Abby Zimet, staff writer

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:30pm
Intifada Milk: We Are Palestinians - We Deserve to Have A Home, We Deserve to Have Our Land, We Deserve to Have Our Freedom, and We Deserve to Have Cows
A tale of ingenious Palestinian resistance to the indignities of Israeli occupation, the film The Wanted 18 - mixing Claymation, interviews and talking cows - recreates the Israeli pursuit of 18 cows bought by the residents of Beit Sahour to resist Israeli milk hegemony and create their own dairy co-op. The cows are declared "a threat to the national security," and go underground. The director on cows on the lam: "A nation that can't make fun of its own wounds will never be able to heal."
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:00pm
Now Is the Time For True Courage
Britanny 'Bree' Newsome - the filmmaker, organizer, activist and aspiring Super-Woman who memorably, determinedly climbed the flagpole at South Carolina's capitol to remove the Confederate flag - has spoken out for the first time about her feat, which she views "both as an act of civil disobedience and as a demonstration of the power people have when we work together." Much more from an inspiring kick-ass black woman who vows, "I refuse to be ruled by fear."
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 4:45pm
Girl Scouts Insist There Is Not One Type of Girl, Reject Anti-Trans Donation
Small good news of the day: Citing its mission of "serving all girls," The Girl Scouts of Western Washington returned a huge donation after being told it couldn't be used to support transgender girls. Though the $100,000 gift represented a quarter of its annual fundraising, the Scouts, which has a long inclusive history, quickly raised almost three times that with an Indiegogo campaign.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 9:30pm
Justice Hasn't Been Served
Using "urban intervention tactics to remind the public of the battle we are still fighting,” activists with the Never 21 collective infiltrated Manhattan's posh 21 Club to offer rich white diners a "menu" listing not entrées but the names of black kids senselessly killed by police. They also hung signs around the necks of the restaurant's iconic lawn jockeys spelling out their message - Black Lives Matter.
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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 10:30pm
Everyone Tells Trump He's Fired So There May Yet Be Hope For America
In a sign America may be starting to think screaming racism isn't okay, a third company has cut ties with toxic blowhard Donald Trump after he said he loves Mexico except it's filled with rapists and criminals and we need a "great, great wall" to keep them out. Univision, NBC and billionaire Carlos Slim's TV company have all cancelled deals with Trump after his "derogatory comments." And, brilliantly, there's now a Trump piñata. Another clown goes down.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 8:45pm
Phalanx of Philadelphia Cops Arrest and Assault Crying-Toddler-Holding Guy For Evading $2.25 Fare and Did We Mention He's Black?
Now that we have legal protections for gay and sick people, maybe it's time to safeguard black people being terrorized by blue ones. To wit: The burly mob of Philly cops who set upon a dad carrying his baby daughter, seizing him by the neck, slamming him into a wall and arresting him after he allegedly failed to pay a $2.25 subway fare, all as he clutched his increasingly distraught child. The police chief: "We don’t teach people to grab persons by the throat." Surreal video says really?
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Friday, June 26, 2015 - 1:45pm
For the Land of the Free
For those who too often find hearing the Star-Spangled Banner a bittersweet experience, hear the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sing it on the Capitol steps Friday to celebrate the victory for marriage equality. At least this once, it's perfect, and pretty spine-tingling.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 11:45pm
Seeking Justice Not Revenge: Palestine Submits First Evidence of Israeli War Crimes to ICC
In "a test for the credibility of international mechanisms (the) world cannot afford to fail," Palestinian authorities have submitted their first evidence of Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court, charging Israel with apartheid and 22 other crimes in the assault on Gaza, settlements on occupied lands, and the treatment of Palestinian prisoners. The U.S. called the move "counter-productive," Israel called it an attempt to "manipulate," many others called it a quest for justice.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 1:00pm
Love Is Always Hard
Charleston is standing strong. Thousands watched a horse-drawn carriage bearing the casket of state Sen. Clementa Pickney roll past the still-waving Confederate flag even as they vowed to counter a possible Westboro Church protest with a peaceful human wall protecting victims' families. Anonymous likewise told the haters they'd be shut down by cyber-attacks. But residents of the "city full of love" sent another message: "Enjoy your time here."
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 9:00pm
Calling All 16-Year-Old Recruits: Get Your Battlefield Casualties Action Man - P.T.S.D., Paralyzed and Dead - Now!
Ahead of Britain's Armed Forces Day, Veterans For Peace U.K. have made several short, mordant films in their campaign against enlisting 16-year-olds (yes) into the Army. The films star a grimly droll series of Action Man dolls - PTSD Action Man with thousand-yard stare, anti-depressants and noose, Paralyzed Action Man ("legs really don't work!") with wheelchair and colostomy bag, Dead Action Man with body bag - to counter recruiters' blithe message that military life is "challenging and fun."
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