Activism

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Don’t Just Vote, Volunteer [VIDEO]

People Magazine reports: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a message for American citizens ahead of the upcoming midterm election: Don’t just vote — volunteer. PEOPLE can exclusively announce that the actress, who has long been an outspoken Democrat, has partnered with registered Federal PAC Local Majority to put together a PSA — directed by her husband Brad Hall — aimed at getting ...

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FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott Booed Out Of Event [VIDEO]

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports: With the noxious odor of red tide hanging in the air and a fresh wave of dead fish washing up on nearby Gulf beaches, a large crowd of people incensed about the devastating algae bloom that has plagued the region for months directed their anger at Gov. Rick Scott during a campaign event in Venice Monday. ...

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Nike Shares Hit All-Time High After Kaepernick Ad

Bloomberg News reports: Ten days after Nike’s new Colin Kaepernick ad provoked calls for boycotts, shares hit an all-time high, closing at $83.47 Thursday. It will likely be months, if not longer, until anyone can fully measure the business impact of Nike Inc.’s controversial partnership with quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick, but early data from Edison Trends show sales tracking well above ...

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Pussy Riot Member In Critical, Poisoning Suspected

The Washington Post reports: Russian news reports say a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning. Ekho Moskvy radio and online news portal Meduza reported Wednesday that Pyotr Verzilov has been in emergency care since late Tuesday. They quoted a fellow Pussy Riot member, Veronika Nikulshina, ...

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HRC President: We’re Going To Get Our Country Back

“We are going to get our country back. I have never seen in my career the kind of grassroots energy and activism like we see today. I really do believe if you fast forward two years, four years, five years, we will look back at this moment and see it as one of the great awakenings of our democracy. Marginalized ...

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Trump Policies Spur Big Money Latino Voter Campaign

NBC News reports: President Trump’s policy that has resulted in the separation of parents and children along the southern border may have accomplished something Latino activist groups haven’t before: Prompting a long-term voter registration drive uniting progressive and traditional Democratic groups. On Thursday, a new coalition led by the nonprofit advocacy group Voto Latino will launch a three-year, multi-million dollar ...

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Nike Releases First Colin Kaepernick Ad [VIDEO]

Ad Age reports: Nike is not backing off its polarizing Colin Kaepernick campaign. The company is amping it up with a new call-to-action spot that will air during the NFL opener Thursday night on NBC. The sportswear giant today released a two-minute-long video “Dream Crazy” narrated by Kaepernick as part of its controversial effort. In addition to running during this ...

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Handmaids Hold Silent Vigil Outside Kavanaugh Hearing

Mediaite reports: Protesters descended on the Capitol Tuesday morning on the first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Among the many groups, one in particular grabbed eyes and cameras, a Demand Justice organized protest featuring women dressed in garb from the fictional TV show “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The handmaids have arrived at the line to ...

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Protesters Disrupt Start To Kavanaugh Hearing [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: This hearing is off to a turbulent start. Democrats interrupted Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican of Iowa, the moment he started his opening statement. They’re demanding a delay in the hearing until more documents are released and there is more time to review the documents that have been released. The first request came from Senator Kamala Harris, ...

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ActBlue Raises $100 Million For Democrats In August

Axios reports: The online fundraising platform ActBlue raised $100 million in August for Democratic candidates, marking their biggest fundraising month since they launched in 2004. Why it matters: Liberal activists and donors are showing no signs of slowing down before the 2018 midterm elections. Some of the candidates who benefit most from ActBlue’s fundraising include Beto O’Rourke running for U.S. ...

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Parkland’s David Hogg: “The Young People Will Win”

The Washington Post reports: “The young people will win,” vowed David Hogg, the Parkland activist who has turned the stalled movement for gun control into a plea for political engagement. The change registered far beyond the suburb of South Florida where 17 students and educators died on Feb. 14, Hogg said. Tuesday’s primaries advanced two 39-year-old candidates for governor. The ...

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Rapper Logic Dons “F*CK THE WALL” Shirt At VMAs

Variety reports: Logic delivered another powerful performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday, using a backdrop of immigration illustrated by a U.S. Border Patrol graphic and a T-shirt that read “F— the Wall,” referencing President Donald Trump’s proposed border-crossing deterrent. The immigration-themed set featured dozens of advocates for immigrants’ rights and others displaced by Trump’s policies at the ...

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Gay Couple Sets Up Scholarship Fund In Name Of Late Lesbian Daughter Of Man Who Protested Roy Moore

You may recall the lone Alabama man protesting at a Roy Moore rally with a sign lamenting the suicide death of his lesbian daughter. The man’s sad vigil led to an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show and now, thanks to a wealthy gay couple, a scholarship fund in his daughter’s name. The Birmingham Herald reports: This week, Elliott Mitchell ...

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ARKANSAS: Satanic Temple Delivers Statue To Capitol In Battle Over Ten Commandments Monument [VIDEO]

Little Rock’s Fox affiliate reports: Dozens attended a rally held by the Satanic Temple at the Arkansas State Capitol on Thursday. The rally comes after the Arkansas legislature approved the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds. During the Satanic Temple’s Rally for the First Amendment, a more than 8 feet tall Baphomet statue was unveiled. “The ...

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NFL Player Protests Resume At Preseason Games

ESPN reports: Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games Thursday night. In Miami, Kenny Stills and two other Dolphins players protested during the anthem before their 26-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and ...

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As You Are: Biden Foundation Launches Awareness Campaign For Acceptance Of LGBTQ Youth [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden is launching an awareness campaign to promote the importance of family acceptance of LGBTQ youth. The vice president’s Biden Foundation kicked off the “As You Are” initiative on Tuesday with a video campaign, featuring Biden, pop singer Cyndi Lauper, former NFL player Wade Davis and numerous LGBTQ advocates and activists. “We’ll use ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Broadway Protests Outside White House

The Associated Press reports: Rosie O’Donnell and cast members from some of Broadway’s biggest musicals plan to serenade President Donald Trump on Monday — but from outside the White House in protest. The group will sing “The People’s Song” from “Les Miserables,” Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” ″A Brand New Day” from “The Wiz” and “Climb ...

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RUSSIA: Police Arrest 25 LGBT Activists [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Russian police have detained at least 25 LGBT rights activists during a protest in St Petersburg to promote the rights of sexual minorities. About 60 activists gathered at the main square in the city centre, despite a ban being placed on the rally. They held up placards and rainbow-coloured flags, and called for LGBT rights to be ...

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Rosie O’Donnell And Broadway Performers To Serenade Trump From Outside The White House On Monday

The New York Post reports: Rosie O’Donnell and cast members from some of Broadway‘s biggest musicals plan to serenade President Donald Trump on Monday — but from outside the White House in protest. The group will sing “Do You Hear The People Sing” from “Les Miserables,” Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” ”A Brand New Day” from ...

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Tom Steyer To Spend At Least $110M On Midterms

Politico reports: Tom Steyer has set plans to spend at least $110 million in 2018, making the billionaire investor the largest single source of campaign cash on the left and placing him on a path to create a parallel party infrastructure with polling, analytics and staffing capabilities that stand to shape and define the issues the party runs on in ...

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