Tag Archives: constitutional rights

Ella’s Song: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest, Sweet Honey and the Rock

We who believe in freedom still cannot rest. “Ella’s Song” is still our song. We who believe in freedom still cannot rest. But we who are disgusted, enraged, exhausted might need a moment of comfort today. We might need a mantra for our march, a credo for our confrontations, a song for our solace. And because others […]

Challenging the institutional racism and violence in our law enforcement culture: A Not Guilty Verdict to celebrate

These bits of fractured history are examples to me of the fact that what we accomplish is the result of not just what one or two persons do but rather the result of community action through time.

Facebook codifies its censorship regime

The technology giants, unbeknownst to their users, are blocking “alternative” news sources and promoting “trusted” news outlets…

Take Action: Political Expression Is Not A Conspiracy

Tell The DOJ To Drop The Charges Now!  

Elite Media Need to Recognize Assaults on Reporters as a Pattern–and a Threat

Establishment journalists failed their “first they came for the Communists…” moment at the very beginning of the Trump administration, when DC police arrested and charged at least nine alternative journalists for covering protests at Trump’s inauguration that included property damage. BY JANINE JACKSON  FAIR  May 25, 2017 It is heartening at least that Montana newspapers […]

U.N. Experts: Americans’ Right to Protest Is in Danger Under Trump

In Minnesota, following the police shooting death of Philando Castile, protests caused part of a highway to shut down. …Minnesota legislators drafted bills that would punish highway protestors with heavy fines and prison time and would make protesters liable for the policing costs of an entire protest if they individually were convicted of unlawful assembly […]

Noam Chomsky Unravels the Political Mechanics Behind His Gradual Expulsion From Mainstream Media (Video)

The prolific author and acclaimed MIT professor is never featured on major networks.

Evergreene Digest: Why Are We Paying the NFL to Help the Pentagon Recruit Troops?

Zirin: We know that the US Department of Defense doled out $5.4 million from 2011 to 2014 to fourteen NFL teams to stage these warm-hearted “Salute the Troops” events, as well as do product placement, advertising, and “casual” (otherwise known as “subliminal”) mentions.

Jim Walsh, MinnPost: Meet the Mall of America 11

Walsh: …at the moment the MOA 11 stand together as a brave if somewhat reluctant figurehead, a group of thought leaders who see themselves as torch bearers of their lunch-counter-sitting and back-of-the-bus–sitting forefathers and mothers before them, taking on America’s history of institutional racism itself.

▶ Watch David Carr’s Final Interview with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Edward Snowden

Just hours before his sudden death, New York Times media columnist David Carr hosted a TimesTalk interview with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and, via satellite, Edward Snowden about their Oscar nominated documentary Citizenfour. The hour-long conversation is now available online to watch in full. Watch video below, via NY Times: by Matt Wilstein | 11:07 pm, […]

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Steven Rosenfeld: Should Protestors Embrace Violence?

The question of violent versus nonviolent protest has bedeviled movements for decades. By Steven Rosenfeld  AlterNet  December 10, 2014      Editor’s Introduction: From the article: “The pattern that emerges from these pages shows that heavily funded municipal, county, state and federal ‘counter-terrorism’ agencies (often acting in concert through state/regional ‘fusion centers’) view citizens engaged in […]

David Swanson: Militarism Is a Public Safety Crisis in Ferguson and Beyond

“There is a no-fly-zone over Ferguson, Mo., because people in the U.S. government, from which local police forces take their cues, view the people of the United States increasingly as they view the people of other countries: as best controlled from the air.”    By DAVID SWANSON  counterpunch.org  August 19, 2014 Peace and justice organizations in St. […]

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden would not get a fair trial – and Kerry is wrong

Edward Snowden is the greatest patriot whistleblower of our time, and he knows what I learned more than four decades ago: until the Espionage Act gets reformed, he can never come home safe and receive justice   Daniel Ellsberg  theguardian.com Friday 30 May 2014  As the author knows from direct chat-log conversations with him over the past […]

Court: Improper for Judiciary to Decide Whether Killing US Citizens with Drones Violates Due Process Rights

 Claims that their Fourth Amendment rights had been violated were alleged, however, Judge Rosemary Collyer dismissed these claims because “unmanned drones are functionally incapable of ‘seizing’ a person; they are designed to kill, not capture.” The case was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). It questioned the […]

Vice: How the FBI goes after activists

The FBI affidavit paints a far more sinister picture, with testimony from “Karen” alleging that members of the FRSO—teachers and trade unionists with long-standing ties to their communities; people whose homes she visited and whose newborn children she cradled in her arms—were actively plotting to take over government buildings in an armed revolution, all while […]

Werner de Gruijter, Truthout: The Zombification of the West

On the need for inner tranquility in order to avoid authoritarianism  By Werner de Gruijter, Truthout | Opinion  15 March 2014 (Photo: Anne Roberts / Flickr) The preamble of the US Constitution contains this prodigious message: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for […]

Don’t Trust the Corporate Media

Spencer Ackerman: Fisa court documents reveal extent of NSA disregard for privacy restrictions

Incensed Fisa court judges questioned NSA’s truthfulness after repeated breaches of rules meant to protect Americans’ privacy Spencer Ackerman in New York  Tuesday 19 November 2013 13.42 EST  theguardian.com   Fisa court judge John Bates found that the NSA engaged in ‘systemic overcollection’. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP Newly declassified court documents indicate that the National Security Agency shared its […]

Guantanamo> Hunger Strike Getting Harder

RESIST! CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PRISONS, GUANTANAMO BAY By Tarak Kauff  July 26th, 2013  www.popularresistance.org  July 26, Friday. 49 days into hunger strike. Days are getting harder. Yesterday was not a good day. I was upset and angry for a good part of the day – mostly at the enormous evil perpetrated since the beginning by this country.  Was reading about […]

The Antiwar Movement is a Victim of the War on Terror | Come Home America

“This illustrates the troubling, continuing efforts of the federal government to monitor protected speech activity without evidence or even allegation of criminal activity.”  Posted on May 30, 2013 by Darryl W. Perry  Come Home America On May 21, Antiwar.com announced that Founder and Managing Editor Eric Garris, along with Editorial Director Justin Raimondo, filed a […]