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Ferguson activist turned lawmaker to officially resign

Jul. 23, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson activist Bruce Franks Jr. will officially resign from Missouri's largely conservative Legislature at the end of July. The Democrat submitted his letter of resignation from the state House on Tuesday. Franks first announced plans to leave office in May , in part citing struggles...

Demonstrators commemorate slain Russian LGBT activist

Jul. 23, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Dozens of demonstrators have held solo pickets in St. Petersburg to commemorate a political and LGBT rights activist who was killed over the weekend. Yelena Grigorieva's body was found Saturday near her home with eight stab wounds and signs of strangling. Some participants in...

Teen climate activist to French critics: Listen to science

Jul. 23, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has told lawmakers at France's lower house of parliament that they need to listen to scientists on the issue of climate change and act now to avert a catastrophe. Thunberg spoke Tuesday in a conference room, invited by lawmakers from several...

Amnesty: Egypt using probation measures to silence activists

Jul. 23, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group is criticizing Egyptian authorities for imposing repressive probation measures on pro-democracy activists recently released from prison. The measures require those released to report every day to the police and spend the night at the nearest police station for months,...

Manslaughter plea in Black Lives Matter activist's death

Jul. 22, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 27-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting of a Black Lives Matter activist known for his leap through police tape to try to seize a Confederate battle flag during a 2017 demonstration over Civil War monuments in South Carolina. Roosevelt Iglus had...

1960s prankster Paul Krassner, who named Yippies, dies at 87

Jul. 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said. Krassner died at his home in Desert Hot...

Teen climate activist gets Normandy's first Freedom Prize

Jul. 21, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has received the first Freedom Prize awarded by France's Normandy region, which last month commemorated the 75th D-Day anniversary. Thunberg, 16, received the award in Caen on Sunday, posing alongside D-Day veterans Charles Norman Shay and...

Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle

Jul. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle. In his early 30s, Ritte occupied a small Hawaiian island used as a military...

Hawaii officials want a peaceful end to telescope protests

Jul. 19, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials in Hawaii said Friday that they will not call up additional National Guard troops or use force on peaceful telescope protesters blocking access to the state's highest peak. Gov. David Ige said that his priority is to keep everyone in the community safe, including the activists at...

Guatemala's highest court blocks proposed amnesty law

Jul. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's highest court has ruled against a legislative proposal to grant amnesty for human rights abuses during the country's 1960-1996 civil war. The bill had failed to gain final approval in Congress, but was not completely dead. The Constitutional Court voted Friday to grant a...