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  • Fruitvale-1
    Watch Democracy Now!'s interview with the director of the feature film, "Fruitvale Station," which opens in theaters nationwide this week. "I've seen these kind of things happen before, instances of police brutality and instances of urban violence, and people riot and rally," Ryan Coogler told Democracy Now! when we spoke to him at the Sundance Film Festival. "I felt that myself, as an artist and as a...
    Jul 12, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Ryan_coogler-fuitvale
    "Fruitvale" tells the story of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot dead by a transit police officer in Oakland on New Year’s Day in 2009. On Saturday, the film won both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. First-time, 26-year-old director Ryan Coogler accepted the prizes at the Sundance awards ceremony. [includes...
    Jan 28, 2013 | Story
  • Fruitvale-1
    It was four years ago this month that Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American, was shot to death by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on New Year’s Day in Oakland, California. Portraying the last day of his life, the new dramatic film "Fruitvale" has become one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. We’re joined by the director, 26-year-old first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler,...
    Jan 25, 2013 | Story
  • Oakland_wounded_web
    Oakland police repeatedly fired tear gas and flash grenades Tuesday night as protesters attempted to retake the Occupy Oakland encampment outside City Hall—only 12 hours after police tore apart the camp and arrested more than 90 people in a pre-dawn raid. Observers said that at times the downtown resembled a war zone last night. Some protesters are being held on $10,000 bail. We speak to Rachel Jackson of the Oscar Grant Committee Against...
    Oct 26, 2011 | Story
  • 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...
    Aug 17, 2011 | Columns & Articles
  • Bart-protest
    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...
    Aug 16, 2011 | Story
  • Morelloboots3web
    As part of our ongoing series on music and resistance, we speak to Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Boots Riley of The Coup. Their band Street Sweeper Social Club has just released a new record, The Ghetto Blaster EP. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 14, 2010 | Story
  • Netroots-social-media
    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]
    Jul 23, 2010 | Story
  • Oscargrantweb
    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...
    Jul 09, 2010 | Story
  • Timeline_9-8-2009_ben_jealous
    We speak with Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP about Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement that efforts are being made to reshape the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the case of Georgia death row prisoner Troy Davis, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP and more. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 08, 2009 | Story