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No Nukes: America’s Dissipating Anti-War Movement

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This essay was shot back in 2011, but for some reason it was never published here or anywhere else.  Nowadays, there’s not even a whisper from LA’s anti-war movement.

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YOU CAN’T ARREST AN IDEA

The Hypocrisy of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

So apparently it’s not a crime for a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to tell a member of the public that they’re going to break their fucking face, but it is a crime for a member of the public to yell at an NFTA cop while on a public street during a anti-war protest. And if you do such a thing, you’ll be chased down by NFTA police, assaulted with pepper spray, and unlawfully arrested for practicing your First Amendment rights.

From BuffaloNews.com:

NFTA spokesman Doug Hartmayer said that neither Brodsky nor Russo would be disciplined. NFTA Director Kimberley Minkel defended Brodsky’s spraying of Buckley as “a use [of force] within our guidelines.” She called Brodsky’s actions in the bus terminal episode “a closed case. … We look at each event independently.”

Nothing but the finest heroes at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

A longer version of the video can be viewed here.

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Kill Charlie Sheen!

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UC Berkeley Students Mobilize Against Police Repression

The students of Berkeley in California are outraged by a proposed 8% hike in tuition cost and decided to protest it. This is where the police come in. Not only were they refusing to allow people into the public meeting but they were using excessive force (pointing guns at unarmed people) as well

Source: Cop Block

“Officer Bubbles” Will Sue You

Remember in the old days when cops would raid your parents’ home and charge you with illegal wiretapping after you uploaded a video to YouTube, showing one of America’s ‘finest” violating the law, wielding a gun, killing someone, or just acting like a power-tripping thug who should not be wearing a badge?

Well, that’s like soooooo two months ago.

Because if you upload a video of a cop acting like a jackass there is now the possibility that you could be sued by the officer. And if you leave disparaging comments and make your own parody videos ridiculing the cop for his egregious behavior, YOU WILL BE SUED for defamation in a frivolous lawsuit.

In his statement of claim, Josephs calls the cartoons and several comments “devastatingly defamatory,” alleging they have brought him “ridicule, scandal and contempt both personally and as a member of the (Toronto Police Service).”

Boo hoo.

Source: The Star

DHS Officer Bans Photographer From Public Protest in Los Angeles

Last week on October 5, I decided to head to downtown Los Angeles to photograph a rally that was being held at the federal building. What was dubbed as a National Day of Action against FBI Repression ended up being a major non-event, and only about 5-10 people were there to protest the FBI’s recent raids that targeted political activists in Illinois and Minnesota.

So for a photographer hoping to capture another protest with the usual high energy associated with these kinds of events, there really wasn’t much to photograph. Plus, it started raining fifteen minutes into this tiny protest, and that was still before anyone even arrived. However, at the same time the rain started falling, a Department of Homeland Security vehicle arrived, which caused me to believe that people were going to show up—at some point—and they did.

I stuck around and burned the roll’s last few frames on the lackluster protesters that finally arrived and used the very last frame for the Homeland Security decal that was on the front fender of the DHS SUV. It seemed like an important stock image to get, seeing that DHS has been known to harass a photographer or two. I thought I could use my photo for future posts dealing with DHS harassment rather than pulling the DHS decal from the web.

Well, I should’ve known that I would be posting a video showing a DHS officer prohibiting me from returning to a protest that was being held on a public sidewalk before I even processed the roll of film I shot that day.



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