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Crimcast is a virtual resource devoted to critical conversations about criminology and criminal justice issues. Our blogposts, twitter feeds, podcasts and other content provide an overview of trends, research, commentary and events of interest to criminal justice practitioners, academics and the general public. CrimCast is sponsored by The Center for Crime and Popular Culture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.

Punk Performance and Punishment

Nickie Phillips

Kathleen Hanna speaks out about the controversial and much maligned trial of Pussy Riot. Three young women in Moscow face a likely three years of incarceration for charges of hooliganism and for inciting religious hatred. Inspired by the 1990s Riot Grrrl movement and the Guerrilla Girls radical art collective, the political protests of the young women are described by the New York Times as “performing an anti-Kremlin ‘punk prayer’ inside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.”

See Tobi Vail's article here.

Hanna and Tobi's take on the women’s political protest is particularly powerful given their lifetime involvement in pro-feminist activism through their art and music.

The verdict is expected August 17th.

Join Pussy Riot Global Day 17 August. http://freepussyriot.org

NYC Events: Johanna Fateman, JD Samson and others will hold a reading in support of Pussy Riot on August 16

See the Actions in Support of Pussy Riot Facebook page for more events held on August 17

Take action - Amnesty International

The Guerrilla Girls are scheduled to appear at St. Francis College on October 25, 2012.

UPDATE:  Pussy Riot found guilty, sentenced to two years.

NYC Reading - August 16

Go here for Spiegel's commentary and photo gallery.

More commentary here.

UPDATE: Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer for Freedom - The e-Book published by Feminist Press

UPDATE: Yekaterina Samutsevich released. Read Speigel interview here.

Read the Chicago Tribune article here.

Read AP article on prison conditions here.