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Pussy Riot Day of Solidarity

On Monday, October 1st the imprisoned women of Pussy Riot begin their appeal in the Russian courts. Global Day of Solidarity with Pussy Riot!

+ Literature Distribution & Awareness: Union Square, AM
+ Solidarity Bike Ride: Leaving Union Square @ 4:00 PM
+ Fabulous Punk Rock Feminist Pussy Riot: Meet up @ Times Square @ 6:30 PM

We will have two Pussy Riot zines and patches available for free.For more info about this day of solidarity in NYC check
http://www.pussyriotnyc.tumblr.com/Several members of Pussy Riot, a feminist, anti-authoritarian, punk art performance group, with their faces clad in neon-colored balaclavas and wearing colorful clothing, sang a protest song entitled, “Virgin Mary, Redeem Us of Putin,” on Feb. 21 at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. The song criticizes the support shown by some representatives of the Orthodox Church to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and calls on the Virgin Mary to become a feminist and banish Putin.The Russian authorities subsequently arrested Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on March 4, and Ekaterina Samusevich on March 15, claiming that they were the masked singers. Although the women admit to being members of the group, they deny any involvement in the protest in the cathedral. After a farce of a trial the three were sentenced to two years in prison.

Pussy Riot are essentially conceptual artists. This is what makes them threatening – it is not possible to imprison a concept. Anybody can be Pussy Riot. The celebration of rock and punk as anthemic that we saw last week was lovely, but Pussy Riot are a reminder that revolution always begins first in culture, in the radical act. In the society of the spectacle, that act – Pussy Riot’s sporadic performances – get YouTube hits and retweets. In these days of Twitter shallows, remember it is the virtual world that has pushed Pussy Riot into the spotlight and in the real world that they are in prison

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