonstrations has started to make its way through state legislatures across the country. A Washington Post analysis found at least 18 states where Republican legislators have either proposed legislation that targets certain protest tactics, sought to increase penalties for illegal protests under existing law, or publicly discussed pursuing such measures.
Republicans  First_Amendment  demonstration  assets_forfeiture  law  RICO  terrorism  riot  protest 
march 2017 by Quercki
AP News : Arizona leader kills protest bill after widespread criticism
PHOENIX (AP) - The speaker of the Arizona House said Monday he won't hear a bill that makes participating in or helping organize a protest that turns into a riot an offense that could lead to criminal racketeering charges, a move prompted by widespread criticism that the legislation sought to limit First Amendment rights.

The measure passed last week by the Senate drew nationwide attention, particularly from civil libertarians, because it classified violent protest as an organized crime and said protesters who didn't initially intend to riot could still face criminal charges. That attention led Speaker J.D. Mesnard to decide Monday to kill it for the session.
Arizona  First_Amendment  demonstration  assets_forfeiture  law  RICO  terrorism  riot  protest 
march 2017 by Quercki
(25) Ron Denham - News reports, citing politicians (of course), say...
News reports, citing politicians (of course), say paid protesters are disrupting congressional meetings. I was in one in Georgia. Here's what really happened:
I found the meeting on my Senator Isakson's web site. I drove 120 miles. I burned $14 of gas. I woke my kids up at 7am, on their day off, to attend my first ever U.S. Senator staff meeting in Greensboro GA, pop 3,700. You have to ask why the only planned Senatorial meeting is held in a tiny county, so far away from cities of 5.7M in Atlanta, 200K in Athens, and others.
I brought printed questions about ACA replacement that affect us: Will it cover preexisting conditions? Will it have lifetime caps? Will it include HPV vaccines and mammograms? Hoping to get some answers.
My kids and I sat 10 feet from the front. 600+ constituents attended with standing room only. "This will be a great Civics lesson for my daughters.", I thought. It was...
Each GOP staffer was individually applauded by the crowd during intros in meeting. Then... Sen Isakson and Sen Perdue's staffers said they had no comments and would not address the 600+ constituents.
I wondered "Who trained them in addressing the public?" It was bad. Zero sensitivity. Did they intentionally try to make the crowd mad? Surely not.
The staffers passed around a single signup sheet and said they'd meet people 1:1 in separate rooms for 90 minutes. This might give 40 (out of 600) or so people the chance to ask a question in private.
The voters began yelling "You don't answer your phones. You don't hold real town halls. We have questions about ACA repeal, Medicare, Education, Equal Rights."
When the staffers walked out, the voters were yelling "Do your jobs!" and "Shame!"
republican  politicians  town_hall  Georgia  paid  lies  protest 
february 2017 by Quercki
Songwriter's Notebook: Advice from a Protest Singer on Protesting
A bonus of protest organizers becoming well-connected with the cultural spheres is that stage hands know how to set up stages, musicians often know people who own sound systems, and they can teach you good microphone technique, which is essential for any speaker who wants to be taken seriously (and be heard).

In order to make this work well (that is, work), you need to think about things like whether you need to hire a sound company to run the stage (which obviously requires a budget of some kind), or whether this is something people with bits of equipment can cobble together themselves.  If you're expecting crowds in the thousands, you'll definitely need to have a budget of at least a few hundred dollars to hire a sound company.  If you're organizing something smaller than that, you may be able to easily cultivate the connections within the music scene that come with sound equipment.

In terms of attracting this kind of talent to your protests, you should know that what the artists who can make the protest an inspiring, worthwhile occasion want from you is to be taken seriously.  That's all, really.  Taking an artist seriously means understanding that they have needs in this situation.  They need a sound system that is adequate for whatever they're doing -- which can vary wildly depending on whether we're talking about a 10-piece band or a singer with a guitar -- and they need an audience.  So don't put the band on before the rally starts or after it ends.  Put them on during the rally.  Ideally with great frequency, and for long periods of time.

Keep your rally short.  Leave them wanting more.  This is theater, and all performers know these maxims.  You need to, too.  Two hours is a good maximum.  Even that is long.  All rallies, in my humble opinion, should be mostly music and other forms of culture, in terms of what happens on the stage.  This is doubly true of any rally that's longer than two hours.  If you're doing something like that, then you should look at it more as a festival than a rally.  Which, really, is equally appropriate for the shorter rallies, as well.

If a rally is really good, well-timed, well-executed, and mostly cultural in nature, it shouldn't lose people as it goes.  It may even grow in size as it goes on.  This is a sign that there is an energy being created by the confluence of successful factors you have brought together that day.  The kind of energy that makes people want more, want to come back.
howto  protest  demonstration  rally  music  organizing 
january 2017 by Quercki
Surviving President Tr*mp: Lessons from the 1960s & Octavia E. Butler | Tananarive Due Writes
The establishment will fear and obstruct you 
If you’ve been following activist communities, you know that groups like Black Lives Matter have already been labeled as “thugs” or “terrorists,” and this isn’t new. But with advances in technology, protesters are now subjected to face recognition software and databases even when no crime has been committed. Beyond that, online harassment from trolls already bullies many people into silence.

One of Tr*mp’s first tweets as president-elect was to denounce protesters. We can all expect more of this—whether we protest in the streets or with our words, or both.

Watch Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th on Netflix for a comprehensive overview of how presidential administrations have used “law and order” rhetoric to squash resistance and create a new kind of slavery in our system of mass incarceration. This is not theoretical. My parents both have thick FBI files simply for agitating for civil rights and voting rights at a time when critics labeled agitation as “communism.”

My mother’s 1960s-era FBI file as a result of her activism
Power fights back.
demonstration  protest  howto 
january 2017 by Quercki
Digital Security Tips for Protesters | Electronic Frontier Foundation
After the election, individuals took to the streets across the country to express their outrage and disappointment at the result of the U.S. presidential election. Many protesters may not be aware of the unfortunate fact that exercising their First Amendment rights may open themselves up to certain risks. Those engaging in peaceful protest may be subject to search or arrest, have their movements and associations mapped, or otherwise become targets of surveillance and repression. It is important that in a democracy citizens exercise their right to peaceably assemble, and demonstrators should be aware of a few precautions they can take to keep themselves and their data safe. Here we present 10 security tips for protesting in the digital age.
politics  activism  protest  privacy  security  EFF 
january 2017 by Quercki
Huge Bay Area crowds turn out for Women's March
Aerial images of buoyant, peaceful protesters clogging plazas and streets from cities as far flung as Sydney and Tokyo to San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco and Walnut Creek harkened to 1960s-era protests against the Vietnam War, bringing some nostalgic baby boomers to tears.

About 100,000 marched in Oakland, extending 40 city blocks. In Washington, D.C., a half-million people were so tightly packed on the National Mall that organizers were forced to alter the marching route.

“It’s going to get harder before it gets easier,” California’s newly elected U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris told the crowd in Washington. But, she said, “there is nothing more powerful than a group of determined sisters marching — standing up for what is right.”

In all four Bay Area cities with big marches, massive crowds spilled over from gathering places even before protesters began to march. About 50,000 gathered in San Francisco, where City Hall was lit up pink in the pouring rain for the evening rally and march. More than 25,000 marched from San Jose City Hall to Plaza de Cesar Chavez, and as many as 10,000 crowded the downtown streets of Walnut Creek, a suburb known more for its boutiques and restaurants than protests. Thousands more marched in Santa Cruz and Watsonville.
Oakland  women  march  demonstration  protest  20170121 
january 2017 by Quercki
Crowd Estimates, 1.21.2017
Crowd estimates with sources for the Womens March
women  march  demonstration  protest  Trump  statistics  20170121 
january 2017 by Quercki
Women's March: Huge Bay Area turnout as California resistance takes hold
In a striking sign of solidarity Saturday, more than 2 million people joined Women’s Marches from the nation’s capital to the Bay Area and beyond, promising to fight for a new era of civil rights in the age of President Donald Trump.

