Protesters gathered in front of the United Nations Headquarters on Sunday Jan. 31st. Equipped with signs and toilet brushes to mock Putin, they marched to Times Square demonstrating their support of the recently jailed Russian opposition leader, Alexey Navalny.

Protester holds up a sign in Times Square, New York City on Jan. 31st. Photo by Victoria Langowska

Navalny returned to Russia after five months in Germany where he was recovering from a suspected poisoning attempt by a Russian governmental agency. The poison was a Soviet-Era nerve agent commonly known as Novochok.

Upon his return and subsequent arrest, Navalny called on his supporters to stage mass rallies and demonstrations which spread across Russia and the whole world.

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It has been 126 days since Belarussians first poured onto the streets to protest the falsified presidential elections that guaranteed another year under Alexander Lukashenko, who some call the dictator of Belarus. Following daily mass protests, strikes, and police brutality towards protesters and journalists, the future of Belarus is unclear.

The opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, is currently exiled in Lithuania for her own safety. She is thought to be the unofficial victor of the 2020 elections but was forced to leave Belarus for her own safety when Lukashenko claimed he won 80% of the vote. She is the wife of…

It has been 46 days since thousands of Polish women and supporters took to the streets demanding their right to their own body. This is a direct result of an Oct. 22 Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling that provides a near total ban on abortion. The ruling conservative party PiS (Law and Justice) who’s loyalists control the tribunal, banned abortion in cases of congenital fetal defects even when the fetus has no chance of surviving.

The only legal abortions left are in cases of rape or incest, which in itself is hard to prove in a Polish court. This essentially bans abortion…

The usually calm block of 37 th and Madison Ave in midtown Manhattan erupted with crowds on Saturday Oct. 30 th . The Polish consulate was surrounded with protesters holding signs and chanting phrases like “this is war” and “my body my choice.” This came as a direct result of the outrage that Polish citizens felt when a new restrictive anti-abortion law was passed by the conservative ruling party in Poland, Law and Justice (PiS).

A woman holds up a poster of the symbol of the women’s strike in Poland. Photo by Victoria Langowska

Wiktor Dynarski, a Polish activist for trans and queer rights, organized the demonstration in New York City along with Kamilla Kielbowska, a UX designer. They…

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