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Watch: Michigan pro-union protests escalate as former congressmen gets pepper-sprayed

Former Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI) was pepper-sprayed by police at Michigan’s capitol building amid an escalating protest against so-called “right to work” bills passed by the legislature on Tuesday that critics say will strip public and private unions of their bargaining power. Schauer said he and other protesters gathered outside the Capitol’s…

Michigan mounted police trample pro-union protester with horse

Michigan State Police mounted on horseback reportedly knocked down at least one pro-union demonstrator at the State Capitol on Tuesday. Video posted by the Lansing State Journal shows a man laying on the ground as several mounted police awkwardly try to move their horses through a crowd of people protesting…

Rappers join Occupy activists in push for ‘foreclosure-free zone’

Rappers Chuck D. from Public Enemy and Brother Ali joined members of Occupy Wall Street Thursday in taking over an abandoned home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of what the activist group calls a campaign to institute a “foreclosure-free zone” in the southern part of the city. “We’re gonna write…

Michigan police pepper-spray, arrest protesters opposing ‘right to work’ law

Michigan State Police say they were forced to use pepper spray and arrest at least four protesters who were opposing right to work legislation at the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk told the Detroit Free Press that a number of protesters tried to rush the…

Journalist tells Ed Schultz NYC fast-food strikes ‘scared the heck out of the bosses’

A reporter who covered Thursday’s protests by fast-food workers in New York City told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz the demonstrations had a clear effect on local chain restaurants. “I think it scared the heck out of the bosses,” said Sarah Jaffe, who wrote about the Fast Food Forward campaign for The…

Fast-food workers protest for a living wage in New York City

Workers from a number of fast food chains around New York City held walkouts and demonstrations calling for a living wage Thursday morning. According to The Atlantic, the protests, part of the Fast Food Forward campaign, were organized by groups like New York Communities for Change (NYCC), Service Employees International…

Gay Christian Network founder: Ex-gay therapy is spiritual abuse

Justin Lee, founder of the Gay Christian Network, said Tuesday he was convinced that so-called ex-gay or reparative therapy didn’t work and was often harmful. Lee was ostracized from his church when he admitted he was gay. After his attempts to transform himself into a heterosexual man failed, he later…

Morgan Freeman narrates new LGBT equality advertisement

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman narrates a new video advertisement that declares LGBT individuals in the United States are “at the dawn of a new day.” “Freedom, justice and human dignity have always guided our journey toward a more perfect union,” Freeman says in the 30-second ad, which was released on…

Anti-consumerist ‘Reverend’: Black Friday boosts global warming

In an interview with MSNBC host Alex Witt, Reverend Billy Talen of the Church of Stop Shopping linked the journey of millions to storefronts on Black Friday to the global warming that ultimately fueled Superstorm Sandy. “We have a 1,000-mile hurricane, Sandy, that — you know, you’ve been talking about…

Fox News guest: ‘We do want to destroy the imaginations of our children’

In a bizarre interview aired Friday morning, “Fox & Friends” apparently got punked by an author who declared that society absolutely has every reason to “destroy the imaginations of our children.” It’s not quite clear why Anthony Esolen, author of the book “Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your…

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