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Aerial images of buoyant, peaceful protesters clogging plazas and streets from cities as far flung as Sydney and Tokyo to San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco and Walnut Creek harkened to 1960s-era protests against the Vietnam War, bringing some nostalgic baby boomers to tears.

About 100,000 marched in Oakland, extending 40 city blocks. In Washington, D.C., a half-million people were so tightly packed on the National Mall that organizers were forced to alter the marching route.

“It’s going to get harder before it gets easier,” California’s newly elected U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris told the crowd in Washington. But, she said, “there is nothing more powerful than a group of determined sisters marching — standing up for what is right.”

In all four Bay Area cities with big marches, massive crowds spilled over from gathering places even before protesters began to march. About 50,000 gathered in San Francisco, where City Hall was lit up pink in the pouring rain for the evening rally and march. More than 25,000 marched from San Jose City Hall to Plaza de Cesar Chavez, and as many as 10,000 crowded the downtown streets of Walnut Creek, a suburb known more for its boutiques and restaurants than protests. Thousands more marched in Santa Cruz and Watsonville.
Oakland  women  march  demonstration  protest  20170121 
january 2017 by Quercki
In Oakland, Massive Crowd Of 60,000 (But Likely Even More) Turns Out For Anti-Trump Women's March | East Bay Express
Attendees at today's Women's March in Oakland described the event as one of the largest protests in recent memory. There aren't yet official law-enforcement estimates, but various local officials and police officers told the Express that anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 people turned out for the march — and some guessed that the total attendance might be even higher.

One police officer shared that more than 25,000 individuals rode BART to the event (we've yet to confirm this information). And the procession itself extended more than 40 city blocks, according to law enforcement.

In fact, while the front of the march was finishing at Oakland's City Hall, those waiting at its end, near Laney College, had yet to even begin.

Attendees started gathering for the march as early as 11 a.m., and a celebration was ongoing at 2:30 p.m. out front of City Hall. Downtown Oakland eateries and bars were flooded with marchers after the event.
Oakland  women  march  protest  demonstration  20170121 
january 2017 by Quercki
How a hoax website about paid protesters came crumbling down live on TV - The Washington Post
The website for an organization calling itself Demand Protest made its mission pretty clear: “When your strategy demands paid protest, we organize and bring it to life.” Billing itself as a group that generated the “appearance of outrage” on behalf of left-wing causes, the existence of Demand Protest became an attractive story for many right-wing media outlets. The group, it appeared, was proof that dissent against Trump was manufactured by shady leftist organizations, and could be lucrative: one Backpage.com ad placed in Demand Protest’s name promised a full-time job that paid a $2,500 retainer, plus $50/hr., and benefits.

It was the perfect story to share, if you’re inclined to believe that anti-Trump protesters must be getting paid to be there. Something to that effect has long been in the canon of largely unsubstantiated rumors circulating on the Trump Internet. A well-known fake news writer even fabricated an “interview” with a protester who said he was paid $3,500 to protest at a Trump rally — a story that was shared on Twitter by Trump’s then-campaign manager. And like that made-up story, it also appears that Demand Protest is a made-up group, one that fooled quite a few news sources before being dramatically debunked on-air by Tucker Carlson.

[She staged a viral story. You fell for her hoax. She thinks that’s beautiful.]

Here’s an incomplete look at how we got here: a few days ago, the Gateway Pundit wrote a piece titled “BREAKING: Far Left Group Is Paying Activists a Monthly Salary to Stop TRUMP,” and cited 4Chan in mentioning a possible link between Demand Protest and George Soros. InfoWars was a bit more skeptical, hedging their story on Demand Protest as a “report” and writing that “it’s unclear if the DemandProtest.com website is actually legitimate.”
Trump  fake  protest  conspiracy 
january 2017 by Quercki
(43) Max Dashu - More and more like fascism. Because it is. First...
A new law proposed by a State Senator in Washington would allow the authorities to charge protesters with "economic terrorism," and slap them with serious felony charges that could lead to jail time, just for making their voices heard.
Max Dashu Actually that law *was* proposed, according to Snopes."In this case, the "real event" is that Republican Senator Doug Ericksen said in a news release in November 2016 that he planned on proposing a bill that would classify some forms of protesting as "economic terrorism." Ericksen said that the bill would target protests that disrupt businesses or shut down streets:

"Washington State Sen. Doug Ericksen said Wednesday he is preparing a bill that would create a new crime of "economic terrorism" that would allow felony prosecution of protesters who block streets, cause property damage, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk.

“I respect the right to protest, but when it endangers people’s lives and property, it goes too far,” the Republican said in a news release. “Fear, intimidation and vandalism are not a legitimate form of political expression. Those who employ it must be called to account.”

"Ericksen said the bill, which is being prepared for next year’s legislative session, would allow felony prosecution "of those who intentionally break the law in an attempt to intimidate or coerce private citizens or the government by obstructing economic activity."

So the reason i posted this is true.
First_Amendment  Bill_of_Rights  constitution  arrest  protest 
december 2016 by Quercki
This Perfect Explanation Of Trump Protests Is Going Viral On Twitter, And For A Good Reason – US Uncut
“There’s a fundamental misunderstanding of what these protests are about. No one believes they will effectively stop a Trump inauguration.

They are large scale disruptions meant to send a message that the people will not allow bigotry to become normalized.

And that if Trump governs from that place he will have huge numbers of voters who will resist him, in fact a majority.

And it is meant to send me message of solidarity to the targeted groups that are frightened right now- we are with you.

And doing nothing always nets nothing. It sends a message that the people are docile and passive and will accept what is to come.

Let the new administration imagine a world where 51% of the country is taking advantage of that 2nd amendment the other 49% love so much.”
Trump  protest 
november 2016 by Quercki
MLK: Looted nothing, burned nothing, attacked no one. Changed the world
1. Martin Luther King Jr. broke the law. He was arrested 30 times between 1955 and 1965. MLK led marches and demonstrations that were unlawful and led to the violent beating and arrest of many black people and their white sympathizers. Eventually it led to his (and others in the movement's) assassination. So when I see white people sharing this I read, "I prefer you quietly taking abuse."

2. MLK seemed to understand rioting better than you do.
"But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?...It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity."
— “The Other America,” 1968

We can't ignore the conditions that lead to unrest, and then sit back and click our tongues because injustice turns into turmoil.

3. There has recently been a protest that has not only been peaceful, but it's been completely lawful. Unfortunately, you don't want people sitting down for the National Anthem either. Whatever it is you think you want, I'm willing to wager that it isn't Martin Luther King.

4. MLK's hate mail was full of the same nonsense I see people posting about BLM on Facebook:


4. In the end, this meme is just an appropriation of the image of a civil-rights leader in an effort to tell black people to quietly take their seat.
BlackLivesMatter  MLK  King  Martin_Luther_King  protest  african-american 
september 2016 by Quercki
Talking to Kids About Protesting: 5 Things I Want My Kids to Know — We Stories
Instead of shielding my children from or ignoring these images and conversations I seek to both:

Point out that the way these protestors are treated and talked about is different because of the color of their skin AND expand our conversation and narrative about the act of protesting.                                                 

Here are the things that I want my kids to know:

1. Protesting is a protected right. The Bill of Rights, written in 1789, grants Americans many important rights, which have come to define our nation and anchor some of our shared national values. Protesting is a reflection of two of those important rights: the right to “peaceably assemble” and the right to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

2. Protesting is an American tradition. It can be traced back to the beginning of our country’s history and is responsible for our very formation. A notable early protest example is The Boston Tea Party in 1773. Protesting has been a primary and critical way that Americans have stood up against injustice and unfair treatment since our country’s inception.

