Tag Archives: activism

BOSTON: Mayor Marty Walsh Raises Trans Pride Flag Over City Hall As Middle Finger To NOM’s Hate Bus

Patch reports: Boston is responding to the arrival of the anti-transgender “Free Speech Bus” by raising a transgender flag at City Hall in an act of solidarity. Mayor Marty Walsh had the flag raised around 1 p.m. after saying “we are always going to support our transgender community and defend their fundamental rights.” The “Free Speech Bus” rolled into town ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Resistance Groups Reach Deal With Pride Organizers For Front-Of-Parade Placement

Duncan Osborne reports at Gay City News: The organization that produces New York City’s pride parade, rally, and related events has agreed to allow groups eager to confront the Republican Party’s control of the federal government near the front of the June 25 pride parade. “I’m extremely proud of the people who came out to raise their voices about this, ...

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ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires Becomes World’s First City To Name Subway Station After An LGBT Activist

The Bubble reports: Today marked the opening of the newly inaugurated Carlos Jaúregui subway station. Located on the corner of Avenida Santa Fe and Pueyrredón, the stop was previously referred to as the “Santa Fe” stop on the H line. Following a measure approved unanimously last year by the Buenos Aires City Legislature, the station was opened under its new ...

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ARIZONA: Anti-Trump Billboard Draws Death Threats

The Arizona Republic reports: Artist Karen Fiorito knew backlash was bound to come. And it has. Commissioned by a downtown Phoenix art gallery in January to create a billboard art piece that would comment on President Donald Trump’s administration, Fiorito said what she had in mind was going to stir up a controversy. “Billboards are perfect because you don’t have ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Sean Spicer Confronted At Apple Store

The New York Post reports: White House spokesman Sean Spicer was accosted by an Indian-American woman — who peppered him with questions about committing “treason” and working for a “fascist” like President Trump — as he shopped in an Apple Store over the weekend. The encounter has since gone viral after the woman who filmed it, Shree Chauhan, 33, claimed ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Diner That Was Site Of Historic 1965 LGBT Rights Protest To Close On Memorial Day

BillyPenn.com reports: Little Pete’s is disappearing from Center City sooner than anyone thought. Although developers for the hotel that will replace the iconic diner at 17th and Chancellor had set August 31 as the deadline for vacating the space, owner Pete Koutroubas has decided to shut down earlier. He’s also throwing a farewell party. As reported by Philly Chit Chat, ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Reps Introduce Bill To Charge Protesters Who Block Streets With “Economic Terrorism”

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Protesters who damage property or block traffic could face tougher penalties under a criminal offense called “economic terrorism” proposed last week in North Carolina’s legislature. The bill from several N.C. House Republicans comes months after Charlotte faced weeks of protests following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. While most of the protesters were ...

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Marco Rubio: I Can’t Do Any Town Halls Because Mean Liberal Activists Will “Heckle And Scream” At Me

Via Breitbart: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) says he will not participate in town halls because political activists will “heckle and scream” at him to create a media spectacle for the cameras. “They are not town halls anymore,” Rubio told CBS Miami on Sunday. “What these groups really want is for me to schedule a public forum, they then organize three, ...

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GOP Senator Shows Up Late For Townhall, Accuses Crowd Of “Booing The Name Of Jesus” [VIDEO]

GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy showed up quite late to his townhall yesterday and was SHOCKED to face an angry crowd. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports: Sen. Bill Cassidy had to know he was facing a tough crowd when they tried to shout down the invocation. “Amen!” one man hollered just moments after Louisiana State Chaplain Michael Sprague began his prayer. ...

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TODAY: Transgender Rights Protest At Stonewall Inn

In reaction to the Trump administration rescinding transgender student rights, dozens of LGBT rights and progressive groups will be leading a protest rally this afternoon outside the Stonewall Inn in downtown Manhattan. The rally is cosponsored by the New York City Council, GLSEN, GLAAD, and Lambda Legal. The event begins at 5:30PM and its Facebook page is here.

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ARIZONA: GOP Senate Passes Bill To Arrest In Advance And Seize Assets Of People Planning To Protest

The Arizona Capitol Times reports: Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened. SB1142 expands the state’s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting. And it redefines ...

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TEXAS: Activists Plan “Queer Dance Freakout” At Governor’s Mansion To Protest State’s “Bathroom Bill”

The Austin Statesman reports: Hundreds of people have signed up to protest outside the Texas governor’s mansion on Thursday against bills that they say threaten the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Their resistance of choice? Dancing. The mansion is “a Greek revival building and is the oldest continuously occupied home in Austin,” said Jeremy von Stilb, an ...

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Anti-Trump Immigration Activists Unfurl “Refugees Welcome” Banner On Statue Of Liberty’s Pedestal

ABC New York reports: A banner reading “Refugees Welcome” was unfurled on the Statue of Liberty Tuesday afternoon. The banner, approximately 20 feet by 3 feet, was spotted on the pedestal just before 1 p.m., affixed by nylon rope to the wall of the public observation deck at the base of the statue. Rangers, alerted to its presence, immediately made ...

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Grace Slick: I Took Chick-Fil-A’s Ad Money For My Song Just So I Could Donate It All To Lambda Legal [VIDEO]

Billboard Magazine reports: Leave it to Grace Slick to make an activist statement by saying “yes” to use of Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in an ad for fast food chain Chick-fil-A. The co-founder of Starship’s predecessor, 1960s psychedelic group Jefferson Airplane, Slick has penned an op-ed explaining her decision to authorize a license of the 1987 hit to ...

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TEXAS: ACLU Launches “I Pee With LGBT” Campaign In Opposition To Pending “Bathroom Bill” [VIDEO]

The Austin Statesman reports: A web-based ad, shot by Austin film director Richard Linklater, uses humor to attack arguments that the transgender bathroom bill is needed to protect privacy. The digital ad, which will appear in targeted buys on Facebook, includes a diverse cast — including two transgender Texans — to argue that Senate Bill 6 is about discrimination, not ...

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UTAH: “Paid Protesters” Send Invoices To Jason Chaffetz

Via the Daily Kos: The other day Utah Republican, misogynist, and yellow-bellied deadbeat official Jason Chaffetz held a town hall meeting where thousands of people showed up to protest his inability to do his job. Unable to get past his pathetic ego, Rep. Chaffetz has decided to follow the Republican Party line lie that anyone voicing displeasure with Republicans are ...

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Bernie Sanders: Tea Party Activists Were The Actual Paid Protesters Thanks To The Koch Brothers [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders bristled at the idea that liberal protests against President Donald Trump all over the country are analogous to the protests and demonstrations that marked the beginning of the tea party movement. “It’s not a tea party because the tea party was essentially funded by the billionaire Koch brothers family,” Sanders said during an interview with ...

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GEORGIA: Congressional GOP Aides Driven From Room With “SHAME!” Chants By Trump Protesters [VIDEO]

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: The protests that have rocked Republican town hall meetings across the nation have arrived in Georgia. Dozens of protesters packed a meeting on Friday in Greensboro hosted by aides to U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson and Rep. Jody Hice. The trio of Republicans, though, was not there. The meeting – which a Hice spokesman ...

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Protesters Block DeVos From Public School [VIDEO]

Has she ever been to a public school before? The Hill reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was greeted with protesters when she tried to enter a Washington middle school on Friday morning. A video from the scene shows DeVos walking away from one entrance of Jefferson Middle School after being physically blocked from the entrance. One protester stood in front ...

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Thousands Attend Stonewall Solidarity Rally [VIDEO]

NY1 reports: Carrying signs with messages such as “LGBT stands by our Muslim brothers and sisters,” thousands flooded Greenwich Village for a solidarity rally to show support for immigrants, refugees, and others impacted by Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven mostly-Muslim countries. “Were going to stand up and say all of the things that Trump has put forward,” one protester ...

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