December 2, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
China Bars U.S. Military From Hong Kong Ports Over Support For Protesters
China is barring U.S. Navy port calls and American military aircraft from visiting Hong Kong in retaliation for Washington's recent adoption of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act — legislation that supports pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
"China urges the U.S. to correct its mistake and stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs or interfering in China's other internal affairs by any word and act," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, according to the state-run media outlet Xinhua...
November 19, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
U.S. Senate Passes Hong Kong Democracy Bill, Drawing China’s Ire
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday aimed at supporting protesters in Hong Kong and warning China against a violent suppression of the demonstrations -- drawing a rebuke from Beijing.
China reiterated Wednesday a threat to impose unspecified retaliation if the bill became law and urged the U.S. to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs. Ma Zhaoxu, vice minister of foreign affairs in Beijing, later summoned William Klein, a U.S. embassy official, and raised strong objections about the bill. Separately, Hong Kong’s government expressed “extreme regret” and the legislation would negatively impact relations with the U.S...
November 14, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Racist incidents at Syracuse University prompt protest, response from New York governor
Racist graffiti was discovered in a building on the Syracuse University campus Wednesday, days after racial slurs were found in a residence hall in a separate incident that prompted a response from the governor of New York and a sit-in by students.
The Syracuse University Department of Public Safety said in a statement Thursday it is actively investigating a bias incident reported at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday...
November 7, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Protester arrested for alleged assault on EWU campus during clash with students
CHENEY, Wash. — A large group of counter-protesters gathered on the Eastern Washington University campus on Thursday afternoon in response to a few speakers who were protesting on campus.
Students on campus said the speakers were anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion. They held signs, including one that said "Worship Christ, God only shall you serve."...
October 28, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
‘Not welcome here’: protesters prepare for Trump Chicago visit
The last time Donald Trump came to Chicago, protesters forced the cancellation of a campaign rally. It was March 2016, and the reality TV star was on his way to becoming the Republican nominee for president. His events were already infamous for the violence they inspired in his supporters. The Friday evening rally on the campus of University of Illinois at Chicago, one of the most diverse colleges in the country, had a powder keg feel. It turned out even more chaotic than expected, marked by angry clashes between protesters and Trump supporters...
October 23, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Police In Riot Gear Arrest 14 Demonstrators Protesting Trump’s Visit To Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Four protests are planned today for President Donald Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh to speak at the Marcellus Shale Coalition Insight Conference downtown.
The first protest began at 9 a.m. at the Gateway Center T station in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.
The protesters marched from the T station over to Point State Park, where they blocked the roads near the Wyndham Hotel...
October 16, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
China slams ‘arrogant and dangerous’ U.S. over Hong Kong democracy bill as city’s dysfunction deepens
HONG KONG — China reacted angrily to the House of Representatives’ passage of a bill paving the way for sanctions against individuals who undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy, as pro-democracy lawmakers in the Asian financial hub prevented the city’s leader from delivering a much-anticipated policy speech in the legislature...
October 8, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Donald Trump’s Minneapolis Rally to be Met With Mass Protests: “America First’ is a Racist Lie’
A coalition of groups has announced it will be protesting against President Donald Trump's visit to Minneapolis, Minnesota, as he continues his 2020 re-election campaign.
Members from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union will hold demonstrate against Trump's political rally in a protest at the Target Center from 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10...
October 1, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Hong Kong Protester Shot by Police as National Day Demonstrations Descend Into Widespread Violence
HONG KONG—A police officer shot a young antigovernment protester in the chest during the worst day of violent unrest to hit Hong Kong in half a century, as Beijing celebrated the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in mainland China.
Video footage on Tuesday showed an officer firing his pistol at close range after Tsang Chi-kin, an 18-year-old high-school student, swung at him with a metal bar. Other footage showed the protester on the ground with blood spilling from his chest...
September 23, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Climate Protesters Snarl Traffic but Washington Still Goes to Work
WASHINGTON — Climate activists had pledged to bring the nation’s capital to a standstill Monday morning. That did not quite happen, but the blockades of major intersections, street dances and a smattering of arrests continued the effort by protesters to raise the profile of climate change as a political issue...
September 16, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Climate Strike N.Y.C.: 1.1 Million Can Skip School for Protest
When New York City announced that public school students could skip classes without penalties to join the youth climate strikes planned around the world on Friday, you could almost hear a sigh of relief.
Before the announcement, the protests, to be held three days ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit here, had thrown a new complication into the usual back-to-school chaos: With the protests framed as a cry to protect their futures from climate disaster, should students heed the call?...
September 12, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Greenpeace activists suspend themselves from Houston’s Fred Hartman Bridge to protest fossil fuel
Several environmental activists suspended themselves from the Fred Hartman Bridge in Houston Thursday morning to protest the use of fossil fuels and challenge Democratic presidential candidates preparing for the debate to hold the industry accountable.