3. There are examples of protest all over in history AND in the present day. Depending on where you live your children may have the opportunity to witness protests with great frequency and on behalf of a wide variety of issues. Can you imagine how many protests kids living in Washington D.C. observe?! In other locations protestors might be more easily coupled with a particular incident or issue.
protest  demonstration  race  children 
september 2016 by Quercki
Who Speaks for the Trees? | Astra Taylor
What Stone, Wise, and CELDF’s Nicolson all maintain is that, however many absurd scenarios one can imagine arising from giving nature rights, the current system is already preposterous in ways non-lawyers don’t realize. To improve their chances of winning, environmental lawyers are often forced to frame their arguments around far-fetched injuries or financial inconveniences to humans—the diminishment of property values or reduced business revenue. (Likewise, only humans are eligible to be compensated for damages, not ecosystems in need of restoration.) The environment is an afterthought, of indirect importance as lost profits, an externality subject to a cost-benefit analysis. Cases of habitat destruction or animal abuse have been filed in terms of tragically limiting a human plaintiff’s “aesthetic enjoyment” or annoyingly impinging on future vacation plans. A 2008 suit to stop the Navy from killing whales included testimony from tourists about the fulfilling “opportunity to observe and interact with marine species” and the bottomless disappointment they felt knowing they wouldn’t be able to “see whales spout as often.” The direct harm to whales, beings invisible in the eye of the law, had to be tiptoed around—and the real grievances advocates sought to remedy left unstated because the actual victims lack rights. 
For now, those who resist such legal contortions are frequently ridiculed. Long told me that the gas company mocked the people of Grant Township for imparting rights to the environment (“What are you going to do?” company officials said. “Take a jar of creek water and put it on the stand and have it testify?”), while also taking the threat seriously enough to sue. Wise and his team, too, have encountered their fair share of scorn, and Stone’s treatise inspired other scholars to reply in jeering verse (Our brooks will babble in the courts, Seeking damages for torts). It is true that their efforts seem quixotic at first blush, whimsical or absurd or offensive, but over the last three decades, their arguments have made measurable headway. We have been through revolutions of rights before, they remind us: slaves, free black citizens, indigenous people, women, children, the disabled, and refugees have all had to fight for basic recognition as members of the rights-holding community. Why should we assume that we live at the end of history and all entities worthy of rights or legal personhood have already been identified?
legal  rights  nature  protest  Citizens_United  trees 
september 2016 by Quercki
#ConcernedStudent1950 Protests at University of Missouri: Timeline of Events - NBC News
A growing discontent among black students at the University of Missouri's handling of racism culminated Monday with the resignation of president Tim Wolfe.

Activists said the roots of their anger date to last year, when they complained of a slow and lackluster response by the university to the shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. But the displeasure reached a boiling point this fall, during a series of events that began after the start of the school year.

Last week, one student began a hunger strike, and on Saturday members of the football team said they would refuse to play until Wolfe left office. That last move seemed to force Wolfe's hand.

Here is how those events unfolded:

Sept. 11: The head of the Missouri Students Association, Payton Head, was walking through campus when "some guys riding on the back of a pickup truck decided that it would be okay for continuously scream N-- at me," he wrote on Facebook the following day. "I really just want to know why my simple existence is such a threat to society." He said he had been subjected to similar attacks on campus in the past and said he no longer felt included. "It's time to wake up Mizzou," he wrote.
racism  protest  president  resign 
november 2015 by Quercki
Why I protest by Kwame Rose - Baltimore City Paper
4. I protest because the police response to protesters has become worse under Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. Protesting is not, as he described, a "privilege." Rather, it is a right guaranteed by law that should be respected by those sworn to uphold the law. Protesters have explored all other peaceful measures to tackle the issue of police violence but those with the power to reform the system have ignored them. So far, under Davis, hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' dollars have been wasted on police coverage during days of protest. There hasn't been a single threat made against the police by any of the individuals they are tracking and targeting. More important though, the police are being deployed to carry out planned attacks on protesters.
protest  BlackLivesMatter  Baltimore  Kwame_Rose 
october 2015 by Quercki
Progressive Blind Spot On Race Revealed?
Does the progressive movement have a blind spot when it comes to race? We discuss the root causes behind the #BlackLivesMatter protest at Netroots Nation 2015.
Originally aired on July 20, 2015


Marc Lamont Hill

Alyona Minkovski @AlyonaMink (New York)
HuffPost Live Host/Producer

Bill Scher @billscher (Northhampton, MA)
Senior Writer at Campaign for America's Future; Contributing Editor, POLITICO Magazine

Elon James White @elonjames (Phoenix, AZ)
CEO, This Week in Blackness; Media Director, Netroots Nation

Tia Oso @Tia_Oso (Phoenix, AZ)
National Coordinator, Black Alliance for Just Immigration in Phoenix; Organized #BlackLivesMatter Action At Netroots Nation
BlackLivesMatter  Netroots_nation  protest  Bernie_Sanders  Mark_O'Malley  Patrisse_Cullours  Tia_Oso 
july 2015 by Quercki
Guest commentary: Banning of night protests isn't addressing root causes - Inside Bay Area
I didn't intend to get arrested. On May 23, I was marching alongside friends, colleagues and neighbors who are calling for an end to the economic inequality, racial oppression and gentrification that is dividing Oakland. I was there to join my voice and say a ban on nighttime marches is not the path to resolving our issues.

We Oaklanders like to speak the truth. We name what's wrong and what's holding us down. We draw on our history and our values of justice, democracy and cooperation to find solutions. We talk to each other, we organize and we debate -- sometimes within City Hall chambers and, yes, sometimes in the streets.

Demonstrators march along Broadway during one of the May Day protests in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, May 1, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) ( RAY CHAVEZ )
Before I was arrested, I watched as several peaceful protesters -- all black -- were thrown to the oil-soiled asphalt. Then officers lunged forward and pulled me from the sidewalk to the ground. The only broken glass was from the candle I was holding as it fell from my hand. They held me on the concrete by my wrists and ankles. I was frightened and powerless.

My experience is no different from how black folks are treated by police everyday. From Oscar Grant to Mike Brown to Yuvette Henderson, one of the biggest threats to black lives is state-sanctioned violence.

This isn't just about a ban on nighttime marches. It's about why our community is marching in the streets in the first place. We are standing up for the lives of black, brown, gay, trans, working class, poor and immigrant people.
Oakland  demonstration  protest  BlackLivesMatter  arrest 
june 2015 by Quercki
Bourgeois Speedball Loves the Sound of Breaking Glass | East Bay Express
gathering field recordings at protests. The group's aims are documentary and creative: As the Field Recording Working Group, the trio compiles and distributes snippets of familiar chants and the incidental noises of civil unrest. As Bourgeois Speedball, the group samples and modulates the same sounds for use in songs. The typically ephemeral missives of rebellion harden into beats, texture, and vocal motifs. Then, Shubat said, Bourgeois Speedball looks to "politicize spaces that people engage with in an ostensibly apolitical way."
Occupy_Oakland  BlackLivesMatter  protest  sound  recording  mp3 
june 2015 by Quercki
5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters | Cracked.com
the whole GamerGate thing last year was actually a textbook example. The guy behind it needed to rally an overwhelming male majority against an unknown, amateur female game developer, so he A) literally claimed she was being worshiped as a "false idol" that needed to be brought down, then for good measure the harassers insisted she was secretly a powerful agent for a U.S. government propaganda operation. Then, B) when the resulting harassment got bad enough that she had to get a fucking restraining order, they called it censorship. And of course, C) when she received donations from sympathetic supporters, they declared that this proved she was only in it for the money.

