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Episode 213: We talk with Amanda Schemkes. We discuss the Cleveland 4, connecting movements, security culture, activism, cointelpro, knowing your rights, animal rights, veganism, anarchism & much more. #fsd About the Cleveland 4: The Cleveland 4 were four Occupy Cleveland activists, Brandon, Connor, Doug and Joshua "Skelly."  They were arrested on April 30th, 2012. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge.  However, the real story is that the FBI, working with an informant, created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced these four into participating.           Connor, Doug, and Brandon took non cooperating plea deals and pled guilty to all charges.  The judge applied a "terrorist enhancement" charge to each of them, elongating their sentences as well as subjecting them to harsher prison conditions.  Doug is serving 11.5 years, Brandon 9 years 9 months, and Connor 8 years 1 month.           Skelly took his case to trial. He went pr