Activism

CANADA: Oil Truckers Convoy Against Greta Thunberg

The CBC reports: A group of oil and gas supporters is planning a counter-rally when Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg shows up at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton on Friday. Glen Carritt, who organized the United We Roll convoy that travelled to Ottawa in February, said a similar convoy will start in Red Deer, Alta., on Friday morning and make …

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Trans Activists Disrupt LGBTQ Town Hall [VIDEO]

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Protesters demanding attention to ongoing violence against transgender women momentarily disrupted Thursday night the CNN town hall on LGBT issues as several Democratic candidate were on stage. The first time protesters came on the stage just as an audience member was about to ask the first question of Pete Buttigieg. Their numbers were …

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Teen Climate Activist Blasts UN World Leaders [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: Greta Thunberg shocked the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday with an angry, accusatory tone and direct, frank talk. “This is all wrong,” said the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, fighting back tears. “I shouldn’t be up here – I should be in school, across the ocean.” Taking an angry tone, she continued, “You come …

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Millions Turn Out For Global “Climate Strike” [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A wave of climate change protests swept across the globe Friday, with hundreds of thousands of young people sending a message to leaders headed for a U.N. summit: The warming world can’t wait for action. Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Canberra to Kabul and Cape Town to Copenhagen, and more were set to follow …

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Massive “Trump Rat” Awaits Him In Baltimore [VIDEO]

The Baltimore Sun reports: Protesters erected a balloon depicting President Trump as a rat in downtown Baltimore on Thursday ahead of his visit to the city, as well as a street sign honoring former President Obama on the town’s President Street. In footage shared online Thursday afternoon, a man named Claude Taylor could be seen inflating the giant rat and …

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Super PAC To Spend $50M To Flip Rural Trump Voters

The Hill reports: The liberal super PAC American Bridge is launching a $50 million effort in four swing states to flip rural working class voters who voted for President Trump. American Bridge has spent millions on polling and research in swing counties in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida to identify individuals most likely to defect from Trump. The super PAC …

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DUBAI: Frontman From British Pop Rockers The 1975 Defies Local Law By Kissing Male Fan During Concert

The BBC reports: Matt Healy, the frontman of Brit Award-winning band The 1975, has defied Dubai’s anti-LGBTQ laws by kissing a male audience member during a gig. Fan footage showed Healy venturing into the crowd and kissing a man on the lips, to loud cheers, on Wednesday. He is then seen returning to the stage and declaring: “I love you …

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US Fencing Medalist Kneels During National Anthem

The Associated Press reports: Olympic fencing medalist Race Imboden took a knee in protest during his team’s foil medal ceremony at the Pan American Games. The American knelt during the national anthem at the medal ceremony Friday to protest racial and social injustice. He won a bronze medal in the individual men’s foil event and then took gold in the …

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TODAY: Gays Against Guns Protest In Times Square

Just in via press release: Who: Gays Against Guns is an inclusive direct action group of LGBTQ+ people and their allies committed to nonviolently breaking the gun industry’s chain of death —investors, manufacturers, the NRA, and politicians who block safer gun laws. What, When, Where: At 1:00pm ET on Sunday August 4, GAG (Gays Against Guns) will gather on the …

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KENTUCKY: Protesters Taunt McConnell With Chants Of “Moscow Mitch” As He Tries To Address Crowd [VIDEO]

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: National derision followed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell home as Democrats taunted the GOP leader with T-shirts, signs and continuous chants of “Moscow Mitch” during his speech at St. Jerome Catholic Church’s annual political picnic. McConnell and his team have taken the attacks, spawned from his refusal to take up election security measures, more personally than …

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Rammstein Members Defy Law With Moscow Kiss

The Independent reports: Two members of Rammstein kissed onstage in Moscow as a sign of defiance at the country’s notoriously anti-LGBT+ stance. Guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe were seen moving towards one another before kissing during a performance of “Aüslander”. The German heavy metal band posted a photo of the moment on their Instagram page with the caption: “Russia, …

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Protester Disrupts Trump’s Jamestown Speech [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A heckler disrupted President Donald Trump’s speech at an event in historic Jamestown, Virginia commemorating the 400th anniversary of the rise of American democracy. The person stood up and held up signs that read “deport hate” and “reunite my family.” A third message said “go back to your corrupted home.” The man was led out of …

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“Dumping Trump” Robot To Appear At DC Fourth Rally

Talking Points Memo reports: A giant robot designed to look like President Trump tweeting while sitting on the toilet, which made its debut in London during the president’s recent visit, will follow the president to D.C. on July 4th to protest his “Salute to America” celebration. Activists with CODEPINK, which will be bringing the popular “Baby Trump” blimp to D.C. …

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TURKEY: Riot Police Disperse Banned Istanbul Pride Rally With Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, And Dogs [VIDEO]

Deutsche Welle reports: Police pushed back crowds celebrating Istanbul’s 17th gay pride march on Sunday, an event Turkish authorities had banned for the fifth year in a row. The rally, on a side street off Istanbul’s main pedestrian avenue, drew several hundred people who cheered and waved rainbow flags. Chants of “shoulder to shoulder against fascism” and “we will not …

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LIVE VIDEO: New York City Pride / Stonewall 50 Parade

Curbed New York reports: This year’s NYC Pride March promises to be one of, if not the, biggest events of the year: For the first time, New York is playing host to WorldPride, the annual celebration of LGBTQ communities around the world. More than 550 organizations participated in last year’s Pride March, and it’s likely to be even bigger this …

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Madonna Takes On Gun Violence In Chilling New Video

Rolling Stone reports: Madonna highlights the devastation of gun violence — and our maddening inability to take meaningful action to prevent it — in her chilling new “Gun Control” video. The clip contrasts the joy of nightclub dancing with the brutality of a mass shooting. “The story you are about to see is very disturbing,” warns the opening text. “It …

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Human Rights Campaign Announces New President

The Associated Press reports: Alphonso David, a civil rights lawyer who has been serving as chief counsel to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was named Tuesday as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ-rights organization in the U.S. David, 48, is the first African American to lead the Human Rights Campaign since its founding in 1980. …

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David Hogg: They’ve Tried To Kill Me Seven Times

“In the past year, there have been seven assassination attempts. But I also realize, if they kill me, that’s probably the stupidest thing they could do to try to end the movement. Because that would make it even more successful in the end. Because it would invigorate us and create f—ing change. Honestly, I realize that it’s horrible that I …

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BRAZIL: Millions Turn Out For Sao Paulo Pride [VIDEO]

Agence France-Presse reports: One of the world’s largest LGBT Pride parades took center stage in Sao Paulo on Sunday with the carnivalesque festivities tinged with unease over Brazil’s conservative political climate under President Jair Bolsonaro. As many as three million people took part in the annual march through the heart of Brazil’s economic capital, traditionally an exuberant celebration of camp, …

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Ukraine Hosts Largest Pride In Former Soviet Union Under Protection Of Hundreds Of Riot Police [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching in a gay pride parade in Kiev on Sunday, the biggest and most peaceful ever in the former Soviet country. Crowds of people, many dressed in bright colours, paraded along streets in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, holding up banners saying “Diversity is beautiful”, “Human rights = happy country”, …

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