Thousands Will Gather Tonight Against “Tent-City” Punishment

June 23, 2012

More than 1,000 critics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are expected to gather Saturday night for a rally to call for the closure of the sheriff’s complex of canvas jail tents.

Organizers say conditions in Arpaio’s “Tent City” complex are inhumane.

The jail complex in west Phoenix was the site of a January 2010 protest that drew 10,000 immigrant rights advocates and was marked by a clash between a small group of protesters and police officers.

The rally is being held by the immigrant rights group Puente Arizona and the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is holding its annual convention in Phoenix this weekend.

If you’re in that area, you don’t want to miss this.


Russia terrified of the power of protest - cracks down on protest against crack-downs on protests

June 05, 2012.

Police detained some 20 activists protesting on Tuesday outside Russia’s parliament where deputies debated a Kremlin-backed bill to hike fines for violations during rallies, a proposal the opposition says is aimed at smothering dissent.

The controversial bill proposed by the ruling United Russia party following the biggest protests President Vladimir Putin’s 12-year-rule is all but guaranteed to be passed this week by the State Duma lower house, where United Russia holds a majority.

It would dramatically raise maximum fines to 1 million roubles ($30,000) for organizers and 300,000 roubles ($9,000) for citizens participating in demonstrations at which public order or city rules are deemed to have been violated.