July 21, 2016

The sun beat down relentlessly on Public Square as officers stood back watching and waiting. Over the sound of drums, drowning out the hate from Westboro Baptist Church, there was yelling.

A white guy, then a black guy. A racial epithet, a curse word, then a shove.

The crowd convulsed.

“Everybody pray right now!” a craggy old woman, shrouded in all black, shouted as protesters ran toward and then away from the fray. “Everybody stop what you’re doing and pray right now!”

This was Tuesday – hours befo...

July 21, 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Some demonstrations are not protests, and some protests are not raging polemic fire storms.

Marni Halasa, an Akron native living in New York City, will demonstrate the latter point here during the Republican National Convention. She will do it with the whimsy and colorful verve of a Mardi Gras float, with an infectious smile and a distinct leftward tilt that is quite real.

She said performance artist, professional protester, lawyer, journalist, and figure-skating instructor also...

March 12, 2016

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Dressed in spandex, brandishing a whip and holding a sign that said, “Bankers need a spanking.”, Marni Halasa protested outside Citigroup’s annual meeting in New York in 2013. A yea...

November 4, 2014

So what does an ordinary citizen need to do to get one’s political voice heard in this day and age where one needs money and access to play with the big whigs? If you are me, you not only dress up in costume, grab some props and exhibit comic performance art on the street, you stage your own protest. Here’s the best advice on how to stage an effective action that gets attention:

1. Just like those wonderfully wacky dancers of the strip-tease advised Rose Louise in the 1962 movie, ‘Gypsy,’ on what...

October 1, 2014

As onlookers, media types and a phalanx of police officers watched protesters gather across from Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday, they suddenly took notice as a woman in a skimpy police uniform stomped onto the scene in a pair of high-heel boots. 


The woman, Marni Halasa, 48, set up mock prison bars and proceeded to lock up a blow-up doll in the likeness of Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs. 
Like the demonstrators, she was there to protest the World Business Foru...

August 30, 2013

If anyone needs career advice on what they can do with a law degree, send them my way. They too can fight for social justice while wearing a gold spandex onesie and bunny ears!

— Marni Halasa, social justice activist, in remarks made yesterday after a successful protest against HSBC. As we recently discovered, Halasa is a graduate of the U. Pitt. School of Law and an former journalist for the New York Law Journal.READ MORE...

May 23, 2012

Occupy Wall Street's “freedom fairy” will fly again after cops attempted to clip her wings in Zuccotti Park.

Parade personality Marni Halasa was slapped with a ticket for “impeding pedestrian traffic” with her flowing pink silk chiffon costume during a protest at the lower Manhattan plaza in March.

She appeared in court Wednesday, where a judge said the summons was “insufficient” and dismissed the charges without ruffling a feather.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous that I was impeding pedestrian traffic...

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