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Watch: Minnesota same sex marriage supporters receive news that they’ve won

In this video from Tuesday night, LGBT activists in Minnesota find out that they have defeated a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution banning same sex marriage. The first two and a half minutes of the clip are fairly sedate, with Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom of Minnesotans United for All…

Religious right voter guides displayed at Virginia polling place

A polling station in Virginia displayed voter guides created by conservative Christian groups, video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday showed. Shepherd Johnson, who uploaded the video, said he didn’t see anybody reading the voter guides at the Central Virginia Assembly of God in Gum Spring, but they were only about…

Activists condemn Rep. McKeon with ‘NRAcist’ song

Gun control advocates on Sunday voiced there disappointment with Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) by showing up at a Republican campaign office in Santa Clarita, California to sing a song. The song condemned McKeon for receiving thousands of dollars from the National Rifle Association. The activists noted that singer and NRA…

Staten Island hotel refuses to evict storm refugees for visiting marathoners

The owner of the Staten Island, New York’s Hilton Garden Inn is refusing to evict local refugees from Hurricane Sandy, even though his decision has drawn fire from marathoners who made reservations to stay and run the 43rd annual ING New York City Marathon this weekend. “How do I tell…

Romney interrupted by climate change protester in Virginia

An environmentalist briefly interrupted Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a campaign rally Thursday in Virginia. The protester shouted “what about climate change, that’s what caused this monster storm” before being drown out by boos from Romney supporters. The unidentified heckler held up a banner that read “End Climate Silence.”…

‘You Don’t Own Me’ PSA hits back at GOP in song

A wide-ranging group of women that included actresses and rock stars united for a new PSA released this week criticizing Republican Party policy on women’s issues to the tune of Lesley Gore’s single “You Don’t Own Me.” “I recorded ‘You Don’t Own Me’ in 1964,” Gore said at one point…

‘Copwatch,’ or: How activists are changing police behaviors in New York City

In a unique activism short film, the Waging Nonviolence blog explored how activists in New York City are working to change police behaviors there by organizing “copwatch” patrols that diligently film police encounters. The tactic of copwatching was started in the ’70s by Black Panther activists in San Diego, but…

Missouri pastor’s anti-LGBT tirade has surprise ending

Earlier this year, Rev. Dr. Phil Snyder Brentwood Christian Church appeared before the Springfield, Missouri city council to discuss his views on whether the council should add sexual orientation to the classes of people protected under the city’s non-discrimination clause.  According to the Springfield News-Leader, nearly 200 residents showed up…

Former TransCanada engineer warns of widespread safety violations

The Canadian government said recently that former TransCanada engineer Evan Vokes was right to raise alarms about inspectors not being trained well enough to spot shoddy work that’s not up to code. Speaking to CBC News, Vokes said he was fired after repeatedly raising concerns that some of the company’s…

Green Party candidate Jill Stein arrested outside debate

In an act of civil disobedience to protest their exclusion from the presidential debates, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested outside the site of the second debate on Tuesday. Stein and Honkala attempted to enter the debate hall at Hofstra University, but…

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