Ten years earlier, they did it to another female developer named Kathy Sierra, following the exact same template. The playbook never changes because it never stops working -- in three simple steps you can get mobs to bully anyone on your behalf, all while claiming heroic victim status. After all, what tactic is off the table when you're taking on an unstoppable giant who is trying to bully you and silence criticism for fame and profit?

#3. Focus On Their Most Frivolous Complaints (And Most Unlikable Members)
activism  demonstration  troll  protest  propaganda  politics 
june 2015 by Quercki
A Nun Walks Free: The Government’s Sabotage Case Dismissed - The New Yorker
In March, during arguments before a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Theodore implied that seeking the abolition of nuclear weapons might even be a form of sabotage. “These are people who have a desire, intent, to disarm, and they are taking action in furtherance of that goal,” he said. Shapiro countered that the sabotage charges were an example of government overreach, and he cited another recent case in which a woman who attempted to poison her husband’s mistress was convicted, under an anti-terrorist statute, of using a chemical weapon.

On May 8th, the court of appeals panel issued a two-to-one decision in the Y-12 case. The judge who wrote the opinion was appointed to the court by President George W. Bush; the judge who concurred with it was appointed by President Obama. They threw out the sabotage convictions, and their view of the government’s arguments was scathing. “The defendants’ actions in this case had zero effect, at the time of their actions or anytime afterwards, on the nation’s ability to wage war or defend against attack,” Judge Raymond Kethledge wrote. He criticized the government’s “vague platitudes” and the notion that Y-12’s guards were in any way diverted from their usual jobs: “responding to intrusions is what guards do.” The court vacated the defendants’ prison sentences and sent the case back to the original trial judge for resentencing.

The ruling and its tone surprised Quigley. This was the first time in thirty years that the sabotage conviction of an anti-nuclear protester had been overturned. He thought the decision conveyed a radical message for the federal judiciary: “Peaceful protest isn’t sabotage.” And the appeals court noted that the defendants had already served more time in prison than warranted by their conviction for destroying government property.
protest  nuclear  war  law  overturn  conviction 
may 2015 by Quercki
The Politics of Protests | East Bay Express
Moreover, moderates are never going to convince liberal activists to stop protesting until they exhibit some of the same outrage about police brutality as they do about protest vandalism. After all, we're talking about lives being lost versus some broken windows. It's not that liberal activists support vandalism. It's just that they don't think it's as important — or as much of a societal problem — as the killing of young people by the state.

In other words, moderates have to understand that the system has to change, dramatically. Today, tomorrow, or next week, some white cop somewhere in America is going to shoot another unarmed Black kid in the back, and demonstrators in that city — and in Oakland — are going to take to the streets.

As such, moderates should be pushing to address police misconduct, rather than acting as if cops are facing unfair criticism and that the real concern is vandalism. Mandatory police body cameras and independent investigations of killings by police are two much-needed reforms that are getting very little traction in Sacramento, even though they're reasonable and pragmatic. Why? Because moderate Democrats and conservatives still believe that despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, police are not the problem.

Even some leaders in the law enforcement community seem to get it more than many moderates do. Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus and Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent have both embraced reform (although OPD, in particular, still has a long way to go). For example, Magnus and Whent have been training officers to de-escalate situations rather than pulling their weapons or chasing after suspects alone. Officer-involved shootings, in turn, have been declining in both cities.
protest  demonstration  Occupy_Oakland  police  violence  moderate  liberal 
may 2015 by Quercki
Inspector General Goes Postal | East Bay Express
Late last month, David C. Williams dropped a red-hot audit on Tom Samra, who runs the real estate arm of the US Postal Service in Washington, DC. As the inspector general of the Postal Service, William's mission is to "prevent and detect fraud, waste, and misconduct" inside the $65 billion agency. The April 22 audit report bluntly charges Samra and his staff with mishandling the Postal Service's contract with CBRE of Santa Monica, which is the world's biggest commercial real estate firm and is one of the nation's most politically influential. Based on findings that the CBRE has violated its financial obligations to the Postal Service, Williams is demanding that Samra "terminate and recompete the current CBRE real estate management services contract."
CBRE is largely owned and controlled by Richard C. Blum, the husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein. In 2011, the Postal Service awarded Blum's firm an exclusive contract to service its $85 billion real estate portfolio. According to the audit, CBRE has made tens of millions of dollars on deals that have damaged the financial interests of the Postal Service. The inspector general says that CBRE employees may have coerced commissions from landlords during leasing negotiations. He has also marshaled evidence revealing conflicts of interest in CBRE's dealings with buyers of postal properties. Williams is concerned that CBRE "could manipulate transaction prices to favor its clients or business partners when managing the appraisal and negotiation processes for properties the Postal Service has sold or leased."

The inspector general's seventeen-month investigation commenced a few weeks after Express published an excerpt from my investigative ebook, Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's Husband Sells Post Offices to His Friends, Cheap.
Berkeley  USPS  post_office  Diane_Feinstein  protest  corruption 
may 2015 by Quercki
Why We Don't Make Demands / CrimethInc. Ex-Workers' Collective
If not demands, then what?

The way we analyze, the way we organize, the way we fight—these should speak for themselves. They should serve as an invitation to join us in a different way of doing politics, based in direct action rather than petitioning. The people in Ferguson and Baltimore who responded to the murders of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray by physically confronting the police did more to force the issue of police violence than decades of pleading for community oversight. Seizing spaces and redistributing resources, we sidestep the senselessly circuitous machinery of representation. If we must send a message to the authorities, let it be this single, simple demand: Don’t mess with us.
Instead of making demands, let’s start setting objectives. The difference is that we set objectives on our own terms, at our own pace, as opportunities arise. They need not be framed within the logic of the ruling powers, and their realization does not depend upon the goodwill of the authorities. The essence of reformism is that even when you win something, you don’t retain control over it. We should be developing the power to act on our own terms, independent of the institutions we are taking on. This is a long-term project, and an urgent one.
Occupy_Wall_Street  protest  Baltimore 
may 2015 by Quercki
How to Deal When Protests Disrupt Your Day | Rolling Stone
Since waves of protest are unlikely to stop for good in the near future, here are three thoughts it may prove useful for Mr. "Life Is Hard Enough" Baldwin (worth $65 million) – and the many less-obnoxious people who agree with him – to focus on in those inevitable frustrating times.

1. "Normal is intolerable."
2. "Change requires disruption."
3. "Inconvenience is a small sacrifice."
protest  *** 
may 2015 by Quercki
Baltimore Protesters Held Without Bail: 5 Fast Facts | Heavy.com
Police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said at a press conference Wednesday that more than 100 people were waiting in jail to be charged after being arrested during Monday’s rioting. He said police would have to charge them within 48 hours of their arrests or they will be allowed to go free. They were later released, the public defender’s office said. About 100 others have already been charged, he said. The majority of those charged were given cash-only bails that they were unable to pay.

