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We Stand With Pussy Riot

Pictures from all of you/us. Text by Jamia.

97 Comments

  • Fortune_Goddess August 27th, 2012 7:16 PM

    This was amazing. Glad my picture (and my cat’s) was able to be up there. :)

    • ladylaurenia August 27th, 2012 8:13 PM

      I know this is irrelevant, but if you are Marissa from California you are gorgeous girl!

      • clumsyhearted August 27th, 2012 10:28 PM

        Oh thank you! You’re so nice!

  • Hannah August 27th, 2012 7:20 PM

    This is a beautiful display of protest. I was honestly moved by the amount of people in this picture set, and the story behind Pussy Riot and other horrible acts towards women.

    I stand with Pussy Riot.

  • onewithahippiesmile August 27th, 2012 7:32 PM

    loved everyone’s pics! And look that’s me there! ^^
    Its good to see all these people involved and supporting Pussy Riot! This was a good to way to protest and tell the world that we stand for Pussy Riot!

  • jill August 27th, 2012 7:32 PM

    where did the last girl get her rookie t-shirt?

    • Anaheed August 27th, 2012 7:38 PM

      At the Strange Magic show in L.A.

  • jinxstar5756 August 27th, 2012 7:33 PM

    I stand with pussy riot!!!
    sad that my picture didn’t make it in though…

    • Anaheed August 27th, 2012 7:38 PM

      Did you send me your model release? I thought I got everyone’s up there who sent one, but let me know if I missed yours!

      • jinxstar5756 August 27th, 2012 7:42 PM

        model release?

        • Anaheed August 27th, 2012 7:44 PM

          What email address did you send your photo to?

        • jinxstar5756 August 27th, 2012 7:48 PM

          anaheed@rookiemag.com? Was that wrong?

          • Anaheed August 27th, 2012 7:49 PM

            Email it to me again now — it must have gotten lost on its way to me.

        • jinxstar5756 August 27th, 2012 7:57 PM

          sent it in…
          Thanks again <3

    • Ibe. August 28th, 2012 3:28 AM

      Mine also wasn’t released.

  • Ozma August 27th, 2012 7:35 PM

    Damn straight I stand with Pussy Riot! Its disgusting how things like this still happen in this day and age.

  • ShakespeareRules August 27th, 2012 7:35 PM

    It’s great to see so many young people protesting against something they feel strongly about and that more people are learning about the injustice to women happening in our world.
    – Free Pussy Riot –

  • caro nation August 27th, 2012 7:44 PM

    This is why we need Rookie.

  • Sonja August 27th, 2012 7:47 PM

    GREAT POST!! gonna go FBtweet it all over the universe now. THANK YOU

  • Alison August 27th, 2012 7:48 PM

    This is a *total* aside, but….is that BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT? Amazing.

  • Haka August 27th, 2012 7:58 PM

    I just found out who Pussy Riot was today.
    I stand with them!

  • MADZ. August 27th, 2012 8:17 PM

    This whole article made me feel warm and fuzzy. It brightens my day to see all of these wonderful people standing up for something they believe in. I love all of these people. I am up there in spirit, but I wasn’t aware of this whole ordeal goin’ on in the mag o’ rookie. I love how truly uniquely powerful each photograph was. I’m giving all of you serious cyberhugs right noww oww.

  • Neyat August 27th, 2012 8:20 PM

    Ahh! So glad I could take part in this lovely exhibition of solidarity.

    Rookie Rules. And of course, FREE PUSSY RIOT!

  • katie August 27th, 2012 8:21 PM

    my whole issue with the pussy riot thing is that if I were in church trying to pray I would find it extremely disrespectful and offensive for someone to come in and protest. That being said, a civil conversation between the church goers and the band would be so much more productive than the two year sentence. that is incredibly unjustified. and for that I stand with Pussy Riot.

  • J P August 27th, 2012 8:23 PM

    This Pussy Riot thing is ridiculous. These girls “unlawfully entered a sealed part of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral reserved for a religious ceremonies and hoisted themselves in front of the altar which is reserved specifically for clergy members, and [started] reading prayers and other religious texts and inserted dancing and chanting which were insulting for religious believers.” They crossed themselves, bowed to the alter and started singing songs that have lyrics such as “Virgin Mary, Mother of God, put Putin away…shit, shit, the Lord’s shit!….Virgin Mary, Mother of God, become a feminist.” They videotaped all of this and used it in the video-clip for their song.

