Breaking: Judge Rejects “Riot” Charges Against Amy Goodman in North Dakota

OCTOBER 17, 2016


A North Dakota judge today refused to authorize riot charges against award-winning journalist Amy Goodman for her reporting on an attack against Native American-led anti-pipeline protesters.

“This is a complete vindication of my right as a journalist to cover the attack on the protesters, and of the public’s right to know what is happening with the Dakota Access pipeline,” said Goodman. “We will continue to report on this epic struggle of Native Americans and their non-Native allies taking on the fossil fuel industry and an increasingly militarized police in this time when climate change threatens the planet.”

District Judge John Grinsteiner did not find probable cause to justify the charges filed on Friday October 14 by State’s Attorney Ladd R. Erickson. Those charges were presented after Erickson had withdrawn an earlier charge against Goodman of criminal trespass. Goodman had returned to North Dakota to turn herself in to the trespassing charge.

The charges in State of North Dakota v. Amy Goodman stemmed from Democracy Now!’s coverage of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. On Saturday, September 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the pipeline company attacking protesters. The report showed guards unleashing dogs and using pepper spray and featured people with bite injuries and a dog with blood dripping from its mouth and nose.

Democracy Now!’s report went viral online, was viewed more than 14 million times on Facebook and was rebroadcast on many outlets, including CBS, NBC, NPR, CNN, MSNBCand the Huffington Post.

On September 8, a criminal complaint and warrant was issued for Goodman’s arrest on the trespassing charge.

“These shifting charges were a transparent attempt by the prosecutor to intimidate Amy Goodman and to silence coverage of the resistance to the pipeline,” said Reed Brody, an attorney for Goodman. “Fortunately, these bully tactics didn’t work and freedom of the press has prevailed.”

The pipeline project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of over 100 other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning public television/radio news program that airs on over 1,400 stations worldwide. Goodman has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers and won many of journalism’s highest awards in more than three decades working as a reporter.

To see Democracy Now!’s coverage of the pipeline and the protests, please visit



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Standing Rock Protectors Strip-Searched, Jailed for Days on Minor Charges Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | Video Report

We discuss the crackdown on the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline with Winona LaDuke, a Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth who lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota, and Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. Police have begun deploying military-grade equipment, including armored personnel carriers, surveillance helicopters, planes and drones. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple activated the National Guard in late September. Roughly 140 people have been arrested. Some report being strip-searched in custody at the Morton County jail and being held for days without bond, even when they are facing minor misdemeanor charges.


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“Kym & Bruce Kick Cops When They’re Down”

Published on Sep 18, 2016 by Bruce Dean

Chief Del Manek’s rude and erroneous discrediting of myself and fellow activist

(that is me, Kym Hothead THAW Victoria)

deliver’s Chief Jamie Graham Déjà vu – “Chief Graham, as a senior police officer with a very long record of service, ought to have known and foreseen, not only that he would likely embarrass his colleagues by his conduct but that it was wrong for him to have …mocked the passengers, who appear to have been law abiding citizens, whether or not they were ‘protestors’.”

Chief Del Manek explains why he hates accountability, cameras, Kym Hines, and Bruce Dean.

“Every citizen has the right, perhaps the moral duty, to bring alleged
police misconduct to the attention of the appropriate authorities.”
(The Honourable Jakob S. de Villiers Q.C.)
(RE: Bruce Dean vs Graham, VicPD, & OPCC)

I attended the Committee to End Homelessness Victoria meeting, and the guest speaker was “acting” Chief of Victoria Police, Del Manek.

*and contrary to what “acting” Chief Del Manek rudely and dismissively said to the unquestioning sheeple, we’re NOT just unconstructively “pointing out differences” – we’re reporting injustice to deaf ears and blind eyes hiding behind a thin blue line, supported by those who choose to remain neutral in a time of crisis.
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“The experiences and perspectives gleaned through these interviews point to the harmful effects of policing on the physical and mental well-being of members of the Victoria street community, a majority of whom use illicit drugs, live with disabilities, and/or suffer from chronic illnesses. These findings highlight the need for yet another revisiting of the use of policing to regulate poverty, as an approach that encourages a disproportionate and unjustified interference with the daily lives of the most marginalized members of our communities, and misuses resources to criminalize rather than alleviate poverty.”
(Out of Sight: Policing Poverty in Victoria – Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group)


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North Dakota: Arrests made during Saturday pipeline protests

OCT 16


MORTON COUNTY — Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline protested at multiple locations near St. Anthony on Saturday morning, causing construction to pause at some work sites before resuming later in the day.

