"A labor of love, this book arose from a genuine desire to share important experiences from our political history. My greatest hope is that we can take these stories to heart and use them to help advance our collective struggles for liberation."
Kris Hermes is a Bay Area–based activist who has worked for nearly thirty years on social justice issues. Organizing with ACT UP Philadelphia in the late 1990s spurred his interest in legal support work and led to his co-founding and years-long involvement with R2K Legal. Since 2000, Hermes has been an active, award-winning legal worker-member of the National Lawyers Guild and has been a part of numerous law collectives and legal support efforts over the years. In this capacity, he has organized dozens of press conference and spoken at numerous community meetings, political conferences, book fairs, and other similar events across the U.S. Hermes has written extensively in his professional career as a media worker and as a legal activist.
Marina Sitrin (Foreword) is a writer, lawyer, teacher, organizer, and dreamer. She is editor of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina, author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism & Autonomy in Argentina and coauthor of They Can't Represent US! Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy. She has a JD in International Women's Human Rights from CUNY Law School and a PhD in Global Sociology from Stony Brook University.
Heidi Boghosian (Afterword) is the executive director of the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute and former executive director of the National Lawyers Guild. She is the cohost of the weekly civil liberties radio show Law and Disorder. She received her JD from Temple Law School where she was the editor in chief of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. She also holds an MS from Boston University and a BA from Brown University. She is the author of Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance.
Other writing by the author
08/07/19 | The Tyee | Will ‘Chilling Effect’ of Spying on Protesters Silence Pipeline Opponents?
07/18/19 | Agency | Ngo More Sympathy: Mainstream Media Must Recognize the Real Threat of Fascism
06/27/19 | CounterPunch | Syrian Refugee Terror Plot or Latest in Pattern of FBI-Manufactured Terrorism Cases?
07/27/18 | Agency | Remaining J20 Cases Dismissed: Takeaways for Anarchists and our Social Movements
08/31/17 | NLG Review | BOOK REVIEW: A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant
04/03/17 | HuffPost | Antiwar Activists Challenge Army’s Domestic Spying Apparatus in Ninth Circuit
03/17/17 | HuffPost | Federal Judge Approves Landmark Settlement, But Is It Enough To Curb NYPD Spying
09/27/16 | NewsWorks | Recently disclosed DNC insurance policy shows law enforcement's contempt for protest
09/26/16 | HuffPost | Law Enforcement Uses StingRays To Spy On Americans And Lies About It
08/02/16 | HuffPost | Don't Be Fooled By The RNC/DNC Bubble: Criminalization Of Protest Continues Unabated
07/21/16 | Upping the Anti | Collective Action Behind Bars: A history of jail solidarity and its importance for today's social change movements
07/08/16 | HuffPost | Where Are They Now? Philadelphia Officials Who Stifled Dissent at RNC 2000
06/24/16 | The Declaration | On-Again, Off-Again at Holmesburg Prison
06/20/16 | NewsWorks | Will Philadelphia respect decades-old restriction on police spying at the DNC?
03/22/16 | HuffPost | Court Offers Rare Opportunity for Public Comment on NYPD Spying
05/15 | Interface Journal | Fundraising for Direct Action and Legal Defense: A Case Study of the RNC 2000 Protests
09/09/13 | HuffPost | New Film Informant Is Vacuous and Self-Serving, Fitting for Its Subject Brandon Darby
01/25/13 | HuffPost | The NATO 5: Manufactured Crimes Used to Paint Political Dissidents as Terrorists
12/09/12 | AlterNet | Did the FBI Use Occupy Cleveland Case to Equate Activism with Terrorism?
