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Ex-inmate tells Raw Story he faces retaliation for exposing shocking NJ jail death

A former inmate is seeking justice for a 75-year-old homeless man who died late last year in a New Jersey jail while strapped in a “turtle suit” and left lying in his own filth. And he claims that authorities have threatened his physical safety and his freedom for speaking out.…

Pro-Obamacare minister arrested for holding ‘Enough!’ banner outside S.C. State House

Eleven activists, including a retired Methodist minister, were arrested on Tuesday for blocking the entrance to the South Carolina State House with a banner that said “Enough!” to protest lawmakers who are obstructing the implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. The demonstrators have organized a series of…

Watch the Dalai Lama discuss importance of human values in a material world

The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso speaks with WSJ's Barbara Chai about the value of compassion and ethics in today's highly materialistic society.…

Don’t let capitalists control firearm production, warns creator of 3-D printable ‘Liberator’ gun

The world’s first 3-D printable firearm springs from the same liberating impulse as blogging and other forms of digital activism, says its creator. “If 3-D printing means anything, if the digital revolution and 3-D printing revolution have any interesting terminus, it’s because we will all have access to greater means…

Cop harasses photographer, steals his cellphone battery and tries to get YouTube to pull the video

Recording a police officer in public isn't a crime. Well, it isn't anything a cop can cite or arrest you for doing. Instead, a bunch of vague infractions are listed in hopes that something will stick and deter future citizen recordings. Shawn Randall……

Gay heart attack patient says Catholic priest refused him last rites

WASHINGTON — A gay man who suffered a heart attack and was treated at Washington, D.C.’s Hospital Center said that a priest refused to give him last rites after he said he was gay, a new Washington Blade report reveals. The man, Ronald Plishka, 63, suffered a heart attack Feb. 6 and didn’t…

Anonymous has a new video, and Anonymous is not thrilled

Here’s the thing about Anonymous. Because it insists it is a nebulous, leaderless collective and doesn’t have “members,” when it does something, it can be hard to tell if it’s something that most or even many of its regular participants approve of or even know about. Today was a good…

Portland protesters bring pitchforks and torches to City Hall over anti-homeless proposal

Protesters in Portland, Ore., showed up at the doors of city hall carrying actual pitchforks and torches, to express their anger about proposals to change laws related to homelessness in the progressive city. Portland’s leaders have begun debating a bill that would allow police to target homeless people sitting on…

Students form wall around Missouri stadium to block Westboro protest against gay player

Hundreds of students formed a human wall around the basketball stadium at the University of Missouri on Saturday because the Westboro Baptist Church had pledged to protest gay football player Michael Sam. After Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam came out last week last week, anti-LGBT members of the Westboro church…

‘Juno’ actress Ellen Page comes out as a lesbian: ‘I am tired of lying by omission’

Actress Ellen Page, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in “Juno,” came out as a lesbian on Friday at a Las Vegas conference for gay teens. “I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission,” the 26-year-old actress said in a speech that…

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