Police arrested 14 people during the demonstrations which involved a series of roadblocks and took police and protesters — by car and foot — through the prairie by rural gravel roads.

Pipeline workers were evacuated from sites near the protests by 9 a.m. All work continued by 2 p.m., according to Rob Keller, a spokesman for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

The day came to a head around 11 a.m. as about 100 officers converged with 150 protesters on County Road 81 southeast of St. Anthony. For an hour, protesters sang and beat drums in the middle of the gravel road as police stood behind a line of yellow tape.

Around noon, the group turned around and walked back to their cars. No one was arrested.

Most of the group had marched 3 to 4 miles to this final confrontation after police blockaded traffic on the road, preventing them from continuing by car. Mark Tilsen, a protester from South Dakota, said the group was headed to support a man who locked himself onto equipment earlier in the day.

The march was also intended to show police that the protesters are peaceful, said Marena Mahto, a Dickinson native and member of the Three Affiliated Tribes.

“We’re trying to show them we’re here for a reason,” she said, noting her concerns about the water.

Mahto was taken aback by the heavy police presence at the site, which included dozens of officers, a helicopter circling above, armored vehicles and multiple transport vans.

“Looks are everything,” she said, indicating the way that officers tapped on their batons. “That shows us they’re looking for a fight.”

Earlier in the day, 10 people were arrested after allegedly congregating in the middle of Highway 6 near an active construction site and refusing to leave, according to Keller.

Keller said the caravan was stopped by police at the intersection of the highway and County Road 135 around 9 a.m., about two miles south of where crews are actively running pipe — the same place a large protest took place Monday.

The group got out of their cars along the road, and some refused to leave on orders from police, Keller said. They are facing charges of disobedience of a public safety order during riot conditions and disorderly conduct.

Also Saturday, a man attached himself to the arm of a track hoe 8 miles southeast of St. Anthony, in an act of protest against the 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline.

Keller said that person detached himself after five hours, while police were waiting for equipment to remove him. Officers helped lower him to the ground, where he was arrested for reckless endangerment, trespass and inciting a riot.

The other three people arrested are accused of trespassing on a rancher’s land, Keller said.

Multiple groups of protesters were stopped at other locations by police blockades, according to protest camp Facebook posts.

Highway 6 was temporarily closed to traffic from St. Anthony to County Road 135, and local residents were advised to stay off of the road.

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DOn’t Be Fooled By The Tanker-Scale Good-News Corporate-Media PR-Tsunami That Is Now In Full Swing…

It is the height of hypocrisy and irresponsibility for the person responsible for all shipping on the west coast of Canada, Pacific Pilotage Authourity CEO, Captain Kevin Obermeyer, to be citing the 1846 “Oregon Treaty” as his decision-making basis. He argues that he is hamstrung to do anything much to stop this dangerous inshore tanker business ” because the Oregon Treaty says that the BC Inside Passage is an Open Water, International Waterway.” So what can he do? He has simply rescinded the special waiver which exempted the Nathan E Stewarts barge from the requirement of having Canadian pilots on board. The idiocy of this solution beggars belief. What about the rest of the busy Texas-based Kirby Corporation fleet? What about the rest of the American ATB fleet run by other companies which ply the inside passage with petroleum tankers? And what about the enormous American ATB traffic that runs between the Kinder Morgan dirty-oil bitumen spigot at Burnaby, and the gargantuan Tesoro refinery at Anacortes with order-of-magnitude larger tug/ tanker units? Will they all require 2 Canadian pilots now? This would amount to a very large number of pilots..

