Tag Archives | civil disobedience

The Keystone XL Protest You Weren’t Mean to See

Pic: Casey J. Aldridge (C)

Pic: Casey J. Aldridge (C)

In a mass act of civil disobedience, hundreds of students attempted to chain themselves to the White House fence to protest Keystone XL. Many were arrested, but the mainstream media was MIA.

Via addicting Information:

Hundreds of college students marched through Georgetown and up Pennsylvania Ave. on Sunday, then tied themselves to the White House fence. They were protesting the Keystone XL pipeline and its dark threat to their futures. The group was prepared for 500 activists to be arrested. It could well turn out to be the largest act of civil disobedience by students during the Obama administration. Estimates of the size of the crowd reached as high as 1,000.

The protesters spread a 40 × 60-foot black plastic banner on the sidewalk and out onto Pennsylvania Ave., in front of the White House. The banner represented an oil spill. Some of the students sat on the ‘spill’  and then staged a ‘die-in’ on its surface while others used plastic ziplocs to fasten their wrists to the fence.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Game Of Surveillance Camera Destruction Hits The United States

The previously discussed trend of making a game out of breaking as many public surveillance cameras as possible, known as Camover, appears to have crossed the Atlantic, with a team calling themselves the Barefoot Bandit Brigade claiming a score of 17 in Washington state:

17 Security Cameras Disabled and Destroyed in Puget Sound Region — In the opening weeks of February, 2013, we have removed and destroyed 17 security cameras throughout the Puget Sound region. This act is concrete sabotage against the system of surveillance and control. It is also a message of solidarity and a wish of strength to the Seattle Grand Jury Resisters, those currently incarcerated and those not. Finally, this act announces our participation in the game of CAMOVER, called for by comrades in Germany.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Guerrilla Urban Planners Redo Mexico City By Painting Bike Lanes, Sidewalks, And Crosswalks

This Big City talks to Camina, Haz Ciudad, a group which extralegally redesigns public space to benefit ordinary residents:

Camina, Haz Ciudad started as a project to recover space for pedestrians. It was inspired by a modern development that happened here in Mexico City in an area called El Puente de los Poetas. Amazingly, there was no pedestrian infrastructure at all, the whole place seemed to be designed for cars. A group of citizens decided that couldn’t be, so they painted a sidewalk in an area where lots of people walked but had no safety. But the sidewalk was erased, and the people who painted it were really mad.

With our first painted bike lane [which is 5km and ends at Congress in Mexico City] we were trying to make a political point. We didn’t have any expectation of how long it would last. But the bike lane is still in place.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Blocking Prison Construction With A Makeshift Schoolhouse

Decarcerate PA creates a surreal scene in its effort to impede the construction of a new state correctional facility:

Early morning November 19, seven members of Decarcerate PA set up school desks, banners, and a little red schoolhouse to block the entrance to the prison construction site in Montgomery County. They then sat at the desks, linking arms and refusing to move or allow construction vehicles onto the sight. Construction was delayed for over an hour before all seven protesters were arrested and taken away.

The new prisons are being built on the grounds of SCI Graterford in Montgomery County. If completed, they will cost $400 million and house 4,100 people. We believe these prisons must be stopped, and that the money should be reinvested in our schools and communities.

Continue Reading

Hurricane Sandy Robin Hoods Steal From NYC Luxury Sites To Aid The Poor

Last month’s hurricane further widened the massive economic inequality of New York City — Manhattan has recovered, while poorer outer-borough areas affected remain seriously damaged. Via Grist, an anonymous civic group has taken it upon themselves to correct matters, as their press release explains:

Over the past two weeks, a group of concerned New Yorkers has been expropriating thousands of dollars worth of tools and materials from luxury residential developments across Manhattan and delivering them to neighborhoods devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Confiscated materials, some of them never even used, include: shovels, wheelbarrows, hand trucks, hard bristle brooms, industrial rope, contractor trash bags, work lights, work gloves, flashlights, heat lamps, and gasoline.

Liberated from their role in building multimillion-dollar pieds-à-terre for wealthy CEOs and Hollywood celebrities, these tools are now in the collective hands of some of the hardest-hit communities in the city where they are now being allocated and shared among the people who need them most.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Woman Faces $600 a Day Fine for Giving Free Lunches to Poor Children

Picture: Beau Wade (CC)

This is tyranny.

Gil Spencer reports for the Daily Times:

In a summer of surprises, the biggest one for Angela Prattis was being treated like a criminal for handing out free lunches to the children in her neighborhood.

Her strangely considerate behavior earned her a visit from a Chester Township official who told her to knock it off.

“He told me to shut it down,” Prattis said. “He said it was a zoning issue.”

She was told she needed to apply for a variance to serve lunch to her neighbors’ children. The application would cost her $1,000. And she was threatened with a fine of $600 a day for every day she continued to allegedly violate the township’s zoning law.

God bless the Chester Township zoning board. What would the good citizens of that municipality do without its protection from the scourge of unlicensed lunch givers?

Read the rest

Continue Reading

What Does Civil Disobedience Mean To You?

What does civil disobedience mean to you? That’s what the identity-shifting Yes Men want you to know. Then, they want you to take to the streets and protest bad companies and bad ideas. Here’s the thing – they want you to enjoy yourself while your raging against the machine! Check out the real men behind the Yes Men, as they reveal their true selves on Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf.

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video.

Continue Reading

Murder in Memphis – Out There Radio: Episode 28 & 29

Out There Radio – Episode 28 & 29: Murder in Memphis

WebsiteiTunes • Direct Download (part 1, part 2) RSS

This episode is the first of two dealing with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. In this first part, we deal with the events leading up to the assassination, including FBI surveillance and harrassment of Dr. King. Included in this episode is Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, in its entirety, recorded on April 4, 1967 (one year to the day before he was murdered).

This episode is the second of two dealing with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. It features a short discussion about the Military Commissions Act of 2006, followed by the second part of our look at the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Read the rest

Continue Reading