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UC Berkeley Protests Spark Debate Over First Amendment

The campus was rocked this week by both peaceful and violent protests that ultimately shut down the planned appearance of far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

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All the Harmful Things Donald Trump Can Do to Women

Women should be worried about how the new administration may curtail their rights.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE



On Verge of Trump Era, Republicans Push New Laws to Clamp Down on Protest

GOP legislators are proposing laws that would criminalize nonviolent protest in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Washington and Iowa.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE


The Future of Protests in Post-Obama America

The Truthdig team sat down Thursday with Melina Abdullah, a California State University professor at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement in Los Angeles.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Agenda for Resisting the First 100 Days

Show Donald Trump we’re not going away.

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Donald Trump Praises Protesters After First Blaming Media for Inciting Them

The president-elect expressed an appreciation for dissent and called for unity in an early morning Twitter message on Friday. But don’t expect the protests to stop or protesters to be silenced.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE



Resistance Movements Can Be More Powerful Than President Trump

Millions of people around the world are committed to opposing the Republican’s dangerous and divisive agenda. Their work, like the work of the incoming administration, has just begun.  

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Indigenous Peoples Day Is Observed in Many Cities as Fight for Native American Rights Intensifies

As a movement against Columbus Day gains support, protesters face down riot police at the Dakota Access pipeline construction site.

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Encampment on Dakota Access Pipeline Site Is Allowed to Remain

As demonstrations against the proposed oil pipeline ramp up, the federal government announced it would not evict protesters living at the camp in North Dakota.

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After Two Fatal Police Shootings, Trump Calls for ‘Nationwide Stop-and-Frisk’

The widely condemned police practice was abandoned in New York City after a federal judge struck it down as unconstitutional, finding that it disproportionately targeted minorities.

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Protesters, Police Clash After Fatal Police Shooting of a Black Man in Charlotte, N.C.

Keith Lamont Scott’s family disputes police claim that the victim was armed and posed a threat.

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Footage in Oklahoma Police Shooting Prompts Nationwide Outrage

Terence Crutcher, an African-American man, was killed by a white police officer in Tulsa on Friday. A video of the incident has caused many to argue that he was killed “in cold blood.”

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The Pentagon Has Been Preparing for Worldwide Civil Unrest by Learning to Target Protesters

Since 2008, the Department of Defense has been funding research that studies the dynamics of civil unrest; some planes have what is called a “corpse cupboard” to store dead passengers; and it turns out that the first person to use an umbrella in England was publicly shamed for his audacious attempt to stay dry. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Pentagon Tapping In to Social Science to Target Activist Movements

A report published by The Guardian explains how the Minerva Initiative is partnering with universities to militarize social science and better understand the factors behind civil unrest.

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Black Lives Matter Groups Stage Protests Across the U.K. (Multimedia)

Demonstrations in five cities led to blocked roads, stalled traffic and more than a dozen arrests.

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A Lens on the Democratic Convention, Day 3: Neoliberals vs. Progressives (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

It’s a tug of war. Bernie Sanders let go of the rope. Elizabeth Warren, too.  And yet the “I’m With Her” crowd cannot believe that anyone on the left is not voting for Hillary Clinton. 

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


A Lens on the GOP Convention: Protesters, Pontificators and the Surveillance State (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

Photojournalist Michael Nigro live streamed the “Stand Together Against Trump March,” which took place in Cleveland on Day 4 of the Republican National Convention.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer Talks California and the Importance of Millennial Movements

By Robert Scheer

In anticipation of California’s June 7 primary, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sits down for a Facebook Live discussion.

Posted on May 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



UC Berkeley Protesters Fight to Save Funding for Undocumented Students

A coalition of campus organizations interrupted the school’s “Cal Day” to draw attention to a $5 million fund that is set to expire soon. The money was originally earmarked for immigration attorneys, psychologists and a textbook rental system.

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Democracy in Action: Arrests at Capitol Building Protests Top 1,400

Over the past week, Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening activists lobbied members of Congress for campaign finance and voter-law reforms.

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Two Weeks Into a Major Uprising, French Activists Still Staying ‘Up All Night’

Like the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Paris “Nuit Debout” protests over labor reforms are fueled by social media, which allow people to communicate instantly with one another and bypass corporate media when it ignores them.

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Will Lebanon’s ‘Garbage Revolution’ Usher In a Secular State?

The country’s youths are taking to the streets, demanding restoration of trash collection and other public services and an end to government corruption. At the root of the turmoil: the politics of religious identity.

