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As Stakes Rise, 83 Dakota Pipeline Protesters Are Maced and Arrested

Saturday’s events follow reports of escalating police abuse at protest sites, including beatings and unnecessary strip searches of those detained.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE


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Women Blockade Donald Trump Campaign Offices Nationwide

“We are putting all politicians on notice: Get ready to be held accountable to our priorities and demands.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE

Charges Against Journalist Amy Goodman Dropped in Vindication for Press Freedom (Video)

North Dakota has dismissed riot charges issued after the Democracy Now! host reported on security guards assaulting nonviolent Dakota Access pipeline protesters in September. By filing the charges in the first place, “the state’s attorney was attempting to stop journalism,” Goodman said.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE

Amy Goodman Explains Decision to Turn Herself In to North Dakota Authorities (Video)

What had the journalist been doing at the Dakota Access pipeline protest? Her job.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Standing Rock Sioux Protectors Intensify Fight Against Dakota Pipeline Construction

A panel of federal judges has allowed construction of the controversial $3.8 billion DAPL project to proceed, but the resistance movement will not back down from the fossil-fuel industry and government authorities.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 READ MORE

Cast Your Vote: What Is the Most Effective Form of Civil Resistance?

While activists fight for different causes, their forms of protest often are the same. We want to hear from you: Based on the week’s political news, what forms of protest are most likely to effect change?

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 READ MORE

Undercover New York Police Collected Information on Black Lives Matter Protesters

Eric Garner, an African-American, died at the hands of NYPD officers in 2014, prompting nationwide protests. Now, newly exposed records show that undercover officers were sent to the demonstrations to gather “multimedia records” of the events—possibly violating the department’s own rules.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE

Tensions Over Dakota Access Pipeline Intensify in Wake of Police Raid

Peaceful protesters were met with a militarized police response in the days after the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux pleaded with the United Nations for action.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

Colin Kaepernick Pledges $1 Million Toward Racial-Equality Efforts

After announcing earlier in September that he would give money to organizations committed to improving communities, the 49ers quarterback detailed his plans to ensure transparency in his donations.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE

Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman family

After Pat’s Birthday

Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat (left) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. About two years later Kevin wrote a powerful, must-read document.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

North Dakota vs. Amy Goodman: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Dakota Access pipeline story is critical to the fate of people and the planet. It’s about climate change—and about indigenous rights conflicting with corporate and government power.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

Follow Colin Kaepernick, Change the World

The NFL quarterback took a big personal risk with his national-anthem protest against injustice in the U.S. Now other athletes are joining him, as are countless other Americans who want to overturn the status quo. Their courage can make all the difference.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE

Standoff at Standing Rock: Even Attack Dogs Can’t Stop the Native American Resistance

The battle against the Dakota Access pipeline is being waged as a renewed assertion of indigenous rights and sovereignty.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman: ‘We’re Standing Up and We’re Saying, “No More” ’

More than 1,000 Native American activists have traveled to Sacred Stone Spirit Camp in North Dakota to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Now the fight continues in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Water Is Life, Oil Is Death: The People vs. the Bakken Pipeline in Iowa and the Dakotas

While most of the United States has been blinded by the presidential election spectacle, a grass-roots coalition has been fighting “the next Keystone XL” being pushed through—largely under the radar—by Big Carbon.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE

Dakota Pipeline Would Make Water the New Oil, Devastating All but the Rich

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is heading a protest by Native Americans and their allies against the newly approved line. These opponents of the project say it could lead to contamination of the Missouri River and other devastating environmental impacts.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE

Ron Kovic: ‘Why I Wrote “Hurricane Street” ’ (Video)

“The care we were receiving at the hospital at the time was in many cases abusive,” so “150 paralyzed men in wheelchairs, but also veterans from other parts of the hospital, some nurses, some caregivers, aides who had courage and their own reason to protest,” organized in Vietnam veterans’ interests.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

1968 ‘Black Power Salute’ Sparked Ongoing Miscarriage of Justice by U.S. Olympic Committee

The silent gesture by medalists John Carlos and Tommie Smith was meant to raise awareness of human rights, not dishonor the flag. Both men deserve an apology for how they have been treated.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE

Why Sanders’ ‘Berners’ Kept Up the Heat

As a member of the California delegation, I could see that the Democratic convention was never going to be a harmonious melding of two campaigns. The Clintonites were fighting not a candidate but a wildfire.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE

Ex-CIA Chief’s Speech Disrupted by Chants of ‘Love, Not War’ at Democratic Convention (Video)

Protesters wonder: “Why do we need to be in perpetual warfare?”

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 READ MORE

A Lens on the Democratic Convention, Day 2: Legitimate Anger in Philadelphia (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

The protests on the streets are far more organized, populated and energized than anything we saw in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Police Incitement Against Black Lives Matter Is Endangering Protesters’ Lives

From the floor of the Republican National Convention to the online pages of the Blue Lives Matter Facebook community, it is now commonplace for public officials, police and first responders to openly declare war on Black Lives Matter—the civil rights movement of our times.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE

Democratic National Convention Demonstrators Led by Chris Hedges, Cornel West (Multimedia)

On the first day of the Democratic National Convention, demonstrators—led by Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges and the longtime activist Cornel West—marched from Philadelphia City Hall down Broad Street.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Importance of Protesting Inequality at the Democratic National Convention (Video)

On this week’s episode of “On Contact,” Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges sits down with two Philadelphia organizers to discuss why people should take to the streets to bring Democratic leaders’ attention to poverty and homelessness.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza Reflects on the Movement’s First Three Years