Kowalczyk said the backlog was because officers who have to fill out documents and complete other paperwork for charges to be filed have been on the streets. He said that the protesters could still face charges, even if they are released, after police review photos and video from Monday.

The Maryland Public Defender’s Office has put out a call for private attorneys to help in defending the more than 200 protesters arrested in the city, according to The Daily Record.
Baltimore  Freddie_Gray  protest  arrest 
april 2015 by Quercki
Many organizers at the forefront of Baltimore police-brutality protests are women, despite men taking center stage - citypaper.com
A Baltimore organizer since 2007, and a marshal at Saturday’s protest, she said it is “kind of a natural habit to not realize the lack of acknowledgment of women,” but that those habits vary from group to group, and that media tend to focus on the presence and actions of men more than those of women.

For example, she marshaled protesters all day during Saturday’s protests, but noted the lack of images of her and fellow women marshals in media coverage of the events. Instead, many images of a dozen or so black men surfaced, decontextualized from the hours of peaceful marches prior to the return to Camden Yards after the rally at City Hall. This caused many groups and individuals, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, to focus on the images of protesters clashing with the sports fans who antagonized them, placing the blame squarely on young black men. The organizer I spoke with simply stated that, regardless of how the rest of the day had gone and the vocalization of different people and groups, “Nothing mattered [in the news] after the riot.”

Tawanda Jones has long endured the repercussions of false narratives since she became an activist after the 2013 death of her brother, Tyrone West, 44, following a beating by Baltimore police officers. From attempting every available legal outlet to ensure a transparent investigation into her brother’s death, to being misquoted by Fox 45’s Melinda Roeder during a rally, Jones has firsthand experience that still affects her daily life. Doctored footage from a televised segment in which Fox 45 misquoted the chant “We can’t stop/ We won’t stop/ Till killer cops/ Are in cell blocks” as “We can’t stop/ We won’t stop/ So kill a cop” has caused Jones to receive multiple anonymous threats that continue to this day, along with repeated damage to her vehicle and inability to safely go about her day alone.
women  protest  BlackLivesMatter  Baltimore 
april 2015 by Quercki
Baltimore's real, untelevised revolution - Baltimore Sun
I was crushed not because the violence lasted longer than the peace, but because the revolution Baltimore worked hard to create was not televised for what it truly was or is. The revolution was televised as angry citizens burning flags, looting stores and breaking police car windows. This is a skewed portrayal of the protests; it is what the media chose to portray — the media that consumers bewilderingly seem to want.

The real revolution is thousands of people across America standing in solidarity against police brutality. The real revolution is youth activists using their voices and their fearlessness to fight for the future of their generation. The real revolution is people of different races walking through the streets of inner city Baltimore, arms locked, chanting "All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray."

The revolution is not violent or exclusionary. As a young white girl, I at first felt out of place, marching alongside people who endure struggles everyday that I will never understand because of the color of my skin. But as we neared City Hall, the leaders of the protest reminded everyone that it takes people of all races to make change. The revolution needs black people, white people, Asian people, Hispanic people — everyone. Approaching City Hall, the streets of Baltimore rang with passionate people chanting, "The people united will never be defeated."

The Freddie Gray demonstrations are the Civil Rights movements of the 21st century. In my Advanced Placement U.S. History class at Baltimore City College I watch footage from the Civil Rights movement of the '60s. I watch footage of marches in Selma and Freedom Riders in the Deep South. I watch the videos of peaceful demonstrations and also violence by police against the demonstrators. That was history in the making.
Baltimore  protest  media  history  police  violence 
april 2015 by Quercki
10 Images of the Baltimore Riots You Won't See on TV
On Monday, the media was quick to paint a single picture of Baltimore: a chaos scene of violence and mayhem filled with images of looting, rioting, the burning of a CVS and the torching of a police car. 

But on the ground, a very different story unfolded. You'd never know it from the media's Gotham-esque portrayal of a city riddled with criminals and "thugs," but on Monday night Baltimore was also a story of good Samaritans trying to disperse emotional crowds. It was a story of everyday citizens determined to dissipate tensions between protesters and police, of ordinary folks cleaning up their city while the media turned its cameras away. And it was a story of determined advocates for racial equality holding a meaningful dialogue with police on the streets. 

Here are 10 powerful images images showing a very different side to Baltimore than the one you saw on television:

A man stands between agitated protesters and a line of cops, trying to quell the protestors' aggression by blocking them and yelling, "Do not give them a reason!"
riot  violence  media  liars  Baltimore  police  protest 
april 2015 by Quercki
10,000 Strong Peacefully Protest In Downtown Baltimore, Media Only Reports The Violence & Arrest of Dozens | BLACK WESTCHESTER
“A number of protesters were concerned that Baltimore—nicknamed “Charm City”—was being treated unfairly in the media after the trouble on Saturday. Baltimore was not out of control,” said Karen DeCamp, a director at the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, a nonprofit advocacy organization, who was demonstrating outside the funeral home, Sunday. “Baltimore was not burning. A very small number of people made some trouble, and it was completely blown out of proportion.”
10,000 people from across the country peacefully protested in Baltimore in support of the seeking of justice of the death of Freddie Gray. Despite the fact that 100 of the 10,000 acted up and approximately 35 people  were arrested after the peaceful protest, (that’s about 1%), much of the mainstream media used attention grabbing words in their headlines like ‘Protest Turns Destructive, (USA Today)’ ‘Scenes of Chaos In Baltimore… (NY Times), Dozens Arrested After Protest Turns Violent (WBAL TV). One website BreitBart.com’s headlines read: 1,000 Black Rioters In Baltimore Smash Police Cars, Attack Motorists In Frenzied Protest.

The truth is you had 10,000 plus people come together in unity in support of the fight for justice for Freddie Gray. While the numbers vary, 100 or so were the ones you saw acting up on the news and the 35 persons who were arrested were the ones you read about. But reporting that won’t bring in the ratings that attract a heavy advertising revenue.

CNN reported: Protesters angry over the death of Freddie Gray got into physical altercations with police Saturday night in downtown Baltimore near the city’s famed baseball stadium.

Some of the hundreds who confronted lines of police officers got into shoving matches with helmeted cops while other demonstrators threw objects. At least five police cars were damaged by people who smashed windows and jumped on them.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was profoundly disappointed by the violence, adding that 95% of the protesters were respectful but a “small group of agitators intervened.”
Baltimore  vandalism  protest  Freddie_Gray 
april 2015 by Quercki
Bloods and Crips Team Up to Protest Baltimore’s Cops - The Daily Beast
Bloods and Crips Team Up to Protest Baltimore’s Cops
Things are apparently so bad in Baltimore that even the city’s gang adversaries—along with the Nation of Islam—are joining forces.
Editor's Note: Hours after this story published, the Baltimore Police Department issued a warning about a "credible threat” against law enforcement from gangs who they say have formed a partnership to “take out” officers. A police spokesman declined to say whether the threat is related to Freddie Gray’s death.

Before protests over Freddie Gray’s death turned chaotic, an unlikely alliance was born in Baltimore on Saturday: Rivals from the Bloods and the Crips agreed to march side by side against police brutality.

The alleged gang members are pictured on social media crowding together with Nation of Islam activists, who told The Daily Beast they brokered the truce in honor of Gray, who died last week after sustaining spinal injuries while in police custody.

In one photo, a gang activist in a red sweatshirt crouches to fit into a group photo with rivals decked out in blue bandanas.

