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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


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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



Why Black Lives Matter Is the Movement of the Year

The movement’s innovative and committed activism has renewed the struggle for racial justice. In 2015, no other progressive cause in the United States came close to its perseverance and creativity.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Now Is the Time for Ambitious Action, Say Protesters Flooding COP21 Summit

Sit-in takes aim at weak draft deal between global leaders released Wednesday at the Paris climate conference.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



People’s Global Climate March 2015: Taking to the Streets for Our Future

On the biggest day of climate change activism ever seen worldwide, millions of people are joining in Sunday, at more than 2,500 events around the globe, using people power to put pressure on world leaders to unite in fighting global warming at the COP21 summit opening Monday in Paris.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



If ‘Life Must Go On,’ Say Groups, France Must Lift Ban on Climate Protests

“We must not suspend democracy and freedom while proclaiming our commitment to democracy and freedom,” declares a letter sent to French President François Hollande.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE



What Are College Students Across the U.S. Protesting? (Video)

Student protests erupting across the nation have exposed a deep undercurrent of dissatisfaction driven by race and class. A University of California professor explains the race end of the equation.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: #RiseUpOctober: 3-Day New York Event Focuses on Police Brutality

Thousands marched through the streets of Manhattan on Saturday to protest police brutality. A diverse, grass-roots coalition of activists and concerned citizens staged the three-day action, dubbed #RiseUpOctober.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



The People vs. Citizens United: 7 Steps to Reversing Runaway Political Spending

The struggle against the corporate stranglehold on our democracy won’t be conducted in courtrooms or legislatures. It will arise from below, in organized, mass demands for change.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: A Watershed Moment as Guatemala Jails Its President After He Resigns

Otto Perez Molina (pictured at far right in the 1980s) has been jailed on charges of corruption just hours after bowing to massive popular protest and resigning as Guatemala’s president. “Democracy Now!” speaks to Nobel Peace Prize-winning Maya activist Rigoberta Menchu and journalist Allan Nairn about Perez Molina’s past and what could happen next.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Why Black Lives Matter Activists Disrupted Bernie Sanders’ Speech

Marissa Johnson, co-founder of the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter, told MSNBC that she hijacked a speech by Sanders in Seattle on Saturday because “we really need to put pressure on people who claim that they care about black lives,” especially when they’re running for president.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Truth Behind the Turkish Police Attack on Istanbul’s Gay Pride Parade

Did the heavy-handed police action signal a new culture war, or was it a form of revenge over the recent election results in which President Erdogan got less power than he’d expected?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Robert Fisk: Taking Away the Right to Protest Empowers Terrorism

Depriving people of the right to express moral outrage through boycotts—as Canada’s Harper government intends to do with critics of Israel—increases the probability that some will resort to violence as a means of political expression, writes Robert Fisk at The Independent.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 28, 2015 ENLARGE


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After Pat’s Birthday

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig commemorates the legacy of deceased U.S. infantryman Pat Tillman by republishing our most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by his brother, Kevin Tillman (pictured with his arm around Pat).

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Extended Jail Hold of Baltimore Protesters a ‘Political Decision,’ Attorney Says

Civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit and law professor Byron L. Warnken discuss a judge’s ruling upholding the decision to hold protesters without bail for up to 48 hours.

Posted on May 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A Five-Step Guide to Police Repression, From Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond

Equate dissidents with domestic terrorists; arm police with “less-lethal” weapons; replace humans with robots. Here is a step-by-step guide, based on the latest developments in the security sector, on how to police a protest movement in the new age of domestic counterinsurgency.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



Pleading Guilty (to Insubordination)

In the current age of “lean-in” feminism at one end of the spectrum and an “anti-respectability” discourse at the other, an essay by Howard Zinn reminds us of an earlier meaning of women’s liberation.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Protesters Assail Austerity Policies at Madrid ‘Dignity March’

