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Russian clergyman quits church after Pussy Riot verdict

A deacon in the Russian Orthodox Church says he has been the target of a smear campaign since asking to be defrocked to protest various church scandals, including last month’s imprisonment of the punk band Pussy Riot. “It was the very last straw when I realized that concepts such as…

CODEPINK protesters heckle Paul Ryan: ‘My body my choice’

Protesters affiliated with the group CODEPINK heckled Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) during his speech at the Republican National Covention on Wednesday night. Col. Ann Wright and Laura Mills shouted, “My body my choice,” and “Fund healthcare not warfare.” The two women caused a small disturbance, but were quickly drown out…

Protester shouts at Condoleezza Rice: Blood of Iraqi children is on your hands!

Anti-war activists affiliated with the group CODEPINK on Wednesday interrupted former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a speech in Tampa. “You cannot be compassionate and kill people in the war of choice, the war on Iraq,” Retired Colonel Ann Wright stood up and shouted while Rice was speaking at…

Rape victims speak out against Republicans on eve of Ryan’s speech

In advance of vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan taking the stage at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, rape survivors released a video calling for Republicans to “[stand] up for the dignity of women who have been raped.” The video, released by the group UltraViolet, which works to fight…

Heckler tells Rubio: Stop whoring out to big money interests

During a speech to Florida delegates on Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was heckled numerous times by anti-corporate protesters. “We demand that the GOP stop whoring themselves out to the big money interests that are raping this planet and trying to squeeze every last dime out of the working class,”…

Occupy activists clash with Westboro Baptist church protestors outside the Republican convention

While delegates and newsmakers more or less took the day off while waiting for Issac (and waiting out tornado warnings in the area), the March on the RNC went forward as initially planned. But when the official march reached its end point, a few of the participants decided they weren’t…

Topless activists run into trouble in New York and Los Angeles

In shedding their tops and taking up their cause, the women who took part in National Go Topless Day marches in New York and Los Angeles had to deal with some uninvited “admirers.” Photographer Katie Sokoler told New York City newsblog Gothamist that participants at the event in Bryant Park…

Report: FBI informant armed and trained Black Panthers

A video published Monday by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that the man responsible for arming and training members of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s did so while acting as a federal informant. According to reporter Seth Rosenfeld, Richard Aoki was approached by FBI agent Burney Threadgill…

Pussy Riot protesters rally in Chicago

Supporters of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot rallied in Chicago on Saturday to protest against the band members’ prison sentences. “These women are complete badasses,” one protester said into a microphone, wearing the band’s iconic colorful balaclavas. A Moscow judge has ruled that Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22,…

Pussy Riot releases new single after being sentenced

Pussy Riot will not go to jail quietly. Hours after being sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism, the Russian punk band released a new single, “Putin Lights The Fires,” which has intensified the international criticism of both the verdict and Russian President Vladimir Putin. And, perhaps most importantly…

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