Category: Civil Liberties

Overkill: How the Pentagon Militarized the US Police Force

Overkill: How the Pentagon Militarized the US Police Force

By Ben Dangl Source: Toward Freedom August 19, 2014 “Have no doubt, police in the United States are militarizing, and in many communities, particularly those of color, the message is being received loud and clear: ‘You are the enemy,’” writes Tom Nolan, who worked for 27 years in the Boston Police Department. “Many communities now look…

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Human Rights Violations in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Human Rights Violations in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

By Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 06 December 2005 Ann Fagan Ginger works at the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, an organization which seeks to promote social change by increasing the recognition and use of existing human rights and peace law at the local, national, and international levels. She is also the editor of the book, “Challenging U.S.…

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Staged Arrests Round Off Weekend of Anti-war Protests in DC

Staged Arrests Round Off Weekend of Anti-war Protests in DC

by Benjamin Dangl Washington, DC; Sept. 27, 2005 – Hundreds of activists participated in a staged act of collective civil disobedience in front of the White House on Monday to protest the ongoing occupation of Iraq. The event closed a weekend of anti-war demonstrations, lobbying, teach-ins and concerts. US Park Police reported approximately 370 arrests…

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Member of Worker-Run Factory in Argentina Was Kidnapped, Tortured

Member of Worker-Run Factory in Argentina Was Kidnapped, Tortured

by Benjamin Dangl 3/24/05 Zanon ceramics factory, one of the most prominent of the recuperated, worker-run factories in Argentina, was taken over by workers in 2001 and since then has been economically successful as a cooperative. However, as a major symbol of Argentina’s recuperated factory movement, (over 200 such cooperatives exist in the country), it…

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An Interview with Leslie Cagan

An Interview with Leslie Cagan

Conducted by Benjamin Dangl and Andrew Kennis 9/20/04 Upside Down World Leslie Cagan is the national coordinator of the anti-war coalition United For Peace and Justice, (www.UnitedForPeace.org) which has been one of the main organizers of anti-war rallies since before the Iraq war began. We spoke with her on August 30th, the day after the…

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Arrestees, Lawyers, Medics Condemn Conditions of RNC Protest Detention

Arrestees, Lawyers, Medics Condemn Conditions of RNC Protest Detention

by Benjamin Dangl 9/3/04 The NewStandard Over the past week, police have arrested around 1,900 people in events related to demonstrations and direct actions against the Republican National Convention. The vast majority of those arrests were made during indiscriminate sweeps that literally netted protesters and bystanders alike. Authorities have reportedly held the majority of the…

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Anti-RNC Demos Continue, Addressing Labor Issues, War, Media

Anti-RNC Demos Continue, Addressing Labor Issues, War, Media

by Benjamin Dangl, Amanda Luker, Andrew Kennis 9/1/04 The NewStandard Though it has been almost a week since demonstrations against the RNC began in New York City, the protests show no sign of abating. Among the many rallies held today were demonstrations by organized labor, an event put on by the National Organization for Women,…

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Civil Disobedience Turns to Rebellion in Face of Police Repression

Civil Disobedience Turns to Rebellion in Face of Police Repression

by Benjamin Dangl, Amanda Luker, Andrew Kennis and Brendan Coyne 8/31/04 The NewStandard Thousands participated in organized civil disobedience and spontaneous protests in still another day of demonstrations surrounding the Republican National Convention in New York City. Today’s actions, loosely coordinated and spread throughout Manhattan, were met by a massive and intolerant police force. Police…

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Protestors Greet Start of GOP Convention with Poor People’s Marches

Protestors Greet Start of GOP Convention with Poor People’s Marches

by Benjamin Dangl, Amanda Luker, Andrew Kennis 8/30/04 The NewStandard As the first day of the Republican National Convention commenced today at Madison Square Garden in New York City, opponents of the Bush administration and the Republican agenda continued to march in the streets. Today’s two major demonstrations highlighted poverty, hunger and homelessness and what…