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Day Of Protest Against Police Brutality

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Today was the 19th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. People protested against intensified police killings and abuse, torture conditions inflicted on tens of thousands of incarcerated people, widespread use of solitary confinement, mass incarceration and young people being treated like criminals, “guilty until proven innocent.” Continuing the defiant protests going on in Ferguson, MO in response to the police killing of Michael Brown, people from coast to coast participated in the heightened resistance to police murder all across the country. Against this backdrop, people in more than 50 cities across the United States took to the streets and protested in other ways. From Atlanta to Oakland, hundreds turned out with a strong message and strong actions – shutting down highways and marching past police barricades. Here are some of the best moments in photos and tweets from the actions:

Palestine News Websites Knocked Offline By Internet Attackers

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The Electronic Intifada was forced offline for more than six hours on Monday by a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. This came days after IMEMC (International Middle East Media Center), another Palestine-focused online publication, was subjected to a similar attack. A DDoS attack “is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources,” according to Digital Attack Map, a website sponsored by Google that tracks such attacks. “They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.” DDoS attacks do not require a breach of a target’s own security but rather assault it from the outside – though they do rely on breaches of security on other people’s computers.

Green Politician Jenny Jones Arrested In Occupy London Protest

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Police erected a 2 metre metal fence around much of Parliament Square on Tuesday and arrested 15 demonstrators including Green party peer Jenny Jones. Lady Jones, 64, chairwoman of the London assembly’s economy committee and deputy chair of its police and crime committee, was arrested for “obstructing police” as they moved in to break up the demonstration. She was “de-arrested” after giving details suitable for a summons.The politician could now face prosecution, Scotland Yard said. “The evidence in this case will be considered and a decision made whether to proceed with a prosecution,” a Met spokesperson said. Jones had been to see what was happening at the Occupy London protest on Tuesday morning after her office had been contacted by protesters complaining about heavy-handed police tactics.

Journalist Continues With ‘Occupy Africa Unity Square’ Protest

Itai Dzamara has continued leading the “Occupy Africa Unity Square” protest in the capital Harare - See more at: http://nehandaradio.com/2014/10/21/journalist-continues-occupy-africa-unity-square-protest/#sthash.jvKG2tOl.dpuf

Dzamara who is the editor of The News Leader newspaper was arrested Friday after he called on President Robert Mugabe to step down in a petition that was delivered to the presidential Munhumutapa Offices in Harare. Africa Unity Square is a few blocks away from Mugabe’s offices. On Tuesday Dzamara wrote “we occupied Africa Unity Square today, yet again forced the state to respond, and, yet again, demonstrated our goodwill by agreeing to negotiate. We are the people! We are the numbers!” Dzamara said up to 50 people made themselves available and openly grouped with them as they occupied the square, starting from around 9am in the morning. Police deployed almost 70 members in heavy riot gear.

Negotiations, Concessions Led To End Of Occupy SLU Protest

Protesters gather around the Saint Louis University campus clock tower early Monday after a march through the streets of St. Louis, protesting against the recent shootings of two young black men by law enforcement officers.   ¦  DAVID CARSON/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.

For six days last week, protesters lived in tents near St. Louis University’s clock tower, flying an upside-down American flag and talking to students as they walked by about inequality and systemic racism. For many on campus, Occupy SLU was a polarizing event that garnered support from a significant number of people on campus, confused others and triggered hostility from many, including some parents, who wanted the protesters gone. The latter group got their wish on Saturday when protesters packed up their tents and left. What seemed like an abrupt ending to a protest that many people suspected could linger for several weeks, was actually the result of negotiations between SLU’s new president and protest organizers.

Grandmother Charged With Harassment For Speaking About Fracking

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At 78 and on full-time oxygen, Grzinzic says she can’t make it out to the township meetings to comment about the appeal, or down to Williamsport for a deposition with Chesapeake’s lawyers. So she gave a letter to Carolyn Knapp, from neighboring Ulster Township, to take to the Smithfield board that designated Knapp as her representative at public meetings. “I just can’t sit and do nothing about it. This is my home,” Grzinzic says. “We bought nightcrawlers for the kids to feed to the fish, because they’re pets, and now we’re going to lose that too.” But when Knapp presented the letter from Grzinzic to the supervisors at the October Smithfield Twp. meeting during public comment, supervisor Russel Burkett refused to allow Knapp to speak, stating that she’s not a taxpaying resident of Smithfield. Knapp and Burkett made emotional exchanges, and Knapp informed him she had a legal standing to speak.

Tell EPA To Stop Toxic Legacy Of Uranium Mill

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The Grand Canyon Trust has been pressing on multiple fronts to ensure that the White Mesa Uranium Mill – the only operating uranium mill in the United States – operates in full compliance with all laws designed to protect public and environmental health. The White Mesa Mill is located just three miles from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s White Mesa community, on Highway 191. It is also located less than 15 miles from both Bluff and Blanding, Utah. The White Mesa Uranium Mill processes uranium from mines across the Colorado Plateau, and also extracts uranium from radioactive waste that is imported from toxic sites across North America. Now EPA has proposed a lax new regulation that will apply to the White Mesa Uranium Mill. EPA’s proposed regulation will threaten public health by eliminating enforceable emission standards for radon, reducing the amount of required reporting and monitoring, and delaying reclamation of the White Mesa Mill site.

