How to Know if You’re at a Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY

We’ve all been there. We’re eating at a restaurant, enjoying ourselves and having a delicious meal, when we suddenly forget where we are entirely! Well, the next time this happens to you, look out for these telltale signs in the off chance that you happen to be eating in Brooklyn!

1. The Restaurant Host

Are they wearing a beanie or a fedora? Are their jeans skinny and cuffed? Wearing suspenders and covered in tattoos? Yeah, you’re probably in Brooklyn. 

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The Government is Attempting to Take Away Our Freedom of Speech and Something Must Be Done

It was 2002 and Will Potter, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, decided that he wanted to do something good for the environment and in a safe, peaceful way. He hoped it would get his mind off of the recent sadness surrounding the country from the recent 9/11 attacks. So, he decided to join some fellow activists and hang door knockers to help stop animal testing.

That day, they were all arrested and the police took a blurry photograph of Potter holding leaflets as evidence of his “crime.” Two weeks later, Potter was greeted by three knocks on his front door. It was the FBI. Continue reading

How Peaceful Protestors are Being Labeled Terrorists

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“Eco-terrorism” was a term developed by the FBI out of the necessity to label and persecute the radical and violent actions of several individuals and groups of activists standing up for the environment.

The FBI defines an “eco-terrorist” as “as the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.”

Between the 70’s and the early 90’s, groups such as Earth Liberation Front and Earth First! were putting innocent lives at risk and causing millions of dollars of damage to car companies and mills across the country and it needed to be stopped.

While at first it seemed that these efforts to combat eco-terrorism were a step in the right direction, a way to prevent senseless damage and injuries as well as a promotion of peaceful activism, today we can see a clear abuse of these laws and labels by the government. Continue reading

Have “Ag-gag” Laws Taken Away Our Freedom of Speech?

New York Times writer, Mark Bittman, has been credited with the coining of the term “ag-gag”in his 2011 article about whistleblowing within the Animal Agriculture Industries, though the laws which the term refers to have been in place for over two decades.

These laws outlawed any recording within an animal facility in order to protect these businesses from the journalists and activists who had been going in undercover as employees and documenting the horrifying cases of animal abuse that had been going on.

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How Environmental Activists Became Terrorists

The term “Eco-terrorism” was established in the 1970’s out of the need to persecute the groups and individuals who were committing acts of violence in defense of the environment. It is defined as “the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against people or property by an environmentally-oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature,”(USLegal).

At first glance, this all seems well and just. After all, there were several groups who were committing crimes in order to make statements that would lead to innocent people being hurt or even killed. Continue reading