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Pro-LGBT church destroyed by fire in Minnesota

A historic Minneapolis church known for supporting LGBT rights and other progressive causes burned to the ground on Sunday night. According to the StarTribune, the Walker Community United Methodist Church caught fire around 8:20 p.m. Five of the firefighters who battled the blaze for hours were taken to the hospital,…

Heckler brands Tony Blair a ‘war criminal’ over JPMorgan payments

A heckler burst into a room where former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair was testifying on Monday and branded him a “war criminal” over alleged payments by JPMorgan for the Iraq war. David Lawley-Wakelin, who was from the Alternative Iraq Enquiry, momentarily halted Blair’s testimony to Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry…

Group pushes to lift ban on abortion care for women in the military

The Senate attached an amendment Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that seeks to lift the ban on abortion insurance coverage for women in the military who are victims of rape, according to RH Reality Check. Known as the Shaheen Amendment, named for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) who…

Jay Smooth: ‘Anonymous comments are a harm-reduction program for trolls.’

While anonymous (or, really, pseudonymous) comments are on the outs everywhere from Politico to TPM because of bullying and straight-up trolling, Ill Doctrine’s Jay Smooth takes New York legislators to task for an effort to make them outright illegal. Though it is important to find ways to limit cyberbullying, in…

Rep. Nancy Pelosi recognizes Harvey Milk day

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) on Tuesday called on Americans to “ensure that our laws reflect our national promise of equality and justice for all” in the spirit of Harvey Milk. “On Harvey Milk Day, the state of California officially honors the life and legacy of a leader dedicated to…

Syrian-Americans call for no-fly zone amid NATO summit

While anti-war protesters rallied against NATO’s involvement in conflicts around the globe on Sunday, a group of Syrian-Americans gathered in Chicago to call on NATO to enforce a no-fly zone over their native country. Activist claim more than 12,000 people have been killed by the Syrian government since protesters took…

NAACP president chokes up over support for marriage equality

NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous on Monday became emotional as he spoke to reporters about his organization’s decision to support marriage rights for LGBT couples. “Our calling as an organization is to defend the U.S. Constitution,” Jealous told reporters during a press conference at the NAACP headquarters on Monday.…

Nearly 50 U.S. veterans return service medals at NATO protest

Nearly 50 U.S. military veterans returned their service medals on Sunday during a protest against NATO in Chicago, with each of them throwing their medals over a security fence in a symbolic protest meant to evoke images of the Vietnam war era. The soldiers’ demonstration came at the tail end…

Occupy livestreamers detained at gunpoint by twelve Chicago police cars

Occupy Wall Street livestreamers Tim Pool, Luke Rudkowski, and Jeoff Shively, along with two other friends, were driving back to their apartment around midnight on Satuirday, after a long day covering the anti-NATO protests in Chicago when they were suddenly surrounded by twelve police cars and told to come out…

Chicago police attack credentialed press photographer

The uncredentialed livestreamers and reporters who cover Occupy Wall Street protests may feel that taking their chances with the police is part of their self-appointed role. On Saturday, however, a credentialed photographer for The UpTake, who was wearing a highly visible press badge, ran afoul of the Chicago cops. Tracy…

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