    You don’t “protest” like this in a classroom full of kids if you’re against the Department of Education. You don’t crash someone else’s house and behave in offensive ways because you hate their landlord. If these girls premediditated such an act like this in a Synagog there would be rightful uproar from the Jewish people, as well as millions of others who are shocked by their level of insolence (who possibly are currently defending the Pussy Riot act against the orthodox Church). I don’t agree with the virdict but I do know that the level of international sympathy for these girls is disproportionate to their innocence. There are masses of people around the world who are tortured and improsoned for “crimes” that include being at the wrong place at the wrong time or privately praying to the “wrong” god . What Pussy Riot have done is not Freedom of Speech. In Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights it says that “[e]veryone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference”, although it specifies that with this right there are “special duties and responsibilities…[f]or respect of the rights of others”.

    Already there are Pussy Riot supporters vandalising churches and crosses in parts of Russia and Eastern Europe. And the media coverage of their story is magnaminous.

    • katie August 27th, 2012 8:30 PM

      very well said

    • Jayme August 27th, 2012 8:42 PM

      Thank you! You put exactly how I feel about this whole Pussy Riot thing into words.
      They disrespected a religion, and though I’m agnostic, that doesn’t sit right with me.
      They could’ve found a more peaceful, more respectful way to protest against Putin.

    • Sphinx August 27th, 2012 8:42 PM

      You can’t view what happened without the context. Pussy Riot got together after Putin announced he was running for prime minister – yet again-, and a really messed up election. Millions of russians protested against the results of these elections, and shortly after that, the government made protests illegal.
      Some of these protests were actions by Pussy Riot, like the song they played in the Red Square. The “Punk Prayer” was a protest against the interference of the Orthodox Church in State matters, not against the religion.
      Also, as a guerilla group, they are doing this for the shock value as a means of bringing the public’s attention to the matter.
      Some of the people in Pussy Riot are also involved with Voina, which protests against corruption in the russian police. Their actions are way more drastic.
      I understand that some people might have been offended by their actions, but even the orthodox church agrees the verdict is unfair. Their action was in no way motivated by religious hatred, and the trial was a joke.

      • Sphinx August 27th, 2012 8:45 PM

        I just realized that the way I worded that made it sound like the “Punk Prayer” was done in the Red Square, sorry. They played “Putin got scared” there.

      • Jamia August 27th, 2012 9:21 PM

        I’m a person of faith and I support Pussy Riot.

        Their performance art was about separation of church and state and free expression– like Sphinx said above ^^^–the context and timing is important to consider. I don’t believe their action was driven by hatred or malice towards people of faith at all.

        In fact, as a woman of spirit and faith I really appreciated them drawing attention to institutional patriarchy within the political church that undermines women’s voices and leadership.

        When I hear of criticism about them coming from Christians or clergy I can’t help but think of Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be judged.

        • bethleeroth August 28th, 2012 7:44 PM

          “In fact, as a woman of spirit and faith I really appreciated them drawing attention to institutional patriarchy within the political church that undermines women’s voices and leadership.”

          Yes, exactly! You said it, Jamia.

    • Elizabete August 28th, 2012 1:06 AM

      +3 i also don’t support them. I do think that the time they have to spend in prison is too long, but their action was a vandalism no offense.
      I am not Russian ( Latvian ) but i can’t stand Putin and his political games either, but this clearly isn’t the best kind of protest, besides if it’s a protest against him why are there lyrics like “Virgin Mary, become a feminist” that’s a whole different topic!
      Also my mother is an orthodox, she isn’t offended by any means, but she does think that this is vandalism in church and unnecessary.

      http://melodyfairitale.wordpress.com/

    • O. August 28th, 2012 9:55 AM

      So glad I’m not the only one who feels this way!

  • larvaa_ August 27th, 2012 8:24 PM

    I love everyone’s pics, its amazing to see people of all ages & genders protesting for these women.
    I STAND WITH PUSSY RIOT!!!

