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Opinion: Why Won't Glenn Beck Go Away?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This particular rally is another exhortation to the masses to restore…something. Honor, Freedom, Love, Courage, Pride, Smokin’ Guitar Solos, Meerschaum Pipes, Book Sales, Whatever.

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Police Shooting of Unarmed Man Has Community on Edge

Thursday, February 09, 2012


UPDATED. Ramarley Graham was shot and killed by an NYPD officer a week ago in the Bronx. Police followed  the 18-year-old into his apartment believing he had a gun, but no weapon was ever found.  There’s been a passionate outcry by the community about the killing — especially because it happened inside the teenager's home.

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Snapshot | City Workers Rally Against Layoffs and Budget Cuts

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thousands of city workers rallied outside City Hall on Tuesday, following a march across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts to teachers, childcare, parks and library workers.

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Wisconsin's Momentum Crosses State Lines

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Since Valentines Day, Wisconsin's capital has been inundated by protesters having their say about Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget proposal. They aren't giving him much love.

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NY's 'Independents' Rally Not So Independent

Monday, February 21, 2011


Two weekends ago I flew out to New York City, for a conference for independent activists.

I was hoping for a learning experience that would be welcoming for independents of all (or at least most) stripes, but I got a rally for left-leaning to left-wing independents. It really would have taken some serious effort to collect a less representative sample of independents.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest: The Things That Won't Die Edition

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, the new zombie apocalypse show The Walking Dead, and Masterpiece Mystery’s irreverent new 21st century adaptation of Sherlock.



Protestors Rally Against 'Secure Communities' Program

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hundreds of people gathered at City Hall park on Tuesday to protest against New York state's relationship with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Glenn Beck's Message

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Glenn Beck held his "Restoring Honor" rally this past weekend, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream," speech, in Washington, D.C. Beck quoted from King's speech, invoking his memory, and called on God and American values to lead the way in Beck's movement. 

We asked you: What is the takeaway from the "Restoring Honor" rally? You weighed in with some very strong feelings, and had plenty of different perspectives to offer.

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The Takeaway

After the Rally: The Constitution, Taxes ... and God

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Tea Party movement has billed itself as "grassroots libertarian," and has focused on government over-spending and attention to the Constitution in its rallies to date. Glenn Beck's ostensibly non-political "Restoring Honor" rally this weekend turned to religion, invoking God as a force of change. How will religion play a role in the movement from here on out — and will it be a force of growth or a dividing line?

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Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque Draws Competing Rallies in Lower Manhattan

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Separated by just a couple of blocks and a vigilant police force, supporters and opponents of the proposed Park51 development rallied simultaneously on Sunday in hopes of influencing the public debate over the Islamic cultural center and mosque. The rally against the project was the more sophisticated of the two events, boasting a stage and sound system from which Bruce Springsteen and various country hits blared. The other rally, supporting Park51, was organized by a coalition of anti-war and socialist groups, but drew unaffiliated individuals and some Muslims as well. Many of them said the opposition to the mosque was borne of Islamophobia.

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