Cody Bloomfield

March 11, 2024

Despite Repression, Activists Continue to Shut Down Mountain Valley Pipeline

Copyright Truthout, 2024. Reprinted with permission. The link to the original article can be found here. Before dawn on March 4, 2024, a car painted with birch trees crept out onto a narrow dirt road granting Mountain Valley Pipeline construction
January 18, 2024

DC holds vigil for murdered Gazan journalists

On January 17, 2024, Defending Rights & Dissent held a vigil for the slain journalists in Gaza. The vigil was co-sponsored by Freedom of the Press Foundation and attended by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO). Although
December 12, 2023

Protest, encryption loom large in Cop City RICO jury selection

Yesterday, jury selection began for the first Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) trial for a Stop Cop City protester. The defendant, Ayla King, is accused of criminal trespass and “join[ing] an organized mob…thereby aiding and abetting in the
September 28, 2023

The Cop City Shuffle: FOIA and Protester Surveillance

The Stop Cop City movement is a lightning rod for political surveillance. Judging from police presence at protests and internal documents showing an extensive social media monitoring apparatus, agencies across Georgia are spying on Stop Cop City. But understanding the
July 20, 2023

Activists Are Working to Give the People of Atlanta a Chance to Vote on Cop City

Update: A judge has struck residency requirements for petition gathers and reset the clock for signature collection.   Copyright, Truthout. Reprinted with permission; original link here. When it comes to Atlanta’s planned $90 million police training center, widely dubbed “Cop City,”
July 5, 2023

Organizing in the shadow of the surveillance state

There are few activities more legally risky than deciding to protest Cop City. I’d recommend becoming an opposition journalist in an authoritarian regime, perhaps, or maybe ding dong ditching the White House. Cops have shown no hesitation in assassinating an
June 28, 2023

Stop Cop City is everywhere

Despite the arrests of protesters and their support network, or perhaps because of it, the Stop Cop City movement is everywhere. Driving through Atlanta, I see Stop Cop City wheatpaste posters pasted on abandoned buildings and at highway intersections. “Defend
June 26, 2023

 Dozens of Cops Descend on a Peaceful Vigil as the Stop Cop City Week of Action Begins

Twenty to thirty police officers descended on a peaceful vigil to Tortuguita, where protesters lawfully occupied a public park. The first day of the sixth week of action to Defend the Atlanta Forest opened with a lowkey park party. Trying
June 1, 2023

First Georgia came for the activists. Then for the solidarity movement.

On the morning of May 31, 2023, the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation carried out a S.W.A.T raid to arrest three organizers with the Atlanta Solidarity Fund on charges of money laundering and charity fraud. These
May 16, 2023

It’s time to defund CP3 and TVTP

There’s not enough terrorism for…DHS? DHS has branched out beyond its statutory mandate of addressing emergencies and preventing terrorism into addressing the hodgepodge category of “targeted violence,” which, oddly, includes both school shootings and sabotaging oil pipelines among other crimes.
April 25, 2023

TikTok bans neglect the global landscape of surveillance

Aside from being Chinese in origin, Congress can’t quite make up its mind about what, precisely, the problem is with TikTok. Is it a deficit of censorship, or an overabundance of it? Is the problem actually with TikTok, or is
April 12, 2023

BREAKING: Seven members of Congress take a stand for Assange

Four years ago today, six men dragged Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London into a van, where he was carted off to Belmarsh Prison, where he remains, fighting extradition to the U.S. On April 11, 2019, after
April 5, 2023

Surveillance and the narrative gravity of the national security state

Surveillance is made of dogs. It’s also made of us. In Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs: A Journey Through the Deep State, Kerry Howley dives into what surveillance is, what stories are told with intelligence data, and, ultimately, how
February 24, 2023

The Supreme Court sleeps on defending boycotts and the right to political expression

In an absurd ruling, the Eighth Circuit denied that boycotts are political expression. Now, the Supreme Court has denied writ of certiorari, letting the Eighth Circuit’s ruling in Arkansas Times LP v. Waldrip stand. This is a missed opportunity for
February 15, 2023

The Cop City Domestic Terrorism Charges are an Intimidation Tactic

The past several months have seen a showdown between forest defenders and police in DeKalb County, Georgia. A contingent of climate activists calling themselves Defend the Atlanta Forest occupied forest land to block construction of what they have termed “Cop