  • katrinaexplainsitall August 27th, 2012 8:25 PM

    FREE PUSSY RIOT! Two members actually fled Russia to escape arrest. n__n There’s a benefit concert or something in LA happening like today(?), ugh. I wish I could go. And I totally forgot to submit my picture, siiiigh. I’m so happy that all these people are supporting Pussy Riot, though. Yayyy human beings!

    http://www.katrinaspice.blogspot.com

  • decemberbaby August 27th, 2012 8:29 PM

    This is beautiful. I stand with Pussy Riot!

    In the future, when you make announcements that involve sending things to email addresses, could you type the address out instead of writing “here” and making a link? My email is online, not on my personal computer, so it doesn’t help to click on the link and have my computer’s built-in email open — I can’t use it, so I can’t see the address. Thanks!

    Also, is CeCe McDonald still in prison? I can’t find a good timeline of what has happened to her since the first sentencing…

    • decemberbaby August 27th, 2012 8:55 PM

      P.S. One of the things that’s impressed me most about Pussy Riot is that, like, half the photos I’ve seen of them handcuffed and in prison, at least one of them is smiling. Amazing.

    • Jamia August 27th, 2012 9:08 PM

      CeCe is still in prison. Check out this site to support her and to find out how to send her letters and books to show support. You can also learn more about how to donate your help or your funds on this site: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/

    • larvaa_ August 27th, 2012 9:17 PM

      On the Rookie tumblr they posted the links to a wordpress. tumblr & twitter contributing to CeCe’s cause. And yeah I believe shes still in prison :/

  • laura92 August 27th, 2012 8:57 PM

    I’m from Russia and I’m completely ashamed of my goverment.

    I STAND WITH PUSSY RIOT!

  • VeronicaLake August 27th, 2012 8:59 PM

    I stand with CeCe McDonald.

  • Abby August 27th, 2012 9:24 PM

    I stand with Pussy Riot.

  • Abby August 27th, 2012 9:25 PM

    And I stand with CeCe McDonald.

  • Abby August 27th, 2012 9:27 PM

    And I stand with Bei Bei Shuai. Thank you, Rookie, for helping bring these women justice.

  • annodamydal August 27th, 2012 9:31 PM

    I love every single one of these pics. Samuel from Seattle, you are beautiful and you are sitting in an amazing room.

    Jamia, SO MANY THANK YOUS for also mentioning CeCe McDonald and Bei Bei Shuai. When the Pussy Riot movement began to pick up speed, the hyperfocus on them combined with the lack of focus on unjustly incarcerated women in the USA, especially WOC, bothered me a LOT. I kept fighting for Pussy Riot/retweeting relevant things/telling people about PR because they’re just as unfairly imprisoned, but there is so much of the same injustice happening here that sadly gets brushed off by too many activists.

  • unefillecommetoi August 27th, 2012 9:55 PM

    tolstoi stands with pussy riot. can we still submit our photos?

    • Anaheed August 27th, 2012 10:03 PM

      No, not for this post, sorry! But we’ll have plenty of reader-participation posts in the future.

  • lua August 27th, 2012 10:03 PM

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    • onewithahippiesmile August 28th, 2012 6:59 PM

      Omg Brazilian rookies! Entao eu nao estou sozinha lol

  • clumsyhearted August 27th, 2012 10:27 PM

    I stand by pussy riot.

  • Jessica Vixenelle August 27th, 2012 10:27 PM

    OH GOSH! THERE ARE ROOKIES IN LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA! There needs to be a meet-up, yo!

  • mitchum August 27th, 2012 11:05 PM

    I stand with Pussy Riot! That said, I’m a little leery of how much attention has been focused on them (maybe partly because they’re young, photogenic women?) while ignoring the wider human rights situation in Russia. This article explains it pretty well: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/08/the-kony-ification-of-pussy-riot/261262/

  • Mags August 27th, 2012 11:44 PM

    The current Russian regime reminds me of Big Brother in Orwell’s 1984. Creepy.

  • MaggieMae August 28th, 2012 12:42 AM

    As an orthodox christian, this post makes me very sad. Not upset, just disappointed in rookie. I thought that this was a place that respected all views of life, including religion, race,sexuality, so on and so on. But you can not say that you are a place open for all people when you support and show such sympathy for women who so blatantly disrespected a place of worship.

    What if they disrupted and vandalized a muslim mosque?Or what if they burned torahs in a Jewish Synagog? Would you still support them? Or do you only “Stand for Pussy Riot” because they are rebelling against traditional Christian views?

