Jesse Strauss

Jesse Strauss is an independent journalist from Oakland, California and producer for Al Jazeera. His articles have been featured on Common Dreams, CounterPunch, Consortium News, and other sources. Reach him at jstrauss (at) riseup.net.

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Friday, September 24, 2010
Lessons from Arizona: Direct Action Organizing from 1999 to Now
Arizona’s legislature passed the highly contested Senate Bill 1070 last April. The bill targets people who have crossed our southern border without documentation in a variety of ways. One example is that Arizona law enforcement officers, if following SB1070 as it was written, are required to obtain citizenship/legal residency information of anyone they come across who could have crossed the border without papers. Essentially, this rule requires officers to profile the people they see in daily interactions.
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Friday, July 09, 2010
Searching for Justice as Oakland Streets Turn Lawless
As the Oakland community begins to understand the meaning of Johannes Mehserle's involuntary manslaughter verdict, the streets exploded angrily last night.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Witness: US Agent Aimed at Mexican
An eyewitness to the June 7 shooting death of a 14-year-old Mexican youth said a U.S. Border Patrol agent took aim at the boy for several seconds after the boy emerged from behind a pillar of a bridge on the Juarez side of the border near El Paso, Texas. The witness, Juan Raul Flores Cadena, told a human rights coordinator for the government of Chihuahua, Mexico, that the youth, who was identified as Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka, had been part of a group that had earlier tried to run across the border before retreating when U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Witnesses of Border Killing Dispersed
At dusk on June 7, Bobbie McDow and her husband were heading south across the busy Paso Del Norte foot-bridge, which connects El Paso, Texas, to Juarez, Mexico. In the sweltering heat, McDow asked her husband if they could pause for a moment so she could catch her breath. That brief pause made McDow one of many eyewitnesses to the killing of a 14-year-old junior high school student from Juarez, named Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka. He was gunned down by a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired his weapon from the El Paso side and hit the boy on the Mexican side.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010
El Paso 'Cat and Mouse' Turns Fatal
It was a blistering Monday evening in El Paso. The heat had jumped past 95 degrees and it was about to get a lot hotter in this militarized border town, with checkpoints and helicopters flying over head. Pedestrians, who were crossing the Paso del Norte International bridge that links El Paso, Texas to Juarez, Mexico, had stopped to watch a real-life drama play out in the dried waters of the Rio Grande just below the bridge - a dangerous drama that occurs more and more in this highly militarized region of the Southwest U.S.
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Saturday, June 05, 2010
Gaza Boat Activists Deny Israeli Story
With a bloody raid on the "Freedom Flotilla," Israel has demonstrated, once again, its willingness to kill innocents in order to sustain its punishing blockade on the Gaza strip, even when doing so raises more and more questions about nuclear-armed Israel's national sanity.
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