“I can say with honesty those brothers demonstrated they can be united for a common good,” said Carlos Muhammad, a minister at Nation of Islam’s Mosque No. 6. “At the rally, they made the call that they must be united on that day. It should be commended.”
police  murder  gang  protest  BlackLivesMatter 
april 2015 by Quercki
Naomi Wolf on the dangers of fake protests - YouTube
If you find the protesters actions questionable, file a complaint with the protesters, and they will conduct an internal investigation to determine if there has been any wrongdoing.
march 2015 by Quercki
Ferguson protesters: The shots didn't come from us -- Fusion
Police don’t know who shot two police officers in front of the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday night, according to the St. Louis County police chief.

The two officers were shot during a protest spurred by the resignation of former Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who stepped down with a year’s pay after a scathing Department of Justice report showed that the city’s police force had a racial bias against black residents.

The protests had been largely peaceful, and the demonstrators gathered were to “quick to point out that the gunfire did not come from among them, rather from a distance behind them,” The New York Times reported.

Witnesses told the Times that the shots came from the top of a hill about 200 yards across from the police station.
Ferguson  police  shooting  protest 
march 2015 by Quercki
Why Protest Songs Are Still Necessary | East Bay Express
On December 22, after the Millions March, protesters lingered in the evening at 14th Street and Broadway in downtown Oakland. A young man pushed a makeshift mobile sound system into the intersection. He hit play, the music started, and the evening's tone shifted. The crowd danced and gestured, and an element of exuberance mingled with the dismay, indignation, and defiance that has characterized protests locally since the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who killed him.

The playlist featured Earth, Wind & Fire and Michael Jackson, but it mostly skewed toward rap. Plenty of East Bay emcees appeared, including Keak Da Sneak, Mac Dre, and E-40, along with anti-police tracks by N.W.A. and Lil Boosie ("Fuck tha Police" and "Fuck the Police," respectively). The only contemporary track was Mistah F.A.B.'s "Lovelle Mixon," which was released in 2014, and lists the names of police brutality victims including Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, while the title refers to Lovelle Mixon, who killed two Oakland police officers and two SWAT team members in 2009 before being shot dead.

The sound system has been a fixture at recent demonstrations, and the highly topical tracks brought to mind the ways in which musicians across various genres continue to address politics through protest lyricism. Though protest songs are stigmatized, they're part of a rich and controversial history.
BlackLivesMatter  Occupy_Oakland  protest  songs 
january 2015 by Quercki
Judge sees police as protestors do - St. Louis American: Editorials
A major precedent was established in the Ferguson protest movement on Thursday, December 11 that is not being properly acknowledged, though it was widely reported.
A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order that requires police to give adequate warning before deploying tear gas at lawful protests and to ensure protestors have safe exit routes. That in itself is a major legal victory – unprotected lawful protestors asked a federal judge to restrain the actions of the Unified Command policing their movement, and the judge responded favorably by restraining the police – but an even more important precedent is established in this order issued by U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson on December 11.
Very importantly, in the evidence portion of the order – what the federal judge is entering into the record as uncontested fact – she describes reality according to the protestors, not the police. She writes that the evidence “establishes that law enforcement officials in St. Louis City and St. Louis County were authorized to use smoke canisters and tear gas to disperse crowds of protestors, including plaintiffs, who were not engaged in violent or criminal activity.” Anyone close to the protestors’ side of the story understands this to be a fact, true many times over. But this statement of fact is remarkably free of any of the smokescreens police officials use to cloud the facts, and which typically cloud the facts in mainstream news reports.
Judge Jackson continues: “The evidence also establishes that the law enforcement officials failed to give the plaintiffs and other protestors any warning that chemical agents would be deployed and, hence, no opportunity to avoid injury. As a result, the plaintiffs' ability to engage in lawful speech and assembly is encumbered by a law enforcement response that would be used if a crime were being committed.”
Ferguson  first_amendment  protest  law 
december 2014 by Quercki
News Media Ignores Black Protests | East Bay Express
over the past week, with or without support from the media, black activists have quietly taken the reins.

The #BlackBrunch event was not an isolated incident, but part of an ongoing effort that not only seeks to promote a black perspective, but also to renovate the emotional infrastructure of a population under siege. Some participants at #BlackBrunch also work with the BlackOut Collective, an Oakland-based "technical assistance group" that helped orchestrate the West Oakland BART shutdown during the shopping rush on Black Friday.

In the past week, we've seen protests in Berkeley and Oakland increase their numbers of black participants, though they are sometimes ignored and sometimes hampered by the media. Simultaneously, they've become more creative and diffuse. On Thursday, nearly a thousand students from Berkeley High, B Tech Academy, and Realm Charter School, under the banner of the Black Student Union, overtook the Cal campus in the middle of the afternoon. On Saturday, Cal's Black Student Union — who previously staged a four-and-a-half hour occupation of the campus cafe — also marched down College Avenue to join up with the Millions March protest in Oakland.

At the Millions March, where an estimated 5,000 people turned up, proceedings were carefully managed, helmed by Black Brunch and the BlackOut Collective. When the march began, white demonstrators were asked to hang back and allow for its black participants to move through the crowd to the front. Then, once the protesters arrived at the steps of the Alameda County Superior Courthouse, the entire space was reserved for non-white speakers, including Oscar Grant's mother. On Sunday, proceedings were less political and more spiritual, with Michael Brown, Sr. speaking to a multi-denominational crowd at San Francisco's historic Third Baptist Church. Religious leaders such as Pastor Michael McBride continued the work of supporting community members.
BlackLivesMatter  Black  protest  organization  Oakland  Berkeley 
december 2014 by Quercki
(4) Nancy Schimmel - Nancy Schimmel shared Davey D Cook's photo.
Davey D Cook
It was interesting seeing things unfold last night in Berkeley... Folks went all the way in with the protests as police showed up in the hundreds dressed from head to toe in storm trooper-military gear..

Folks were angry... Were they because police and society in general don't seem to get ‪#‎blackLivesMatter‬ ? Perhaps.. Were they angry because they see a growing police state? Maybe. Make no mistake there were folks out there who love mayhem and disruption. Events like this provide adrenaline rushes..So they may show up and go HAM after World Series wins.. They may show up and go HAM during anti-police protests.. But to limit what took place last night in Berkley only folks like that, is too simplistic.

Its also too simplistic to say that the folks were members of organizations like RCP or BAMN who call for direct confrontation, out of town 'white anarchists' or Occupy folks. I'm sure folks who identify with these orgs were out and about.. But there were far too many others out there who don't identify with any who were kicking up dust? A lot of the anger and frustration I saw was real, very real. You saw it and you heard it as we made the long trek from downtown Berkeley on Shattuck Ave all the way up to Telegraph Ave and in North Oakland's Temascal district..
Yes, there were lots of folks out there in the overwhelmingly predominantly non-Black crowd who were upset and angry at the injustice around the recent Non-Indictment Grand Jury verdicts around the murders of Eric Garner and Michael Brown..They were Brown, White, Asian, older, younger.

It also many from these aforementioned backgrounds who had their own stories, beefs and misgivings of their own with the police. They ranged from being talked to badly to having friends and family be harassed and beaten by police.. More than a few with lighter hues had their own brutal encounters and these protests over the past couple of days was going to be the excuse used and needed for them to go off..

Last night bank windows were smashed up a long Shattuck Ave, Radio Shack was looted, Whole Foods was bashed with folks throwing bottles.. Anyone getting in the way was hit and mobbed on. Didn't matter if they were Black, white or what ever.. Cats rocking scarves and hammers and skate boards were on a mission. They threw newspaper stands in the middle of the street and lit garbage bins on fire as police pursued.. The obstacles made it difficult for police in vehicles to follow..