    In my book anyone who acts so horribly in ANY place or worship doesn’t deserve such incredible international sympathy. Whether the place of worship be Muslim, Jewish, Wiccan, Protestant Christian, Orthodox,Catholic, Buddhist, Mormon whatever.

    Please, Please see that there is another side to this story. I love the church, and to think of a group of people doing what they did in such a beautiful place brings tears to my eyes. I know I might be murdered in the comment section for this, and some of those might be by some of the creators of this site.

    But if you honestly say you are open to all opinions and views, then maybe you can do a little reading on another side of this story.

    Here is a very straight-forward and informative article. I encourage any/all rookie readers to look at.
    http://morningoffering.blogspot.com/2012/08/pussy-riot-no-such-thing-as-sacrilege.html

    I hate that a website I love so much seems to hate any organized religion.

    • Naomi August 28th, 2012 4:38 AM

      Hey, I am a Christian and Rookie doesn’t hate me! I am totally fine with it but I think it’s alright to be offended too.
      I think mainly it is because I don’t have that much respect for the Russian Orthodox Church. I have plenty of respect for the worshippers and they have a right to be upset of course. But the Russian Church is, bluntly put, corrupt. In protesting in a church, Pussy Riot highlighted how intwined the church and government are! I think Churches should be a beacon for the downtrodden, but when a Church is protecting the politicians and not the citizens worshipping (or not!) in their churches, then there is something seriously seriously wrong.
      I think sometimes, in such a situation, it is necessary to be controversial to get your opinion heard. In my mind, it demonstrates how desperate the situation is when you have to go to such measures TO be heard.

    • Jamia August 28th, 2012 8:09 AM

      Maggie–Thanks for your opinion. I just wanted to let you know that as the person who wrote the text of this piece I want to make clear that this post is not about condoning “hatred” of any religion or “organized religion” in general.

      I am a Christian, I am a woman who is spiritual and a person of faith–the passion and the goal of this show of solidarity was driven by about a fundamental truth most religions agree upon: love and community.

      I wrote a comment above explaining more of this but wanted to say that people of faith have diverse points of view. I 100% support Pussy Riot and their right to free speech because free expression allows me (and others) to worship in the way I want to when I want to.

      Pussy Riot has spoken out and said that they do not approve of people who have been cutting down crosses and vandalizing. They have apologized to those they offended clarifying their goal. They have disavowed actions from copycats who have desecrated religious artifacts etc.

      I personally believe that intimate and corrupt ties between the church and government are far more sacrilegious and harmful for the world than Pussy Riot doing a minute long demonstration to expose a repressive government.

    • O. August 28th, 2012 10:10 AM

      Maggie, your comment practically sums up everything I was thinking and feeling while reading this post. You are not alone <3

    • Abi August 28th, 2012 4:24 PM

      Jesus turned over tables in the Temple! :)

  • Camillekit August 28th, 2012 12:47 AM

    I loved this series! It’s so great that the internet can bring all different sorts of people together to unite for a single cause. These pictures do a great job of highlighting that for sure.

    On a slightly unrelated note, where can I get a Rookie shirt? because they are so darn cool

    • Anaheed August 28th, 2012 1:30 AM

      You can get ‘em RIGHT HERE, very soon.

  • stellarbell August 28th, 2012 12:56 AM

    I wish I could have met Samuel from Seattle! I’m from Seattle, too, and I was at the Rookie Road Trip meet-up, but I felt like all of us Seattle-ites were a little too scared to talk to each other…or maybe we were just in awe of how awesome everyone looked. :)
    Anyway, I have Russian Orthodox friends who support Pussy Riot, and so do I.

  • Narita August 28th, 2012 1:22 AM

    I’M IN ROOKIE OH MY GAAAAWD <3 also, this is a great example of teenage activism!

  • breakfastpixie August 28th, 2012 2:53 AM

    I stand with Pussy Riot.
    I think it’s amazing of you guys to make something like this. You really care. Too many young people just don’t.

    x
    Sabrina
    apixiesviewonfashion.com

  • Hunter August 28th, 2012 3:10 AM

    HAHA omg Bobcat!!!!!!!!!

