Wild Pig by Timm Schamberger: DDP

My maternal Bubba was born in Russia, 1905. A Jewish girl, she was chased through the hardship-splattered streets of her shtetl by a wild pig. To add angst to injury, when she hit adolescence, she and the family were run out of the country by pogrom-happy bands of Jew-bashing soldiers. My grandmother went on to live a long life, full of fear. Despite all her years nestled in the bosom of Canada, I don’t think she ever really felt safe.

It is the burning, age-old question of human rights mixed up with my devotion to the arts and hot Russian blood that draws me to the epic tale of the Russian, feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot. This past February at Christ the Saviour Church in Moscow, a masked gang of defiant, day-glo-mad artists  shouted a political, punk prayer, proclaiming: Virgin Mary, Mother of God, become a feminist! Put Putin out! Fed up with a sexist, racist, patriarchal regime, a toxic political system and religion gone-bad, these bold, riotous women dared to risk their already limited freedom, get creative and rock out against Vladamir Putin and the institutionalized evil of his regime. That’s what I call pussy power.

Pussy Riot in church

Check out the remarkable womanifesto and closing statement of one of the three jailed artists- Nadezhda Tolokonnikova – at their outrageously totalitarian trial. They are charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of up to seven years, arguing that the women were insulting all of Russian Orthodoxy and denying that it was a political protest. The verdict will be delivered in a few days on August 17 and we need your help. Please join the global demonstration, send money, pressure the government and church. Join Bjork, Yoko Ono and Madonna and speak out. World-wide. We’re all in this together.

Wild Pig Photo by Timm Schamberger: DDP

Pussy Riot in a Box by Andrey Stenin, RIA Novosti

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