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Susie Cagle Tells Story of her Arrest in Oakland

Journalist and cartoonist Susie Cagle was arrested last week while covering the massive Occupy Wall Street protests in Oakland. Upon her release, Cagle was told by police that if she was arrested again at the Occupy protests she would be charged with a felony.

She tells her story on Alternet.

When I told my arresting officer that I was press, I was first told, “We’ll take care of that in a minute.” That next minute turned into 15 hours in two different jails.

First, we were split up by gender for transport a few blocks south to be booked. This took three hours. Upon arrival at North County jail, we were searched by Alameda County sheriffs (“Do you have any weapons of mass destruction?” they asked while grabbing at our breasts) and urine tested for pregnancy. That night bled into day, when all 25 women were transferred to another jail 40 minutes outside Oakland, because no jail in the city is technically equipped to handle female inmates.

Upon transfer to Santa Rita jail, demonstrator Andrea Barrera was denied her prescription antibiotics and threatened with recourse. “Maybe I’ll accidentally lose your paperwork and you’ll be here all week,” Sheriff Fox told her, only one of many times such a threat was made against us “prisoners.” Barrera did not receive her medication until her release.

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Cartoonist Susie Cagle Arrested at Occupy Oakland Protests

Second generation cartoonist Susie Cagle, daughter of Daryl Cagle, was arrested last night, along with dozens of others, during the Occupy Oakland protests. Cagle has been working on an illustrated history of Occupy Oakland, fundraising the project through Spot.us. No word yet if she had a press pass when she was arrested. Her father writes that she was swooped up by police in an attempt to stop protesters from marching to the police station.

If Cagle was simply covering the event, and not an active participant, here’s hoping she sues the police–just like Amy Goodman did after she was wrongfully arrested while covering protests outside the 2008 Republican convention. The media has an inalienable right to cover meaningful news events. They shouldn’t be arrested for doing their jobs.

Global Girl Media Showcases Growing Ranks of Citizen Teen Journalists

Last night at LA Center Studios, Global Girl Media, a non-profit founded by former Olympic athlete and ESPN sportscaster Julie Foudy, touted some of its latest inspirational accomplishments.

The organization teaches the craft of citizen journalism to teenage girls from low-income neighborhoods and then shares their reports at KCET.org, BBC Africa, and many other outlets. Among the budding reporters celebrated Tuesday were a pair of East LA residents who got to cover the 2011 Sundance Film Festival:

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Matt Taibbi Talks Wall Street Fraud on Democracy Now

Two of our favorite journos got together today as Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi went on Pacifica Radio‘s “Democracy Now” to speak with Amy Goodman about his most recent piece, “Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?” Good stuff. Taibbi calls the SEC a “subsidiary of Wall Street,” which is tame by his “vampire squid” standards, but still worth listening to.

RNC ’08 Aftermath: St. Paul Drops Charges Against Arrested Reporters

St. Paul’s mayor Chris Coleman has announced that the city will take the advice of its attorney office and drop charges against the journalists, including Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman (footage above) that were arrested for (doing their job) “unlawful assembly” during the RNC earlier this month. Per Coleman

This decision reflects the values we have in St. Paul to protect and promote our First Amendment rights to freedom of the press.

Coleman says the city will use a broad defitnion of the word journalist (don’t we all these days!), though it might take some time to do the paperwork and notify everyone who was caught up in the mass arrests. Says Dave Tomlin, associate general counsel for the AP:

It’s always good to learn that a bogus charge against you has been dropped. We’re still waiting for police to account for the unprovoked smackdowns of two of our photographers.

Sundown on Sunset: Shaky

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Salon’s readership just gets weirder and weirder: PhD candidate addicted to Potter fan fiction.

Ron Rosenbaum needs to stop with the conspiracy theories already. First he stepped into the Theresa Duncan morass and now the Presidential sex scandal.

Amy Goodman admits to Bell’s Palsy.

Stephen Colbert is not a candidate.

Slate V picked the winners of their Comedy News Contest–judge Kevin Bleyer must not want any competition from amateurs.

Media Events: 02.13.07

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TUESDAY 02.13.07

WHAT: “The Ethics and Politics of Surveillance: New Information Practices & Our Private Lives”
WHO: Shohini Ghosh, Associate Professor, Video and Television Production at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, (Central University) New Delhi
WHEN: 6:30PM-8:30PM
WHERE: TamarindArt Gallery, 142 East 39th Street
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Ghosh — who sounds really, really smart — talks about the emergence of digital surveillance (like hidden cameras — are you listening, Ron Burkle?) in reporting and access — and the inherently thorny ethical implications.

WHAT: The Future of Alternative Journalism
WHO: Abe Peck, Helen Gurley Brown, Amy Goodman, Dealbreaker.com founder Elizabeth Spiers, City Belt publisher John Whiten
WHEN: 6:30PM-8:30PM
WHERE: New York City Center Studio, 4 130 West 56th Street
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Big topic for small ($7) price.
NOTE: RSVP here.

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