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VIDEO: Chris Hedges Looks at Violence Against Blacks With Revolutionaries Eddie Conway, Ojore Lutalo

In this week’s episode of his TeleSUR show “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges speaks with former Black Panther Eddie Conway and former Black Liberation Army member Ojore Lutalo about the state’s response to the uprisings in the black community during the 1960s and ’70s and how that applies to the Black Lives Matter protests today.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Baltimore Police, Protesters React After Freddie Gray Funeral

“When he picked him up off the ground, the man couldn’t move,” a protester says to a Baltimore police officer about the incident in which Gray’s spine was severed while in police custody. “He couldn’t move.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Animal Kingdom Has Been Up to Some Freaky Sexual Antics Lately

Some seals have taken a liking to sex with penguins while an octopus was found to have strangled its lover; meanwhile, 2014 was filled with protests and strikes along with technology failures. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Obama Authorizes Sanctions Against Venezuelan Socialists

The American president has signed legislation that freezes assets and revokes travel visas belonging to Venezuelan officials who stand accused of violating the human rights of opponents of the South American nation’s socialist government.

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‘A Call For Justice Shouldn’t Offend or Disrespect Anybody; It Shouldn’t Warrant an Apology’

Some people are a bit peeved at the fact that protests against injustices such as the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice are causing traffic or getting in the way of their holiday shopping. Or worse yet, seeping into professional sports.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Protesters Bring Reality to Black Friday Shopping Sprees

Interrupting America’s shopping frenzy on the sacred capitalist holiday of Black Friday, protesters flooded malls and Walmarts from Ferguson to Los Angeles, bringing news of racism and labor exploitation.

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Hong Kong, the Hard Part: Kick Out U.S., Build National Consensus

What does U.S. involvement mean for the credibility of the protest movement and the future of Hong Kong? How should Hong Kong activists respond?

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Hong Kong Students Protest for Democracy

Amid a weeklong strike, thousands of college students in Hong Kong boycotted classes Monday to protest the Beijing government’s decision to limit electoral reforms.

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NYC Climate Demo: Top 5 Massive Rallies That Had No Effect

I am all for demonstrating and admire everyone who came out in New York City on Sunday to demand that world leaders deal urgently with climate change, but I just do have to point out that holding large rallies doesn’t always result in political change.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE


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London Prepares to Water-Cannon Protesting Youth

Britain’s austerity government is expanding its means of subduing an increasingly discontented student population.

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Egyptian Demonstrators Killed in Anniversary Protest

At least 54 people were killed in clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Egypt on the third anniversary of the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

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Ukrainian Protests Persist Despite ‘Orwellian’ Surveillance, Violence

Clashes between the Ukrainian government and demonstrators continued Friday, despite President Viktor Yanukovych offering to give a little ground. The government’s creative use of text messaging earlier in the week, not to mention violence, had something to do with the ongoing calls for regime change.

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Saudi Women’s Fight to Drive Will Go On

What started out as a global “drive-in” to protest Saudi Arabia’s laws against women behind the wheel turned into a feat for the courageous few who dared to start up their engines and defy authorities.

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Facebook May Join Forces With Police to Thwart Protests

Independent journalist Kenneth Lipp attended a law enforcement conference in Philadelphia on Monday in which he discovered that soon authorities may have control over what’s posted on social media sites. This includes allowing people to plan demonstrations using sites such as Facebook.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE


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Protests Rage Against Colombia’s Economic Policies

Students and labor unions armed with pots and pans marched alongside miners, truckers, coffee growers, milk producers and potato farmers in a general strike in Colombia on Thursday, where hard laborers have to endure such difficulties as high fuel prices and free trade agreements that farmers say have brought them to the edge of bankruptcy.

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Ignoring the Social Costs of Austerity Is Dangerous for Greek Leaders

The financial governing authorities classed as the “troika” are obsessed with budget targets rather than human needs, and needs are what protests underway in Greece on Tuesday are all about, writes Helena Smith, Greek correspondent for The Guardian.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Biggest Demonstrations in Egyptian History: Millions Demand Morsi Step Down

The Egyptian military estimated that “millions” of Egyptian demonstrated on Sunday to demand early presidential elections, only one year into the four-year term of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The nationwide rallies were, the military said, the largest in Egyptian history.

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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Turkish Doctors Threatened for Aiding Protesters

Turkish physicians and other health professionals who started administering treatment to protesters at Istanbul’s Gezi Park became the target of repression this week as the Health Ministry forbade them to do their jobs.

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Embattled Turkish PM Gives Protesters 24 Hours

Although Turkey’s government has been criticized for harsh tactics dealing with the demonstrators who have occupied central Istanbul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed Wednesday, “We have not responded to punches with punches.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Cairo Burning: The Great Soccer Riots of 2013 and the Revolution

A new round of violence was sparked by an appeals court ruling on soccer violence from a year ago, but was wrought up with post-revolutionary passions and divisions in Egypt

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Missouri City Attempts to Thwart Westboro Baptist Church Protests

A St. Louis suburb has become the latest municipality to enact an ordinance geared toward ending hateful protests like the ones for which the controversial Westboro Baptist Church is known.

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