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.
Image via Twitter
To refresh, on Tuesday, she tweeted the photo above, captioned "What Instagram won't let you see," along with this:More »
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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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.
Image via Facebook Russ Wishtart vapes defiantly.
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.More »
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.More »
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.
Image via. A WBC member parodies Duck Dynasty.
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.More »
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.
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.
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.
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.More »
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.
Photo by Ian Scott Horst Protesters and police clash outside the North Academic Center, where the Morales-Shakur center was housed.
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.More »
Students protest outside the North Academic Center
Update, Thursday, October 24:A second demonstration has resulted in the arrests of two to three protesters. Read our report on those arrests here.
Original entry: A nearly 25-year-old campus community center at the City College of New York was abruptly closed Sunday night, leading to a large, furious protest by students and community groups. The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community and Student Center, which is on the third floor of a campus building, was abruptly converted into a "career center" late that night, just before midterms began this week. All the Morales-Shakur Center's belongings were moved out and apparently thrown into storage, and the room and exterior doors, which were once red with a black fist, were both painted over.
A group calling itself Liberate CUNY Front quickly issued a press release, calling the closure "deceptive and dishonest, and indicative of a major lack of respect for the ability of students organizing." The press release also said that the campus went into "lockdown" on Sunday night and Monday morning, with students unable to enter or leave the campus, or get into the library, which is in an adjacent building. Meanwhile, CCNY issued its own press release, saying the room had been "reallocated," to provide a space for "students involved in experiential learning."More »