The groups would split up in 3 or 4 different groups and head off in different directions. One large group headed down to highway 24, while another group headed up to telegraph where Whole Foods Stood. Still another doubled back to downtown.. As police showed up in long blue jail buses, armed to the teeth and coming from as far away as Vacaville and Fairfield, they were greeted with folks laughing and taunting them. Many openly asked why the police had on riot gear from head to toe when protestors had on only t-shirts and and were unarmed?

While some engaged the police on that level, there were a number of Cal Grad students who were out there interviewing folks, taking testimonies and and gathering information for forth coming reports they will be issuing around police violence... Some of the students engaged the police asking them about why they were so heavily armed and why so many folks were being shot and how come more hadn't spoken out about police injustices?

Others pointed out the irony of police out in force guarding and protecting banks and big businesses while students who have cars broken into or robbed and assaulted themselves would have to wait for hours or go down to the police station themselves to file reports?

We also had a number of students who were out last night who spoke about the massive fee hikes that are being applied to UC.. It was just last week that students were doing sit ins at Wheeler Hall and trying to stop former Homeland Security director Janet Napoliatano from increasing fees by 5% each year for the next 5 years. Cal which used to be free is now more expensive than many private universities and has left many in deep deep debt.. Hardly anyone was upset about banks having windows busted. And many made the connection between Capitalism, privatization and police being a tool to protect and serve the rich and powerful vs ordinary folks..

Still others were just upset... uncontrollably upset. They were yelling, screaming crying out and cursing the police. Some chanted #Blacklivesmatter or held up signs with similar messages even if they weren't Black. Others simply shouted out F-- Tha Police over and over again.

It'll be interesting do see if we now hear pompous pundits talk about how horrible it is that 'we (Black folks) are destroying our own neighborhoods or if we hear them ask why folks aren't this upset about Black on Black crime? Do those questions apply to white kids upset with the police?

Are the folks out and about last night out of town white anarchists? If so out of town from where? Did they come from Oakland? I ask this because in the past when downtown Oakland was lit up during protests the usually refrain was; "out of town white revelers came from Berkley".. Perhaps the folks I saw last night came from Santa Cruz or Marin (sarcasm), who knows? One thing for certain the usual dismissive narrative doesn't apply here..

Its interesting to note how media is framing the story locally and nationally. Locally news outlets are emphasizing that out of the hundreds of folks protesting last night, it was a 'small group' of 30 or 40 who marred what were otherwise peaceful protests..We don't hear folks being described as thugs or violent criminals..

From what I seen with national coverage is the events in Berkeley are being lumped in with the #BlacklivesMatter protests in other cities.. It seems to be designed to associate 'violent' protests' with only Black people.

I'm also seeing footage shown here in the Bay Area that shows the full ethnic, mostly NON Black make up of the Berkeley protests being edited down to show just Black faces running up into Radio Shack and other businesses when airing nationally.

We saw similar slick editing during Oscar Grant protests when nationally folks saw Black faces 'looting' Foot Locker, when it was nothing like that in real life. We also see news outlets describing the mayhem in Berkeley while showing Black protesting in other cities.. Folks need to stay alert with respect to that..

For folks outside of the area, they should know that a large contingent of Black folks on Saturday went up in the affluent Rockridge section of Oakland and disrupted the Brunch and Christmas shopping of the mostly white patrons. They went into different stores and restaurants, did speakouts and read off the names of people killed by police. It was pretty effective and for folks looking for the perfect protest, it was 'peaceful'.. That hasn't been shown too much locally much less nationally. Folks wanted to see broken windows and trash cans lit.. It makes for good TV and fodder for talking heads..

Today there will be another big March starting at 5PM in Berkeley with Telegraph and Bancroft being the meeting place..
Berkeley  protest  BlackLivesMatter  Ferguson 
december 2014 by Quercki
Berkeley protesters have stopped traffic on I-80 freeway | Berkeleyside
10:20 p.m. The protests in Berkeley appear to have largely died down. A good number of protesters continue to clash with authorities on the freeway in Emeryville. There are still some protesters blocking an Amtrak train at Second and Addison. We are winding up live blogging here for tonight. For updates, follow #Berkeleyprotests on Twitter.

10:00 pm: Protesters are marching southbound on I-80 towards the Powell Street exit. Many cars on the bridge have been stuck there for over an hour and have turned off their engines and are sitting in the dark. One group of protesters who didn’t go to the freeway are at Fourth and Addison wandering around but not protesting, reports Emilie Raguso. A good sized-crowd is also near the train tracks. This part of the protest appears to be winding down for now.

9:12pm: I-80 is largely at a standstill. All lanes closed in both directions at University. Access to the Bay Bridge from I-80 north is impossible. New group of protesters has joined the freeway at Ashby. Many are heading towards the Bay Bridge.
Berkeley  protest 
december 2014 by Quercki
Meet the BART-stopping woman behind “Black Lives Matter” | Grist
Last Friday, I found myself trapped in a BART station in San Francisco, listening to an announcement that all train traffic into and out of Oakland was suspended due to “civil insurrection.” Because we live in the future, I was able to sit there, underground, and read about what was happening. About an hour earlier, a group of 14 people had walked into the West Oakland BART station, hung a banner over the side that read “Black Lives Matter” — the adopted slogan of those who condemned the recent decision of a grand jury to refuse to punish a police officer, Darren Wilson, for shooting an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo.

The protesters then walked into a BART car headed for San Francisco and locked themselves down to the safety rails inside with cables and bicycle u-locks. Then they locked themselves to each other, forming a human chain that extended out of the car and onto the platform. With the doors blocked, the train couldn’t leave the station. Their goal was to shut down BART for four and a half hours — the length of time that Michael Brown’s body lay in the street. They lasted about an hour and a half; the police ended up disassembling part of the BART car to remove them.

Who were these people? I wondered. It wasn’t just that there was a protest; ever since a grand jury had refused to indict Darren Wilson for murder the week before, protests had been playing out in both San Francisco and Oakland. Then I learned that one of the BART occupiers — an organizer with the National Domestic Workers Alliance named Alicia Garza — had actually devised the slogan “Black Lives Matter” years ago, with two other organizers: Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. I had to know mor
BlackLivesMatter  BART  protest  racism  police  murder 
december 2014 by Quercki
Protesting in a Police State: How to Stay Safe When Exercising Your Rights
Long pants and long sleeves to reduce the exposure of skin to RCAs. (Riot Control Agents)

Wear only cotton or wool. Natural fibers are fire resistant whereas most of the synthetic materials are highly flammable and can quickly ignite from a spark from a flash bang or Molotov cocktail. When these materials burn they will melt right into your skin and cannot be removed without taking the skin with it.

A bicycle helmet, this can be a life saver in case agitators begin throwing rocks and you happen to be in the line of fire. Also useful as protection against police nightstick attacks.

A backpack, fill the book pocket, the pocket that is closest to the back straps, with a large hardcover book. This can act like body armor protecting your back from rubber bullets. In addition, it can be used as a shield by placing your forearm through the shoulder straps and holding the pack as a shield if front of you if you have to escape volleys of projectiles and rubber bullets. Do not have anything in the backpack that you cant ditch if need be and try to be aware that it could also act as a handle for someone trying to grab you from behind.

Ear plugs may become a necessity to have during a flash bang grenade attack or use of a LRAD (Long Range Acoustical Weapon) .

A bandanna: can be used as an emergency bandage, sweat band, improvised dust mask, and washcloth.

Bring work gloves to protect your hands and help prevent burns if you have to remove smoking teargas canisters.

