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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…

Pro-Bradley Manning protesters occupy Obama campaign’s Oakland headquarters

A rally on Thursday demanding justice for whistleblower Bradley Manning was followed by a group of at least sixty protesters showing up at the Obama campaign headquarters in Oakland, California. According to the Washington Whispers blog at U.S. News, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War handed a letter…

Pennsylvania woman faces $600 a day fine for feeding needy children

A woman in Chester Township, Pennsylvania has been warned that she could be fined as much as $600 a day if she continues to feed needy children in her community. Angela Prattis has been feeding lunch to as many as 60 children a day under a program funded by the…

Remaining Pussy Riot members promise more protests

While three members of the notorious Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot sit in Russian prison cells on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” remaining members have promised more guerrilla performances and protests. According to Reuters, the all-woman group, which has 10 to 20 members at any given time…

‘Game of Thrones’ author rips ‘Republicans and Teabaggers’ for voter suppression

The author behind HBO’s popular Game of Thrones series recently blasted “Republicans and their Teabagger allies” for what he called “ongoing attempts at voter suppression” by enacting voter photo ID laws in various states. “I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed,…

Planned Parenthood warns Idaho lawmakers: Women are watching

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest organized a flash mob in the capitol of Idaho on Saturday to warn against attacks on reproductive rights. About 40 women in pink shirts adorned with the phrase “women are watching” danced to the song “We’re not going to take it” by Twisted Sister. “Pillamina,” the…

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