Greenpeace USA, a non-governmental environmental organization, said in a tweet that they were demonstrating at the bridge to "confront" President Donald Trump and "the oil industry."...
September 4, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Hong Kong’s Leader, Carrie Lam, to Withdraw Extradition Bill That Ignited Protests
HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said Wednesday that the government would withdraw a contentious extradition bill that ignited months of protests in the city, moving to quell the worst political crisis since the former British colony returned to Chinese control 22 years ago...
August 26, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
In Hong Kong, Protest Photo Evokes Memories of Tiananmen Era
One man wore a white shirt and black trousers, and carried two shopping bags. He stared down a tank.
The other wore shorts and a tank top, and carried a furled umbrella. He stared down a police officer who had a weapon drawn.
The two photos are drawing comparisons as compelling images of outmatched citizens standing up to Chinese authority...
August 20, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Dolores Huerta among Fresno protesters handcuffed in county building. Here’s why
Eight protesters including Dolores Huerta were handcuffed and removed from the Fresno County Hall of Records on Tuesday following a protest to try to get raises for workers who take care of the elderly and disabled.
Wearing purple T-shirts, hundreds of people chanted and clanged cowbells in the hallway just outside of the chambers as the Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning...
August 11, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
US fencer takes knee at Pan Am Games in protest
A member of the U.S. men’s fencing team staged a national anthem protest at the Pan American Games, saying, “We must call for change.”
Race Imboden and two teammates were winners of gold in a team foil competition at the games in Lima, Peru, Friday and he took a knee on the podium at the medal ceremony...
August 2, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Students shut down major Montpelier intersection in climate protest
High schoolers shut down a key Montpelier intersection for almost an hour Friday, demanding an education that will prepare them for a “collapsing climate and economy.”
“The purpose of schools is to teach the skills and knowledge that students will need in their life,” said 15-year-old Iris Hsiang, a high schooler in Essex. “But now, those things are fundamentally changing.”...
July 22, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Puerto Rico Protests: Demonstrators Demand Governor’s Resignation
Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans filled miles of a major highway in San Juan on Monday in protest against Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló, who has resisted persistent calls for his resignation, in what appeared to be one of the largest demonstrations the island has seen...
July 9, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Eight arrested after protesters again target Utah’s Inland Port and clash with police
What began as a peaceful act of civil disobedience outside Salt Lake City Hall on Tuesday — with protesters holding giant sunflowers and poles depicting ducks, carrying signs decrying a massive development planned for the city’s northwest side — quickly devolved into violence...
July 2, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Protesters shut down traffic in Boston over detention centers
A lively and fast-moving stream of about 1,000 Jewish activists and others shut down traffic in the heart of the city during rush hour Tuesday evening, chanting, singing, and drumming to protest immigrant detention in the city and across the country...
June 25, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Wayfair walkout: Employees stage protest over company selling goods to detention camps
Employees of online furniture retailer Wayfair are planning to walk out of their jobs Wednesday to protest the company’s refusal to stop selling beds and other home goods to be used in camps for detained migrants.The walkout is the latest fallout from the growing tensions at the U.S. southern border, where a large surge of immigrants from Central America seeking asylum has resulted in a crisis, with six children dying in detention since September...
June 19, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Hundreds gather at Phoenix council meeting to protest police funding
Dozens of residents demanded the Phoenix City Council withhold police funding until action is taken against the officers involved in a viral arrest video. After hours of community comment, the council did not bow to the crowd's budget demands.Protesters packed the council chambers Wednesday afternoon on the heels of a heated "community listening session" Tuesday night...
June 13, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Dozens of officers injured during protest in Memphis after task force kills man
A driver wanted on multiple felony warrants attempted to ram law enforcement vehicles when officers with a regional U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force attempted to arrest him in Memphis' Frayser community about 7 p.m., Tennessee Bureau of Investigation public information officer Keli McAlister said. The man, who has not been publicly identified, then got out of the vehicle with a weapon, McAlister said...
June 4, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Protesters Hit London Streets, With a Giant Trump Balloon in Tow
LONDON — Flying the giant Trump baby balloon once again, Britons protesting President Trump’s state visit tried to bring central London to a standstill on Tuesday with demonstrations that they hoped would draw large crowds throughout the day...
May 21, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Across The Country, Protesters Rally To Stop States’ Abortion Bans
Abortion-rights advocates are holding rallies across the country Tuesday, protesting a wave of laws passed by states in recent weeks to severely restrict access to abortions.Organizers include the ACLU, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and NARAL Pro-Choice America. More than 400 events were planned for a national day of action outside statehouses and courts, united under the #StopTheBans moniker...