Thousands took part in a “march for dignity” and against austerity measures in Madrid on Saturday on the eve of a closely watched regional election in southern Spain.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE


In Germany, Dozens Wounded and Police Cars Set Afire in Anti-Austerity Protests

Thousands participated in anti-austerity “Blockupy” demonstrations that turned violent outside the opening of the new headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdiggers of the Week: Leaders of the Debt Collective

With outstanding student debt in the U.S. topping $1.3 trillion, 15 former Corinthian Colleges students are refusing to pay the onerous, exorbitant cost of a shoddy education.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE


Howard Zinn: Have a More Interesting Life

The late historian, who studied injustice and action through the centuries, offers this wonderful insight.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Noise Machine That Quells Dissent

Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE


Fox Affiliate Apologizes for Editing Innocent Protesters to Sound Like Bloodthirsty Cop Killers

A Baltimore Fox station has apologized for what it calls “an honest misunderstanding.”

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Thousands Fill Streets to Protest Police Racism and Brutality (Video)

Thousands of Americans took to the streets Saturday in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston and elsewhere to protest grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of young black men.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s Contempt for a Community

The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE



Shaking the Heavens in Ferguson, Missouri

“As long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption.” So said Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech on March 14, 1968, just three weeks before he was assassinated.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Not Every Ferguson Protest Is Violent

Where police show restraint, demonstrators often reciprocate.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Still No Justice for Michael Brown

In the coming days, as I and countless others pore over the evidence presented to the grand jury, I will be asking at least two basic questions.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE



Former Amazon Employee to Fast for Better Worker Conditions

A former employee of the behemoth online retailer is set to go on a hunger strike Tuesday outside of its Seattle headquarters in an attempt to force the company to change certain of its “deceptive and fraudulent” business practices.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE



Link Arms, We Are All Connected

For five days in a row this week a federal agency was blockaded by protesters, delaying workers, sending a strong message of demands and resulting in scores of arrests. Did you hear about the blockades in the corporate media?

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 READ MORE



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#MillionMaskMarch: The New Face of Protest?

Anti-capitalism protesters in hundreds of cities around the world took to the streets Wednesday for the Million Mask March.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Hong Kong Protesters

Participants in the unfinished uprisings of the West and Middle East of the past few years have been heartened to see residents of Hong Kong take to the streets.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE


Cornel West in Ferguson: ‘I Came Here to Go to Jail’

Dr. Cornel West was arrested in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday during a protest.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Hong Kong Protesters Say They Aren’t Going Anywhere

Thousands returned to occupy Hong Kong’s Central district Friday after the government backed out of talks and threatened to break up the demonstrations.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



Demonstrators at Hong Kong Sit-In Beaten by Thugs

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong became violent when attackers, many from unconfirmed backgrounds, tore down demonstrators’ tents and attempted to force them from the streets.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



Hong Kong Protesters Rally for Leadership Change

Pro-democracy demonstrators continued to throng the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday—a conspicuous day, as it was a Chinese national holiday—calling for the resignation of Chief Executive CY Leung as well as for a change in how candidates for the country’s top positions are chosen.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE


Hong Kong’s Massive Protest Looks Even Bigger From the Air

Set against the stunning backdrop of Hong Kong’s tightly packed skyscrapers, this drone video gives the viewer a better sense of the enormity of Monday’s demonstrations, part of an ongoing campaign to regain political freedom.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Hong Kong Protesters Urged to Continue Demonstrating

An organizer of Hong Kong’s peaceful pro-democracy civil disobedience movement urged thousands of people to keep up protests across the city until the government responds to their demands.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson: He’s Sorry, but He’s Not Leaving (Video)

Although the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., happened less than two months ago, that event transformed the community and put the spotlight on issues of race relations and police brutality in the U.S. for all the world to see.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE


Obama: More Than Terrorism or Disease, Climate Change Is the Greatest Threat

Speaking to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Obama said “no nation is immune” from what he described as the “one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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