08
Mar



09 May 1970, Washington, DC, USA — Political activists Abbie Hoffman and Jane Fonda talk at a demonstration in Washington, DC, protesting the recent violence used to breakup a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University. Four Kent State students were killed, and many others injured, when members of the National Guard fired tear gas and rifles into crowds of student demonstrators who were protesting the Nixon administration’s expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. — Image by © JP Laffont/Sygma/CORBIS.

09 May 1970, Washington, DC, USA — Political activists Abbie Hoffman and Jane Fonda talk at a demonstration in Washington, DC, protesting the recent violence used to breakup a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University. Four Kent State students were killed, and many others injured, when members of the National Guard fired tear gas and rifles into crowds of student demonstrators who were protesting the Nixon administration’s expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. — Image by © JP Laffont/Sygma/CORBIS.

04
Mar
I am not a radical. But more than anything the Iraq War taught me the folly of mocking radicalism. It seemed, back then, that every “sensible” and “serious” person you knew — left or right — was for the war. And they were all wrong. Never forget that they were all wrong. And never forget that the radicals with their drum circles and their wild hair were right.
07
Feb

Protesters Interrupt John Brennan at Confirmation Hearing

25
Oct

Inside the Pussy Rioters’ Soviet-Era Prison Camps

Two members of the Pussy Riot punk band, convicted to two years in prison for “hooliganism,” have been sent by train from Moscow this week to Russia’s notorious penal colonies. Both of the women, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, are mothers of small children, and they had asked to be allowed to serve their jail terms in Moscow, close to their families and their lawyers. Instead, they are now heading to prisons in the remote regions of Mordovia and Perm, also known as “the gateway to Siberia.”

Both regions are notorious for their draconian Soviet-era prison camps. 

The prisons will be a dramatic departure from the Moscow pretrial detention center where the Pussy Rioters had been staying, former inmates say. Female prisoners undergo a series of psychologically stressful situations from the first day of arrival, with the transportation and quarantine “stage”—what the Pussy Rioters are now going through—being the most feared and punishing part for most inmates.

“They make you jump out of a prison vehicle into the train’s door. You fly with all your bags over about three feet gap, while guards with dogs stand on the ground watching you.” Bakhmina said that in autumn and spring, the temperatures on the prison trains are especially freezing, as the vehicles are not heated until the dead of winter.

“From the moment you stepped into the train, you were no longer recognized as an equal human being—the system treats you as a second-class person,” said Bakhmina. “That is the main feature of Russian prisons that remains from [Aleksandr] Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago.”

25
Sep

"Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer for Freedom" ebook now available

The book includes letters from prison, songs, poems, courtroom statements and tributes to the band. 

Profits from the sale of the ebook will support the Pussy Riot legal defense team. 

17
Sep
12
Sep

Pussy Riot eBook Coming Soon

The book will include letters from prison, songs, poems, courtroom statements and tributes to the band. Profits from book sales will support the group’s legal defense team.

09
Sep
A portrait of Vladimir Putin is set ablaze during a new protest video by members of Pussy Riot

A portrait of Vladimir Putin is set ablaze during a new protest video by members of Pussy Riot

19
Aug

Student Riots in Montreal

Armed with signs, rocks, and molotov cocktails, huge numbers of students and masked protesters hit the streets of Montreal to protest tuition hikes and political corruption.

17
Aug

Pussy Riot supporters arrested in NYC

17
Aug

Protests Scheduled in Support of Pussy Riot in NYC Today

17
Aug

Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral.

Judge Marina Syrova convicted the women of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, saying they had “crudely undermined social order”.

The women say the protest, in February, was directed at the Russian Orthodox Church leader’s support for Mr Putin.

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Pussy Riot members jailed for two years for hooliganism

Sooner or later, you will receive your comeuppance, Putin.

03
Apr
Edit: You can find a list of sources here, at the bottom of the graphic. 

Edit: You can find a list of sources here, at the bottom of the graphic. 

02
Apr
Dozens of Tibetans have self-immolated in the past year to protest Chinese oppression. In addition to dousing themselves with fuel, some drink kerosene, so that the flames will explode from within.
23
Mar

NYPD Spied on Lawful, Left-Wing Political Groups

Undercover NYPD officers attended meetings of liberal political organizations and kept intelligence files on activists who planned protests around the country, according to interviews and documents that show how police have used counterterrorism tactics to monitor even lawful activities.

The infiltration echoes the tactics the NYPD used in the run-up to New York’s 2004 Republican National Convention, when police monitored church groups, anti-war organizations and environmental advocates nationwide. That effort was revealed by The New York Times in 2007 and in an ongoing federal civil rights lawsuit over how the NYPD treated convention protesters.

The document provides the latest example of how, in the name of fighting terrorism, law enforcement agencies around the country have scrutinized groups that legally oppose government policies. The FBI, for instance, has collected information on anti-war demonstrators. The Maryland state police infiltrated meetings of anti-death penalty groups. Missouri counterterrorism analysts suggested that support for Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, might indicate support for violent militias — an assertion for which state officials later apologized. And Texas officials urged authorities to monitor lobbying efforts by pro Muslim-groups.

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