May 14, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
‘Get out of my uterus’: Rights advocates protest Alabama abortion bill as Senate passes ban
In the end, it wasn't a surprise to the dozens gathered outside of the Alabama Statehouse Tuesday night. The Alabama Senate passed a bill criminalizing abortion in nearly all cases, approving the most sweeping restrictions on the procedure in the United States and almost certainly guaranteeing a legal challenge...
May 6, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Protesters march against Chicago police union following dueling demonstrations over Kim Foxx and Jussie Smollett
Dozens of protesters gathered Monday afternoon at Union Park to rebuke Chicago’s police union and call for criminal justice reform.“We are here to call out the hypocrisy of FOP and declare that they are a racist organization and they must be shut down,” said the Rev. Kwame Pitts of Augustana Lutheran Church...
April 24, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Students walked out of class to protest police brutality. Here’s what happened
A sea of demonstrators on the stairs of Wilson Library, chanting and sporting signs expressing their dissatisfaction with UNC Police is the sight that met students who walked through Polk Place Wednesday afternoon. Demonstrators gathered on the steps of Wilson at 1:30 p.m. for a demonstration against police brutality. Lindsay Ayling, a graduate student in the Department of History and an organizer of the event, explained why the protest was necessary.
April 16, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Charlotte officials release police shooting video and urge protesters to remain peaceful
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, released video Monday showing an officer opening fire and fatally wounding an armed man after telling him repeatedly to put his gun on the ground in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant.A judge ordered police to release the video -- captured by officer Wende Kerl's bodycam on March 25 -- which prompted the mayor and police chief to say they were bracing for protests hours before the video was made public. Both appealed for calm hours before a crowd gathered for a peaceful rally and vigil in a downtown park...
April 9, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Senator on Cuomo pay raise: Bathroom break was ‘in protest’
ALBANY – A Hudson Valley state senator who skipped a vote on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pay raise now says he took a bathroom break to protest the process.For the past week, Sen. James Skoufis, D-Woodbury, Orange County, had insisted to reporters that he missed the key April 1 vote on the governor's salary because he was using the restroom.But when pressed further Monday, Skoufis changed his story: He said he was protesting the vote, which came at 2:45 a.m. and was sprung on state lawmakers with little notice...
April 1, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
UK students on hunger strike: New resources needed to end food insecurity
Dozens of Kentucky students began occupying the university's main building late Monday in an effort to provoke action from administrators who they say have ignored growing social issues on campus.The students are members of two separate groups that have each expressed concerns about the level of assistance available for low-income and minority students.Both groups say they have met with administrators before to discuss various issues and to present recommendations. But the students say university leaders have thus far not supported their ideas.
March 26, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Hundreds descend on Trenton for ‘March Against Murphy’ protest
TRENTON - Hundreds of New Jersey residents came to Trenton Tuesday for the “March Against Murphy” protest against Gov. Phil Murphy.About 400 demonstrators marched from the New Jersey State House to the governor’s temporary office and then to Trenton’s World War II Memorial to express their disapproval of many of the Democratic governor’s policies. Many wore yellow construction vests as a nod to protesters in France who wore similar vets in their protests against higher fuel taxes...
March 21, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Students walk out to protest North Andover High School policy on sexual assault
Hundreds of students walked out of North Andover High Wednesday and are circulating a petition in protest of the school’s sexual assault policy that urges both the alleged abuser and victim to sign a contract to avoid each other in school.“I want (administrators) to realize that this is not something that should be taken lightly and there needs to be a change to these contracts that are being given out to people. They are not at all right,” said Ava Gilboard, a 17-year-old senior and one of the walkout’s organizers...
March 15, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Cleveland students sound off on climate change
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Northeast Ohio high school students skipped classes Friday to call attention to climate change, carrying colorful signs with big messages.“Why are we studying for a future we won’t have?”“There is no planet B.”“All I want for Christmas is my planet’s assured survival.”The students gathered in Public Square as part of Youth Climate Strike, a global movement encouraging students to blow off school for a day and protest climate change.“It’s a real thing. And it’s happening now, constantly, and it’s only getting worse every day,” said 17-year-old Noah Horn of Brecksville...
March 12, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Students Stage ‘Lock-In’ At Elite Bronx High School To Protest What They Say Is A ‘Culture Of Bias’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An elite Bronx private school was effectively shut down Tuesday by students protesting the racial climate.
They staged an overnight protest over what they call a “culture of bias,” CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported...
March 5, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Students at Vols basketball game protest Tennessee’s blackface response
Protesting the University of Tennessee’s handling of a blackface controversy, 40 to 50 students dressed in black occupied seats behind UT’s goal Tuesday night at the men’s game against Mississippi State.