  • Whatsername August 28th, 2012 3:19 AM

    Shit I forgot to send my picture in lmao
    but YES I STAND WITH PUSSY RIOT
    This was a great idea for a post and I’m amazed at the number of people that responded with pictures of them and their signs.

  • krissyt August 28th, 2012 3:41 AM

    i especially loved collin and alexia’s banner! & luvvved seeing the rookie staff, especially anaheed! tireless editor!

  • FlorenceEyre August 28th, 2012 3:47 AM

    I was not able to send that model release, because we do not have scanner nor printer. But:

    I STAND WITH PUSSY RIOT

    Dora, Slovakia

  • fearandloathinginvienna August 28th, 2012 4:58 AM

    I think it´s amazing that in a time when most people just think about themselves, Pussy Riot still gets so much support and love from all over the world.

    I STAND WITH PUSSY RIOT!

  • Sofierat August 28th, 2012 5:29 AM

    Eh. They were clearly determined to get arrested and net some media attention. They succeeded in both. Possibly more than they anticipated, but folks who’ve jerked Putin around have ended up far worse and they’ll get out of jail relatively soon and with their radical cred greatly enhanced. Meanwhile, I’m certainly no fan of the Russian Orthodox Church or of Putin, but his administration’s usually good for a vote against the U.S.’s latest stirred-up-conflict-du-jour in the UN Security Council, and although I share several concerns with them, these kids are anarchists, and they’re only really useful for throwing at other organizations that one wishes to see bedevilled (“Here! Cope with some lunatic monkeys! Qwatz!”) so I can’t really work myself into much of a lather over the whole thing. Putin’s got a black eye but is still there to say “Nyet!” in the UN, Pussy Riot/Voina’s anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-theocratic message has been promoted and public disappointment with Putin’s government has increased, and some anarchists are behind bars. To this old Bolshie, it sounds like everything worked out pretty well. ;)

  • vodoocactus August 28th, 2012 8:44 AM

    As a russian i am really concerned about what is going on in my home country under the regime of Putin. It is ashaming and extremly sad to see what he does to the country and its people. Pussy Riot have my deep respect and all my support for being brave enough to speak up and fight. I so much stand with them!!
    Thank you for posting this on your site, I have expected nothing less of Rookie and am really happy to see this here.
    Feminists of the world – unite!

  • marshmallow_me August 28th, 2012 12:44 PM

    i love Rookie to death but you guys don’t understand what’s going on in my country. how can you support them if you don’t even know all that crap about politics and religion? it’s all much more complicated than you might think. is it so pretty cool to be against Christians? i hate Muslims but im not going to invade their church or sth and sing there and mock at all those people. it’s ridiculuos.

    • Anaheed August 28th, 2012 1:13 PM

      We do not hate Christians. Several of our staffers are Christians. As Jamia said in these here comments: “I’m a person of faith and I support Pussy Riot. Their performance art was about separation of church and state and free expression…I don’t believe their action was driven by hatred or malice towards people of faith at all. In fact, as a woman of spirit and faith I really appreciated them drawing attention to institutional patriarchy within the political church that undermines women’s voices and leadership. When I hear of criticism about them coming from Christians or clergy I can’t help but think of Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be judged.”

      Also, half of my family are Muslims, and even if they weren’t, it’s not cool for you to say you “hate Muslims.” That’s the same bigotry you’re accusing us of.

    • back2thepast August 28th, 2012 4:44 PM

      I feel very little sympathy for you if you’re going to hypocritically say you hate my religion

      • back2thepast August 28th, 2012 4:45 PM

        Sorry Anaheed aimed at Marshmellow not you

  • LizaChuk August 28th, 2012 2:04 PM

    Hi , from Russia.
    I’m happy to see so many people supporting our girls.

  • katie August 28th, 2012 6:02 PM

    i’d just like to say i really love that we can all share our opinions on the subject (whether similar or differing) without many arguments. its really nice to see.

  • bethleeroth August 28th, 2012 7:43 PM

    Rookie definitely does not “hate religion”. I am a very spiritual person and I have never felt offended by anything on Rookie – especially not this, which is not about religion but about protest and freedom!

    I have to say, if your idea of religion is wrapped up in buildings and rituals rather than your personal actions and relationship to what you consider the divine, then you should probably think about the things you have been taught and what is actually important.

