THE OFFICIAL AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ‘FREE PUSSY RIOT’ COMPILATION IS OUT NOW

Good morning 2014!

The official Amnesty international Pussy Riot 45 track compilation has just been released. It also features Sydney’s FAIT ACCOMPLI at track 31 ‘THIS IS NOT THE END’ alongside so many amazing international punk bands which is pretty awesome.

The cover artwork was also taken from the original MY PUSSY RIOT compilation art which we put out a year ago. Radical!

2014 is off to a great start for the worldwide struggle towards music revolution!

All proceeds go to the PUSSY RIOT cause. #freepussyriot X

DOWNLOAD ‘FREE PUSSY RIOT’ FROM HERE

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LA FEMME – Photography by David Hewitson


Thanks to everyone who joined us at LA FEMME last Friday night. Big shout out to Mylee Grace and the Milkshakes, Bec and Ben, LourdesWarchief. Please check out these artists! Thanks to Tallow GallerySailor Jerry AustraliaAnnandale Hotel, all the visual artists and especially all our friends who came out and celebrated our love for the women who create art and music in our city!

LA FEMME is a celebration or women and their rights to freedom of creativity and free speech in Australia, a privilege that we take for granted.

We dedicate this event to our punk rock sisters PUSSY RIOT who are right now facing some pretty hard times in jail in Russia for speaking out against their Government.

Yes there’s not much we can do physically from here in Australia, but if we can inspire our friends and others to come together and celebrate our creativity, then in the long-term the future may one day be a brighter one for young women not only in Russia, but all over the world.

Peace and love. X

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Photography by the talented David Hewitson.

CALLING ALL FEMALE ARTISTS!

Get in touch if you are interested. Limited spaces. Exhibition takes place in Sydney and is already teeming with amazing talent including;

Holly Hipwell – Flowerdrum
Mylee Grace – Photography
Cloudy Rhodes – Photography / Collage
Kate Farquharson – Photography
Rachel Beer – Poetry
Tallow Gallery – Sydney Film Premiere – Journey
and more…

email: mysydneyriot@gmail.com

MEDIA RELEASE: THE FREE PUSSY RIOT PARTY COMES TO BYRON BAY

Politics seems to be the current language of choice for many creative groups lately. Sydney’s My Sydney Riot have been getting behind a lot of causes to date and very recently they have been engaged with the Free Pussy Riot worldwide movement. After releasing a 20 track music compilation, a drum event in Taylor Square and a packed out event at Flinders Hotel in Sydney a few weeks back, My Sydney Riot decided to bring the Free Pussy Riot party to the Great Northern, Byron Bay, one of the most exciting live venues in Australia.

On Saturday 6th October a special lineup of independent bands will come together for one night only; Fait Accompli (Syd), Pirates Alive (Gold Coast), Mylee and the Milkshakes (Syd), Bec and Ben (Syd) and locals The Deers.

Also featuring on the night will be the official debut screening of a short film by local Byron Bay label Tallow Gallery starring talented young up and coming surfer, Cloudy Rhodes. The film titled ‘Journey’ (preview above) sees Cloudy traverse through some epic landscapes from South Africa to Mozambique and Swaziland. This film ties in with the important message that women and all humans alike have every right to get out there and share their stories with the world, a right of passage which unfortunately still remains a rare concept in many societies, even in these modern times. This film is not to be missed.

So bring along your friends, dress colourful or bring a colourful balaclava and a smile and help us celebrate our right to freedom of speech, a right which wasn’t afforded to the three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova who are currently serving two years jail for speaking our against their government.

Come out and dance Byron! FREE PUSSY RIOT!

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Doors 8pm. Entry by gold coin donation (all funds go towards the Pussy Riot lawyer fund)
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Pussy Riot: The Jailhouse Interview

Here’s an inspiring interview by Pussy Riot from Jail.

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They’ve become global heroes and foils to the macho rule of Vladimir Putin. But not even a two-year prison term can keep Russia’s celebrated punk band muzzled. Michael Idov smuggled a few questions into the grrrls’ gulag. Judging by their answers, the riot is just getting warmed up

November 2012

Nadya Tolokonnikova enters the courtroom vowing resistance.

This year, Russia launched its first crossover pop stars since the days of Gorky Park—and it’s done so by throwing them in jail. Pussy Riot, a feminist punk collective that staged guerrilla performances all over Moscow (culminating in a “punk prayer” in a cathedral, which got three of its members arrested), showed up on every front page from Libération to the New York Post and single-handedly revived riot-grrrl chic. Meanwhile, the fate of the three prisoners—Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova, Maria “Masha” Alyokhina, and Yekaterina “Katya” Samutsevich—became an international cause, championed by everyone from Madonna to David Cameron. Sentenced to two years each on the absurd charge of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” the “girls,” as everyone in Russia calls them, are getting by without the Internet, only vaguely aware of their global celebrity. GQ managed to correspond with them by slipping questions in with their lawyers. Katya’s answers got confiscated. Nadya’s and Masha’s follow.