At the start of the game, they remained seated during the national anthem as other students, clad in orange and white, stood. Sitting or kneeling during the anthem has become a standard method of protesting racial injustice since 2016, following the example of football player Colin Kaepernick...
February 27, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Protesters who participated in the Border Patrol Museum protest explain why they did it
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —
Some of the protesters who defaced the photos of fallen Border Patrol agents tell KFOX14 they have no regrets.
The protest happened Feb.16 at the National Border Patrol Museum on Transmountain...
February 18, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Protests slam Trump’s declaration as states ready lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters around the U.S. spent Presidents Day rallying against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration as at least a dozen states planned a lawsuit to block Trump’s latest ploy to fund his long-promised border wall.
“Trump is the national emergency!” chanted a group of hundreds lined up Monday at the White House fence while Trump was out of town in Florida. Some held up large letters spelling out “stop power grab.” In downtown Fort Worth, Texas, a small group carried signs with messages including “no wall! #FakeTrumpEmergency.”...
February 13, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
‘Ralph Must Resign’ protest set to take place at governor’s mansion
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The momentum to force Governor Ralph Northam to resign continues to grow - with a planned protest outside of his mansion Wednesday.
It’s being called the ‘Ralph Must Resign Rally.’ Several groups are coming together to demand greater accountability following the governor’s blackface scandal...
February 8, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Trump rally: Groups to protest Monday in El Paso, GoFundMe set up for ‘Baby Trump’ balloon
A number of protests are anticipated for Monday in response to President Donald Trump's planned rally at the El Paso County Coliseum.
Trump is expected to make a campaign stop in El Paso at 7 p.m. Monday at the El Paso County Coliseum. Earlier this week, Trump said El Paso used to be "one of our nation's most dangerous cities" that saw its crime rates decline after the construction of a border fence. Local, state and federal data show that this is not the case...
February 3, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Hundreds come out in support and protest of drag queen story time in Lansdale
Waiting patiently on the blue-carpeted floor, dozens of eyes stared up at the tall woman seated in front of them.
With her long eyelashes, lips painted a deep shade of blue and bigger-than-life wig of purple hair, Miss Annie had the full attention of her young audience. She brought with her a book to read and a message about acceptance and diversity...
January 27, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
9 arrested for ‘die-in’ protest at Rockefeller Center ice skating rink in New York City
Nine climate change activists were arrested while staging a protest at the nation's most famous ice skating rink on Saturday.
The activists, who laid down in the middle of the ice rink at Rockefeller Center around 2:45 p.m., were part of a group called the Extinction Rebellion. The protesters formed an hourglass logo with a circle around it -- the group's logo...
January 21, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Protest held at Diocese of Covington
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The American Indian Movement Chapter of Indiana and Kentucky held a protest at the Diocese of Covington.
They originally planned to be outside of Covington Catholic High school but AIM says it understands the concerns about showing up outside the school itself...
January 10, 2019 | Freedom of Assembly
Federal workers demand end to government shutdown at White House protest
On the 20th day of a partial government shutdown, furloughed federal workers, contractors and union representatives gathered before marching to the White House to demand that President Trump reopen the government— with or without funding he has requested for a border wall...
December 4, 2018 | Freedom of Assembly
France protests: PM Philippe suspends fuel tax rises
The move was announced in a televised address by PM Edouard Philippe, who said anyone would have "to be deaf or blind" not to hear or see the anger…
December 3, 2018 | Freedom of Assembly
Group goes on hunger strike to protest Google development in San Jose
Monday is day three of a four-day hunger strike undertaken by some members of the clergy and other activists who believe Google's ambitious plans in downtown San Jose will displace the city's poorest residents…
December 3, 2018 | Freedom of Assembly
Protesters march, call for strike of UNC professors and teaching assistants
Several hundred demonstrators marched the streets of Chapel Hill and amassed around the boarded up base of the Silent Sam Confederate statue at UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday night, calling for a strike of graduate student teaching assistants…
December 2, 2018 | Freedom of Assembly
Rally planned to protest “Republican power grab”
Democratic and progressive legislators and activists are calling for citizens to rally against a series of Republican proposals..
December 2, 2018 | Freedom of Assembly
Hoover mall shooting: Protest at theater ends ticket sales for the night
Just under two dozen protesters demonstrated for about an hour outside the AMC Patton Creek movie theater in Hoover Sunday night…
December 1, 2018 | Freedom of Assembly
People gather to protest troops at Davis-Monthan
A small protest broke out early on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Swan entrance of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base concerning troops on the border…
November 24, 2018 | Freedom of Assembly
Environmental protesters block access to Parliament Square
Dozens of campaigners blocked the roads around Parliament Square to highlight concerns about the environment on Saturday…