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Nuns protest against Rep. Paul Ryan over budget cuts

A group of Catholic Sisters drove their presidential campaign-style bus to the Wisconsin office of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R) on Wednesday to decry proposed budget cuts they say will hurt struggling families. The nuns are part of the National Catholic Social Justice Lobby (NETWORK), which recently came…

Jay Smooth: Sexist bullying must be confronted

According to New York hip-hop DJ Jay Smooth, when dudes take it upon themselves to bully a woman for her feminist viewpoints, it is incumbent upon other dudes to fight back. Take the cautionary tale of Feminist Frequency blogger Anita Sarkeesian, who recently raised nearly $160,000 for a series of…

‘The Wire’ actor says stop-and-frisk cops mistake him for a real dealer

Actor J.D. Williams, who played drug dealer Preston “Bodie” Broadus on HBO’s critically-acclaimed series The Wire, says he is often stopped by police who mistakenly recognize him as someone they’ve busted before. Capital New York caught up with Williams on Sunday while he was protesting the New York Police Department’s…

Jesse Ventura: ‘Our military has turned into contract killers’

When former Minnesota Governer Jesse Ventura appeared with CNN’s Piers Morgan to promote a new book on Saturday, he was as outspoken as ever. Ventura was particularly vocal about the effects of paying private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan more than our own soldiers. “They leave our military in droves,”…

Michigan protesters: You can’t say it? Don’t legislate it!

During a so-called SlutWalk in Detroit on Saturday, protesters mocked the Michigan legislature for silencing a female representative who said the word “vagina” while debating bills that would restrict reproductive rights. “If you can’t say it, don’t legislate it,” hundreds of protesters shouted as they marched down the street. On…

5th grader’s winning pro-marriage equality speech banned by NY school

A elementary school principal at PS 195 in Queens, New York City has barred a fifth-grade student from delivering a speech about marriage equality to the rest of the school even though he won a class competition. Same sex marriage is legal in New York, but principal Beryl Bailey told…

Meghan McCain says she doesn’t use marijuana… frequently

The daughter of former Republican presidential nominee John McCain says she supports the legalization of marijuana, but doesn’t use the drug — at least not “frequently.” Meghan McCain on Tuesday explained to NBC host Jay Leno why she made the decision to support marijuana legalization in her latest book, America,…

ACLU sues over North Carolina’s same sex adoption ban

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday announced that it had filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s second parent adoption ban, which effective prevents same sex partner’s from adopting children. The lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of six same sex couples claims that the law violates the…

ACLU: U.S. is paying dearly for elderly inmates

Harsh sentencing laws of the 1980s and ’90s have resulted in a U.S. prison population that is increasingly aged. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), care of elderly prisoners is placing a heavy burden on state and federal institutions. Elderly prisoners cost nearly twice as much to provide…

Pro-hemp protester arrested near White House

David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps was arrested outside the White House on Monday while protesting the ban on industrial hemp in the United States. “I had hoped that President Obama would not succumb to drug warriors’ hysteria regarding hemp,” he said. “I really don’t know what else to…

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