Currently, as I’m sure you are hearing on Big-Oil-controlled CBC, the “clean-up” focus that is going on is now, clearly, all about the squeeky-klean sanitizing the public airways. The great news about Canada’s World Class Oil Spill Response must be told. No bad news, honest or truthful perspective will be tolerated. No big- picture commentary about the enormous and growing tug/tanker barge industry in BC will be permitted. (Frankly, – and not meaning to brag, but there is no other single layman, reporter, ENGO, who knows more about this ugly business than me, –and I am being muzzled, especially by CBC)

There is a veritable holocaust of helicopters flying over our house here at first light this morning, Texas personnel are out there shovelling money in any direction they can, -to the volunteer on the beach “…oh, did you damage your propeller on that reef while laying that absorbent pad?!? We’ll have a brand new one here for you tomorrow…” There are a large number of huge vessels languishing around on-scene, trying desperately to look busy, as though they’re doing something, anything. CBC is busily pumping out the good news story in tiny snippets. “Western Canada Marine Response Corporation crews have deployed a second boom around the wreck” “Divers will attempt to pump out the remaining diesel from the sunken tugs tanks on Monday.”

Meanwhile, there are only somewhere around a dozen forlorn hopeless lonely people actually on the beaches, “deploying” pads, stringing booms etc. – all of which are utterly useless in containing the damage. Many of them are now suffering from breathing fumes. The absorbent padding they are “deploying” is doing nothing. Nobody has been told if, or how much they are getting paid.

Please don’t allow yourselves to be fooled by the tanker-scale good-news corporate-media PR-tsunami that is now in full swing…

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People being turned away as Victoria homeless shelters fill up during storm

WATCH: Shelter operators are scrambling to get volunteers, staff, and supplies in place to get homeless mats open during series of storms. April Lawrence reports.

Gerald Crocker is trying to warm up after spending a cold, wet night on the streets.

“I was all wet, my pants are wet and my sweater was wet and stuff,” said Crocker, who was getting soup at Our Place Friday to try to warm up.

Crocker was one of 16 people turned away from Our Place Thursday night, after their 50 emergency shelter mats filled up.

“It’s really hard to turn people away, and often they’re drenched already when they come in,” said Don Evans, Executive Director of Our Place Society.

With every homeless shelter in Victoria at capacity, it was a scene being played out across the city.

“It was miserable for them, absolutely miserable, they were freezing cold, they went to the church over here where they have mats for the floor but they were getting turned away,” said Leslie Tomiczek, who was getting a cup of coffee at Our Place.

Our Place has been the only shelter in the city able to open up extra beds during this series of storms.

“Our challenge has been getting staffing, we weren’t expecting to get into the season until November and so we haven’t hired staff yet,” said Evans.

The province doesn’t typically activate its extreme weather protocol until November 1.

But it has managed to open a few emergency shelters early, including one in Courtenay, Port Alberni, Ladysmith and Duncan.

But the emergency weather shelters in Port Hardy, Campbell River, Parksville, and Nanaimo remain closed.

For those who had to, today was about trying to catch up on sleep anywhere you could.

Our Place is trying to find volunteers so it can open up its drop-in centre starting Friday night so people can at least be indoors.

“Come in for a cup of coffee, something to eat, watch T.V., just get warm, because as each night goes on here it gets harder and harder for people on the street,” said Evans.

Gerald Crocker knows just how hard it is, with few supplies to shelter him from the storm.

“Just my sweater and my blanket that’s it,” he said.

Our Place is also collecting rain gear, and other warm clothing and blankets, so that those who do have to sleep outside, can at least be a little warmer, especially in advance of an even bigger storm Saturday.


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Thots From DJ Larkin on CBC’s “Fault Lines” podcast series.

Just listened to CBC’s “Fault Lines” podcast series. Couple earthquake related questions for y’all:
1. Once over 10,000 of us are forced out of our homes and are living in parks and community centres, will bylaw officers and park rangers come and tell us to move because we are a nuisance, a fire hazard, a health hazard, trespassers? Or will they bring us shelter, food, showers, water and toilets? Just wondering. Seems – just maybe – we could be doing that now.
2. Most conversations about post-earthquake recovery focuses on property owners rebuilding. 50% of Vancouver rents. So:
a. If my apartment is standing and safe but has not heat or electricity, do I get to discount my rent even though no one has electricity?
b. If I have to leave until my apartment is cleared as “safe” – do I have to pay while I’m homeless or risk losing my right to return?
c. If my apartment requires major repairs is there any right to return? If so, can landlords charge anything they want or will there be rent control post-disaster?

Seriously curious.

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