National Day To Stop Criminalization Of a Generation

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Protests on October 22 against intensified police killings, tortuous conditions being inflicted on tens of thousands of incarcerated people, and young people treated like criminals, guilty until proven innocent if they can survive to prove their innocence, will mark 19 years of the annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. Continuing defiant protests in Ferguson, MO, in response to the police killing of Michael Brown are part of heightened resistance to police murder all across the country. Against this backdrop, people in more than 38 cities across the U.S. are planning to take to the streets and act in other ways on Wednesday. The Organization for Black Struggle has called for civil disobedience outside the jail where people arrested in Ferguson have been imprisoned.

Police Get Mike Brown Mural Removed In Trenton

A mural depicting Ferguson teen Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police earlier this year, was removed from a gate on the corner of North Broad and Hanover Streets on Monday Oct. 20, 2014 after concerns from police. (Jenna Pizzi / Times of Trenton)

TRENTON – A mural was painted over Monday afternoon after Trenton police expressed concern that the painting, depicting Michael Brown, a Ferguson, Mo., teen who was fatally shot by police in August, sent the wrong message about community and police relations. The painting depicted Brown’s face with the caption “Sagging pants … is not probable cause.” Will “Kasso” Condry, the artist behind the mural, said he wanted to start a conversation about racial profiling. The Trenton Downtown Association elected to remove the image after hearing concern from police officers that the mural sends a negative message about the relationship between police and the community. The mural was painted by artists from the Sage Coalition about two weeks ago on a gate covering the entrance to a vacant storefront on the corner of North Broad and Hanover streets to cover an illegal advertisement for a nearby liquor store.

Respected Activist Investigated Soldiers’ Disappearances, Jailed In Russia

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MOSCOW (AP) — A veteran activist who investigated the deaths and disappearances of Russian soldiers in Ukraine has been jailed, an advocacy group said Saturday. Ten Russian troops were captured in August in eastern Ukraine amid fighting between pro-Moscow separatists and Ukrainian troops after weeks of Moscow denying involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. Authorities insisted the captured soldiers got lost while patrolling the border, and the deaths were accidental and happened in Russia. The Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg, a highly respected non-governmental organization with a long history of working to defend the rights of soldiers, said Saturday that its colleague in southern Russia who was investigating the deaths and disappearances was detained on Friday.

Acting Against Drones: A Global Movement For All

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As a young American student I am appalled by the war-mongers who continue to drop bombs, and use killer drones in over seven countries over a six year period. I will not stand by as my government continues to fuel the military-industrial complex that endangers the lives of so many. As a result, I am involved with a group of young activists with CODEPINK that launched a Youth Manifesto declaring that there is No Future in War. I urge my peers to take action against the individuals that use the drone industry to fill their pockets and demand that there is greater transparency on the real motives United States engages in military interventions. We deserve better. The world deserves better. And together we can reclaim our future.

Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World’s Largest Coal Port

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UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 2014 (IPS) – Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries. The 30 warriors joined a flotilla of hundreds of Australians in kayaks and on surfboards to delay eight of the 12 shipsscheduled to pass through the port during the nine-hour blockade, which was organised with support from the U.S.-based environmental group 350.org. “Fifteen years ago, when I was going to school, you could walk in a straight line. Now you have to walk in a crooked line because the beach has eroded away.” — Mikaele Maiava

Smashing Pumpkin Protest At Prosecutor's Office

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Protesters approached the St. Louis County Justice Center while holding pumpkins marked “racism,” “police brutality” and “white privilege.” They planned to smash the pumpkins in front of the police station to make a point about the disparity in media coverage of primarily white college students rioting in Keene, New Hampshire, and media coverage of reaction in Ferguson, Missouri, to white police officer Darren Wilson who killed an unarmed black teenager named Mike Brown. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that protest organizer Derek Laney was arrested “after he held the pumpkin” over his head and “decried the shooting” of Brown before smashing the pumpkin “at the feet of officers stationed about 10 feet from the Justice Center door.” He protested the fact that Keene State College students were called “unruly” or “drunken revelers” and accused of merely “causing a ruckus” while community residents upset in Ferguson were labeled “rioters” or “thugs.”

Police Move To Clear Occupy Protesters From Parliament Square

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Police made one arrest after hundreds of officers converged on Parliament Square in London on Sunday night in an attempt to remove Occupy Democracy protesters. A Metropolitan police spokesman said that officers were enforcing a notice to desist. The demonstrators, who were in the third day of occupying the square, were given 30 minutes to leave or face arrest. Possessing items that could be used for sleeping in Parliament Square was made illegal under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. One protester used a smartphone to send a live video stream of the eviction to the Bambuser website as others condemned the police action on social media. An Occupy spokeswoman described the police action as “absolutely crazy”. She said offficers told them that they could not sit on tarpaulins, which were deemed to be “structures”.

Mexican Activist Killed On Air During Radio Show In Mazatlan

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Two gunmen walked into a radio station and killed a local activist while he was presenting his weekly radio programme, prosecutors in the northern Mexico state of Sinaloa said. It was the first on-air killing in recent memory in Mexico. The victim, Atilano Román Tirado, headed a group of about 800 farm families whose lands were flooded by dam construction several years ago. His group, the Displaced Persons of Picachos – named after the dam – has been demanding compensation for the land. Román Tirado had a weekly variety programme on Fiesta Mexicana,a local radio station in the Pacific port of Mazatlan. In past years the Picachos movement had staged blockades and protest marches, which had resulted in arrests. Sinaloa state prosecutors said two men walked into the station on Saturday and asked for Román Tirado. The station is in a building that also houses the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlan.