MAY 2, 2012 – Jackson Brown, Tom Morello and Tim McIlrath rocked the Get Out The Vote efforts along with the AFL-CIO and thousands and thousands of citizens consisting of nurses, teachers, etc. in Wisconsin, ahead of the Wisconsin's recall election on Tuesday June 5, 2012. A huge crowd showed up, all stirred up by the attacks by the Governor on teachers, firemen, cops and other workers by attacking collective bargaining rights by public union employees. Republicans have been hard at work attacking unions, and this is the dragon they awoke. Watch a clip of all 3 playing the song, "People Have the Power" from Rock of the Arts on YouTube.
MAY, 19, 2012 – To counter the recent Republican state laws putting up hurdles to voting rights, the DNC has launched a website called "GottaVote" where they take the young person step-by-step through the registration process, what to bring with you when you go to the polls, and you can set your account up to send you an email and text reminders to Get Out The Vote, and of course where to vote on voting day. If your state has early voting, you can find out here and where to go. The site is tailored so when you visit, it will automatically know which state you live in by zip code, and have the appropriate state laws ready to print out and bring with you to the polls as a "checklist". They also have links to your state's website with candidate information, and that can help you to make an informed vote.
MAY 15, 2012 – In an interview with CNN, Jay-Z has come out and praised Obama for coming out in support of gay marriage saying, "it was the right thing to do." He added, "I've always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination pure and simple." Watch the interview below.
MAY 7, 2012 – Ted Nugent, who recently went on a rant at a NRA convention using violent and extreme rhetoric, has once again went off, this time at CBS reporter Jeff Glor saying, "I'm an extremely loving and passionate man, and people who investigate me honestly, without the baggage of political correctness, ascertain the conclusion that I'm a damned nice guy … and if you can find a screening process more powerful than that, I'll s*ck your d**k." Then he turned to the female producer and said, "Or I'll fuck you, how's that sound?" Watch the video below.
APR 20, 2012 – The youth vote is crucial for Obama in his bid for reelection, so the President has commenced a tour of key states pushing for Congress to extend the lower interest rates on student loans. The 3 state tour, through North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa will be aimed at young people who lately have been strapped with student debt once they leave college. If Congress doesn't act, rates will double after July 1 to 6.8%. Read more on Reuters.com here. (photo credit: graciepoo/Flickr)
FEB 27, 2012 – Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk musical activist band who stages illegal concerts and protests, often from rooftops, protesting issues such as women's rights in Russia and most recently the policies and re-election campaign of Prime Minister Putin. Wearing skimpy outfits even in cold weather and stylish balaclavas, they release Internet videos of their illegal concerts in public places. Recently they managed to stage a concert in strictly guarded Red Square, and were arrested. After being held for 5 hours, they were fined 500 rubles (about $17 US) and released. On their website they say, “We Believe That the Soviet Union's Aggressive Imperial Politics are Similar in many Ways to Putin's course. The way the State treats its Citizens hasn't changed much since the times of the USSR; there is still paternalist supervision and police control over people.” They add, “Some of us are anarchists, leftist Have some Liberal Positions. We would like horizontal political activity, self-organization and the capability to be aware of oneself as an equal participant in civil politics, to understand one's rights and fight for them to develop. Russian Society lacks tolerance and lenience.”
If you have Google Chrome, you can use the translator to check out their site here, where you can see pics of them staging one of their public protest concerts at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral which ruffled a lot of feathers. Check out one of their videos below.
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