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



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. 


Kent State Orders "Cease and Desist" to Open Carry Rally

Organizer Fails to Register, Blames "Communist" University

Last week, we wrote about an upcoming open carry rally and the thinly veiled racist and fascist connections of its organizer and top speaker.  Today, the university has responded by ordering that they "cease and desist from advertising a planned rally on campus" due to the fact that the organizer, Kaitlin Bennett, has failed to properly register and gain university approval for the event.


Families of Police Victims Create Community Amidst Tragedy

(UR) - Roseville, MN - Over a dozen family members of loved ones killed by police graced a packed banquet in remembrance of Cordale Handy on Saturday, March 18, 2018. At the Radisson Hotel in Roseville, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul, around 100 people came out to honor and remember Cordale Handy, as well as many other victims and to share a space to grieve, support, and heal. Near the end of the banquet, Kim Handy-Jones gave the families of Marcus Golden and Jaffort Smith donations of headstones for their gravesites.


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