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 …

It’s Not as Simple as Rebellion

By Tim DeChristopher, originally published by YES! magazine July 2, 2020 Ed. note: This piece was posted to YES! Magazine on May 11, 2020. Over the past two years, Extinction Rebellion (XR) emerged into the climate movement with explosive energy. Thousands of people in Europe and the United States mobilized to engage in civil disobedience to demand that our political leaders take …

In Times of Rapid Change, Victory Comes to Those Who Train For It

Only social movements can deliver radical change. Mainstream institutions in society back small reforms at most, so they teach the strategy and skills of electioneering. Movements are left to themselves to teach the skills that make for big change, and that’s where training comes in. Leaving the group out of the equation is a denial of human nature, indigenous cultures …

No shortcuts – redirect power from the 1% and large firms to universal programs and well-being for all, with much determined, selfless work educating, building knowledge, and bringing about change for communities, the country and the world

Reiterated by Matthew Fox, June 28, 2020 In the US the richest 1 percent of the country own substantially more wealth than the bottom 90%;  6 in 10 Americans do not have the resources to come up with $1000 for an emergency such as a medical bill or car repair.  World over, 26 billionaires hold personal financial assets greater than …