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Methodists in Tampa rally against private prison industry

The United Methodist Task Force on Immigration held a rally in Tampa over the weekend to protest against the growing private prison system in the United States. “Is this an immigration rally or is this a prison rally? It is a justice rally,” Bishop Minerva Carcano said. More than 500…

Jay Smooth: Trayvon’s parents show us how to ‘push’ for justice

Renowned hip-hop radio host Jay Smooth roundly commended the decorum of Trayvon Martin’s parents in his latest video commentary about the aftermath from the murdered teenager’s story. “What’s been remarkable to me is the amount of optimism that’s been at the root of these protests,” Smooth said. “Because Trayvon Martin’s…

Activist decries CISPA as ‘a Patriot Act for the Internet’

According to Internet activist Aaron Swartz, the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which passed the House of Representatives this week, is even worse than the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that was sidelined by a public outcry last winter. Swartz told Russia Today that whereas SOPA was…

Wisconsin veteran ‘pissed off’ that he couldn’t vote with Veteran ID card

Gil Paar, a veteran living in Racine, Wisconsin, said he upset to learn on election day that he couldn’t use his Veteran Identification Card to vote. In a video produced by the United Steelworkers, Paar explained that when he tried to vote in a school board election, he was told…

Issa calls Obama admin. ‘the most corrupt government in history’

The Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform thinks that the Obama administration is “the most corrupt in history,” and he’s not afraid to say it. Speaking to Bloomberg on Tuesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) insisted that the president’s political appointees must be held accountable for their…

Willie Nelson unveils statue of himself at 4:20 on 4/20

Country singer Willie Nelson unveiled an eight-foot statue of himself in front of the Austin City Limits Sutdio in Austin, TX on Friday. Organizers of the event insisted that they hadn’t chosen the date deliberately to commemorate Nelson’s long-time advocacy of marijuana legalization, but once it was brought to their…

Zimmerman granted bail after wife claims no ‘prior violence’

A judge in Florida said on Friday that the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed an unarmed African-American teen was eligible to be released on bond after his parents and wife testified that prior arrests did not mean he had a history of violence. “I am sorry for the loss…

Gulf fishermen report eyeless shrimp, malformed fish hearts after oil spill

Dr. Jim Cowan, with Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography, spoke to Al Jazeera recently and described the regular complaints he gets from fishermen, who often warn of deformed sea life like eyeless shrimp, crabs without claws, fish whose hearts don’t fully form, and numerous creatures with unexplained lesions on…

Michelle Obama: Trayvon ‘tragedy’ should rally Americans

First Lady Michele Obama is calling on Americans to rally around the family of an unarmed African-American teen who was recently shot to death by a neighborhood watchmen in Florida. In a telephone interview on Tuesday, the first lady told NPR’s Michel Martin that her “heart goes out to the…

Gay men kiss as Muslims protest atheist convention in Australia

A kiss between two gay men angered Muslims who were protesting outside the Global Atheist Convention in Australia over the weekend. Gregory Storer and his partner, Michael Barnett, were attending the convention in Melbourne when they were confronted by a group of Muslim protesters holding signs that that said, “Atheism…

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