Ten climate change activists, who pled not guilty to disorderly conduct charges, were found innocent in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday, but not for reasons they had originally sought. Nonetheless, they believe they helped set a powerful legal precedent for the climate movement.
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The US should not only continue negotiations with Iran but also examine Israel’s criminal treatment of Palestinians.
Standing in front of the Fall River Justice Center, in a group of about a dozen protesters who held signs and made impassioned pleas to reform a criminal justice system they said discriminates against people of color, Everett Hoagland told the gathering he'd like to go “old-school.” By that he meant leading an improvised protest chant.
“I went down to the demonstration to get my fair share of abuse,” sang the Rolling Stones.
They could have been singing about New York during the Republican National Convention in 2004, when police used mass arrests against anti-war protesters who thronged the streets of Manhattan. More than 1,800 protesters, bystanders and journalists, including this writer, were jailed during the late-summer convention. I was arrested while doing my job of documenting a peaceful protest with pen and camera.
Since Jan. 16, when Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the ICC, opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine, Israel has forced the resignation of the head of the United Nations inquiry into Operation Protective Edge and called on members of the tribunal to cut funding to the court. “So long as any institution for the prosecution of war crimes exists, the Israeli state knows that under any system of justice it’s their leaders and officials that are going to be facing prosecution for their ongoing and systematic war crimes against the Palestinian people,” said Charlotte Kates, the coordinator for the National Lawyers Guild International Committee.
OAKLAND — No charges were filed Tuesday morning against more than 180 people — many of whom were UC Berkeley students — arrested during protests in December and scheduled to appear in court.
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.
Undocumented people in Los Angeles area with minimal ties to criminal groups face trouble gaining status under new laws.