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St. Louis Police tell Copwatchers to "Get the !#$$% out of here"
On April 27th, 2016, members of WeCopwatch observed police detaining an individual in the Central West End of St. Louis. While police don't always like being observed, it was surprising to be sworn at after attempting to get a badge number from a particular officer.
Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:42PM
From the Constitutional State to the Security State
The state of emergency is that arrangement by which totalitarian powers were established in Europe. The security state is neither part of the constitutional state nor what Michel Foucault called the disciplinary society. The security state is permanently grounded on fear and must keep fear alive at any cost because it has its essential function and legitimacy from it. The de-politization of citizens is a characteristic of the security state.
Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:45AM
Education Opportunities for Incarcerated Persons - Bridging the Gap (audio/mpeg 20.0MB)
Bruce Reilly joined Janet Hays on WTUL News and Views in studio to discuss the documentary First Degree - an intimate portrait of three Sing Sing inmates who discover the transformative power of higher education. Their stories are emblematic of larger challenges regarding the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex. Bruce is well qualified to speak on the subject. Formerly incarcerated himself, he is now Deputy Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender in New Orleans, LA, a gradua...
Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:38PM
California Police Transparency Bill Passes First Legislative Hurdle
SACRAMENTO, April 12, 2016 –With a 5-1 vote in the Senate’s Public Safety Committee today, Senator Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1286 will advance in the California Legislature. The bill gives the public access to crucial information about how police departments handle the most serious uses of force and confirmed instances of officer misconduct.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:09PM
#XochicuautlaAlert: Statement on San Francisco Xochicuautla
On Monday, April 11, 2016, around 800 State of Mexico riot police at the service of Grupo Higa laid siege to the Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, destroyed the camp set up in defense of the forest, used heavy machinery to illegally tear down the house of Dr. Armando García Salazar, and violently dragged out at least 25 men, women and children who were inside the house, including 64-year-old Isabel Hernández, a member of the Supreme Indigenous Council of Xochicuautla.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:00AM
#AlertaXochicuautla: Pronunciamiento sobre San Francisco Xochicuautla
El lunes 11 de abril de 2016, por lo menos 800 granaderos del estado de México al servicio de Grupo Higa sitiaron la comunidad otomí de San Francisco Xochicuautla, destruyeron el campamento levantado en defensa del bosque, usaron maquinaria pesada para derribar ilegalmente la casa del doctor Armando García Salazar, y con harta violencia echaron fuera a aproximada 25 personas que se encontraban en la casa, entre ellas la compañera Isabel Hernández de 64 años, integrante del Consejo Supre...
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:56AM
Philippines: Police shoot hungry protesters
On April 1, police opened fire on indigenous and rural poor protesters who were blocking the highway into Kidapawan in the landlocked province of Cotabato on the island of Mindanao, killing three protesters and injuring at least 116.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:23AM
Angola 3 Newsletter: Broadening the Platform to Correct Past Injustices
What a joy it is to have Albert Woodfox out of prison, after all these years of struggle, it is a rare and special treat to hear his voice on the phone each morning as we review the days schedule and events. In Albert's first month of freedom he stayed busy every day, obtaining identification papers, scheduling doctor and dentist appointments, visiting with family and supporters - every moment was occupied. Since the end of March Albert has been in Texas, visiting with his brother Michael and...
Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:18PM
22 Writers Explain Why PEN American Center Should Reject Israeli Government Sponsorship
Twenty-two literary figures who signed a letter calling on the PEN American Center to reject Israeli government sponsorship of its World Voices Festival due to Israel’s human rights abuses have elaborated on their decision in quotes below. The Festival is being held in New York City from April 25-May 1.
Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:10AM
Governments Disagree Over Global Drug Control: UN's drug meeting in Vienna (audio/mpeg 9.8MB)
Drugreporter’s video advocacy team filmed key speeches and interviewed some of the participants at the UN's drug meeting in Vienna.
Posted: Sat Apr 9, 2016 7:10PM
First Responders group forms in St. Louis
The STL First Responders A project of the Canfield Watchmen and WeCopwatch. What do we do when the police shoot someone in our community? In Oakland California, a coalition under the Anti Police Terror Project have been deploying to the locations of shooting to conduct independent investigations. Here in St. Louis, we have begun to do the same. . .
Posted: Fri Apr 8, 2016 9:20AM
March 39 and counting… Nuit Debout and the new French uprising
The spirit of resistance has captured the imagination of a new generation in France, as youth-led opposition to neoliberal labour “reforms” has spiralled into full-on rejection of the whole capitalist system on the street and squares.
Posted: Fri Apr 8, 2016 8:32AM
Support SB 1286 to shed light on police misconduct and use of force
Investigation of police abuse and violence against members of the public shouldn't be hidden from us, the taxpaying public!
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 6:17PM
26 Arrested at Drone War Base in Nevada
During the second annual SHUT DOWN CREECH event where David Rovics performed for folks at Camp Justice on US Highway 95, a week of vigils and education led to 26 people getting arrested while trying to enforce a shut-down of the drone war base known as Creech at Indian Springs, Nevada. Anyone interested in more information can call Robert Majors of NevadaDesertExperience.org at 702-646-4814
Posted: Sat Apr 2, 2016 11:41PM
Call for Prisoner Strike on Attica Anniversary
This is a Call to Action Against Slavery in America In one voice, rising from the cells of long term solitary confinement, echoed in the dormitories and cell blocks from Virginia to Oregon, we prisoners across the United States vow to finally end slavery in 2016.
Posted: Sat Apr 2, 2016 7:36AM
Encryption: A Matter of Human Rights
MARCH 21, 2016 - Government attacks on the encryption of online communication threaten human rights around the world, warned Amnesty International in a briefing published today (see PDF) as tech giant Apple challenges the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in court over an order to provide software to bypass iPhone encryption.
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:05PM
Texas Prisoners to Stage Work Stoppage April 4
WELCOME TO THE REVOLUTION Monday April 4th 2016, Texas prisoners will begin a SERIES of Statewide Work Stoppages, Strikes, and Slowdowns to force the Texas Legislature to address much needed Reform to the Parole, Medical, Grievance, and, Legal System in Texas. Prisoners are also DEMANDING Humane Living Conditions and Treatment.
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:07AM
Legal Support Needed at the RNC in Cleveland
The 2016 Republican National Convention is being held in Cleveland July 18 - 21. This one's going to be a little different.
Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:50AM
Readaloud: Dan Baum "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs" (audio/mpeg 10.8MB)
Gone viral: an excerpt of Dan Baum's piece, "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs," recently published in the April 2016 issue of Harper's magazine, has been shared across social media, resulting in videos, quotes, tweets, and more. Here's the full piece, it's a long one, with policy recommendations, data, and more.
Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:20PM
An Anarchist Review of Three Felonies a Day
Harvey Silverglate's 2009 book Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent is a good book that missed its chance to be a great one. Like too many liberal authors Silverglate focuses too narrowly on a specific issue, in the process ignoring major systemic problems. However, Three Felonies is still an illuminating case study of how laws are written, interpreted, and enforced in such a way as to make everyone a potential target, no matter how much they wish to avoid violations.
Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:14PM