4 More States Propose Harsh New Penalties For Protesting Fossil Fuels

Industry-designed bills to silence climate protests are under consideration in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota and Montana. More are likely to come. By Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post, Feb 2021 Dawn Goodwin spent her 50th birthday among towering pines and yellow birches whose tree rings make her lifespan seem like a child’s in comparison. But on that cool, overcast Saturday in December, …

3 Women Civil Rights Activists Who Changed History

March 20, 2015 by Maxine Phillips Through reading, discussion, and small group activities, students learn about three relatively unknown women in the civil rights movement: Diane Nash, Virginia Durr, and Claudette Colvin. Current Issues, Civil Rights Movement, Black History Month, Women’s History Month Objectives: Students will Share knowledge about women in the civil rights movement Study the work of three …

Powell Memorandum: Call to Arms for Corporations + Admission that War On Drugs Was to Target Black People and War Protesters

Also TOP ADVISER TO NIXON ADMITTED ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ WAS POLICY TOOL TO GO AFTER ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS AND ‘BLACK PEOPLE’ https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ex-nixon-aide-war-drugs-claims-article-1.2574918 “If this was indeed true, it would have been the Nixon-Ehrlichman private agenda. I can’t believe (Nixon administration official Egil) Bud Krogh would run the program with that agenda knowingly.” Dean said he never heard Nixon or Ehrlichman speak …

Data and civil liberties: CellHawk helps law enforcement visualize large quantities of information collected by cellular towers and providers

Sam Richards, Intercept, December 23 2020 UNTIL NOW, the Bartonville, Texas, company Hawk Analytics and its product CellHawk have largely escaped public scrutiny. CellHawk has been in wide use by law enforcement, helping police departments, the FBI, and private investigators around the United States convert information collected by cellular providers into maps of people’s locations, movements, and relationships. Police records obtained by …

‘She had the courage to act on her knowledge’: Civil disobedience saved Pope Francis’ life when he was young. ‘I’ll always owe them so much. They fought for me to the end…They taught me what it is to use science but also to know when to go beyond it to meet particular needs.’

Pope Francis reveals an important story from his life, in his recent piece in the NYTimes, and also shares a quote: “Where the danger is, also grows the saving power.” That’s the genius in the human story: There’s always a way to escape destruction. Where humankind has to act is precisely there, in the threat itself; that’s where the door …

Corporations Paying Lawmakers to Outlaw Protest Is a Crime Against Democracy

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and industry efforts have passed such laws in 13 states. Basav Sen and Gabrielle Colchete studied these anti-protest laws in their report, “Muzzling Dissent: How Corporate Influence Over Politics Has Fueled Anti-Protest Laws.” December 05, 2020 by Basav Sen, OtherWords More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony. We …

How to identify visible and invisible surveillance at protests

By Matthew Guariglia, EFF. November 10, 2020 | STRATEGIZE! UPDATE Nov. 5, 2020.  Want a crash course in how to identify surveillance technologies at protests? Watch EFF’s new video presentation on How to Observe Police Surveillance at Protests. The 25-minute video, taught by Senior Investigative Researcher Dave Maass, explains how you can identify various police surveillance technologies, like body-worn cameras, drones, and automated license plate readers, which may …

Strategize and prepare for nonviolent action, now and through the fall

No matter who is elected this November, resistance will be required to change the systems responsible for the crises we face. In this article, George Lakey provides important information for developing and practicing nonviolent resistance to prepare for whatever happens this fall and beyond. One of our weak points is that many of us would rather moralize than strategize. Trump …

The Declaration of Independence we know today was a final act in a slowly developing series of rebellious activities that announced the end of the previous regime in America

By Bill Bigelow , www.huffingtonpost.com July 3, 2020 | EDUCATE! Rethinking 4th Of July With Historical Truths Above: Boston Massacre showing the death of the first casualty, Crispus Attucks. In reality, the vast majority of Africans in America fought against the revolution seeking to end their enslavement. The Fourth of July turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. …

History Shows That Sustained, Disruptive Protests Work: Most progressive victories in U.S. history did not enjoy majority support when they were won

In case after case, a radical minority disrupted the functioning of businesses and state institutions, which sought to restore stability by granting concessions and ordering politicians to do the same. The formerly enslaved Frederick Douglass criticized “those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation,” saying that they “want crops without plowing up the ground,” and “the ocean without …