Tag Archives: First Amendment rights

Rosario: A St. Paul veteran’s arrest at airport protest ends in victory at trial

“You know, the way First Amendment rights have been eroding, this jury at least believes that the government has been too restrictive with speech.”

Good News: Free Speech Victories! in Minnesota

Two significant free speech victories in Minnesota courts.

STUDENTS’ RIGHTS: SPEECH, WALKOUTS, AND OTHER PROTESTS | ACLU

A list of resources for students from the ACLU 

As Trial Begins, Trump Protest Attendees Face 60 Years in Prison by Chris Steele

Guilty by Association in the Age of Trump. Comparing Charlottesville to J20: A Case Study in Hypocrisy.
Repression, Harsh Sentencing and Sexual Assault.

Josh Rubner | Boycott Israel, Go to Jail? (Video/Transcript)

What his bill does in essence, in addition to criminalizing BDS in this country, is trying to legitimize the existence of Israeli settlements.

The Constitution and Conscience: NSA’s Thomas Drake (Video)

A program that he exposed was later confirmed by the NSA to have been a waste of over a billion dollars.

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 […]

FBI Greenlights Crackdown On Black Lives Matter Protesters

The pattern is clear: Federal and local law enforcement target the First Amendment-protected activities of social justice movements because they pose a political threat, not a violent one.

45 Years After COINTELPRO, FBI Still Thinks ‘Dissent is the Enemy’

…the groups note, “documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the FBI continuously invokes counterterrorism authorities to monitor groups it admits are peaceful and nonviolent.”

Glenn Greenwald: UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights

“The hard truth is that the use of mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether,” the report concluded.    By Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  First Look Media  15 October 2014 The United Nations’ top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the “Special Rapporteur”) […]

Victory: First Amendment Rights Triumph Over Columbus Police And Fort Benning Officials!

 We did it! Fort Benning officials and the Columbus police tried to shut down the November Vigil by attempting to limit the number of participants and by denying SOA Watch a permit to set up a stage and sound system, but justice prevailed. We will return to the gates of Fort Benning from November 21-23. Following a […]

Evergreene Digest: A Defiant Ecuador Seeks Solutions in Assange Case

The Assange case goes beyond just simple political asylum and issues of sovereignty. It is matter of principle in a time in which information and secrecy have become ever more the tools of the most powerful. Justice must be done for those who have sacrificed their liberties to warn us of these dangers. Eva Golinger, […]

Researchers: Police likely provoke protestors — not the other way around

“We’re finding police have a lot of capacity to set a tone,” Adams said during a recent radio interview with Sacramento’s KFBK. “When police show up in riot gear you get a different kind of interaction than when they show up in their regular uniforms.”

▶ Melissa Hill talks about police surveillance and tracking, Peacestock 2014

Activist, Chalker, Blogger talking about the surveillance state in Minnesota.  In September 2011, Melissa Hill was the first person arrested in connection with Occupy MN protests. Following a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully arrested for trespassing on what was public property, she received a $15,000 settlement for her trouble. Hill now has a blog, “Track the […]

Timothy Karr: Verizon’s Plan to Break the Internet

Verizon has big plans for the Internet. And if that doesn’t worry you, it should. by Timothy Karr  Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Save The Internet. Posted on CommonDreams.org The company is trying to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order, which prevents Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or otherwise discriminating against online content. […]

Margaret Sullivan, NYT: A Blow for the Press, and for Democracy

Sometimes James Risen feels like Jean Valjean, the beleaguered protagonist of “Les Miserables,” hounded for years by the authorities. By MARGARET SULLIVAN  July 27, 2013  New York Times “They just keep coming at me,” Mr. Risen, a Times reporter in Washington, told me by phone last week. It has been 10 years since he learned of a […]

Stephen Aftergood> Appeals Court Rejects Reporter’s Privilege in Leak Case

Dissenting opinion: Our country’s Founders established the First Amendment’s guarantee of a free press as a recognition that a government unaccountable to public discourse renders that essential element of democracy — the vote — meaningless.  By Stephen Aftergood  July 19, 2013  Secrecy News Categories: Leaks, Secrecy In a new ruling with ominous implications for national security reporting, an appeals […]

William Boardman> You Think the Wall Street Journal has No Sense of Humor? Think Again.

Justin Carter met the american police state in Texas, then he was tortured. William Boardman  Sunday 14 July 2013  Nation of Change.org On the Fourth of July – Independence Day – The Journal ran a freedom-oriented story with a headline that began: “Teen Jailed for Facebook Posting….”  In Texas last winter, a working 18-year-old was […]

Dissent or Terror: New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide | PR Watch

While small glimpses into the governmental monitoring of the Occupy Wall Street movement have emerged in the past, there has not been any reporting — until now — that details the breadth and depth of the degree to which the nation’s post-September 11, 2001 counter terrorism apparatus has been applied to politically engaged citizens exercising […]

Jon Stewart Takes Fox News to Warp Speed on Boston Bombing Trial

Jon Stewart Comedy Central Click to watch a video of the show:  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart ESTHER ZUCKERMAN    APR 25, 2013  The Atlantic Wire On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart explained how, in the wake of the Boston bombing and at the beginning of the controversial prosecution of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Fox News went all willy […]