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Occupy Protest Resources | ACLU of Massachusetts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 23, 2011 by cykros

The ACLU of Massachusetts is serious about protecting protesters’ First Amendment rights. See the following for a list of resources tailored to the current situation.

For general information on rights to protest and when permits are necessary, see ACLU of Massachusetts’ Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and Protests

For information on how to interact with police see the ACLU’s What to Do If You’re Stopped by the Police

For the right to take photographs and videotapes, see the ACLU’s Know Your Rights: Photographers. Bear in mind that the U.S. Court of Appeals recently affirmed that the First Amendment protects the right to videotape what the police are doing in public.

To assist with training legal observers, see the National Lawyers Guild’s Legal Observer Training Manual.

For common sense tips on surveillance and security, see the Ruckus Society’s Security Culture for Activists.

For an online Civil Disobedience Training which includes detailed information about what happens after a person gets arrested, see ACT UP’s website. A taped ACT UP Civil Disobedience Training is available here.

For the serious consequences that could be faced by non citizens if they get arrested during a demonstration, see our S-Comm page.

via Occupy Protest Resources | ACLU of Massachusetts.

So…spread this like wildfire.


The Importance of Solitude

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 9, 2011 by cykros



“There’s so much cultural anxiety about isolation in our country that we often fail to appreciate the benefits of solitude,” said Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at New York University whose book “Alone in America,” in which he argues for a reevaluation of solitude, will be published next year. “There is something very liberating for people about being on their own. They’re able to establish some control over the way they spend their time. They’re able to decompress at the end of a busy day in a city…and experience a feeling of freedom.” […]

With his graduate adviser and a researcher from the Forest Service at his side, Long identified a number of different ways a person might experience solitude and undertook a series of studies to measure how common they were and how much people valued them. A 2003 survey of 320 UMass undergraduates led Long and his coauthors to conclude that people felt good about being alone more often than they felt bad about it, and that psychology’s conventional approach to solitude — an “almost exclusive emphasis on loneliness” — represented an artificially narrow view of what being alone was all about.

“Aloneness doesn’t have to be bad,” Long said by phone recently from Ouachita Baptist University, where he is an assistant professor. “There’s all this research on solitary confinement and sensory deprivation and astronauts and people in Antarctica — and we wanted to say, look, it’s not just about loneliness!”

via The Importance of Solitude.

Good article.