articles tagged "Protests"

Recent Citations Given To Protestors Spark Controversy Over First Amendment

Monday, 14 January 2013 | buzz
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Since former Marine, David Erwin, took over as chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police, the capital police have issued over 118 citations to protesters inside the state capital. Wisconsin Attorney General, J.B. Van Hollen (R), believes that these citations are not in violation of the first amendment. In this interview, on January 14th 2012, Donald Downs, Professor of political science, law, and journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaks with Brian Standing about the attorney generals stance on these cases and what the constitutional implications could be.     more »

Jason Huberty – Wisconsin State Capitol

Thursday, 13 December 2012 | buzz
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On Thursday, December 13, our host Tony Castaneda speaks with “the most arrested man in Madison,” Jason Huberty. Jason, a political activist, has maintained a steady presence at the State Capitol, receiving 19 citations, around $200 per citation, till date. Although thirteen citations have been dismissed, there are still six that remain. Since July, 112 citations have been issued in total at the Capitol.   Jason explains what the presence around the capital is like. Since March 2011, a solidarity sing-along has taken place each weekday, either within the Capitol Rotunda or outside. The Department of Administration, which sets the rules for how the Capitol is run, has issued that groups of four or more must obtain a permit to hold an event inside the Capitol. Jason reports that there has been a drop in attendance at the Capitol since the new rules have been instated.   Jason explains the change that he has seen since people began protesting in March 2011, “People who came down last year in February and March, they saw a lot of cooperation between everyone who was down there. I’d say that’s still the case, but now, when you go to the Capitol, you don’t know whether or not you’re going to get a ticket, simply for being there. And that’s happened to several people who’ve never had police contact, not while they’re at the Capitol, they’ve just been there exercising their right to speech and peaceably assemble.”   They also discuss the amount of resources the state spends on ticketing and pursuing the individuals at the Capitol. Jason has observed at least ten police officers posted each day, monitoring the solidarity singers, four Department of Justice Attorneys General who are prosecuting the cases; twenty local lawyers and forty citizens involved with the cases. The National Lawyers Guild in Madison helps people find attorneys that are willing to help the individuals who have been cited. Since Chief Erwin has become the Chief of the Capitol Police, Jason says, the number police officers present at the Capitol to monitor the solidarity singers and protestors has grown.   A Bake Sale will be held this Saturday, December 15 at the fountain on State Street to help raise funds for the direct legal costs to those going to trial.   Visit the Facebook page – Solidarity Sing Along   Listen to the interview: more »

Climate Change

Monday, 3 December 2012 | buzz
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On Monday December 3, our host Linda Jameson spoke with student activist Emmy Burns about climate change. Emmy Burns is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying environmental studies and geography. They spoke about the steps the Madison community can take to combat or respond to climate change. 350 Madison, a local action group of 350 tackling climate change, has recently established a student chapter on the UW-Madison campus: Climate Action 350 at UW-Madison. The student chapter has begun a campaign to prompt the UW Foundation to divest their investment of roughly 2 billion dollars from oil, coal, and natural gas. “350” refers to the permissible limit of carbon dioxide that can safely be in the atmosphere; specifically, the parts per million of carbon that can be present in the atmosphere at a safe level. Currently, the level is at 392. Clean Wisconsin and 350.org had recently brought climate change spokesperson Bill McKibbens to speak in Madison about the math of climate change.   Explains Emmy, “That is how we can make our difference here in Madison. The companies have so much political capital because of all their money. If just the UW Foundation divests, that’s not going to put a huge dent in their profits. But if we can create a domino effect across the country, and there are already hundreds of campuses that have these divestment campaigns underway, together its going to make a difference. These fossil fuel companies make their money from people who buy stock. If we can devalue their assets, hopefully over time that will translate to less political power.”   The group has been collecting petition signatures addressed towards the UW Foundation, calling for a freeze on all new investments in fossil fuels, and a complete divestment of all fossil fuel holdings within the next five years. They have collected 1,000 signatures so far. They will hold a peaceful march to deliver the signatures to the President of the UW Foundation on Monday, December 3 at 9:30 AM.   The protestors will gather at Union South at 9:30 AM; they will meet to march towards the UW Foundation, where they will gather at 9:45 AM.   Read more about Divestments here. Visit 350 Madison. Visit 350.org.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Elections in Egypt

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | A Public Affair

Cynthia Lin interviewed The Real News correspondent Jihan Hafiz about her experiences in Cairo during the elections. Egypt’s historical presidential elections took place on May 23rd and May 24th. This Tuesday, Cynthia discussed with Jihan Hafiz the implications of the election in the context of revolution and the desire for deeper change in Egypt. Follow The Real News Network’s coverage of the Egyptian Elections: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php To listen to the full interview with Jihan Hafiz: more »

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