The verdict is due on Friday at 8 a.m. as to the fate of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk-rock performance art collective who are facing up to seven years in prison for performing an anti-Vladimir Putin song from the altar of Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral in February.
In reccent weeks, the chorus of celebrity musicians has grown steadily speaking out in support of jailed band members Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, with Sting, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, and now Peaches and Paul McCartney all offering encouragement to the free speech heroines. “I would like you to know that I very much hope the Russian authorities would support the principle of free speech for all their citizens and not feel that they have to punish you for your protest,” the co-author of "Back in the U.S.S.R." wrote today.
Tonight at 7:30 in the lobby of the ACE Hotel in Manhattan, a Free Pussy Riot protest with various celebs readng words written by the Russian women will be held. The event will feature Chloe Sevigny and Karen Finlay and, most likely, many other unannounced guests, and can be live streamed here.
There's also a march to the Russian consulate in New York scheduled for tomorrow. Info on that here. A round-up of pro-Pussy Riot events around the globe can be found here at freepussyriot.org. No Philadelphia event is listed.