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Conventional Dissent: Free Speech in the Streets


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Sound cannon in NYC. Source:

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In New York, during the 2004 Republican National Convention, police violated the rights of thousands of protestors. The violations included roundups of demonstrators, spying on non-violent political activists, the use of agent provocateurs, and the faking of evidence.

On this edition, in a collaboration with Abby Scher of Public Eye Magazine, we talk with New Yorkers who exposed the police abuses, and lawyers in the cities where the Democratic and Republican conventions will be held this summer, as they fight to prevent similar tactics.


Chris Dunn, Associate Legal Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union; Eileen Clancy, director of “I-Witness” video; Heidi Boghosian, director of the National Lawyers Guild; Bruce Nestor, Minnesota Lawyers Guild; Tom Cincotta, National Lawyers Guild.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producer: Abby Scher
Field Engineer: Geoff Brady
Producer/Guest Host: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Intern: Elena Botkin-Levy
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

For more information:

I-Witness Video – New York, NY

National Lawyers Guild, National Office – New York, NY

National Lawyers Guild Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN

New York Civil Liberties Union – New York, NY

Public Eye Magazine – Somerville, MA


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