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AZ immigrant rights activist not surprised by Giffords shooting

The level of violence that took the life of nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green in Tucson, Arizona Saturday is less than shocking to those close to the immigrant rights community, according to an area civil rights leader. “It’s something that we’re familiar with,” Salvador Reza of Puente Arizona told Laura Flanders…

Rand Paul ‘head stomper’ charged with misdemeanor assault

A volunteer for Rand Paul’s Senate campaign has been charged with misdemeanor assault after being filmed stomping on a progressive activist’s head during a debate, Kentucky news sources report. Timothy Profitt of Bourbon County, Kentucky, has admitted to being the person seen stomping on MoveOn activist Lauren Valle’s head and…

Kentucky stomper says he hit victim because of back problems, and now seeks apology

Tim Profitt, the Kentucky man and Rand Paul supporter who was featured in videos stomping on the head of a MoveOn.org activist, is now blaming a bad back in his decision to attack the liberal activist — and says he wants an apology. Via TPM: Tim Profitt — the former…

Liberal activist stomped outside Rand Paul-Jack Conway debate

Update: Victim suffered a concussion and sprains MoveOn.org’s political director Ilyse Hogue told Talking Points Memo that Lauren Valle suffered a concussion and sprains to her shoulder. Rand Paul sought to down play the incident as “jockeying.” Original story continues below… Supporters of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul wrestled…

Israel stops Jewish activists’ yacht on way to Gaza

The Israeli navy boarded a yacht in the Mediterranean on Tuesday to prevent a small group of Jewish activists sailing to Gaza to protest against Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian enclave. Israel’s Gaza policies came under scrutiny in May after its marines killed nine Turkish activists in boarding one ship…

Sean Penn urges Congress not to forget Haiti

Oscar-winning actor turned activist Sean Penn, who has been working on Haiti aid after the massive January 12 earthquake, urged US lawmakers Wednesday to help reopen Haitian hospitals that have shut down for lack of funds. “The hospitals that do exist have got to be staffed, supplied, administrated to,” said…

Civil rights activist seeks to prove anti-terrorism law a violation of free speech

Ralph Fertig, a 79-year-old professor who has fought for civil rights most of his life, wants to be a public advocate for the oppressed Kurdish minority in Turkey. The problem? He's worried the US government, which calls the group a terrorist organization, will throw him in prison for 15 years…

This video ran around and deserted me

Jenny McCarthy, a big anti-vaccination activist, was having a web chat where she read questions out loud and answered them. Attempts by pro-science people to get through and show her as ignorant were thwarted, but one industrious lady got through this: No, Amanda is not me. I wish. (Hat tip.)…

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