The activist talks about what has changed—and what hasn’t—on this third anniversary of the birth of the nation’s most important contemporary struggle for social and political justice.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE

Puerto Rico in Crisis as Obama Authorizes Federal Financial Control (Multimedia)

Puerto Ricans took to the streets Thursday to protest what they see as a return to colonialist policy after President Obama signed an emergency measure to put the island’s finances under the oversight of the federal government.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

C-SPAN Defies Paul Ryan’s Sit-In Blackout With Streaming App

The House speaker’s move to shut the public out of the Democratic gun control protest backfired when the public interest cable channel began broadcasting live footage from the House chamber. Meanwhile, social media are adding fuel to the fire.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE

Judge Rules Edward Nero Not Guilty in Freddie Gray Case, but Social Media Disagrees

Twitter users from diverse backgrounds condemned the American justice system with the trending hashtag #NeroTrial.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE

Angelenos Press for Change in California With Fossil Fuel Industry Protest

Although the state is ahead of the curve on renewable energy, Saturday’s rally in Los Angeles was a reminder to politicians that there’s far to go before we “Break Free” of our dependence on coal, oil and gas.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

Daniel Berrigan Through the Eyes of a 1960s Ithaca Mom

In our town and beyond, the priest, scholar, poet and activist served as a wake-up caller while the U.S. still had its eyes closed to the horrors of the Vietnam War.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE

Welcome to 1984

The façade of democracy and the disempowerment of the citizenry by corporations has sparked a nationwide revolt. Elites, fearing unrest, will soon become ruthless. We must engage now in acts of sustained civic mobilization and civil disobedience or be crushed.

Posted on May 14, 2016 READ MORE

A Revolutionary Art Form That Leads to Social Change (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Every one of the 85,000 political posters at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics tells a story you won’t find in standard history books.

Posted on May 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Hillary Clinton Protesters in East L.A. Would Rather ‘Deport Her’ Than Support Her (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Demonstrators did not appreciate the Democratic presidential candidate’s appearance in the Mexican-American community on Cinco de Mayo and accused her of pandering to Latinos.

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Immigration Protest Rally Photo

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Robert Scheer: My Mother, ‘the Illegal Alien’?

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve republished Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s moving account of his mother’s struggles as an immigrant living in constant fear of deportation.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE

May Is the Month for Protest—Daniel Berrigan Would Agree

The Jesuit writer and activist’s death is a reminder of the necessity—and power—of protest in America.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s Fame

The arrest of the ice cream giants at Monday’s Democracy Awakening protest in Washington, D.C., went down well.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE

Revolution Is in the Air

The arrests of hundreds—including me—in or near the Capitol have been going on every day for a week. They presage a growing, nationwide uprising against the corporate state.

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 READ MORE

‘Young Turks’ Host Cenk Uygur One of 400 Protesters Arrested at Democracy Spring Rally (Video)

The planned act of civil obedience in Washington, D.C., was designed to call attention to government corruption, get money out of politics and restore free and fair elections.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Bill Clinton, Black Lives Matter Protesters Clash Over Hillary’s Then-Support of 1994 Crime Bill

The former president verbally takes on protesters at a Philadelphia campaign event for his wife, Hillary Clinton, who as first lady had expressed support for the crime bill he signed during his first term.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

National Prison Strike Campaign Vows to End ‘American Slave System’

Starting Sept. 9, prisoners across the United States will begin a coordinated work stoppage to call attention to what they contend is involuntary servitude.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE

Code Pink Stakes Out Hillary Clinton’s Santa Monica Fundraiser

Code Pink activists gathered Thursday afternoon in a tony neighborhood in Santa Monica, Calif., for a colorful protest designed to get Clinton’s attention.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Occupy the Party: Bernie Sanders’ Campaign as a Site of Struggle

Instead of treating the Democratic Party as some kind of authority with the power to co-opt our message, we should treat it like any street or park and occupy it.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE

Today’s Causes Veer Toward Powerful Tweets, Away From Powerful Leaders

The protests of older generations—the 1960s civil rights movement, for example—were led by movement icons such as Martin Luther King Jr., but now the reach and power of social media give virtually everyone the chance to become a movement leader or influencer. 

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE

A Drone Protester Heads to Jail

Mary Anne Grady Flores, 59, will serve six months for photographing a peaceful protest outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, N.Y., where the U.S. trains pilots to launch drone strikes in the Middle East, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

A Tale of Two Grandmothers (Video)

On a recent snowy January night in upstate New York, a grandmother turned herself in to the Jamesville Correctional Facility, to serve a six-month sentence. Her crime? Taking photos.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE

Outrage in Oregon

Taking over a federal building at the point of a rifle gives protest a bad name.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: From ‘Brandalism’ to Flamenco Flash Mobs: Ideas for the Creative Activist

Grass-roots social and environmental campaigns that delight and inspire “can help put sustained pressure on business and governments by bringing renewed energy, kick-starting conversations, and sparking the imaginations of a whole new set of participants,” writes Frances Buckingham at The Guardian.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Muslim Woman Heckled by Crowd, Removed From Donald Trump Rally

Rose Hamid, a Muslim woman wearing a shirt imprinted with “Salam, I come in peace,” was escorted from a Donald Trump rally Friday night as some supporters of the 2016 Republican presidential candidate shouted Islamophobic epithets at her.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

American Artists Against War

Artists of conscience have always responded angrily and passionately to war, genocide and torture. This book examines the work of American visual artists from 1935 to 2010 who believed that governments and humanity must be held to higher moral standards.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE

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