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.


KS Prison Transfers Used to Silence Dissent

(IWOC) - In the late hours of Sunday, May 20th, Kansas Department of Corrections officials sent a special operations team, known in Kansas prisons as the "black suits," to the prison cell of Eric Sims, imprisoned in El Dorado Correctional Facility. They placed him in handcuffs and escorted him to a holding cell in another part of the institution, along with all his property. About an hour later, another special operations team arrived from Hutchinson Correctional Facility, removed Sims from the isolation cell, placed him in belly-chains and leg-irons, and then put him in a cage in the back of a van.


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.


How to Make Anti-Repression Phone Calls to a Prison

(IWOC) - Calls to prison is one of the quickest and most effective ways to put a prison on notice when they're abusing incarcerated rebels.

Consider joining or organizing a phone cluster with four or five others. This helps feel more connected to the action and helps build mutual accountability.


Joey Gibson To Visit Kent State

Far-Right Patriot Prayer Leader Will Speak at Open Carry Rally on Campus

For those lucky enough to have never heard of him, Joey Gibson is the leader of the violent, far-right gang, Patriot Prayer.  He is also a frequent suitor of other hate groups including the self-described "western chauvinist" Proud Boys and the openly white supremacist Identity Evropa. 

Now it appears that Gibson, fresh off the heels of an embarrassingly unsupported run for a US Senate seat, will be showing his face in our very own Great Lakes/Midwest region next month.  He is scheduled to speak at an open carry rally at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio on Saturday, September 29th.

Promotional image showing Gibson in a hoodie glorifying dictator Augusto Pinochet's penchant for murdering dissidents by hurling them from helicopters

Scranton Police Department Facebook Group: A Digital Occupation

At its height of popularity, the Scranton Police Department public Facebook group was packed with over 15,000 ardent supporters of the local police.  Most members of the online group were local to Scranton, Pennsylvania, or had lived in the area at some point in their lives.  The group was founded in early 2012 by Allie Massey, a Scranton resident, who cheerfully administrated the bustling online community.

If you scroll through the content of the page you can view a myriad of Blue Lives Matter Flags, memes calling for prayers and safety of the police, notices of missing people reports and lost pets.  You’ll also view a smattering of racist, sexist and anti-Obama content. 

 


The Last WW2 Nazi War Criminal - Meet Jakiw Palij

For over 60 years Jakiw Palij has lived a mostly quiet life in America.  But on June 9th, 2004 Palij was stripped of U.S. citizenship in Immigration Court after he was exposed as a guard at the Trawniki labor camp where over 6,000 Jews were murdered during a massacre in 1943.  Palij was found to have lied about his involvement on his subsequent visa application.
 

FMI Site Shuts Down Amidst #WhiteSupremacy Movement Turmoil

The so-called Alt-Right (read: white supremacist & neo-nazi movements) has had a rough couple weeks following Richard Spencer's failed attempts to rally in Michigan earlier this month.  Among the latest developments in this spectacular implosion is the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas (FMI) seemingly throwing in the towel, as they've now taken their website offline.


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