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Tea Party backers outnumbered in Wisconsin budget demonstrations

February 19, 2011 by Source

By James Kelleher / Reuters / Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:55pm EST MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Supporters of legislation to reduce public employee union bargaining power and benefits in Wisconsin were far outnumbered by opponents on Saturday, as the two sides shouted competing slogans under clear skies. Tens of thousands have demonstrated throughout the week […]

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Riots in the Streets of Madison?

February 18, 2011 by Andy Cohen
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Of course, there are no riots. None. Not one. But that’s what the Right Wing talking heads want us all to believe. That’s what the Republican elected officials are telling us. They want us to think that those that are protesting newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker’s plan to eradicate the unions and squash the labor movement are wreaking havoc all over the state of Wisconsin. The right wingers—including Walker himself—want us to believe that it is necessary to call out the National Guard to quell the violent protests breaking out all over the state. They’re propagating the lie that the hospitals are filling with injured protesters and the jails are being overcrowded by the violent offenders who are taking part.

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San Diegans hold 3-day protest at insurance giant Blue Shield in Mission Valley

November 1, 2009 by Source
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“Is there anything scarier than thinking you might need medical care, and getting canceled by a health insurance corporation who spent your premiums on TV ads and lobbying?” asks San Diegan Mike Copass, co-organizer of a 45-hour haunt of Blue Shield’s office at 2275 Rio Bonito Way in Mission Valley.

The actions are part of a national groundswell of civil disobedience at health insurance company offices by people seeking to end insurance abuse and win health care for all. So far, 115 people have been arrested in 18 cities demanding “real health care reform that treats health care like a human right, not a commodity,” according to a press release issued by event organizers.

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The “Twitter Revolution” Meets the Tanks – Is Tehran facing a ‘Tiananmen Square Massacre’ – or an Iranian glasnost?

June 19, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

The next day in Iran is very critical. The country is at the breaking point. This morning in his prayer-speech, the chief cleric, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, came out swinging at the opposition movement that has been in the streets for the last week in support of their reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

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The Second Iranian Revolution? Masses turn out for banned rally – gov’t militia shoots into crowd

June 15, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Could this be the beginning of the Second Iranian Revolution? Today, Monday, June 15th – 100,000, 200,000 or perhaps 1 million people mobilized in the streets of Tehran, the capital, in a show of support for the reformist candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, who allegedly lost the recent election for president.

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Tensions Mount in Thailand as Protesters Continue Airport Sit-In

November 29, 2008 by Staff

At least 34 anti-government protesters in Thailand, who for months have occupied the prime minister’s office in Bangkok, have been injured in a grenade attack. The latest blast comes amid a standoff between police and thousands of demonstrators who have occupied Bangkok’s main airports, crippling the country’s tourism industry.

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Question for Commander of Army Brigade to Be Deployed for Domestic Operations: How Would You Have Handled the Protests at the Republican National Convention?

September 29, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Reposted due to popular demand I have questions for Col. Cloutier as he and I have special connections OCEAN BEACH, CA.  I have a question for the commander of the Army brigade that is being deployed within America for domestic operations, beginning October 1.  The commander of the Third Infantry Division, First Brigade, is actually […]

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Dissent under fire at the Republican National Convention

September 20, 2008 by Staff

By Lydia Howell / Special to the TC Daily Planet /  September 18, 2008 “Our right to protest the government and its policies is not ‘suspicious behavior’; it’s Constitutionally protected speech.” Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office I’ll admit it: since the Republican National Convention brought a militarized police occupation to St. […]

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Latest from St. Paul: pepper spray, tear gas & percussion grenades

September 2, 2008 by Staff

Posted by: Andy Sullivan / Reuters / September 2, 2008 The invigorating scent of pepper spray perfumed downtown St. Paul again on Tuesday. Police used percussion grenades, tear gas and pepper spray to push protesters out of downtown at the end of an otherwise peaceful march for poor people that drew more than 1,000 participants.he […]

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Michelle Obama makes them cry inside the Denver Democratic Convention & police make them cry outside

August 26, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Michelle Obama, wife of Barak, made them cry during her speech Monday night inside the Democratic Convention. And outside, the police fired pepper spray on a couple hundred protesters outside Monday night. In an emotional speech before the delegates, Michelle Obama proved to the country and the world how genuine she and her family are. […]

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Denver “Gitmo” Can Hold 400 Arrestees During Dem’s Convention

August 21, 2008 by Staff

by Judi Villa / Rocky Mountain News / Wed Aug 20, 2008 There won’t be razor wire, but anyone arrested during the Democratic National Convention will be held in locked chain-link cells in an old warehouse. he Denver County Sheriff’s Office unveiled the facility Wednesday, saying it was designed to mimic the functions of a […]

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Once Upon A Time….Musings on past & future GOP Conventions and things Generally Republican

July 9, 2008 by Doug Porter

Editor: Here is the latest post by Doug Porter, who has just recently returned to San Diego after a 30-year sojourn. Before he departed San Diego in the mid-1970’s, Doug worked on the Door, a San Diego alternative weekly. Back in the early part of that decade, he did much of the research and writing […]

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Media black-out of antiwar protests continues as demonstrators continue to protest 5th anniversary of Iraq war

March 19, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

ALERT: March 19th: We will be providing continuous updates of protests nation-wide today – click on home page above Activists gear up for March 19th protests while corporate media gear up to ignore those very protests This continues to be a most curious week: antiwar protests of the 5th anniversary of the US invasion and […]

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