    I’m unsettled by the anger that I’m seeing toward the fact that Pussy Riot protested inside a church, or the comparisons to burning Torahs or vandalizing mosques. Those would be acts of hate specifically toward a religion. This was a political protest, not an act of hate. Can you not see the difference?

    • Sphinx August 28th, 2012 8:38 PM

      Exactly! People seem to be ignoring the context, as I said some comments above.
      Their protest was in no way motivated by religious hatred.
      These out of place comparisons and the “i hate Muslims” comment really worry me.

      • bethleeroth August 28th, 2012 9:48 PM

        Religion, like anything else, shouldn’t be exempt from criticism or questioning. Period.

        And yeah, the “I hate Muslims” comment… Rookie has become one of my “safe places” and now that. So sad.

  • princesskitty August 29th, 2012 2:44 AM

    I don’t understand how the “I hate muslims” comment was allowed to be published? I was under the impression that all comments were moderated and looked at before being published. It’s just uncalled for and ignorant and there is no place for crappy statements like that on rookie.

    • Anaheed August 29th, 2012 2:53 AM

      I allowed it because I knew I’d be able to respond to it right away. But let me know if you think I should delete it! (We very very rarely don’t approve a comment.)

      • glassrush August 29th, 2012 12:12 PM

        i think you shouldn’t delete it. your response to that comment shows the readers that the rookie staff is against this kind of thing. it might be educational for those who still think that way, too.

  • marshmallow_me August 29th, 2012 6:19 AM

    im sorry girls, im really sorry, i was just dazed and overwhelmed when i saw this article. i was just angry. and i don’t hate Muslims , it was exaggerated. the matter is that other girls inspired by that action keep on doing harm to religious monuments. one of them being naked climbed to the monument of Andrey Pervozvanuy’s and cut off the cross with a saw. i jast want it to stop. i was angry, sorry Rookie.

    • Anaheed August 29th, 2012 1:01 PM

      Thank you for coming back and saying this.

    • Sphinx August 29th, 2012 5:03 PM

      Well, at least you apologized.
      It’s ok to feel angry, just don’t direct your anger to other people who have nothing to do with that.
      Also, Femen (the group responsible for the action you mentioned) is not connected with Pussy Riot, and the band did not agree with the destruction of these monuments.

    • Killjoy August 30th, 2012 4:16 AM

      Thank you for apologizing.

  • mouse August 29th, 2012 8:01 AM

    I love this! Also I’m from Cheshire in the UK like Alis! Its so great to see so many people from so many places sharing this.
    -mouse

  • ellamccartney August 30th, 2012 1:13 AM

    This is so cool. By the way… I live in Portland and I totally saw the three girls from slide 23 the other day on Mt tabor taking pictures, liked their outfits, and wondered what they were doing. ha

  • lovecat August 30th, 2012 7:04 AM

    I’m sorry, but I see this article stupid. Vacuous. A recollection of cute girls from wealthy countries saying how much they support Pussy Riot… WOW, HOW DEEP. I’M SERIOUS, YOU GUYS, THIS MADE ME CHANGE MY PERCEPTION OF THE WORLD AND POLITICS. And the little explanation below does not save it. Come on. You can’t see an incident like this an only be disturbed because of those three girls on jail. Think, “If they are on jail, who else can be? How fucked up is Russia actually?” And then get informed about it, write a good article, and blow your reader’s minds. THAT is helping to activism. Not taking pictures of yourself saying how much you support someone.

  • Jamia August 30th, 2012 12:10 PM

    lovecat: The power of standing in support and solidarity should never be underestimated. We did it in the way we felt was appropriate at this time and have made no claims that this is the one action, the one solution, or the only show of solidarity out there.

    There are many ways you raise awareness and visibility about an important issue and this was ours for this particular piece.

    If you have other ideas about tactics to help the cause I hope you’ll implement them and channel your energy towards proactively taking action.

  • cancercowboy August 30th, 2012 4:05 PM

    the Pussy Riot trial was a farce, and they did their protest in a church because the Russian Orthodox Church as a political body supports Putin and his drawing board party United Russia.
    that being said, Bradley Manning could use some public support too. and he’s closer to home for many Rookie readers, i think.

  • Chimdi September 3rd, 2012 3:00 AM

    oh my gosh this makes me so emotional

    it is past 11 pm and I’m a bit delirious and my soul is swelled with hope for the future of humanity