American Cartoonist Susie Cagle Speaks to CRNI Director Bro Russell on the Eve of the First Anniversary of the Occupy Movement
Photograph by Nik Kowsar, taken in Washington, DC on September 15, 2012 at George Washington University, of Susie Cagle accepting the 2012 Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning on behalf of Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi
On September 16, 2012, American journalist and cartoonist Susie Cagle sat for an interview (featured below) with CRNI Executive Director Robert "Bro" Russell. Susie and Bro began the interview by discussing her reporting of the Occupy Oakland Movement, her unconstitutional arrest by the Oakland Police, and, the legal limbo she has been in ever since. Susie in fact has been improperly arrested twice. A charge, from her first arrest, of failing to leave the scene of a riot, has neither been dismissed against this journalist nor been pursued by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Susie, a Columbia University School of Journalism graduate, then gave her analysis of "the state of total disruption in the media" while defending the citizen journalist. Despite her First Amendment rights being violated, Susie interestingly concluded the interview on a hopeful note. (The coughing heard just shy of the five minute mark in the video is that of Susie's father, cartoonist and entrepreneur Daryl Cagle of Cagle Cartoons.)
For some background on Susie's first arrest, click on our November 2011 news alert titled American Cartoonist Susie Cagle Improperly Arrested, Detained and Charged While Reporting on the Occupy Oakland Movement. Better yet, check out Susie's website, This Is What Concerns Me.