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Occupy debt-relief campaign buys $100,000 worth of debt

Members of a debt relief project borne from the Occupy Wall Street campaign said Wednesday they have purchased more than $100,000 worth of medical debt in a second trial run for their efforts. Thomas Gokey, a spokesperson for the Rolling Jubilee campaign, said the debt was purchased for $5,000. Earlier…

Latino groups continue pressure on Arizona over uncounted ballots

A new video posted by the activist group Presente.org showed members illustrates efforts by Latino voters in Arizona to make sure their votes are counted. The video, shot during a Nov. 9 demonstration in Maricopa County, shows members of Presente and other community groups delivering a petition with 20,000 signatures…

Neo-Nazi rally drowned out by clowns in North Carolina

A group of neo-Nazis held an anti-immigration rally in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, but their demonstration was overshadowed by a horde of cheerful clowns. Local media reported that the neo-Nazis were outnumbered by about a five-to-one ratio. The clowns shouted “white flour,” while others came with signs reading “wife…

Long Island residents protest power outages

Long Island residents protested power outages on Nov. 10 outside the Long Island Power Authority, as 170,000 people in the area have no power, reported Reuters. One sign reads, “LIPA Please help us — we are cold!!!” Another woman holds up a sign that says in part, “Shame on LIPA.”…

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…

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