Check this out.

Check out this awesome illustration in the latest issue of Liberation newspaper by PSL member Andrew Nance!

Click here for the full issue of the newspaper, focused on the environment: http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/newspaper/vol-7-no-7/how-to-save-the-environment.html

Click here for a downloadable version of this poster:http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/newspaper/vol-7-no-7/liberate-the-planet-cut-the.jpg — with Andrew Nance.

This essay was first published in January 2013 after attending a march in support of Security workers who were trying to form a union. The officers won and are now unionized along with other Security Officers who work for the state of Connecticut. At that time the union officials promised that they would be back and unionize all of the Security workers in the Hartford area. Here it is September 2014 and no one has organized anything. Things are not looking good for many people in the security business. Contracts that are pretty good are being lost all over the city to companies that want to pay squat and give nothing in return but misery. It’s way past time to organize.

There are wolfs at many a workers door we thought this over and over again as the SOS Security Officers march progressed yesterday in Hartford. We from furbirdsqueerly were proud to go out in the very cold weather to stand in support of Security Officers who are being disrespected on the job, denied proper compensation, and threatened with dismissal for talking about the union on the job. Right up our alley, being underdogs ourselves and having worked in the service industry for many years.

But of course our minds would not rest there. Why should the mind stop at one issue.  How could we stop at one disrespected group of workers and not think of the whole picture. I am reminded of a song from the civil rights movement called Keep Your Eye On The Prize. We here see this struggle not only for SOS Security Officers but for all Security Officers in all Security Companies. A struggle that should be taking place now. Not next year or the year after as one union official told us. This struggle is for simple things that most people employed by the corporations and non-profits take for granted. Simple things like health care, decent livable wages, vacations with pay, personal days, holiday pay, pensions and the right to stay on a job when a contract changes with no cuts in pay, no vacation time lost and no lost seniority. We in the contracted industries face this reality yearly when our contracts go out for bid. Read the rest of this entry »

Dear Friend,

Please take action to demand the full prosecution and firing of Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, who has been charged with 16 counts of rape, sexual assault, stalking, and sodomy against seven African American women. A judge lowered Holtzclaw’s bail from $5 million to $500,000 and he is out of jail on home detention and with paid leave from the police department. This show of indifference by the criminal justice system to extreme violence against African American women cannot be tolerated.

  • Click here to sign the petition, “Black Women’s Lives Matter: Fully prosecute Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, revoke his bail and recommend his immediate firing.”
  • Call Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (405-521-2342) and Oklahoma City D.A. David Prater (405-713-1600) and tell them what you think.

Below is an excellent article by Sikivu Hutchinson, published in The Feminist Wire and Truth-Out, with more information about the case. No one should be Missing in Action in demanding an end to what Ms. Hutchinson so truly calls “police violence and terrorism against women of color.”

In solidarity,
Anne Slater
Radical Women

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Punkpink steps out again. (we asked pink for a little essay on the Climate March and this is what we got.)

He warned our sons and daughters our grandchildren and all of us years ago. That freaky man with the long greasy hair and voice like a opera singer. But still we didn’t listen even today when we have evidence of it. I just sat outside and watched the cars leaving the city. I counted the cars 1,2,3,10, 20, 35, 46, 59, 61, 76, 82, 99, 100. You know there was 4 cars with three people, and 5 cars with 2 people. All the rest had one person to the car. Oh well we love our cars and so won’t our grands and great grands and no one will even start screaming until that day when they all wish they were a fish. Oh what the Fu*K we will all move to Kansas kill the pigs and corn and take over the highest flat land we can find. Let’s just hope that we all aren’t so damn heavy that we sink it.

Anyway enjoy the wonderful Tiny Tim as he sings the ice caps are melting and wish it just were not so. You know the real part is no matter how loud folks scream on Sunday no one is really going to do much about it all. No matter how many feets are in the streets no one is really going to do a thing about it at all except perhaps ban plastic bags in more places.  But we will feel good marching and at least we can tell our grands and great grands that we were there opposing something that we all have our dirty hands in. We can tell them, we are not to blame even if we knew. Too much making of money and too much profit, to much convenience and there is just not enough of us to destroy the systems that destroy the planet. So until we can all say at once its time to get rid of this dirty rotten system and replace it with something real let’s be real about it all.  Now here let’s be real and say, Hey USA,Hey China, Hey Europe. Hey India. Hey everywhere cut the shit and then make them. Why wait till we all gag, why wait until we have to learn more than a dog paddle to get our way out, why wait until the map is so changed that we have to all move to the highest flat place in Kansas. But guess what we won’t all fit.

Let’s take from this article a very important comment that was written in response by Josh Spaulding. It is something that we must be reminded of I guess and something to remind us why this fight is for all of us and let’s get on the bandwagon and stand up with our sisters, the Transgender Community, victims of sexual violence, and anyone else who doesn’t use their so called real name.

“When we forget history, is the moment we begin to recreate it. The Stonewall riots were about a lot of things, but one of the factors was how the arrested patrons would have their legal names printed in the daily papers, after each bar raid. Often, people would lose their jobs, and/or get evicted from their homes. Flash forward 45+ years, and gays can still be fired for being gay and can also be evicted from their homed. Until ENDA is passed, gays have no worker protections. FB’s targeting of drag performers isn’t just happening in the Bay Area, it’s happening to all performers across the nation.”…Josh Spaulding

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 — “I don’t think,” Sup. David Campos told me, “that the Facebook campus has ever seen quite this type of visit.” Indeed: The Peninsula campus of the social media site isn’t used to a crew of drag … Continue…
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Banned books

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Ideas and Resources, Calendar of Events,and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or bbw@ala.org.

For all sorts of information on banned and challenged books go to, MISSING: Find A Banned Book

In on our facebook page from Andy Thibault a CT. event.

Banned Books Read-Out-Loud Night http://tinyurl.com/kkykbzg‪#‎HickoryStickBookshop‬

Banned Books Read-Out-Loud Night http://tinyurl.com/kkykbzg #HickoryStickBookshop

Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!

For the fourth year in a row, readers from across the country and around the world will be able to participate virtually during Banned Books Week 2014. Participants may proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by posting videos that will be featured on a dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel. Watch celebrity videos for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out.

Please visit the Banned Books Week website for more information http://www.ala.org/bbooks/banned

Image  —  Posted: September 17, 2014 in Call to Action, Events, Real Food For Thought, resistance