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Photos and Videos from the StopWatching.US DC Rally

8:15 am in Uncategorized by Brian Sonenstein

On Saturday, October 26th, protesters gathered in Washington DC to speak out against the NSA’s illegal dragnet surveillance tactics. StopWatching.Us organizers estimated 2,000 people attended the DC rally alone, with several rallies taking place across the world from San Francisco to Germany.

FDL journalist Kevin Gosztola and I attended the rally. Below are a collection of photos and videos we took.

LIVESTREAM: Medical Marijuana Rally Outside Obama’s Oakland Fundraiser

8:22 am in Uncategorized by Brian Sonenstein

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Today at 12pm Pacific, medical marijuana patients, caregivers and supporters will gather outside a fundraiser for President Obama at Oakland’s Fox Theater to protest the administration’s multi-agency war on pot.

Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, one of the nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries (serving thousands of patients) is one of the organizations calling for this action. Harborside has been a prime target of the Obama administration’s war on medical marijuana, and just this month, the federal government threatened to seize their property “under federal laws prohibiting the distribution of marijuana.”

If you’re in the Oakland area, please head down and show your support, or you can make a last-minute contribution to help Just Say Now target supporters in the area with Facebook ads, urging them to attend. As Jane wrote, “…we firmly believe that elections are the time when candidates are the most responsive to the needs of the constituents whose votes they hope to woo,” and with only a few months until November, this an excellent opportunity for the marijuana community to express those needs.

From Harborside Health Center’s action alert:

Dear Harborside Supporter,

Our Time is NOW! A Call to Action:

Watch Steve DeAngelo’s Call to Action

Last October CA’s four US Attorney’s announced a crackdown on medical cannabis, saying they would target organizations using medical cannabis as a shield for criminal activity and profiteering. But the list of those actually targeted reads like an honor role of the most legitimate and legally compliant medical cannabis providers in the state.

On July 9th, Harborside Health Center was added to that list, when federal agents taped a notice of property forfeiture to our front doors. This action was a major escalation by US Attorney Melinda Haag, who previously had said she would focus enforcement actions on dispensaries that too close to schools, or out of compliance with state law

Ms. Haag failed to cite even one specific act of wrongdoing on the part of Harborside. The only reason she gave for moving against us is that we are too large. But the reason we have become so large is because we have provided patients with the very highest level of care, and have meticulously obeyed state law and local regulations.

Help stop the Federal attacks on the medical cannabis community!

Join us
MONDAY, JULY 23 at 12:00pm
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

Please tweet using hashtag #SaveHarborside

WATCH: Protest For Bradley Manning, NYC City Hall

7:21 am in Uncategorized by Brian Sonenstein

On April 7th, I attended a rally for Bradley Manning on the steps of City Hall in downtown Manhattan.

According to the press release (see below), “The Rally for Information Freedom,” was sponsored by a coalition of groups, journalists, lawyers and activists all deeply concerned with the actions of our government and the relative media silence that has since followed.

I was able to take a few pictures and some footage of the protestors and speakers. There was a pretty good turn out; I’d estimate about 50 or so people showed up, many of them filming and snapping pictures as well.

And here are a few videos of some of the speakers in attendance (apologies for my shaky camera work, I was trying to snap photos at the same time!):
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