CrowdVoice: Tracking Voices of Protest

CrowdVoice

Around the world people are fighting for their rights, protesting their oppressive governments, and uniting to take a stand. It’s inspirational to see stories like these and they give hope to people all over the planet. Now you can find them all in one place. CrowdVoice is a user-powered service that crowdsources information to track voices of protest from around the world. Instead of checking news, video and social networking sites for updates on the issues that matter to you, you can find it all in one place and subscribe to whichever categories you prefer. You can also add content to CrowdVoice and contribute to the Crowd by approving the submissions of others. Bill Liao, co-founder of Xing.com says, “This is the purpose for which social media was truly born for.”

Russian Statues Protest for Pussy Riot

Earlier this year they were a mostly unknown feminist punk band from Russia… but now they have become an international phenomenon and a wakeup call to the reality of social freedoms in the modern Russian Federation. The group, called Pussy Riot staged an illegal concert on February 21st, on the steps of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

Visual Bits #213> Make Art Not War



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Currency Art: Taken From the Pockets of the Military

Sometimes life creates art inspiration in strange ways. For artist Chad Person, the inspiration for his humorously titled series TaxCut came in the form of a failing soldier in his digital photography class. Person relates on his website how, when he found out the soldier would have to repay his $400 course tuition grant to the military for his failure, the artist saw an opportunity to make sure the military couldn’t assign the funds elsewhere, like buying more weapons.

SOPA Venn Diagram

The Internet community has spoken and it appears U.S. lawmakers have listened…for now. Visual News was proud to join the January 18th black-out protest. We’re also excited to be back online sharing great visual content with you. That said, the fight is far from over. SOPA and PIPA have lost some support, but the lobbyists behind them will find new acronyms to disguise internet censorship legislation. We encourage you to stay vigilant with us in the fight against internet censorship.

Ties: Debt Slavery in the USA

With Occupy Wall Street spreading to other nations, the movement continues to grow ever stronger by the day. This piece shows the JP Morgan Chase logo attached to a set of handcuffs, as a short time after the Occupy Wall Street protests began in New York, JP Morgan gave the NYPD the biggest one-time donation it had ever received: $4.6 million. It would seem the movement is having an impact

The Domino Effect: Unrest in the Middle East

There’s a revolution happening across the Middle East. Sure, it began with Tunisia, but the wide-ranging socioeconomic and political issues that are often characteristic of authoritarian governance — corruption, unemployment, poverty, lack of a free press, and exorbitant food and fuel prices — are not unique to its soil.

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Protests in Egypt: Marching Against Mubarak (Infographic)


On January 25, 2011, Egyptians began the first of a series of rallies to protest low minimum wage, high unemployment, and lack of freedom of the press under President Hosni Mubarak. The February 1 rally marked the largest day of protest so far.

An original infographic by Visual News

Turkish Love and War: Blissful Animation


Covering 294 walls in 4 cities while traveling 2930 kilometers, the Turkish electronic group Sokak Savasa Karsi, cuts out a street based animation against terror and war. To create the animation, figures of soldiers were cut out of ordinary pieces of newspaper and attached to walls around the four cities. Then capturing each soldier individually, they were animated for a blissful, loving finish.