Pussy Riot Solidarity Action!

Several members of Pussy Riot, a feminist, anti-authoritarian, punk art performance group, with their faces clad in neon-colored balaclavas and wearing colorful clothing, sang a protest song entitled, “Virgin Mary, Redeem Us of Putin,” on Feb. 21 at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. The song criticizes the support shown by some representatives of the Orthodox Church to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and calls on the Virgin Mary to become a feminist and banish Putin.The Russian authorities subsequently arrested Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on March 4, and Ekaterina Samusevich on March 15, claiming that they were the masked singers. Although the women admit to being members of the group, they deny any involvement in the protest in the cathedral. They’re facing up to three years in prison.
The final verdict will be delivered on Friday, August 17th at 2pm Moscow Time (5am EDT). A New World In Our Hearts will hold a solidarity Punk Prayer outside of the General Consulate of Russia, 9 East 91st St. Bring signs, wear a bright neon mask and colorful clothes!Check out the video of the Pussy Riot Punk Prayer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCasuaAczKY
List of worldwide rallies in support of Pussy Riot:
http://live.free-pussy-riot.gotpantheon.com/content/join-pussy-riot-global-day-17-augustPussy Riot are essentially conceptual artists. This is what makes them threatening – it is not possible to imprison a concept. Anybody can be Pussy Riot. The celebration of rock and punk as anthemic that we saw last week was lovely, but Pussy Riot are a reminder that revolution always begins first in culture, in the radical act. In the society of the spectacle, that act – Pussy Riot’s sporadic performances – get YouTube hits and retweets. In these days of Twitter shallows, remember it is the virtual world that has pushed Pussy Riot into the spotlight and in the real world that they are in prison.
What: NYC Pussy Riot Solidarity Action
Where: General Consulate of Russia, 9 East 91st Street (bet. Madison & 5th Aves), New York, NY
When: 10AM, Friday, August 17, 2012

Earlier in the day there will be a
Musical masquerade protest party
WHERE: 9am, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church 15 E 97th St, (6 train to 96th Street) and 10am, Russian Consulate 9 East 91st Street
PLEASE: Bring signs, wear bright colors (see Pussy Riot for inspiration) and bring a noisemaker and/or stringed instrument. Don’t forget to bring your balaclava masque.

And later:
Pussy Riot March on Madison
WHAT: from the Upper East Side to Times Square
WHERE: Madison Avenue from 91st to 42nd street
WHEN: 11am-1pm (approx)
PLEASE: Bring signs, wear bright colors (see Pussy Riot for inspiration) and bring a noisemaker and/or stringed instrument.

MIDDAY ACTION: Times Square Rally
WHERE: 46th Street and Broadway
WHEN: 1-2pm

ALSO:
There is a Thursday evening reading of court testimonies 7:30pm at Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel. Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/336406896449171/

About Pussy Riot:
Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk-rock collective that stages politically provocative impromptu performances in Moscow on Russia’s current political life.

Pussy Riot emerged from a guerrilla art collective called Voina, or War, that gained notoriety for subversive public installations and raucous performances with political messages.

These include a video of group sex staged in a museum and a 200-foot phallus painted on a Saint Petersburg drawbridge that, when raised, faced the local headquarters of the Federal Security Service.

Trial updates:
Putin last week said, “I don’t think we need to judge them too harshly for this,” in what many took to be a signal of the court’s intentions.

However, there’s disagreement as to what a “light” punishment would be. Prosecutors have asked for sentences of three years.
Closing statement:

Essentially, it is not three singers from Pussy Riot who are on trial here. If that were the case, what’s happening would be totally insignificant. It is the entire state system of the Russian Federation which is on trial and which, unfortunately for itself, thoroughly enjoys quoting its cruelty towards human beings, its indifference to their honor and dignity, the very worst that has happened in Russian history to date. To my deepest regret, this mock trial is close to the standards of the Stalinist troikas. Thus, we have our investigator, lawyer and judge. And then, what’s more, what all three of them do and say and decide is determined by a political demand for repression. Who is to blame for the performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and for our being put on trial after the concert? The authoritarian political system is to blame. What Pussy Riot does is oppositional art or politics that draws upon the forms art has established. In any event, it is a form of civil action in circumstances where basic human rights, civil and political freedoms are suppressed by the corporate state system.

Full closing statements English translations:
http://chtodelat.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/yekaterina-samutsevich-closing-statement/
http://eng-pussy-riot.livejournal.com/4602.html
Video of closing statement (in Russian):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9JyyaniaV0

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