13 Stories

In the Works: School Protests to Take On 'American Carnage'

One is set for the anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine

(Newser) - The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins, and other actions on school campuses across the US aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. Organizers behind the Women's March are calling for a 17-minute walkout on... More »

Congressman Cuffed After Deportation Appeal

He accuses officials of targeting DREAMers

(Newser) - During a meeting Monday, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez tried to convince Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to reverse a decision to deport a Mexican immigrant who is to be separated from her six children. Instead, he ended up in handcuffs. The congressman had been among a delegation of immigrant advocates... More »

NAACP President Arrested at Jeff Sessions' Office

Dozens of activists staged all-day sit-in

(Newser) - Cornell William Brooks, national president of the NAACP, was among six people arrested Tuesday evening after an all-day sit-in at the Alabama offices of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general. Around two dozen civil rights activists occupied the Republican's Mobile offices at around 11am, denouncing... More »

Democrats End Gun-Control Sit-In After 25 Hours

They've declared victory despite no vote

(Newser) - Democrats ended their gun-control sit-in at the House of Representatives on Thursday after more than 25 hours on the floor, the AP reports. According to Reuters , Democratic lawmakers, who had stayed overnight while chanting and singing, were trying to force a vote on legislation to expand background checks and stop... More »

Democrats' Dramatic Sit-In Now in Second Day

But Ryan officially adjourns House until July 5

(Newser) - Democrats are calling their sit-in protest on the House floor a success, even though it hasn't led to the votes on gun-control legislation they demanded. About two dozen lawmakers were still taking part Thursday morning, even after House Speaker Paul Ryan adjourned the chamber about 3am until after the... More »

House Dems Stage Sit-In Over Gun Control

Accuse GOP of turning off C-SPAN cameras, demand House not go to recess until vote

(Newser) - Less than a week after Sen. Chris Murphy's filibuster for gun control on the Senate floor (and two days after the Senate voted down a series of gun control measures), another power move, this time by House Democrats: a sit-in protest Wednesday, per the AP . With Georgia Rep. John... More »

Syria Moved Chemical Weapons to Airports: Rebels

And allegedly guns down prisoners in jail sit-in

(Newser) - The Free Syrian Army believes that the Assad regime has moved chemical weapons to airports near the country's borders, in what the rebels say is a bid to put "pressure on the region and the international community," according to the Telegraph . The regime yesterday threatened to use... More »

Athens Dodges Violence Before Fresh Protests

Students have called for new wave of demonstrations

(Newser) - Athens yesterday enjoyed its first respite from eight days of continuous rioting that has injured 70 and put 400 behind bars—but students have called for a new wave of protests, BBC reports. Cafes were busy and traffic returned to normal just a day after students hurled rocks and molotov... More »

Greek Students Call for New Protests

Violent face-offs with police continue

(Newser) - Just over a week after the police killing of a 15-year-old boy prompted days of devastating  riots in Greece, students are preparing to launch a new wave of daily protests, CNN reports. Activists will begin with a  sit-in tomorrow in front of Greece’s national police headquarters. Protesters aim to... More »

JPMorgan to Pay Chicago Protesters

Creditors respond to sit-in with loans, severance offer

(Newser) - JPMorgan will pay $400,000 toward the severance for 240 laid-off workers occupying a Chicago factory, and Bank of America will extend the bankrupt manufacturer a new loan, Reuters reports. Both banks are creditors of Republic Windows & Doors, which shut down after, BOA says, it "maxed out" on... More »

State, Chicago Threaten BoA Over Ill. Sit-in

Will yank business if bank doesn't restore window factory's credit

(Newser) - The sit-in launched by laid-off workers at a Chicago door and window factory could have a nine-figure financial impact on Bank of America. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a day before his arrest on corruption charges, called on state agencies to cease doing business with the bank, and the city of... More »

Laid-Off Workers Refuse to Leave Chicago Factory

Chicago plant employees stage a sit-in demanding severance and vacation pay

(Newser) - Laid-off workers at a Chicago window manufacturing company are taking matters into their own hands, staging a sit-in at their former plant to demand severance and vacation pay, reports the Chicago Tribune. Union members have been occupying the plant in shifts since the news—given only three days earlier—that... More »

Big Brother Indeed: Orwell Prank Ends in Arrests

Takeover PA system leads to sit-in protest at Mass. high school

(Newser) - What appears to be a senior prank that saw students commandeer the public-address system at a Massachusetts high school to read George Orwell (or perhaps Fidel Castro) ended with arrests and protests yesterday, the New Bedford Standard-Times reports. More »

13 Stories