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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…

Rosie Perez: Romney would have a better shot as ‘a gay Latina’

The first release from a new “comedy super PAC” features actress Rosie Perez blasting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his joke saying that he’d “have a better shot” at winning the election if he were Latino. “Hispanics represent 17 percent of the population and account for less than 2…

Pakistani child activist sent to Britain for treatment

A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban because she campaigned for the right to education was on Monday sent to Britain for medical treatment, the military said. “Pakistan has arranged with the UAE for a specially equipped air ambulance to transfer Malala to the UK”, it said…

Harris-Perry: Taliban shooting created ‘a thousand Malalas’

Melissa Harris-Perry closed her show Sunday with a statement supporting Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old girl who has become a folk hero in Pakistan following her shooting at the hands of the Taliban, directing some of her statements toward the men who tried to kill her. “You may have harmed Malala…

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