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National Day of Protest Jan. 25 Against FBI Infiltration and Intimidation of Activist Communities

In the fall of 2010, the FBI raided a number of homes and an office across various midwestern cities in the United States. These raids were the result of infiltrations into communities of peace activists by agents of the FBI, and have resulted in 23 subpoenas and a variety of other threats from the federal [...]

American Priorities: Protest Against Torture vs. Rally to Restore Sanity

Attendance at Saturday’s Rally to Restore Sanity, an event called to celebrate inactivism at which people clapped and waved their hands while Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow soulfully crooned, “I can’t change the world”: 215,000

Attendance at a 2008 rally against the use and coverup of torture by the United States government: 250

What [...]

Want to Experience Activism with actual Content? Try these Events

You could go to today’s “Rally for Sanity” in Washington, DC that offers the pageantry of a protest but asks its attendants to be quiet and do nothing.

Alternatively, you could attend one of the upcoming political protests listed below. They have the advantage of actually standing for something, but be warned: because these pieces [...]

Rake Muck! One Way to Find Independent Expenditures that Might Not be so Independent

The Federal Election Commission has an ever-growing list of “independent expenditures” made by political corporations whose donors the American people are kept from knowing and whose actual independence from congressional campaigns is a matter of conjecture. All one of these political corporations has to do is attest in its filings that its “expenditure was not [...]

10 Tactics for Information Activists: Can You Name #11?

Yesterday, I despaired a bit that old social movement tactics didn’t seem to be working any more. New Media Rights and the Tactical Technology Collective have gotten creative, coming out with a list of 10 tactics for turning information into activism:

1. mobilise people 2. witness and record 3. visualise your message 4. amplify personal [...]

Government is Corrupt. What Would you Have People Do?

That’s what Tom said and asked last night. He’s right: government is corrupt. So would I have people do?

I would have people strain and stretch and TRY, and not just through voting, but through organized social movement activity. Politics is no more and no less than people deciding what is to be done. Sometimes [...]

Spread the Word: Tell us About Your Protest!

Ross the Keystone State activist writes in today to let us know about two upcoming protests:

1. On Thursday, October 14 from 4:30-6:00 pm at the intersection of 9th and Hamilton in Allentown, PA there will be an Anti-Fracking protest to protect Pennsylvania’s already-threatened groundwater:

Join Food & Water Watch, Clean Water Action and Gas [...]

Tea Party Nation Puts Exclusive Christianity on Display

What kind of a nation does the Tea Party Nation have in mind?

There’s a lot to admire about the gumption of actual grassroots Tea Party activists. I don’t share their exclusive definition of “defending the Constitution,” promoting an interpretation of the 10th Amendment that the Supreme Court rejected in the 1800s and pretty much [...]

Patriots Act: Am Library Assn Elevates Talk on H.R. 3845 Surveillance Bill to Action

Last week, the American Library Association released a statement decrying the chilling effect of the federal Patriot Act law. Under the Patriot Act, the FBI under Patriot Act Section 215 and Section 505 authority can and does obtain patrons’ library records when there is no reason to believe patrons are engaged in criminal behavior, and [...]

1 Day to the National Equality March: Pack

The National Equality March is tomorrow, and I’ll be there both as a collector of information and as a participant who believes people should not be discriminated against under law because of their sexual orientation.

I’ve been to a fair number of marches and other protests in Washington. Oddly enough, most of them tend to [...]

What Have You Done This Week Regarding Warrantless Surveillance?

Pardon me for getting “meta,” but the developments of the last week have me so flummoxed I just feel the need to share.

I’ll share a little something with you: last week I participated in a conference call with representatives of some major civil liberties organizations. These representatives promised to do what they could to [...]