Thursday, August 16, 2012

Reminder: The Pussy Riot Reading Is Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

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Just a quick reminder about tonight's Pussy Riot event. On the eve of the final verdict for Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich—the three 20-something women arrested for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" when staging a brief public protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow church—Riot Grrrl pioneer JD Samson, along with art teacher and historian Robert Lieber, have organized a reading to show support of the band.

A slew of writers and activists, including one Chloe Sevigny, will read the touching closing statements of the detained women, as well as some of their prison letters and translated observations from people inside the court room during the trial. The event's free and open to the public (and also set to stream here), making it incredibly easy to show support just like Paul McCartney. At the very least, it'd be good to take a moment to acknowledge the freedoms so many of us here in the States take for granted.

The when and the where:
Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel (20 W 29th St), doors at 7:30pm, FREE and open the the public. Visit freepussyriot.org and/or follow @freepussyriot on Twitter for more info on the trial happenings.

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