June 28, 2012 |
The Occupy movement galvanized protest singers to assemble in public spaces and shout their grievances last year. In Los Angeles, the potential arrival of a ChinatownWal-Martmay do the same. Wal-Marthas already begun construction on the controversial store at Grand Avenue and Cesar A. Chavez Boulevard, but this Saturday a bevy of union organizers and local and national acts known for social activism will lead what they're billing as "the largest protest against Wal-Mart ever held in the U.S. " Acts that include Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and adventurous folkie Ben Harper (who headlines the Hollywood Bowl the next night)
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July 31, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California's prison hunger strike continued in its 24th day Wednesday with 498 inmates refusing meals, state prison officials said. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, supporters of the prison protesters converged with those demonstrating against the verdict given the man who killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Delfina Brockway, whose two grandsons are confined to isolation cells at California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi and are participating in the protest, said some rally participants at first had mixed feelings about commingling the issues.
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July 9, 2013 |
Inmates across the state continued a mass protest, refusing meals and participating in work stoppages. The state corrections department on Tuesday afternoon confirmed about 29,000 inmates continued to refuse meals, down slightly from the day before. In addition, 2,000 inmates refused to go to their prison jobs or classes, said department spokeswoman Terry Thornton. She said the protests were causing no disruptions. “Everything is still normal; everything is still quiet,” Thornton said.
August 15, 2012 |
Russian punk band Pussy Riot, which is awaiting the verdict in a trial of its three members on hooliganism charges, has over the last six months generated worldwide attention after a clip of the group protesting connections between the Russian Orthodox church and Vladamir Putin's administration drew the ire of powers that be. In the process, Pussy Riot has become a symbol not only of defiance in the face of authoritarian power but also of the ongoing...
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January 14, 2014 |
About a dozen people held signs near Pershing Square in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening during a protest over the acquittal of two former Fullerton police officers in the beating death of homeless man Kelly Thomas. The Answer L.A. civil rights group called for the emergency protest a day after former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were found not guilty of multiple charges filed in Orange County. "When one of us kills, we spend the rest of our lives in prison," protester Doug Kauffman said.
July 12, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Heeding the Muslim Brotherhood's call for a "million-man march," throngs of pro-Islamist demonstrators poured into east Cairo on Friday to press their demand that Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, be reinstated. The protest was peaceful, featuring singing and dancing instead of incendiary rhetoric, in keeping with Brotherhood leaders' promises. But some demonstrators vowed to march from the main protest camp to other parts of the city, possibly testing the Egyptian military's willingness to tolerate the opposition after removing Morsi in a coup last week.
February 10, 2012 |
A small group of demonstrators staged a silent protest during Mitt Romney's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. Security guards for the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where the annual gathering of conservatives is being held, quickly threw the protesters out. Joe Gallant, 22, was among the group. Gallant said the protesters moved to the front of an overflow room where attendees were watching Romney's speech, taped their mouths, and revealed T-shirts that read, “If money is speech, then poverty is silence.” “We were just trying to get our point across that there is too much money in politics,” Gallant said.
June 26, 2010 |
Tens of thousands of Italians took to the streets Friday to protest public spending cuts that are part of a tide of government austerity washing over Europe. Demonstrators demanded that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi modify his plan to freeze public-sector salaries and slash local government funding, a tough retrenchment that he says is necessary to bring down Italy's budget deficit and bolster confidence in the battered euro. The protest came a day after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators turned out in France to denounce a move to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. Germany, Portugal, Spain and Greece are all grappling with rising discontent over tough new public spending regimes.
July 10, 2012 |
It's blackout time for Wikipedia in Russian. On Tuesday, the Russian version of Wikipedia went dark for 24 hours to protest a bill making its way through the Russian parliament that Wikipedia says could "create real censorship of the Internet" in the country. Wikimedia, the nonprofit that oversees Wikipedia, said that the law would make it possible to create "a thing like the great Chinese firewall," giving the Russian government control over the blacklisting and filtering of sites.
April 19, 2012 |
A museum in Italy has resorted to burning artwork to protest cuts that its leader sees as unfair and destructive. The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples plans to burn three paintings a week to protest what is perceived as the government's war against art. As reported by BBC News, Antonio Manfredi, director of the Casoria, set fire to the first painting on Tuesday and has garnered the support of European artists who are sympathetic to...