GQ: What is your average day like now? How do you get the news from the outside?
Masha: They have small, medium, and large cells here. We’re in three different small ones. Only the large cells have in-room showers; we get showers once a week. After 6 a.m., you’re not allowed to sleep under a blanket. Theoretically, until lights-out at 10 p.m., you’re not allowed to sleep at all, but in practice you can lie on top of the blanket and cover yourself with your coat. Nobody can explain why; the only answer you hear to any question is “That’s the rule” and “We keep to a regimen here.” Every day there’s an hour-long walk in a “yard,” which is a concrete box with two benches and a sliver of sky between a cement wall and a plastic roof. It’s all “Hug the wall” this and “Hands behind your back” that. They search our cells regularly and confiscate our drawings and notes. Why? “The rules.” Pretty much the only news we get is from federal TV channels. Only now do I realize the sheer amount of lies and censorship there. When you have the Internet, you don’t feel it as sharply. But once a week our lawyers bring us different news, words of support, and that helps a lot. Continue reading “Pussy Riot: The Jailhouse Interview”

IF YOU CAME TO ANY OF OUR ‘FREE PUSSY RIOT’ EVENTS AND TOOK SOME PHOTOS OR VIDEOS, COULD YOU SEND THEM TO US… PLEASE?

Our photographer was too sick to attend our last FREE PUSSY RIOT event. So after the party we put the word out to friends to send us your photos.

We are trying to put together a video collage about the local support for the Pussy Riot movement, so if you came out to Flinders Hotel or the Sydney Drum Riot and you took some video or photos, please send them to us. It will be much appreciated.

email: mysydneyriot@gmail.com

Anyway here are some Instagram’s (we borrowed from some of our friends) of the awesome DIE! DIE! DIE!

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A MESSAGE FOR PUSSY RIOT FROM MY SYDNEY RIOT

Dear Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich,

The last few days have been very emotional for us here at MSR HQ and we have felt a great deal of sadness for what the outcome is for PUSSY RIOT. We did the best that we could from our end of the world and unfortunately the powers that are right now bigger than all of us have taken a stand for what they believe in and now you have to serve 2 years hard labour and that really sucks man. It just saddens us to know that freedom of speech comes at a heavy price in your Country Russia and unfortunately you are the ones who are paying that price.

We here at MY SYDNEY RIOT will be doing all we can with our friends from all over Australia to spread awareness about PUSSY RIOT over the coming days, months and even years if we have to, so strengthen your resolve and know that the power of the people is growing too here in our own Country. We are all feeling inspired and for some reason what has happened to you has awoken many of us from a creative black hole and we hope that we can get out there and live a little more than how we have in the past.

We’ll be organising more shows, art shows and we’ll be playing drums where we can when we can. We are all highly creative here in our town and through connecting with our friends we’ll be sending out a message to the world and it’s not one of hate or anger, but our message is that “FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A RIGHT TO ALL!

In the mean time here’s a few activities we got up to in celebration of PUSSY RIOT. We hope you ladies will enjoy listening, watching and learning about us, your punk rock brothers and sisters from Australia.

If you don’t get to see what we have done, we just want you to know that we are with you all the way, in spirit. Be strong!

Peace and Love,

MY SYDNEY RIOT crew and all PUSSY RIOT supporters from Australia

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MY PUSSY RIOT COMPILATION – A FREE PUNK ROCK MUSIC COMPILATION FROM AUSTRALIA
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FAITH NO MORE GETS BEHIND PUSSY RIOT!!

Mike Patton, pretty used to the masked tradition via his other band MR BUNGLE! in support of PUSSY RIOT!

Pretty epic seeing amazing bands like FAITH NO MORE supporting this cause.

Check out this video of FAITH NO MORE going all out at one of their stadium shows in Russia with a little help from PUSSY RIOT TEAM!

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PRESS RELEASE: Amnesty International Demands Russia Release Punk Singers Detained Following Church Performance

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, strimel@aiusa.org, 212-633-4150

(New York) — Amnesty International today demanded that Russia immediately release three young women arrested for allegedly singing a protest song that criticizes both the Orthodox Church and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Several members of a music group called “Pussy Riot,” with their faces covered in balaclavas, sang a protest song entitled, “Virgin Mary, Redeem Us of Putin,” on Feb. 21 at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.  The song criticizes the support shown by some representatives of the Orthodox Church to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and calls on the Virgin Mary to become a feminist and banish Putin.

The Russian authorities subsequently arrested Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on March 4, and Ekaterina Samusevich on March 15, claiming that they were the masked singers. Although the women admit to being members of the group, they deny any involvement in the protest in the cathedral.

Amnesty International said the charges against the women should be dropped, saying Russian authorities were wrong to charge the women with the serious criminal charge of hooliganism, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment.

The three women are currently in pre-trial detention until April 25.

A video montage of the song available on the internet has led to a wide debate surrounding the protest. Prime Minister Putin’s press secretary called the protest “despicable” and said it would be followed “with all the necessary consequences.”

Although a representative of the Orthodox Church initially called for mercy for the protestors, subsequent statements by representatives of the Church have called for harsh punishment, including for the women to be prosecuted for inciting hatred on the grounds of religion.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.