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The false media focus on violence: If it bleeds it still leads

On Sunday, August 27, in downtown Berkeley, I witnessed thousands of protesters raising their voices against a planned white supremacist “Patriot Prayer” rally. In my decades as a documentary filmmaker of activism and now an academic studying movements and media, it was one of the most positive, diverse and unifying gatherings I ever observed. While [...]

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Good Cop, Bad Cop at the DNC Protest

I was initially surprised at the demeanor of the police in Charlotte during the Wall Street South March on the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Having lived in North Carolina for 14 years, I always relish the cordiality when I return. But friendliness by cops at a protest? Last fall I had witnessed aggressive Oakland police in full [...]

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I’m on the Wall for being at the Mall

The Governments’ Digital Pictures of Protesters is not a Pretty Picture for Democracy I should be in court this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. Well, I am in a way, even though I’m writing this from Oakland, California. No, this isn’t science fiction or schizophrenia. It’s all about a sociogram. What’s that, you say? Let [...]

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Arrested Development – Occupy Style

Not Just a Bunch of Hippy Anarchist College Students Among the six of us, we have 15 kids. Meeting for the first time, we sat on the bench talking about our children. I have two, I said. Derrick has one daughter. Roger said he had four while Patrick boasted of eight children. No, this wasn’t [...]

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