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May 7, 2010 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
When protesting students spilled into University of California campus courtyards in March, Ricardo Dominguez took to the streets in his own way — digitally — leading a march to the online office of the UC president. The bespectacled associate professor triggered a software program that continuously reloaded the home page of UC President Mark G. Yudof's website. "Transparency," hundreds of protesters wrote, over and over again, in the search box of the home page.
April 29, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
Fresh protests erupted in Syrian cities and towns after weekly Muslim prayer sermons Friday despite dire warnings by security officials and violent suppression of protests by the armed forces. Amateur video posted to the Internet showed protests in the Lebanese border city of Homs, the third largest, the coastal city of Baniyas, Deir Azour in the country's east, the northwestern town of Kafr Zita and southern town of Jassem, near the embattled flashpoint city of Jassem. Activists also reported protests in the suburbs of Damascus and the coastal city of Lattakia, where there were reports of gunfire.
September 28, 2006 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
Four hundred people will be arrested early this evening for blocking Century Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport, in what could prove to be one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in the city's history. At least that's how the script reads. For much of this year, the national hotel workers union, labor leaders and immigrant groups have been planning today's protest.
July 23, 1991 | MENACHEM Z. ROSENSAFT, Menachem Z. Rosensaft, an attorney in New York, is the immediate past president of the Labor Zionist Alliance
As the Bush Administration's Middle East peace initiative gathers new momentum, the reality remains that there is no simple solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel's valid security concerns and the Palestinians' equally legitimate national aspirations, while not mutually exclusive, are not easily synthesized. Accordingly, individuals who involve themselves in the peace process must be careful not to promote extreme measures that can only thwart any possible compromise.
February 23, 2011 | Steve Lopez
Today, I'd like to introduce you to several citizens who could spend a year in jail, on your dime, for the crime of staging protests. But first, the back story: On Feb. 11, The Times reported that L.A. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich intended to get tough with dozens of protesters who've committed civil disobedience in the service of one cause or another and possibly lock them up. I innocently questioned the wisdom of this in a posting on The Times' website, under a headline that read: "Is Carmen Trutanich L.A.'s Hosni Mubarak?"
November 24, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Larry Gordon and Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York -- Police efforts to break up Occupy encampments in Northern California and elsewhere have led to investigations, apologies and lawsuits. And now the soul-searching: Why did some officers use what is being described as excessive force, wielding batons and pepper spray, against apparently peaceful protesters? The tough response to the 2-month-old movement of civil disobedience — particularly in Oakland and on campuses in Berkeley and Davis — is an outgrowth, some say, of factors that include the spontaneous nature of the Occupy protests and two post-9/11 trends: a heightened police sensitivity to threats and a more militaristic approach to police work.
July 26, 2011 | By Peter Yarrow
In March, Tim DeChristopher was convicted of two felony counts for a nonviolent act of civil disobedience. Acting out of his deepest convictions and his abiding concern for the survival of humankind, Tim bid on oil and gas leases on federal land that he didn't have the means to pay for. On Tuesday, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison for his actions. The auction Tim disrupted was being conducted during the final weeks of the George W. Bush administration, in what many believed was a push to sell one last batch of public leases before President Obama took office.
March 7, 1986
Her courageous campaign for "civil disobedience," which snowballed to include military disobedience, catapulted Mrs. Aquino to the highest civilian post in the Philippines. In the process of earning that position she gained world recognition and acclaim while bringing down her detractors into a world of shame. While adjusting to the title of Madam President, Corazon Aquino has to contend with the very same campaign slogan that won her the presidency. Only time will tell if she can be as effective against civil disobedience as she was for it. To swing people power from civil disobedience now, and still come out fairly successful, can be doubly hard for her, but can Aquino also succeed in swinging military obedience again to her side?
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