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    What does the police killing of a homeless man in San Francisco have to do with the Arab Spring uprisings from Tunisia to Syria? The attempt to suppress the protests that followed. In our digitally networked world, the ability to communicate is increasingly viewed as a basic right. Open communication fuels revolutions — it can take down dictators. When governments fear the power of their people, they repress, intimidate and try to silence...
    August 17, 2011 | Columns & Articles
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    The operators of the San Francisco area subway system are facing intense criticism for temporarily cutting off underground cell phone and mobile-internet service at four stations in an attempt to foil a protest. On Thursday, authorities with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) removed power to underground cell phone towers at four stations to disrupt a protest against the recent death of Charles Hill, a homeless man who was shot dead on a train...
    August 16, 2011 | Story
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    On Monday, officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) were forced to close four train stations during the evening rush hour as free speech advocates attempted to disrupt the evening commute. The protest was called by the activist hacker group Anonymous in retaliation for BART’s decision to shut down cell phone and mobile-internet service at four stations last week in an effort to disrupt a protest over the shooting of a homeless...
    August 16, 2011 | Story
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    We broadcast from Las Vegas, the site of the Netroots Nation convention, where thousands of people have gathered and social media is the watchword of the day. We host a roundtable discussion on social media with Aimee Allison, founder of OaklandSeen; hip-hop journalist and activist, Davey D; and Cheryl Contee, aka Jill Tubman, co-founder of the political blog "Jack and Jill Politics." [includes rush transcript]
    July 23, 2010 | Story
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    Scores of people were arrested in Oakland, California, Thursday night in protests over the verdict in the Oscar Grant shooting. Grant was the unarmed twenty-two-year-old African American man who was shot dead by Johannes Mehserle, a white transit officer, on an Oakland train platform on New Year’s Day 2009. A jury in Los Angeles convicted Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter, but he was acquitted on the more serious charges of second-degree...
    July 09, 2010 | Story
  • A former transit officer in Oakland, California has been arrested on murder charges in connection to the killing of Oscar Grant, an unarmed African American man who was shot dead while he was lying face down on the ground on the train platform. The shooting gained international attention after cell phone videos of the killing were posted on YouTube by train passengers. The killing sparked a series of protests in what has been described by some...
    January 15, 2009 | Story
  • On March 30 of this year Ray Quan, a mechanic with Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in Oakland, CA and a longtime unionactivist, was suspended without pay or a hearing. BART management contended that Quon threatened a supervisor in anarticle he wrote for the newsletter "Odds and Ends," (which he has self-published for the last eight years) and senthim home under the guise of the "Violence in the Workplace Program."
    May 22, 2001 | Story