Category: Civil Liberties

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…

Hundreds of Thousands Protest Bush Agenda in New York

Hundreds of Thousands Protest Bush Agenda in New York

by Benjamin Dangl, Amanda Luker, Andrew Kennis, and Brendan Coyne 8/29/04 The NewStandard In a massive march that surpassed in size even organizers’ expectations, hundreds of thousands of activists overwhelmed midtown Manhattan today in a peaceful demonstration under the banner: “World Says No to the Bush Agenda.” It took the crowd, which spanned the width…

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Demonstrations Heating Up in NYC as Convention Nears

Demonstrations Heating Up in NYC as Convention Nears

by Benjamin Dangl 8/28/04 The NewStandard Activists in New York City demonstrated for women’s health care, workers’ rights, economic justice and peace today during the third day of major protests against the Republican National Convention. The morning began with a massive pro-choice rally and “March for Women’s Lives” organized by Planned Parenthood, a reproductive health…

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New York City Cracking Down on Assembly Rights as RNC Nears

New York City Cracking Down on Assembly Rights as RNC Nears

By Benjamin Dangl 8/27/04 The NewStandard On August 25, New York State Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Silbermann ruled that the activist coalition United For Peace and Justice (UFPJ) cannot rally in New York’s Central Park this Sunday, stating that the more than 250,000 demonstrators expected to participate could cause damage to the park’s recently restored…

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Daily Blog Entries From RNC in NYC

Daily Blog Entries From RNC in NYC

By Benjamin Dangl The NewStandard 8/28/04 NYC Prepares for RNC Greetings from NYC! This is the first of the blogging I hope to do while here. The amount of activity going on in the city in response to the RNC is incredible. Even the top of the Empire State Building is decked out in red,…

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An Interview with Heidi Boghosian: Civil Liberties in the US Under Bush

An Interview with Heidi Boghosian: Civil Liberties in the US Under Bush

Conducted by Benjamin Dangl 7/27/04 Within the last few years the strategies police use to control activist events have changed dramatically. Massive pens divided and contained protesters at the February 15, 2003 anti-war rally in New York City. Hundreds of preemptive arrests took place at The Free Trade Area of the Americas protest in Miami…

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G8 Security Clamps Down on Local Residents

G8 Security Clamps Down on Local Residents

By Benjamin Dangl 6/18/04 Published by The NewStandard, a great new independent media source. Check it out if you haven’t already! During this week’s G8 Summit on Sea Island, Georgia, suspicions of possible terrorist or protester violence led police to investigate, search and harass local citizens in Brunswick and Savannah, two cities near the Summit.…

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Unwelcoming the G8

Unwelcoming the G8

By Benjamin Dangl 6/18/04 When the leaders of the world’s eight most powerful countries arrive in Sea Island, Georgia for the Group of Eight (G8) Summit from June 8-10, activists from around the globe will be there to unwelcome them. With the Democratic and Republican National Conventions right around the corner, many protesters are converging…

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Lawyers, Guns and Money: The IMF and World Bank Celebrate Sixty Years of Infamy

Lawyers, Guns and Money: The IMF and World Bank Celebrate Sixty Years of Infamy

By Benjamin Dangl 4/27/04 Amidst belly dancers, jugglers and heavily armed police, activists from around the world converged in Washington DC on April 24, 2004 to wish the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank a very unhappy 60th birthday. While international bureaucrats congratulated each other on one more year of “reducing poverty around…

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