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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is a great reminder of our own freedom of speech in America

Yesterday, while attempting to almost kill myself while sputtering onto the ill-designed Sixth Avenue freeway entrance at Lowell Boulevard, I zipped up behind an XTerra with a bumpersticker that read "Nope." I always laugh when I see this political statement, mostly because it, too, is ill-designed -- I mean, it's an anti-Obama sticker that looks just like the president's "Hope" slogan from far away, which means that most passersby are going to think it's a pro-Obama sticker.

I also get a little annoyed when I see this statement, because I have adopted this "Come on, guys, he's doing the best he can!" attitude about the president, which we all know is almost worse than actually supporting someone. But not so long ago, before the person I like was elected, I proudly wore a Fat Wreck Chords T-shirt with Bush Junior's face on it that said "Not My President." It is these things that remind me that I'm happy to be here, right now, in a place where I can say what I want, wear what I want, write what I want, do what I want, and believe what I want without fear of serious repercussion.

After all, Pussy Riot was sent to a penal colony in Siberia for outwardly believing a lot of the same things I believe.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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