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Over 50 disability rights activists were arrested this Monday for “blocking passage” outside the White House. These peaceful activists were part of ADAPT, a disability rights group who organized some 200 individuals to protest. The demonstrators were voicing their request for President Obama to address the “critical civil rights of persons with disabilities” ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this summer. Read More
The Lady Parts team at The Deep End Store in N.Y.C.  Lady Parts Justice Uses Humor to Fight for Women’s Rights There’s a comedy video on YouTube in which Jesus Christ appears to comedian Sarah Silverman to spread a message of religious tolerance. When he sticks around to watch a marathon of NCIS, she asks him a hot-button question: When does life begin? “At 40,” deadpans Jesus. “But fertilized eggs aren’t people. People are people. Read More
Folksinger, activist, and wonderful old dude, Pete Seeger passed away Monday at age 94. There's a lot to say about Seeger--his legacy combines poetry and politics, and his music has influenced countless artists and activists over the years. With his work for labor, civil rights, and anti-war movements, he always seemed to be there to support progress and humanity, Tom Joad-ing his way through the last century. Dorian Lynskey puts it well in his piece for The Guardian: "Pete Seeger was a good man. There aren't many musicians you can say that about without seeming simplistic. Read More
Hyatt hotels are currently being boycotted, with great support from feminist and LGBQT activists. Tiger Beatdown reports on the terrible worker abuses fueling this boycott, and I, for one, am pretty horrified by them. Here they are: - Branches around the country have fired many of their workers and brought on contract workers, who are temps but end up staying for months or even years, and don’t get any benefits, get paid less than regular employees, and are not allowed to participate in the hotel’s events. - There has been sexual and racial harassment of employees. Read More