5:23 PM, August 12th, 2013


Crosswalk outside of Russian embassy in Sweden gets LGBT pride treatment

Stockholm residents decided to protest Russia’s crackdown on gay rights with a little rainbow street art.

But it doesn’t stop there: “On Saturday a group of naked men marched back and forth across the rainbow crossing outside the embassy. One of the group took pictures but it remains unclear if they are connected with the stunt.”

Reblogged from Salon
6:04 PM, August 28th, 2012


August 28, 1963: March on Washington

On this day in 1963, 200,000 people gathered in the nation’s capital for the March on Jobs and Freedom. The culmination of the march that day was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech.

Six years earlier, The Open Mind’s Richard D. Heffner sat down with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to discuss the subject of “The New Negro.”

For more on African American community’s struggle for civil rights, visit our Black History collection page, where you can watch full-length programs from American Experience, Frontline, Tavis Smiley and more.

Also, Hedrick Smith, a reporter who covered the protests, offers some lessons we can take from the peaceful march.

Reblogged from HowStuffWorks
5:45 PM, March 26th, 2012


Tibetan exile Janphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire to protest an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao, March 26, 2012, in New Delhi. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Hard for me to believe or understand this. 

Committing suicide is a last-resort measure in any society, but it’s seen as especially extreme for Tibetan Buddhists. Because their religion reveres all living beings, many Tibetans believe those who take their own lives will not be reincarnated. That’s a grim fate for religious devotees who aspire to be reborn, again and again, in more enlightened forms. “But what else can people do? We don’t have guns. We don’t want to harm other human beings. Yet we can’t stand to see our religion and culture being crushed,” lamented one Tibetan man from Lhasa, who requested anonymity because he feared China’s massive security crackdown, which has affected parts of four provincial areas.

Read on

Reblogged from National Post
4:32 PM, March 21st, 2012
Emma Goldman yelled to her crowd of dupes in Union Square Saturday afternoon, “March down to the Mayor, march down to the police!” Her instructions ought not to have been needed. New York pays heavily for protection from mob violence. The authority of the city should have been vigorously represented there, where Emma Goldman, a professional law-breaker to whom we grant unaccountable license, was inciting an ignorant assemblage to violence. The parade on Fifth Avenue was a clear violation of the letter and the spirit of our laws. Parades without permits are illegal. A mob of some hundreds blocked traffic and insulted decent and peaceable citizens for an hour or more.
So begins a New York Times story from 1914. (via @AllisonBurtch, h/t @Newyorkist)
12:53 PM, February 29th, 2012

#F29: Some photos from today’s Occupy Wall Street protests, which are centered around Bryant Park in New York City and aimed at corrupt corporations. Using the hashtags #F29 and #ShutDowntheCorporations, the protesters seem to be aiming their ire at corporations as well as the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC, a conservative non-profit. 

The image in the second row on the left reportedly shows protesters outside of Pfizer’s NYC offices. The bottom two images are a poster advertising and an image of journalist and author Matt Taibbi speaking at the park. Among other things he reportedly urged listeners to take their money out of Bank of America because, “it’s not safe.” (source)

(photos via @allisonkilkenny, @OWStactical, @mollycrabapple, @amymillerz)

12:12 PM, February 9th, 2012


Peoples’ Ambulance

On a wall encircling the American University in Cairo’s downtown campus on Mohammed Mahmoud Street. Throughout clashes in Tahrir Square and surrounding streets, people on motorcycles have delivered wounded protesters to field hospitals for treatment. 

This Tumblr translates and explains graffiti and other protest art found in Egypt. Cool! (h/t @zoeschlanger, @annie_werner

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