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Andy Stepanian

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Peter King's Failed Attempt to Understand Prison-Born Terror Plots

(4) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 5:53 PM

Yesterday Congressman Peter King held his second hearing into radicalization within Islamic communities in the United States. The hearing focused on the potential for radicalization within the state and federal prison industrial complexes, specifically highlighting a conspiracy by four California men to wage war against the...

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Your Vote Can Help Food Not Bombs Feed Hundreds of Hungry Families

(5) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 1:41 PM

Food Not Bombs, Long Island, is an entirely volunteer-based organization that has brought free plant-based meals, groceries, and clothing to those in need for over 14 years.

In the last five years the group has seen exponential growth in the number of volunteers, amount of donations, sponsors,...

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Activists Protest in Defense of Threatened La Jolla Seals

(40) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 5:42 PM

As many as one hundred Southern California conservationists and animal rights activists are expected to stage a protest march on Saturday, May 7, to demand adequate protections for a seal colony in La Jolla, California's Casa Cove. Their march through downtown La Jolla, CA, will begin at the corner of...

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Bidder 70: Obedience Is Scarier Than Prison

(22) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 1:21 PM

Today all eyes are on our climate crisis and we have Tim DeChristopher to thank. I've been paying close attention to the landmark trial of Tim DeChristopher, the University of Utah student and environmental advocate accused of disrupting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s illegal auction...

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Pinnacle: Cruelty-Free Fashion Insiders Reinvent an Icon, Lampoon Wintour (PHOTOS)

(19) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 2:37 PM

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is upon us and designers who continue to use animals in the production of their garments brace for a new generation of disruptions, not from the paint-throwing animal activist set, but rather from a confederation of intelligent tastemakers.  Pinnacle: Reinvent The Icon, a unique initiative...

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Re-Tweeting for #Haiti, How One Person's Grassroots Idea Sparked 100 Benefits for Haiti

(4) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 5:27 AM

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that leveled Haiti's landscape and further imperiled it's political infrastructure and stability as a nation, a grassroots call to action called "The 100 Shows For Haiti" is rallying a second wind of charitable actions in solidarity with the...

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100 Shows For Haiti: A Grassroots Call for Solidarity With Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 12:59 PM

This is an invitation to join a grassroots response to the ongoing needs in post-earthquake Haiti. Musicians, artists, activists, and a laundry list of everyday folk just like yourself have used the internet to aggregate their myriad talents in a unique do-it-yourself initiative called

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Hardcore Punk Band 'Cipher' Writes A Protest Song For This Generation

(8) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 12:29 PM

There has always been a unique space for the arts in politics. Every revolution has had its songs and behind their front lines there are drum-rolls. Every picket line has its chants; its calls, responds and harmonies. One can easily notice a distinct correlation between tumultuous political times and song....

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'35 Seconds': Recollections & Renewal in Haiti (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 2:55 PM

On January 12th, 2010 the world's eyes were fixed upon Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In the aftermath of the 7.0 earthquake came a roar of outside support; Haiti cried and the world listened... albeit briefly.

Many activists and aid workers worried that the relief efforts would subside when the related news...

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"I Love The Mosque" Shirts Printed by Activists to Challenge Islamophobia

(9) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 9:23 PM

People say you worry more as you get older. I am wondering if it is that exact sentiment that is resonating in me now. It's 10pm on Friday night, September 10th, 2010 and I am on the Long Island Rail Road on my way back home from work in Manhattan...

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Discovery Channel Gunman Is Not an Ecoterrorist if I Am

(99) Comments | Posted September 5, 2010 | 8:43 AM

Instead of feeling relieved after Wednesday's crisis at the Discovery Channel building ended without injury to any of the hostages a small group of opportunistic pundits and special interest lobbyists salivated. The day they had been waiting for for quite some time had arrived; a sick man named James Lee,...

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Love in Action in Uganda: Remembering the Life of Nate Henn and Looking Forward

(11) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 11:12 AM

Until the recent bomb attacks against World Cup fans at a Rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant in the East African city of Kampala, few Americans thought about Uganda. If Americans did think of Uganda it was often in the context of the conflicts flanked between Congo to the West,...

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BP's Greenwashing Can't Clean Up Their Spill

(37) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 11:36 AM

There is little arguing that three weeks after the initial explosion that sunk, the Deepwater Horizon BP and their executives look insensitive, irresponsible, callous, and, at present, largely unaccountable for their actions. Compounding their woes even further is the childish display that they, Haliburton, and Transocean put on for the...

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Isolated in Federal Communication Management Units, Silenced Voices Need Ours

(23) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 7:23 PM

When it was hard for me to find vegan food in prison Abu-Sayyaf used to bring food to the bars at the front of my jail cell. He knew I was a strict vegan and that I abstained from the consumption of all animal products. He used to read all...

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