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NYC College Students Ponder Post-Garner Activism

NYU Students Die In
Village Voice
January 14, 2015

Dozens of students with their mouths taped shut holding vigil on the stairs of the NYU student center. Hundreds of students lying prone in a "die-in" at the Columbia University holiday tree lighting. Thousands of people marching down streets, blocking highways, and crossing bridges to protest the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Akai Gurley and the lack of indictments for the officers responsible. Tens of thousands flowing down Broadway behind an eight-panel artwork depicting Garner's eyes.

New Yorkers Denounce City Council Trip to Israel

NLG-NYC protest city council Israel trip Press TV
Press TV, New York
January 14, 2015
The trip, scheduled to take place in February will be all expenses paid, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the United Jewish Appeal, two pro-Israeli foundations that have a combined budget of over a billion dollars. 15 members of the New York City Council will participate, including Council speaker Melissa Mark-Vevirito. Representatives of various community organizations gathered to denounce the proposed trip, among them was Fatin Jarrara, from the New York City Al-Awda Right to Return Coalition.
 

The Noise Machine That Quells Dissent

LRAD Thor Benson NLG NYC
Truthdig
January 20, 2015

Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing. The Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), also called a “sound canon,” is a powerful, military-grade electronic megaphone that, in addition to broadcasting police commands, can be used to disperse crowds with a chirping noise reaching 162 decibels, 42 decibels above the level that can cause immediate and permanent hearing damage.

Arrested water warriors use trial to make shutoff strategy public

The Michigan Citizen
January 16, 2015

DETROIT — At an emotional press conference, Dec. 8, members of the Homrich 9 laid out the legal strategy they would pursue in their defense, and the moral foundations for the act of civil disobedience that led to their arrest.

Nine people were arrested July 18, after blocking the entryway of Homrich’s facility on E. Grand Blvd in Detroit, barring trucks from leaving to shut off water to Detroit residences.

NLG Mass Incarceration Committee Submits Public Comments to FCC on Prison Phone Rates

Prison calls by Charlie Reidel/AP
Tasha Moro, Communications Coordinator

The NLG Mass Incarceration Committee (MIC) submitted public comments to the FCC suggesting recommendations to reform Inmate Call Services (ICS), including: (1) Ban commissions and other payments to correctional facilities; (2) Cap the rate for all interstate and intrastate ICS phone calls; and (3) Eliminate ancillary charges.

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