Political activism

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 file photo, prize-winning Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina talks during a television interview in Nairobi, Kenya. The chairman of the Kwani Trust which Wainaina founded said Wednesday, May 22, 2019 that the author and LGBT activist died Tuesday night in Nairobi. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
May 22, 2019 - 2:42 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One of Africa's best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said Wednesday. The Kenyan author died Tuesday night in Nairobi after an illness, Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust which Wainaina founded,...
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FILE - This Aug. 17, 2018, file photo provided by the Alexandria (Va.) Detention Center shows Maria Butina. Butina, who admitted being a secret agent for the Kremlin believed Russian officials would consider her notes and analysis to be “valuable” as she tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups. (Alexandria Detention Center via AP, File)
May 19, 2019 - 11:17 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist serving a U.S. prison sentence for acting as an unregistered foreign agent has released a video asking for money to help pay her legal costs. Maria Butina was sentenced in April to 18 months after she admitted gathering intelligence on the National Rifle...
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 19, 2019 - 8:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Alabama's restrictive new abortion law stirring divisions on the right, President Donald Trump is imploring anti-abortion activists to stay united for the 2020 election. Trump says gains by anti-abortion activists will "rapidly disappear" if, as he put it in a tweet, "we are...
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Same-sex marriage supporters hug outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, May 17, 2019, after Taiwan's legislature has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage in a first for Asia. The vote Friday allows same-sex couples full legal marriage rights, including in areas such as taxes, insurance and child custody. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
May 17, 2019 - 5:48 pm
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Legislators pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, Dimitris Koufodinas smiles as he leaves Korydallos prison in western Athens. A Greek far-left extremist serving 11 life terms for a string of murders is vowing to continue "until the end" with a hunger strike after judges rejected his bid for new leave from prison. A lawyer representing Koufodinas, chief hit man for the November 17 group that killed 23 people from 1975-2000, says her client will also refuse medical assistance. (Yannis Kotsiaris/InTime News via AP, file)
May 17, 2019 - 7:37 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a far-left extremist convicted of 11 murders has been placed in intensive care after a 15-day hunger strike that has triggered violent protests by political sympathizers. The health ministry says the condition of Dimitris Koufodinas, the main hit man of...
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A pro Nicolas Maduro supporter Adrienne Pine is arrested, during the eviction of Maduro's supporters from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
May 16, 2019 - 9:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four demonstrators who have been staging a protest inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington for weeks were arrested Thursday, signaling a possible resolution to the extended stand-off. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, told The Associated Press that police entered the...
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May 14, 2019 - 12:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Activists who believe that New York City's massive gay pride parade has become too corporate are planning an alternative "Queer Liberation March" on the same day. Both events on June 30 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots that helped spark the modern...
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May 13, 2019 - 7:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities have served an eviction notice to activists who have stayed for more than a month inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, and asked them to leave immediately. Brian Becker, national director of the Answer Coalition, which supports the activists, said a few of...
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Cuban police detain a gay rights activist taking part in an unauthorized march in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 11, 2019. The march was organized largely using Cuba's new mobile internet, with gay-rights activists and groups of friends calling for a march over Facebook and WhatsApp after the government-run gay rights organization cancelled a Saturday march. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
May 11, 2019 - 4:55 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Gay-rights activists organizing on social media held an unauthorized march Saturday down eight blocks of one of Havana's main thoroughfares before they were stopped by police. The march was the second by a non-governmental organization in Cuba in slightly more than a month. That's...
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Annette Alvarez, middle, joins other protesters as they gather in front of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's office Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Phoenix. For Mother's Day, dozens of mothers are getting time with their children instead of time behind bars as the National Bail Out Collective is organizing its "Black Mama's Bail Out" initiative to post bail for women of color who would otherwise be in jail. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 11, 2019 - 10:45 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Paz Lopez was set to spend Mother's Day behind bars. The 42-year-old mother of six had been locked up in a Phoenix jail for the past month on forgery and other charges. She couldn't post her $2,050 bail. But on Thursday night she walked out and into a car waiting to give her a ride...
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