Comments by the author
10/31/18 | Burnaby Now | Jailed Trans Mountain pipeline protesters appealing sentencing by Kelvin Gawley
10/18/18 | The Star | Sentencing delayed for Trans Mountain protesters by Cherise Seucharan
10/12/18 | BuzzFeed | Using Project Veritas As A Source Is Still Causing Headaches For Federal Prosecutors In Washington by Zoe Tillman
07/04/18 | Focus on Victoria | Who are the real pipeline fanatics? by Leslie Campbell
01/18/18 | UK Independent | Justice Dept drops charges against 129 people involved in Trump inauguration day demonstrations by Emily Shugerman
01/18/18 | Associated Press | Government drops prosecution of 129 inauguration defendants by Ashraf Khalil
12/18/17 | The Intercept | Jurors to Decide What Constitutes Journalism in Trial of J20 Inauguration Protests by Eoin Higgins
12/13/17 | Salon | Trumped-up charges: Feds try to criminalize Inauguration Day protest by Matthew Sheffield
11/15/17 | Truthout | As Trial Begins, Trump Protest Attendees Face 60 Years in Prison by Chris Steele
11/14/17 | The Intercept | Group Investigating Police Conduct on Inauguration Day Has History of Siding With Police by Sarah Lazare
10/09/17 | The Real News Network | Document Shows D.C. Police Threw More Than 70 Grenades at Inauguration Protesters by Baynard Woods
07/05/17 | In These Times | The Police State Can Come After Trump Protesters, But It Can’t Make Them Cooperate by Sarah Lazare
06/03/17 | The Intercept | Standing Rock Documents Expose Inner Workings of "Surveillance-Industrial Complex" by Alleen Brown
07/25/16 | Law and Disorder Radio | Legal Defense at the Republican National Convention 2016 [AUDIO]
07/20/16 | Billy Penn | Philly police and how to control a presidential convention by Mark Dent
07/20/16 | US News & World Report | RNC Flag Burning Ends Calm on Cleveland Streets by Steven Nelson
07/20/16 | WHYY | Philly police approach to DNC in stark contrast with combative stance during last convention by Bobby Allyn
06/30/16 | The Real News Network | Mass Arrests Expected at Republican and Democratic Conventions by Jaisal Noor
06/27/16 | Los Angeles Times | As activists prepare to protest the RNC, the FBI comes knocking by Matt Pearce
06/20/16 | WHYY | Will Philadelphia respect decades-old restriction on police spying at the DNC? [AUDIO]
06/10/16 | The Fixers: Stories from a Greater Cleveland | RA Washington & Jacqueline Greene by Chelsie Corso
06/09/16 | Newsworks | Riot ready? Philly in talks for protest insurance ahead of DNC by Dana DeFilippo
04/10/16 | Unicorn Riot | NSSE's Feed Millions of Dollars Toward Militarization of Police Across American Cities
04/04/16 | McClatchy | A Donald Trump convention could see a new era, with new complications, in street protests by Scott Canon
03/14/16 | KPFK Radio | Chris Burnett of Indymedia On Air interviews Kris Hermes about Crashing the Party [AUDIO]
02/28/16 | Daily 49er | Alumnus holds forum on fighting surveillance, brutality in political movements by Sara DeLeon
01/15/16 | KPFA | Brian Edwards-Tiekert of UpFront interviews Kris Hermes about Crashing the Party [AUDIO]
10/15/15 | The Real News Network | Police Tactics of Mass Arrests, Violence and Overcharging Protesters First Developed in 2000 by Paul Jay
10/12/15 | KBOO Radio | Emma Lugo interviews Kris Hermes about Crashing the Party on Prison Pipeline [AUDIO]
09/23/15 | Gothamist | From Abu Ghraib To BLM: Meet The NYPD's Most Notorious Anti-Activist Cop by Adam Johnson & Keegan Stephan
04/09/15 | Philadelphia Daily News | Will Philly Police Pass the Protest Test? by Dana DiFilippo
02/13/15 | News Works | With Eyes Toward Hosting Democrats in 2016, Looking Back at Philly's Last Convention by Kate Colaneri
07/08/13 | Law and Disorder Radio | White-washing Human Rights Abuses and Suppressing a Popular Revolution [AUDIO]
02/16/12 | The Guardian | John Timoney: The Notorious Police Chief Sent to Reform Forces in Bahrain by Ryan Devereaux
09/20/07 | Miami New Times | John Timoney, America's Worst Cop by Tamara Lush
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