Wear work boots or hiking boots, or at least good high top leather runners. This is to help protect your feet from broken glass and sharp debris on the ground, and will help support your ankles when running, or climbing over barriers.

Wear protective eye-wear or preferably a gas mask if you have one. Swimming goggles or sports style sunglasses with padding on the inside such as used in racket ball and other sports works best. This is to protect against RCAs, rubber bullets and fragments from teargas canisters and Flash Bangs.  Try to keep in mind that if the Riot Police have on gas masks, you should too. Riot Police usually only fire tear gas when they have their masks on.
protest  demonstration  safety  list 
december 2014 by Quercki
Black Friday protest held at shellmound site in Emeryville – West County
A group of at least 200 people representing different organizations and religious groups, as well as members of the Ohlone tribe, were at Bay Street Emeryville today.
The gathering was held to call attention to the fact that the shopping center stands on the site of one of the largest of the shellmounds that were once found on the East Bay shoreline from Oakland to Richmond. The mounds and contained the remains of native Americans who inhabited the area. The protest was held at the corner of Shellmound Street and Ohlone Way.
Most of the shellmound sites were leveled and developed long ago. The Emeryville mound was developed as a dance pavilion and amusement center more than 140 years ago and later was an industrial site, before the area was redeveloped with the shopping center.
Other Black Friday protests in the area included one at the Walmart at Hilltop Mall in Richmond.

“Pavement and buildings now mostly cover what used to be hundreds of shellmounds — gently rounded hills formed from accumulated layers of organic material deposited over generations by native coastal dwellers,” writes the Sacred Land Film Project. “Often the sites of burials and spiritual ceremonies, these shellmounds are still places for veneration. But preserving the remaining shellmounds has proven to be a contentious issue among developers, indigenous rights groups, preservationists, and local governments.”
The protest included remarks, chants and drumming, as well as signs calling for shoppers to boycott Black Friday sales.
The shopping center does include a small memorial site dedicated to the shellmound.
Ohlone  Emeryville  shellmound  protest  2014 
november 2014 by Quercki
Oakland says yes to surveillance center, no to hammers at demonstrations - Inside Bay Area
OAKLAND -- Council members voted early Wednesday to press forward with constructing a police-monitored surveillance center and banning numerous items, such as hammers, that could be used as weapons at demonstrations despite vocal opposition from the ACLU and dozens of residents.

Both proposals were tweaked in an attempt to address civil liberty concerns, but the amendments failed to mollify opponents who at times shouted down council members and repeatedly cried "shame" when the council unanimously voted to accept $2 million in federal grants for the surveillance center shortly after midnight.

The facility, known as the Domain Awareness Center, is a joint city and Port of Oakland data hub that will consolidate

A waiter at a Flora restaurant who was injured by a hammer-wielding demonstrator who tried to break windows along Telegraph Avenue, applies ice to his face while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance, Monday, July 15, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. Marchers protesting the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial vandalized uptown businesses for the third consecutive night. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)
hundreds of camera feeds and surveillance tools across the city.
Oakland  Occupy_Oakland  surveillance  protest 
july 2013 by Quercki
(2) "Leave it to the...
‎"Leave it to the corporate news to get most everything wrong:
1) We were 100 ppl in the chambers, about 150 outside. The march with the Interfaith community was about 75 ppl.
2) We chanted loudly when City Council denied the family time to speak, lied or focused on the process of city council meetings vs justice or doing their jobs to assist the family, as they'd promised the family in May
3) How many years, decades ago did Oakland City Council actually limit the Open Forum to 15 min? It may be on the books but has not been actualized until now, when the council is aiding an OPD cover-up.
4) Open "Forum" - the definition of forum is to exchange or discuss. Council members only spoke to reprimand citizens for speaking their experience. No information exchanged or offered by council.
5) Police report is heavily redacted so vague and much less informative.
6) "Brooks' remarks seemed to quiet the audience, then they calmed down further when Adam Blueford was handed a new copy of the police report on his son's shooting." -- Brooks' remards did not quiet us down ... the police report did, but these silences were not about something valuable being said but offering space for others to speak as we did repeatedly.......
7) "a handful of protestors allowed into the chambers" ??? We are citizens. And there were approximately 100 supporters of Alan Blueford inside." Thanks for the real info Ingrid Martin!
Alan_Blueford  Oakland  police  murder  racism  city_council  protest 
october 2012 by Quercki
"He has a right to speak" said the cop to the banker | Move Your Money Project
Both officers go into the bank to talk to BofABoss. They come out a few minutes later.

Off1: "They say you are trespassing. Did you go into the bank?"
MB: "No Sir, I did not enter the premises at any time. I have been walking along the sidewalk, not blocking traffic or their business and I have been handing out flyers. If you ask George here he will tell you that I'm not bothering anyone, he's watched me for almost an hour". George nods, and says "this guy, no problem".

BofABoss comes out with a triumphant smirk. Officer1 turns to him:


"He has the right to speak and the right to hand out flyers. Unless he blocks you or causes a disturbance, he has the right to be here - please don't call the police again if he is not bothering you. If you don't like free speech you should move to another country"


The banker turns bright red and storms back inside.

Off1: "Keep it peaceful, now. This is the way to protest, I have no problem with you as long as you don't block".
MB: "Yes officer! Thank you so much, have a nice day"
bank  Occupy_Oakland  protest  move  money  solution 
december 2011 by Quercki
Egyptian port-workers refuse to sign for tons of US-made tear-gas shipped in by Ministry of the Interiorworkers - Boing Boing
Five port workers in Cairo refused to sign for a shipment of 7.5 tons of tear-gas from the US, fearing that it would be used against demonstrators; another 14 tons of tear-gas were expected from the US at the time. Peaceful protesters in Tahrir Square were subjected to relentless gas attacks by the military government last week. The shipment was eventually released and sent to storage owned by the Ministry of Interior in Cairo.

Egypt’s al-Shorouk newspaper reported that upon the arrival of the shipment, massive disagreements broke out between employees, where five employees refused to sign for the shipment, one after the other.

The five, being dubbed by activists as the “brave five”, were to be refereed to a investigative committee as to why they refused to perform their duties, which has since called off.

The news about the shipment’s arrival stirred the Twittersphere, after it was consumed all day with the country’s first post-revolution elections, and activists mocked the reinforcement of weapons that is being used against them.

UPDATE: Egypt imports 21 tons of tear gas from the US, port staff refuses to sign for it (via JWZ)
Egypt  teargas  protest  Occupy_Wall_Street  Arab_Spring  solutions 
december 2011 by Quercki
Confronting Life — The Good Men Project Magazine
Husband confronts the anti-abortion protesters who yelled at his wife who was pregnant with a fetus with no kidneys or bladder.
abortion  men  video  protest 
october 2010 by Quercki
Ian Bicking: a blog :: On the RNC, Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, and Protest
On the RNC, Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, and Protest

Saturday morning my sister, Monica Bicking, and her boyfriend, Eryn Trimmer, were arrested in Minneapolis. Monica was released on Sunday, but Eryn and others are still in custody, and the police will try to keep them detained as long as possible. update: the two of them and six others from the Welcoming Committee are charged with felonies, including "furtherance of terrorism". A website has been set up in support of them, and to keep people informed about ongoing events in the case: rnc8.org

They were arrested for "conspiracy to incite a riot". This is the same charge used against the Chicago 8 (or 7) at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Perhaps the police have a sense of tradition?

But more directly she and Eryn were arrested in an attempt to preemptively suppress the protests at the Republican National Convention. They were both very active with the RNC Welcoming Committee,
rights  politics  protest  fascism 
october 2008 by Quercki

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