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Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has been in the news nearly daily lately, and with good reason. The announcement of the members' two-year prison sentences has mobilized and outraged so many of us, and sparked an outpouring of support from around the globe. Three masked activists in Germany were recently arrested for staging a "Free Pussy Riot" protest inside a cathedral, and Madonna and Kathleen Hanna even lent them support. Now a new project, Lets Start a Pussy Riot!, has been created to raise awareness and keep people talking about the band and its incarceration. Read More
A blogger named Clarissa is pissed off about Pussy Riot. But not about the censorship that resulted in their public arrest and conviction: no, she’s pissed because they’re not the right kind of feminists. Read More
We’ve heard a lot about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the news lately. And for good reason, there's an election coming up (real) soon. Reading the strong opinions thrown around the Internet, you’d think that most people would be all set to head to the polls. However, this is not the case.  Many who participate in democracy online, are not doing it in real life. A staggering amount of US citizens in the 18-29 demographic are still not registered to vote. Up until a month ago I was one of them. That’s right. Read More
Though she may play a pretty little liar on the small screen, the real-life Shay Mitchell has a heart of gold. Since November 2010, the actress has been raising awareness for the Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit founded by trafficking survivor Somaly Mam to aid victims of modern day slavery. Through her partnership with the organization, Mitchell has done quite remarkable things, including traveling to Cambodia to visit shelters and meeting with trafficking survivors. Most recently, the starlet created her own fundraising page to support the Somaly Mam Foundation. Read More
    Icelandic actor, comedian, politician and Mayor of Reykjavík Jon Gnarr showed his support of the Pussy Riot ladies at Reykjavík pride parade this past weekend.  Gnarr rode through the streets of the Icelandic capital on a float that read "FREE PUSSY RIOT" clad in a pink dress and a balaclava mask, in solidarity with the provocative protest band that protested the Orthodox Church's support of Vladimir Putin.  This was prior to the verdict on Friday of two years in prison for each band member, on "hooliganism" charges. Read More
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