Prep school rape survivor is vindicated in the #MeToo era

One day in February 2016, Chessy Prout, then 17, picked up an issue of Vanity Fair. The magazine had published a story about her rape case, in which she claimed an 18-year-old senior at her former high school, the elite New England academy St. Paul’s, had sexually assaulted her two

Bahraini activist sent to prison for Twitter comments

DUBAI – Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday after he was convicted over critical comments he allegedly made on Twitter about the government, his lawyer and activists said. Rajab, a leading figure in pro-democracy protests that swept Bahrain in 2011,

Florida massacre survivors plan gun control march in DC

WASHINGTON – Student survivors of the horrifying Florida high school massacre have channeled their pain into political activism. The group of Parkland teens has announced a demonstration in Washington, D.C., for March 24 called “March For Our Lives.” The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS are determined to ensure that

Black Lives Matter leader shot dead

The Black Lives Matter leader known for diving over a barrier to snatch a Confederate flag from a protester on live TV last year was shot dead in New Orleans, police said. Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, who went by Muhiyidin d’Baha, was found dead Tuesday morning after being shot in

Cop put back on patrol for handling of immigrant activist protest

A cop with the NYPD’s elite Strategic Response Group has been kicked back to patrol for his role in the department’s handling of a recent Manhattan protest that led to 20 people being arrested, including two city councilmen. “We have an ongoing internal investigation” into the handling of the

Judge orders release of immigrant activist

Immigration-rights activist Ravi Ragbir will walk free for now, a judge in Manhattan federal court ruled Monday. Justice Katherine B. Forrest ordered Ragbir’s immediate release after ruling that “the government has acted wrongly” and subjected Ragbir, 53, to “unnecessarily cruel” treatment when ICE agents detained him earlier this month,

Clinton thanks ‘activist bitches’ in bizarre video

— Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) January 27, 2018 Hillary Clinton loves you, bitches. The former presidential candidate and secretary of state sent out a video message “directed to activist bitches supporting bitches,” as she put it, via Twitter Friday night. “Hey everyone, I just wanted to say thanks,” Clinton said into a

ICE agrees to transfer immigrant activist back to NYC

see also ICE has agreed to transfer Immigrant-rights activist Ravi Ragbir back to the New York area pending his deportation case, according to new court papers. Ragbir, 53, was detained by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last week during a routine check-in and transferred to a facility in Miami. Hundreds

Councilmen cuffed protesting arrest of immigrant-rights activist

Two City Council members were among nearly a dozen people arrested Thursday morning in lower Manhattan while protesting the detention of an immigrant-rights activist who’s battling deportation, a council staffer said. Council members Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) were busted while blocking an ambulance holding Ravi Ragbir

According to the Internet, 2017 Was the Year of Activism

Say what you will about the terribleness of 2017, but know this: it was actually a banner year for the activist in all of us. As end-of-year stats are being rolled out, myriad online resources have found that people got motivated, helped each other, and did their best

Left-wing activists plan protest outside Cuomo’s fundraiser

Left-wing Democratic Party activists are organizing a protest outside Gov. Cuomo’s 60th birthday fundraiser bash at Cipriani Wall Street on Dec. 14 — just across from the Trump Building –that will feature Bon Jovi and Bill Clinton. “The occasion is Gov. 1%’s birthday, at Cipriani’s Restaurant on Wall St.

Trump, Policing, And Ethnic Slurs

It took a long time to get here. After decades of addressing police misconduct, and then taking the fight to the federal level with protests we all led around the police killings of Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and later Tamir Rice and others, we finally witnessed movement in

Millionaire anti-violence activist busted for beating his wife

A millionaire businessman and self-described anti-violence activist who once helped to lead the famed Tiananmen Square uprising has been busted for beating his wife. Shen Tong, 48, a successful entrepreneur and vocal supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement, allegedly shoved his wife, Weiyu Lai, so hard during an argument that

Activist jailed for offending Thailand king on social media

BANGKOK – A Thai student activist was jailed for two and a half years on Tuesday for posting on Facebook a BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand’s king, his lawyer said. Jatupat Boonpattaraksa, also known as Pai, an activist and critic of the ruling junta, was the first person to be

Protesters carrying coffins gather to fight gun laws

Toting two coffins, community activists gathered in downtown Manhattan on Monday to call for new gun laws that would ensure a mandatory 10-year-sentence for anyone caught with an illegal firearm. “What we’re calling for is a revise of the actual mandatory possession laws saying that you get 10 years — no

China releases activists who probed Ivanka Trump shoe factory

Three activists detained after probing labor conditions at a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump’s company have been released on bail by Chinese authorities, according to a report on Wednesday. The activists, working for China Labor Watch, a New York-based group, walked out of a police station in Ganzhou on

Activist endorses Monserrate’s return to politics

He was expelled from the state Senate for slashing his girlfriend and did time for mail fraud, but Hiram Monserrate was endorsed Wednesday for his City Council run by activist Bertha Lewis. The support of the Black Leadership Action Coalition, a political fund-raising arm of Lewis’ left-leaning Black Institute, is a