'Climate Change Is Class War': Flood Wall Street Takes Over Financial District

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In a harder-edged follow-up to yesterday's massive People's Climate March, a couple thousand people took part in "Flood Wall Street" today; dressed in blue, they marched from Battery Park to the Financial District, staging a sit-in in the area around the Wall Street Bull. As of 2:30 p.m., two people had been arrested. The organizers tweeted that they weren't planning on moving any time soon:

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Video: Watch the March for Eric Garner & Michael Brown on Staten Island

On August 23, 2014, about 5,000 protesters peacefully marched through Staten Island to protest police brutality, spurred by the deaths of two black men by white police officers in the space of a month.

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Exclusive: After Topless Uproar, Scout Willis Says, "This Is So Much Bigger Than Instagram"

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Sometime in the past two days, you've probably seen Scout Willis's breasts. The 22-year-old is best known for being Demi Moore and Bruce Willis's child, but in the past 48 hours, every media outlet on the planet has covered her topless walk down a Lower East Side street, which she did to protest Instagram's draconian rules against the female nipple.

To refresh, on Tuesday, she tweeted the photo above, captioned "What Instagram won't let you see," along with this:

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Protestors Reignited Their Call to Close Gitmo Friday in Front of Times Square Tourists

This morning in Times Square, about a hundred protesters -- some in orange jumpsuits and black hoods resembling the ones worn by detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp -- reignited their campaign to have President Obama close the camp.

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Citing Martin Luther King, Thomas Jefferson and Gandhi, Some People Will Use E-Cigs In Central Park

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Russ Wishtart vapes defiantly.
There comes a time when good men, men of conscience, can take no more. They have to rise up against tyranny, cast off the shackles of oppression, shake their fists in the face of moral injustice. They have to use e-cigarettes in public, while trying very, very hard to get a ticket for doing so.

As you may recall, one of Michael Bloomberg's last acts as mayor, an admittedly silly one, was to sign a ban on the public use of e-cigarettes, adding them to the 2002 Smoke-Free Air Act that banned smoking in public places throughout the city. It took effect April 29, sparking outrage among the city's surprising passionate, exceedingly aggrieved e-cig-using public.

That's where Russ Wishtart comes in. He's whole-heartedly dedicated to "vaping," the verb e-cig users prefer, so much so that he hosts a podcast on the subject entitled Click, Bang!. And in March, he and other vaping activists joined with smokers rights group C.L.A.S.H.to sue the city to overturn the e-cig ban.

As the wheels of justice grind exceedingly slowly, they're also planning a little civil disobedience for this Saturday.

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Photos: "Hands Off Ukraine" Protesters March in Manhattan on Sunday

As the prospect for armed conflict with Russia appears more and more likely in Ukraine, pro-Western activists marched in New York against armed intervention on Sunday.

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The Westboro Baptist Church Is Coming to New York To Yell About Duck Dynasty, St. Patrick's Cathedral

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A WBC member parodies Duck Dynasty.
It's been a little while since the Westboro Baptist Church made it all the way up to New York. The Topeka-based church/family/professional lawsuit-filing operation has been busy elsewhere, picketing funerals, football games, and whatever else might give them two seconds of attention from the larger culture. One of the last times they were in New York was to picket an LGBT synagogue in 2011, thus wiping both gays and Jews from the face of the city. (Our office has been very quiet ever since.) They came back later that year to protest same-sex marriage, another social movement that just hasn't picked up any steam.

But it appears the church has been drawn northwards once again by the Duck Dynasty debacle. After Phil Robertson, the star of the "reality" show, was briefly suspended last week for telling GQ that homosexuals are "illogical" and black folks were "singing and happy" during the Jim Crow era, Westboro stepped up to show their confusing, hate-tinged brand of support.

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"We Can't Survive On $7.25": Fast Food Workers Strike Across New York City

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Raillan Brooks

All over the city today, protesters were out in a full show of support for fast food workers in search of fairer wages and the right to unionize. For the second time in three months, the nationwide one-day strike brought rallies to fast food restaurants around the city. The Voice made it out to one of today's planned events at Fulton Mall in downtown Brooklyn, where we found a lively cross section of the borough fighting on the side of fast food workers at Wendy's, KFC, MacDonald's, and other big chains.

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Two CCNY Students Charged With Rioting, Criminal Mischief, Harassment for Protests Over Closure of Morales-Shakur Center

Anna Merlan
Tafadar Sourov, in the striped t-shirt, stands next to Khalil Vasquez, tan jacket, and their attorneys, Mark Yu and Ron McGuire, outside the courthouse this morning.
Two City College of New York students have been criminally charged for their role in the protests against the closure of the Morales-Shakur Center, the school's hub of campus political activity. Tafadar Sourov, 19, and Khalil Vasquez, 22, have been suspended from CCNY since October 28, barred from campus, and prevented from registering for spring classes; late last week, they learned that they would also be facing charges in Manhattan criminal court.

The men surrendered themselves yesterday and spent last night in jail. This morning, they were arraigned and charged with two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, one count of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, one count of rioting, one count of inciting to riot, and harassment in the second degree, all misdemeanors. Sourov is also being charged with attempted assault in the third degree, another misdemeanor, for allegedly shoving a CCNY police officer to the ground. Both men face up to a year in prison.

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Two Arrested During Protest Over Closure of CCNY's Morales-Shakur Center

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Protesters and police clash outside the North Academic Center, where the Morales-Shakur center was housed.
A sit-in and protest at City College of New York turned confrontational on the afternoon of Thursday, October 24, when a protester was pepper-sprayed and arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. A second protester was detained and cited for disorderly conduct.

The protest took place outside City College's recently closed Morales-Shakur Center, which CCNY abruptly converted into a "career center" on Sunday. The arrests ensued after protesters tried to force their way inside the North Academic Center (NAC), where the Morales-Shakur center used to be.

The pepper-sprayed arrestee is CCNY alumnus and activist David Suker. It's his second CCNY-related arrest of the week; Suker was arrested Sunday morning while sitting outside the center's doors and refusing to move. He attended Thursday's protest with his toddler son, who was left in the care of another protester after his arrest. A little while later, the police could be seen escorting both the child and the protester inside, away from the crowd.

- See also: Two CCNY Students Suspended as Third Protest Over Closure of Morales-Shakur Center Begins

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