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Opening Ceremonies #Cheer'sToSochi Event on Friday


Tune in Friday as journalists and activists Tweet and blog the Sochi Olympic Games opening ceremonies from a secret location in New York (actually Boxers Bar)

From the event's Facebook page:

LGBT activists, allies, social media experts, and journalists are invited to participate in the #CheersToSochi War Room in New York City at Boxers Bar HK during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games this Friday.

The purpose of the #CheersToSochi War Room is for participants to monitor the Opening Ceremony and other Olympic-related broadcasts and to: provide alternative commentary using Twitter, Facebook and social media networks; expose Russia's continuing human rights violations and the oppression faced by LGBT Russians, political dissidents and artists in Russia; and, challenge the pro-Russia, pro-International Olympic Committee (IOC) and sponsor-driven messages broadcast by NBC. The #CheersToSochi War Room will use social media to tell the truth about the Russian government's oppression of LGBT Russians, artists, political dissidents, and others.

#CheersToSochi War Room participant and journalist Masha Gessen said, "I'm looking forward to bearing witness to Putin's disgrace and to the disgrace of those world leaders who travel to Russia for the Olympics, like the king of the Netherlands. And then someone has to comment on the music and those uniforms!"

The #CheersToSochi War Room will take place in New York City on Friday, February 7th from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM at Boxers Bar HK in Hell's Kitchen, in the lower level DogPound bar. Boxers Bar HK is located at 742 9th Avenue at 50th Street...

If you're not in New York City, you you can still be involved. Consider creating your own virtual #CheersToSochi War Room at home or with friends.

For details or to join remotely, join the virtual #CheersToSochi War Room on Facebook here.

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