Whirly Bird hovers like a copter, and gazes in your window. He passes for a hummingbird although his tiny eyes are lenses. There’s nothing not subverted now, recruited for the art of war. He hovers like a copter and when he whirs away you’ll never know if he is just an iridescent little bird like […]
No matter who Freddy Batt Sosa was, the 22-year-old’s shooting death by Tucson police in May two years ago deserves a more thorough public accounting than it has received. Because there is no government release or, in some cases, required accounting of the number of people killed by police in the U.S., journalist D. Brian […]
Good evening mayor, council, workers, & audience members. Thank you for sharing your time and attention. I’m Mary DeCamp, a local activist. No permanent residence; more a butterfly approach to landing here and there, sampling the neighborhood nectars, as it were. I’m not paid to speak for anyone, yet I have the audacity to think […]
The precursor to whistle-blowing on the government’s surveillance of its citizens was the 1971 burglary of an FBI outpost in the sleepy town of Media, Pennsylvania. Information leaked to the national press detailed spying operations on anti-war dissidents. While this news dominated headlines in print and on television, an unprecedented search for the burglars was […]
Read John Cooper’s full letter to Tucson’s Mayor and Council—Ed The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to […]
Photos of the “Safe Park” encampment of the activist homeless at Veinte de Agosto Park at Church and Congress in downtown Tucson. See also What Does a Homeless Protest Look Like?
This is how we like to see a confrontation with the police go down. On December 29, 2014, Occupy Public Land activist John Cooper engaged police officers outside of Veinte de Agosto Park in a conversation. The police were attempting to arrest people for being within ten feet of a Tucson bus bench, but Cooper […]