'What is it we're trying to accomplish beyond disruption?'12:32 PM, Dec 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick explained on CNN that part of the point of protests yesterday in Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. was to be "disruptive."
The CNN host asked, "What is the goal here?"
"Such a great question," answered Patrick, "because, you know, yesterday in Boston we had demonstrations as well, and we went to great lengths to try to connect with the organizers to the extent they were organized to get a sense of what they needed so that we could accommodate the protests and respect that right. And they weren't interested in engagement because part of the point was to be disruptive.
"And I think it does beg some questions, what is it we're trying to accomplish beyond disruption? certainly part of it is to make sure people understand just how broadly the concern lies around being understood, and not being fearful, either as unarmed black men or as police, and that huge chasm of misunderstanding between the two has got to be bridged."
The Boston Herald characterized Patrick's remarks as chastisement. "Gov. Deval Patrick — the country’s only sitting black governor — today chastised the latest demonstrators to tie up the city in defense of two unarmed black men killed by police as being 'disruptive,'" the paper reports.
State police arrested 23 people yesterday — 15 men and eight women — predominantly on disorderly conduct charges in connection with demonstrations across the city that saw crowds chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “Eric Garner, Michael Brown, shut this racist system down.”
The march was intended to call attention to concerns about police treatment of minorities in the wake of the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the choking death of Eric Garner Staten Island, N.Y. both at the hands of police.
11:44 AM, Oct 20, 2014 • By ELLEN BORK
Representatives of the student led democracy protests in Hong Kong are due to enter into a dialogue with the Hong Kong government on Tuesday. The prospects for success are not good. The two sides are far apart, with the government saying it will not even discuss the protesters’ chief demand – the democratic election of the chief execut
The people of Hong Kong want a real say.Oct 13, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 05 • By CLAUDIA ROSETT
Should it matter to the rest of us that Hong Kong has erupted this past week with demonstrations for democracy? China’s rulers say this is an internal matter. Western leaders, while expressing concern, seem inclined to agree.
"He stressed that democracy is about more than elections."7:01 AM, Jul 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama called President Morsi of Egypt today to say that " the United States is committed to the democratic process in Egypt and does not support any single party or group." Obama "stressed that democracy is about more than elections," according to a readout of the call provided by the White House.
10:38 AM, Mar 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Protesters gathered at the American embassy in Amman, Jordan to signal opposition to the U.S. and President Barack Obama, according to the Jordan Times.
"Scores of Jordanians demonstrated on Thursday in front of the US embassy in Amman against US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Kingdom, according to news websites," the report reads.
11:03 AM, Dec 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, encouraged folks to "keep fighting!" after her side lost the labor dispute that will now give union members the right-to-work.
Matt Labash loves him some hatechickenAug 13, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 44 • By MATT LABASH
Last week, at the beach with my family, I deliberately ignored all newspapers. Not for the reason most people do—because print is dead. But because whenever I’m surrounded by salt -water, steamed crabs, and even mediocre fishing, I tend to hold that true happiness is having no idea what chronically bothered people are talking about.
10:33 AM, Nov 17, 2011 • By LEE SMITH
Opposition forces stormed the parliament yesterday after marching on the house of the prime minister, Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmed al-Sabah, to demand he resign.
2:33 PM, Aug 29, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The MacIver Insitute in Wisconsin put together this video about a union protest of a school in Wisconsin where Governor Scott Walker recently made an appearence. The building was vandalized, and the head of the exemplary school understandably worries about what example this protest sets for the children that attend the school:
11:02 AM, Jun 6, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
For the last several months, Syrians have been loudly protesting their own government. The regime, led by strongman Bashar al-Assad, has responded by killing its own citizens, including women and children, and shutting off channels of communication that the protesters have been utilizing (such as the Internet). According to the Boston Globe, "the continuing crackdown that has killed more than 1,000 people, with hundreds more rounded up in mass arrests."
10:41 AM, May 27, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last Friday, protesters in Syria burned Russian and Iranian flags as they took to the streets to speak out against the regime. Today's Friday, so protesters again took to the streets. This time, some were spotted burning pictures of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.