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Free Pussy Riot!


I’ve been hearing about Pussy Riot a lot lately and my heart goes out to these ladies. Pussy Riot is a Russian anonymous women’s punk-protest group. The ladies show up in public places reclaim the space for the people and sing their punk protest songs. They are easily identifiable by the brightly colored dresses and balaclavas they wear.

Three women in particular Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 are now awaiting trial for an anti-Putin punk prayer they performed in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. They were arrested in March and have already been imprisoned for five-months for “hooliganism” and are facing up to seven-years in prison for their exercise of political and artistic speech.

Can you imagine living in place where you could face seven years in prison for expressing your artistic and/or political beliefs? The ladies of Pussy Riot are heroes in my eyes for standing up and fighting for what they believe.

The ladies’ verdicts will be announced this Friday, August 17th “at 2 p.m. Moscow time (6 a.m. E.S.T./3 a.m. PST), one hour before the verdict is to be released, supporters plan to organize … ‘a peaceful, nonviolent solidarity action,’ around the world.” Get your balaclavas ready ladies!

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