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FOIA & PRA Resources

  Freedom of Information Act and Public Records Act Requests are an important tool to help the public understand what our government in doing behind closed doors. Power Point Presentations: FOIA Basics (Shawn Musgrave) How to Structure Public Records Requests (Drew Hendricks) How to Analyze Public Records (Drew Hendricks) Videos: “Declassifying Government And Undermining A…

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Occupy Eugene protesters’ 1st Amendment rights violated when hours limited, judge rules

September 12th, 2014

A federal judge in Eugene has found that a government agency infringed on protesters’ First Amendment rights when it limited the hours Occupy Eugene activists could demonstrate in a plaza in downtown Eugene.

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Protesters Charged with Lynching

September 9th, 2014

California prosecutors have charged pro-immigration activists with “Lynching” and it’s not the first time that charge has been used against protesters.

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Free Speech for the Courteous!

September 9th, 2014

This fall, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. So it seemed like a good thing when Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dicks sent around a memo on the meaning of free speech to the entire campus community. Except that it wasn’t.

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Does institutional racism undermine African American citizens’ right to dissent?

September 5th, 2014

Was a a community mourning a slain teenager really more of a threat than a group of armed men with a clearly-stated hatred for the government? Or did the race of the protesters play a role in the vastly different police response to these two situations?

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Fall Legislative Preview

September 4th, 2014

Expectations for Congress are particularly low this fall, as members are focused more on mid-term elections than finding any sort of solution to the pressing problems facing the country. Still, the outcry over police conduct in Feguson may push members to take steps to restrict equipment flowing from the Pentagon to towns across America, and Senator Leahy may have found the sweet spot for legislation that reigns in NSA mass spying just enough to gain the support of the civil liberties community while giving the Intelligence community the leeway it says it needs.

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Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt calls on U-Illinois not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies

September 1st, 2014

Chandler Davis, who refused to testify before HUAC and was fired from the University of Michigan writes to the Chancellor of the University of Illinois, “I write from a rich experience of attacks on academic freedom; I have seen the damage that enforcing conformity can do to intellectual life.”

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Activists Sound Alarm as More Police Departments Consider Using Drones

August 28th, 2014

Police departments in the U.S. are increasingly considering the use of drones as a law enforcement tool, even as civil rights groups and media turn up scrutiny of police militarization in the wake of brutal crackdowns on anti-brutality protesters in Ferguson, Missouri and other cities.

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The Danger of America’s Police is the Mindset, Not Military Weapons

August 28th, 2014

The Aug. 9 killing of a defenseless 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was depressingly familiar. Nearly a hundred unarmed black people are killed by cops every year in the United States. Few stir the national conscience despite the often shady circumstances of their deaths. Police impunity is the norm, with one study finding 99.8 percent of 1,500 officers involved in killing civilians were never convicted of criminal charges.

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