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Progressives plan to challenge Obama in Iowa

The group Progressive Democrats of America hope to send a message to President Barack Obama by organizing people to vote for “uncommitted” in the Iowa Democratic caucuses. “I believe we need an inside outside strategy,” Tim Carpenter, the founder of the group, said at an organizing meeting in Des Moines…

‘Year in Race’: 90-second film recaps 2011′s infamous stories on race

Twelve months now having passed since the year 2011 dawned, lots of media outlets are looking back on the tumultious trail left behind. Colorlines.com is no exception. In what amounts to a rather compelling trailer for their website, Color Lines produced a 90-second short film recapping the most important race-related…

Young Turks: Reddit is the Internet’s new activist hotbed

In a segment broadcast Friday night, Current TV’s “The Young Turks” hosts took a look at social media forum Reddit, which has recently become a flashpoint for resistance to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which critics warn will break the structure of the Internet if it becomes law. For…

Rapping billionaire prepares for Occupy the Rose Parade

The Occupy protesters who have received a go-ahead to add their unofficial “human float” to the tail end of the traditional Tournament of Roses Parade on Monday are busy rehearsing for the grand event. “All we’re trying to do is use this event, a historical piece of Americana that is…

‘Occupy’ protesters interrupt Ron Paul: ‘Why do you hate gays?’

As part of their promise to “go big,” protesters with the 99 Percent movement have been interrupting campaign-related events all over Iowa in the week leading up to the nation’s first major presidential candidate selection contest, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul was not given an exception. During a rally with…

‘Occupy the Caucus’ protesters arrested at Wells Fargo bank in Iowa

Three people affiliated with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement were arrested at a Wells Fargo branch in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. The protesters said they targeted Wells Fargo because the bank gave $61,500 to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. “Wells Fargo along with other banks…

Anti-capitalist vandals do $30,000 in damage to Albany holiday display

Less than two days after police cracked down on Occupy Albany in a violent raid, apparently anti-capitalist vandals went after a holiday display in Washington Park put together by the Albany Police Athletic League and sponsored by a variety of local corporations. Graffiti on the signage read “The commons are…

Brutal police raid brings Occupy Albany to an end

A violent police raid on the Occupy Albany encampment on Thursday night ended with multiple injuries and arrests. According to Crooks and Liars, the attack was the culmination of an effort by the city of Albany to oust the protesters by obtaining an eviction order from a New York Supreme…

Catholic cardinal warns Gay Pride Parade could ‘morph into Ku Klux Klan’

A Catholic cardinal in Chicago on Wednesday compared the gay liberation movement to the Ku Klux Klan. Appearing on Fox’s Chicago station, Cardinal Francis George complained that this year’s Gay Pride Parade route would mean that Our Lady of Mount Carmel might have to cancel Sunday mass for the first…

Protesters attempt to take over Gingrich press conference

It hasn’t been the most hospitable week on the campaign trail in Iowa for Newt Gingrich. A day after being a called a “fucking asshole” by a man at a grocery store, the former House Speaker’s press conference at the Iowa Statehouse was hijacked by “Occupy” protesters Wednesday morning. While…

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