Defending Dissent

Advocacy Groups Fight Back Against Corporations Working to Criminalize Protest

(CD) - With wealthy corporations, state legislatures, and the federal government finding new ways to challenge Americans' right to protest, several nonprofit groups have banded together to fight back on behalf of those facing legal jeopardy for peacefully blocking pipelines or using civil disobedience to resist other fossil projects and destructive policies



Kalamazoo Criminalizes Homelessness and Arrests Activists

Kalamazoo's City Commissioner, Shannon Sykes Nehring, was arrested along with around a dozen protesters at the city's Bronson Park early this morning.  The group had been occupying the park since August 19th as a protest against proposed changes to a city ordinance which would ban sleeping overnight in the park.


Phone Zap! Ohio Hunger Strikers Maced for Protesting Retaliation

(IWOC) - David Easley, James Ward, and Matt Hinkston went on hunger strike on Friday, September 14. They are demanding an end to retaliation for involvement in the national strike, and protesting the long-term solitary confinement of inmates with mental health issues, and violence by guards. Prison officials are trying to put them in solitary and to put David in a sound-isolation chamber (a "bubble") in retaliation for this, and on Friday, September 14, guards in the Toledo Correctional Institution maced them for being on hunger strike and having a sit-in. This situation is still developing. It's really important for prison officials to know that we're watching, and that David, Jay, and Matt have public support for their human rights demands. Prisoners involved in the strikes have been put in solitary for months and years - Matt has been in limited privilege housing for 6 months and they're trying to extend his time in there, and David has been moved between a restricted unit and suicide watch over the last year. 


European Court Rules NSA Surveillance Practices Violate Human Rights

(AntiMedia) — Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the U.K.’s GCHQ spy agency is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights with its mass surveillance programs. The court ultimately found that these activities violate the family and privacy rights of British and European citizens, and this assertion ultimately includes a rejection of the United States’ activities considering GCHQ has obtained much of its data from the NSA.


Reports From the 2018 Prisoner Strike

Rustbelt Abolition Radio Episode 21

(RAR) - As reports of the 2018 Prison Strike actions and state retaliation continue to come in, we speak with Amani Sawari –organizer and media contact with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak— about ways to support prison rebels. We also hear from J, who’s among the strikers inside a South Carolina Prison.


US Government Using FISA to Secretly Spy on Journalists

(CD) - Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government's secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations "important" and "terrifying."


The Defense of Charlottesville

An oral history chronicling the Antifascist actions in Charlottesville/DC the weekend of August 10-12, 2018. Transcribed with permission from the original author.

August 10th, 2018

As Antifa chapters convened across the country, many under the Great Lakes Antifa (GLA) banner, so to did the Abolish ICE Network gather in the humid and ordinarily friendly confines of Charlottesville, VA. A city besieged by white supremacist violence just a year ago, culminating in the savage beating of DeAndre Harris and murder of Heather Heyer, found itself in the grip of an oppressive police state. State Trooper vehicles lined the entrances to the historic campus, formations focused around the college's numerous monuments, and frequent patrols skulked through the downtown streets. 


ACAB: Berkeley PD Emails Celebrate Doxxing Protesters

(BoingBoing) - Internal emails show that the Berkeley, California Police Department (BPD) talked of building a “counter-narrative” on social media against anti-fascist protesters as BPD tweeted out their names and mugshots, then boasted of retweets and “engagement” metrics when mugshots went viral. This amounts to cops doxxing protesters and high-fiving each other over it. That's creepy, and seems like an obvious abuse of power, if not also an abuse of the law.


Gitmo for Children

Trump Administration Reveals Plan to Imprison Families With Kids Indefinitely

(CD) - Attempting to change two decades of precedent, the Trump administration announced its intention Thursday to lift court-ordered limits on how long migrant children can be detained—a proposal multiple critics promptly denounced as "Gitmo for children."


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