Tag Archives: activism

Human Rights Campaign Fires Its President

The New York Times reports: Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest L.G.B.T.Q. advocacy organization, was ousted by the group’s board on Monday night over a report revealing that he had advised former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on how to handle sex harassment allegations. Mr. David, the group’s first Black president, was terminated “for cause” …

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Boston Pride Dissolves Amid Inclusion Criticisms

The Boston Globe reports: Boston Pride, the organization that for decades has organized the city’s annual LGBTQ parade, is dissolving amid a controversy over inclusion, the group’s board of directors said. The announcement, posted to the organization’s website Friday afternoon, came one month after Pride board president Linda DeMarco said she would resign this summer in response to complaints that …

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Cuba Sees Largest Anti-Govt Protests In Decades

The New York Times reports: Shouting “Freedom” and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years. Hundreds of people marched through San Antonio de los Baños, southwest of Havana, with videos streaming live …

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Activists Cry Foul In Michigan LGBT Rights Ballot Drive

The Associated Press reports: The Michigan elections bureau has determined that organizers of a ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people failed to collect enough valid voter signatures. Fair and Equal Michigan gathered nearly 299,000 signatures, short of the roughly 340,000 needed, according to a report released Thursday. “The Bureau of Elections threw out thousands of signatures that are …

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YouTube Reinstates Right Wing Watch After Backlash

Raw Story reports: YouTube has reconsidered their deletion of the Right Wing Watch account. After huge backlash, trending on Twitter most of Monday, and multiple news stories about YouTube’s decision, the account was brought back. Ironically, what RWW found was that many of the videos that they cut and uploaded for their own purposes came from larger clips that were …

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Jerusalem Pride Takes Place Under Heavy Security

The Times Of Israel reports: Chanting for equality and holding aloft brightly painted signs supporting LGBT rights, some 7,500 people marched in Jerusalem’s annual pride parade Thursday evening. Over 3,000 police officers secured the highly charged event, six years after a deadly attack on participants. The event demanding LGBT equality began with a ceremonial prayer for Shira Banki, who was …

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US Marshals Used Drones To Surveil BLM Protests In DC

The Intercept reports: The U.S. Marshals Service flew unmanned drones over Washington, D.C., in response to last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, documents obtained by The Intercept via the Freedom of Information Act show. The documents — two brief, heavily redacted emails — indicate the Marshals flew the drones over Washington on June 5 and 7, when nationwide protests against …

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Activist David Hogg To Launch MyPillow Competitor

Axios reports: March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg tweeted on Thursday that he and software developer William LeGate are launching a pillow company to compete against MyPillow, which is led by Trump supporter CEO Mike Lindell. Lindell is one of former President Trump’s most adamant defenders and has repeatedly shared unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the election since President Biden …

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Springsteen Lends Song To Anti-Trump Ad [VIDEO]

New Jersey Arts reports: Don Winslow has released, via his Twitter account, his new anti-Trump video, “America Needs Pennsylvania,” which is set to the music of Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia,” with The Boss’ permission. The video’s release is planned to coincide with a trip today by Trump to Pennsylvania, which is considered a swing state. It uses grim images …

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LIVE VIDEO: 57th Annual March On Washington

The Washington Post reports: Thousands of protesters gathered Friday at the Lincoln Memorial to call for criminal justice reform and racial equality while honoring the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address from the same location. Planning began in June after the funeral of George Floyd. Organizers say they want to highlight the …

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Dixie Chicks Drop The “Dixie,” Issue New Protest Song

Rolling Stone reports: The Dixie Chicks have officially dropped the “Dixie” from their name. The iconic country-pop trio of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire are now simply called “The Chicks,” changing their website URL and their Instagram handle to the new name on Thursday. On their website, the trio only offered this statement: “We want to meet this …

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Floyd Protest Signs To Be Curated For Museum Exhibits

Courthouse News reports: The demands for an end to police brutality and protection of civil rights for Black Americans on signs clutched by protesters as they marched on the nation’s capital are finding their way to historic preservation. The African American History and Culture Museum, the American History Museum and the Anacostia Museum have formed a coalition with staff, activists …

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Brooklyn Sees Massive Black Trans Lives Matter Rally

NBC News reports: Protesters packed the courtyard of the Brooklyn Museum and surrounding parkway in New York City on Sunday in support of Black trans lives, merging the fight to protect two deeply marginalized groups. The rally began about 1 p.m. in front of the museum, just a short walk east of Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, as activists made speeches …

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LIVE VIDEO: GLAAD Presents Star-Studded “Together In Pride” With Babs, Buttigiegs, Rosie, And Many Others

Via press release: Billy Porter, Pete & Chasten Buttigieg, Rosie O’Donnell, Jonathan Van Ness, Brian Michael Smith, Ross Mathews, and Tyler Oakley will join GLAAD’s livestream event, “Together in Pride: You are Not Alone,” tonight at 8pm ET on GLAAD’s YouTube channel and Facebook Live. Billy Eichner and Lilly Singh will co-host the event, which will include special performances from …

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Next Week: Florida’s Winter Party LGBT Fundraiser

Let’s take a break from election infighting and virus doomsday scenarios for a thirsty look at next week’s Winter Party Festival, Florida’s longest-running and largest LGBT charity event, which has raised millions for local HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights campaigns. From the organizers at the National LGBTQ Task Force: Our work to lift barriers related to HIV/AIDS reaches across a number …

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“Queers Against Pete” Group Disrupts Buttigieg Event

Newsweek reports: Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was met with protesters representing the group Queers Against Pete outside of a private fundraising event at the National LGBTQ Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Friday. Inside the building, two activists attempted to disrupt the fundraiser after Buttigieg was asked about his husband, Chasten, …

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BBC To Produce Docu-Series About Greta Thunberg

The Guardian reports: BBC Studios has announced a documentary series about the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. The new show will follow Thunberg’s “international crusade” against the climate emergency, focusing on her campaign work as well as her “journey into adulthood”. It will also see Thunberg meet with scientists, politicians and businesspeople to explore the evidence around rising global temperatures. …

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Parkland Parent Ejected After Shout From SOTU Gallery

Axios reports: Fred Guttenberg, a gun control activist whose daughter died during the 2018 Parkland mass shooting, has spoken about being ejected from the gallery during President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday. The big picture: Guttenberg, who was a guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was removed by security after yelling “What about my daughter!” as Trump spoke …

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Protester Accuses Trump Of Inciting Anti-Jewish Terror

Newsweek reports: A press conference for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign was interrupted Monday by a Jewish American activist, who blamed the president for rising anti-Semitic sentiment and violence in the U.S. The event, held in Des Moines Iowa, was interrupted as Donald Trump Jr.—the president’s eldest son—was at the podium speaking. Video of the event showed the activist—Elon Glickman, …

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Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Reuters reports: Two lawmakers in Sweden have nominated Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling, who are both members of Sweden’s Left Party, said Monday that Thunberg “has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis” and “action for reducing our emissions and complying with the …

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