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On Saturday, November 12, residents from all over the Setauket area gathered at the parking lot of the town’s train station to take part in the Three Villages March for Black Lives. In the early morning,  dozens of people stood bundled up in jackets, hoodies, and whatever else would help them withstand the chilly fall day. Gloved hands had homemade signs in tow. Standing not too far off from the rest of the pack was Barbara Coley, co-chair of the Racial concerns committee at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and one of main organizers of the event. While many in attendance were newcomers, for Coley and members of her congregation this wasn’t their first time around the block. In July of this year, Coley and the congregation made the decision to put up a Black Lives Matter banner in front of the church building. Within a few weeks, the gesture of…

The non-indictment of a policeman who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice sprung the BlackLivesMatter movement anew in Washington Square Park tonight. As marchers from NYCRISEUP4TAMIR braved the sleet down Broadway protesting police brutality and systematic racism, the movement’s supporters agreed that the string of injustice since the Mike Brown case has hit a new low. “It is not okay,” Jawanza James Williams, an organizer for the youth activist group, Vocal New York, said. “To not even consider the fact that the state-sanctioned murder of a child, of twelve year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, is not racial. Because had that child been a white child, I guarantee you that at least three seconds would’ve been given to ‘put your weapon down,’ or ‘stand still’ or ‘freeze.’” The shooting had taken less than three seconds. “Even if the gun wasn’t real,” said Benjamin, a government worker who would not give…

Russia’s most famous punk collective, Pussy Riot, recently released new music for the first time since the imprisonment of two members in 2012 that spurred an international movement against Russian censorship. The song, “I Can’t Breathe” is the band’s first English language song. It was recorded late last year in response to the protest around the killing of Staten Island man, Eric Garner. Garner was killed due to an illegal chokehold performed by New York City Police in response to Garner selling loose cigarettes on the street. Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who executed the chokehold was found innocent by a grand jury last December, even with evidence documenting the whole incident on film. Two music videos were released alongside the song. One that shows a compilation of film from the Eric Garner protests in New York. Another shows two of the members of Pussy Riot that were arrested, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova…