Oh say can you see Amerikkka? Can you see your Blue, White and Scarlett hypocrisy? By the dawns early light, day light, night light or midnight we can. Here are those men, those white men rebelling against the crown who thought nothing of owning slaves. Their freedom from what they perceived as tyranny was nothing compared to what the enslaved went through in this land of “all men are created Equal.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” —

We read this from Hyperallergic. 

John Trumbull’s painting “Declaration of Independence,” which hangs in the rotunda of the US Capitol, commemorates the document that freed the United States, formerly the 13 British colonies, from European rule in 1776. The concept of freedom, though, was severely limited: slavery was only abolished nearly a century later, and its reverberations of racist violence and mass incarceration subjugate Black people to this day.

In a poignant illustration of this hypocrisy, Arlen Parsa, a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker, covered the faces of every enslaver in the painting with a red circle: a 34 out of the 47 men pictured, most of whom were signers of the Declaration. (The fact-checking website PolitiFact has corroborated Parsa’s count.)

“There’s a fundamental irony that these men were triumphantly declaring themselves free from what they viewed as the tyranny of King George III — without so much as a thought toward the people who they themselves held in chains much more brutal than 18th-century British taxes,” Parsa told Hyperallergic.

But all is not lost in this land. Remember these opening lines of that document. That document to many is not and was not worth the paper that it was written on.

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

We see these truths before our very eyes today that all of us are not equal under the law in the U.S but are subjected to racism, Queerphobia, sexism, greed and a building tyranny of fascism. But we also know that in all of the years of working against a unjust system that our fight is a continuing process that we must embrace. The revolution today sweeping amerikkka is just and right. As the song from back in the day said, “We Shall Not Be Moved” no we shall not. Let’s keep on fighting for our daily bread, for justice for Black women and men killed by the cops in this country, let us continue to talk back to those who want to hold us back, to those who support endless war, poverty, the taking away of medical care and protections for the Transgender + communities.

All Power To The People!

This song has always been a favorite of ours since we first heard it way back in the day. Don’t remember where we heard it but it was a live performance.

 

From LGBTQ Nation and other sources –Report from New York City

The NYPD may have apologized last year for raiding the Stonewall Inn, spawning days of riots and police brutality, but they apparently haven’t decided to stop the behavior. As Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted about honoring Stonewall, the cops were unleashing pepper spray on LGBTQ people dancing in celebration.

Yesterday, as the Queer Liberation March wound down and participants celebrated in nearby Washington Square Park, police charged into the crowd, swinging batons, shoving people to the ground, and arresting a handful of participants. The officers kept their badge numbers covered.

“Using pepper spray against the Black and queer community, beating LGBTQIA+ protestors with batons and bicycles, and intimidating our right to peacefully assemble, reflects the wanton disregard that the mayor, along with the NYPD, have for the lives and safety all Black and queer New Yorkers,” organizers told BuzzFeed News.

“It was very peaceful, very chill. I didn’t see much police presence. Then I saw 20 cops on bikes and a few cop cars speed up right away, so I walked a little quicker,” Eliel Cruz told the outlet. “I walked by five or six people on the ground who were pepper sprayed and were washing their eyes.”

NPYD says they were trying to arrest two people for graffiti when a crowd gathered and started chanting, “Let them go!”

“The man who was arrested was crying and saying he was hurting and the cops were dragging him by his hands so his weight was against his shoulders pulling [on] the sockets,” volunteer Pippa Bianco told Gothamist, saying erupted when two officers in white shirts “sprinted into the crowd and started shoving us.” Another group of cops on motorcycles started pushing their vehicles through the crowd, striking protesters.

“I was leaving Washington square — there was a beautiful rally centering around Black trans women. As we were leaving, we noticed a commotion directly in front of us and realized it was the police,” out city council candidate Marti Gould Cummings said.

“People were chanting ‘don’t shoot’ and many took a knee,” the drag queen candidate added. “The police escalated and used pepper spray and batons.”

“I wish that I could say what I saw today was shocking, but how could I reasonably expect anything else from the NYPD?” said Jake Tolan, one of the March organizers, told LGBTQ Nation in an emailed statement.

“51 years after the Stonewall Rebellion, the NYPD is still responding to peaceful, powerful, righteous queer joy with pepper spray, batons, and handcuffs. Thank you, Commissioner Shea and the entire NYPD, for continuing to show us why you should be abolished.”

For the story and video’s go to HERE. 

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/06/stonewall-anniversary-nypd-launched-brutal-unprovoked-attack-lgbtq-people/?utm_source=LGBTQ+Nation+Subscribers&utm_campaign=c3f736fbdc-20200629_LGBTQ_Nation_Daily_Brief&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4eab596bd-c3f736fbdc-430445869

To see the NYPD in action, the pigs that they are check it out at: https://nowthisnews.com/news/nypd-shoved-people-used-pepper-spray-during-queer-liberation-march. Eiel Cruz has a good view video of the cops. (note to the younger generation, this is why we call them pigs.)  https://twitter.com/i/status/1277346244952817669

And this video by Matthew Chayes: https://twitter.com/i/status/1277336251239145473 (cop gets pepper sprayed and one falls off his motorcycle.)

To our friends from all over the world. This is what is happening to LGBTQI+ folks 51 years after Stonewall, in the city where it began. Same old shit different year. FIGHT BACK!!!

NOTE from Furbirdsqueerly:

We can only say what we have been saying for years, FUCK THE POLICE. They are not a friend of the LGBTQI+ communities never have been and never will be. Some in the LGBT community think all is okay. We have made it. We can only say No we have not.

Image  —  Posted: June 27, 2020 in Blue Lives Murder, Call to Action, Fight Back, HIGH queer art

Bound together: Black & queer liberations

Joint statement by Freedom Socialist and Radical Women

It is no accident that longstanding police brutality was the spark for the modern gay liberation movement, ushered in by the 1969 Stonewall Inn rebellion in New York City. And it is also no accident that queer and trans folks of color were the angry, fabulous warriors who, risking everything, played the leading roles.That uprising helped to galvanize LGBTQ+ people into action internationally. Now, 50 years later — on the anniversary of the first Gay Pride marches — the U.S. is in the middle of a mass uprising for Black lives ignited by the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. This revolt is inspiring the world with its uncompromising passion for justice. And it is the reason why many Pride events around the country are dedicated to the cause of Black liberation.A profound connection

The 1970s-era chant “Gay/straight, Black/white, same struggle, same fight” expressed the organic connection between racism and homophobia. The profit system we live under survives by oppressing and super-exploiting special groups of people, who together make up the majority. And how do they maintain that dehumanizing class rule? That is the essential function of the police.Tony McDade embodied Black/queer commonality in his own person. McDade is a Black transgender man who was shot and killed by a cop in Tallahassee, Fla., on May 27, two days after Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis. The city police department and the police association are hiding the identity of the officer who killed McDade behind a law designed to protect the victims of crimes.

Amid what the American Medical Association calls an epidemic of murders of transgender people, the overwhelming majority of those who die are trans women of color. But Black trans people who are the targets of this violence are much more than victims. Along with Black women — cisgender and trans, queer and straight — they bring militancy, strength, and leadership to the fight for all-encompassing equality. They have the greatest motivation and drive for change.

Fight for all with a multiracial united front

What oppressed people have to rely on is our united power, not the Democrats or Republicans or Supreme Court. The need is urgent for a radical, multiracial, feminist, working-class united front to fight for both Black and queer liberation. This could save many lives, including the lives of brown and Native people who also disproportionately suffer violence at the hands of the cops.

Ultimately, full liberation can only be won through socialist revolution, by removing the capitalist incentive for bigotry and clearing the way for a flowering of human potential.

The importance of what U.S. champions of liberty and justice do cannot be overstated, not only for this country but for the rest of the world. We have the power if only we will take it! Together, we can change history.

Issued by Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women
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Note: This work is a collage, gleaned from many sources in the service of the people. ..furbirdsqueerly, Hartford Ct. 6/2020

They All Need To Go! A list for the removal of Tyrants and Others. 6/2020

While folks around amerikkka are in the mood to topple, remove, destroy, dump into a river or pond, paint up, or take down offensive statues of those who have come before and more times than not wrecked havoc where ever they have gone we have some recommendations to make.  This blog is out of Hartford Ct. so we can only speak about what is in our city. But let us make ourselves clear, very clear here as we quote a well respected comrade of ours: As our queer Marxist comrade Eaemaehkiw Thupaq Kesiqnaeh points out: “As indigenists, as revolutionaries, we stand firm in our rejection of all heroes of empire and the distorted histories around them spun by both the forces of the colonial state and its loyal opposition among the so-called left”

We reject the idea of many that tell us the age old excuse, “They didn’t know any different back then,” or “That is the way it was years ago.” We reject that with the names of Ann Hutchinson, Roger Williams, the Quakers Mary Dyer, William Robinson, Marmaduke Stephenson, William Leddra, hung in Boston, and other Quakers, whipped, dragged behind carts and harassed out of the Colony, William and Mary Brinley Coddington, William Pynchon, the men and women who defended themselves against witchcraft accusations, William Penn, the Jews, Quakers, Baptists, Anabaptists, and Seekers, the native tribes that tried to live in peace according to their ways, the men who were signers of the Declaration of Independence and who didn’t own slaves and thought slavery was wrong, and many others who the early Puritans could not hold a candle to. These are the people we should be holding up as examples of greatness not thieving murderers as those who are placed in high esteem and given a statue. Look these folks up. Read about their lives. Certainly shinning lights in the darkness. Shinning lights against tyrants and others. Now of course we can be nice, not hard asses, and yes if these guys aren’t removed, then can we move them over to make room for the rest of us? Maybe that would be a compromise in favor of these heroes of empire, not ours to be sure, but if we do remove these statues what then would the tourists look at and take photo’s of? What history then would we tell? Let’s build a museum of Bad Art and stick these statues in it and tell their stories there. These statues do not have to lord over us, in our public spaces. This list is by no means a complete list of Removables’. We hope that our readers will add to this list in the comments. We want to study more of the empires heroes. Who else is up there all around the State Capitol Building? Who else sits on town greens in a glory that they should not have? Who were the holders of enslaved peoples?  Let’s learn and let’s educate.

Removable # 1 and first up, down, around the country. Columbus at Washington and Capitol Ave. Hartford Ct.  

Columbus REMOVED BY THE CITY OF HARTFORD MONDAY JUNE 29, 2020!

We have rallied for removing this among our readers for years but no one had of yet. The other day we read in the newspaper that the mayor of Hartford is going to have the thing removed. So good riddance to Columbus who has stood on that spot for years. Good riddance to the sack of shit he was in his murdering and plundering the original peoples of the amerikkkas. So the mayor had this to say:

“When the statue of Columbus was erected in Hartford a hundred years ago, it was meant to symbolize the fact that Italian Americans, who had faced intense discrimination, had a place in the American story. But surely we can find a better way to honor the immense contributions of the Italian American community in our country and in our community,” Bronin said. “I’ll also be working with our Italian American community in Hartford and throughout the region to find an appropriate way to honor their incredibly important place in Hartford’s and our nation’s history.” Yeah, yeah, play nice so the Italian Community doesn’t jump down your throat.

Now if we really wanted to say something we would say: ” The statue of Christopher Columbus also represents a time of colonialism and atrocities committed. It is the right decision to remove the statue.  We view Columbus as a problematic figure for violently abusing Indigenous people, launching the transatlantic slave trade and introducing several fatal diseases to the Americas. People have also condemned him for the genocide of Native Americans that followed the colonization of the Americas by Europeans.” Let’s just say we see it as taking out the garbage.

H V Barclay, the captain of the HMS Topaze, said in 1868: ‘It is a sad fact that in  North America, wherever the white man establishes himself the aborigines perish.’

Removal # 2: Samuel Stone from Center Church Property. A witch here and a witch there and a monster savage behind every tree.

Ah, what can we say about this monster, savage Samuel Stone, that Center Church so loves, that pleas to take it down are met on deaf ears. Can we say it again: TAKE IT DOWN!! We wrote about his numerous times due to Stone’s involvement of torturing and murdering Mary Stone and other women who were condemned as witches in the early days of this city.  We learn this from our other posting, Center Church Is An Apology In Order For The Persecution of Women. 

The first recorded confession of witchcraft in Connecticut was given under duress by Mary Johnson in 1648. Mary was a servant whose legal troubles began around 1646, when she was accused of theft. Under pressure from the minister, Samuel Stone, and after extended whipping, Mary confessed that she was guilty of witchcraft (or, as it was called, “familiarity with the Devil”) and fully described her crimes, including using the Devil to help her with her household chores. She admitted to “uncleanness with men and Devils” and even to the “murder of a child”, although she was not indicted for murder or adultery. However, the charge of “familiarity with the Devil” stuck and, on the strength of her confession, she was sentenced to death. She gave birth to a baby boy while awaiting her sentence in jail in Hartford, Connecticut. The execution was delayed, probably due to her pregnancy, until June 1650, when she was hanged.

The aggressive prosecutorial attitude of ministers and magistrates was essential to the outcome of these cases.  Although learned elites are frequently presented as resisting popular pressure to convict witches through official skepticism and scrupulous insistence on direct evidence of the devil’s involvement in inflicting harm, this certainly was not the case in the early days of Hartford’s witch-hunt. Hartford’s venerable Reverend Samuel Stone, accompanied by the youthful Reverend Joseph Haynes of Wethersfield* and Reverend Samuel Hooker of Farmington, formed a prosecutorial tribunal. They gathered evidence, recorded notes, and forcefully interrogated witnesses. Rebecca Greensmith crumbled under the ministerial assault. When Joseph Haynes had begun to present evidence against her, Greensmith felt as if “she could have torn him in peeces”. But as his battering interrogation persisted, she broke down. She said she felt “as if her flesh had been pulled from her bones… and so could not deny any longer”

The Notorious Hartford Witch Hunts began in 1662 and we have to wonder, was Mary Johnson in 1648 the only victim of the Rev. Samuel Stone? We know during this period when he was the Reverend of Center Church until his death in July 1663 at the age of 61, 5 people were convicted of witchcraft sentenced and hung in Hartford. This count does not take into consideration the others who were from other towns in the state that were convicted, hung, or acquitted, fled the area or released.

Also executed (according to historical records and a recent report from the Office of Legislative Research) were, Alse Young, Mary Johnson, of Wethersfield; Joan and John Carrington, of Wethersfield; Goodwife (her first name is lost) Bassett, of Fairfield; Goodwife Knapp, of Fairfield; Lydia Gilbert, of Windsor; Rebecca and Nathaniel Greensmith, of Hartford; Mary Barnes, of Farmington, and Mary Sanford, of Hartford. 

Interesting note: Stone served as chaplain to the troops under Capt. Mason in the Pequot War, 1637. We ask? Did he hear the screams of the women and children burned to death at Mystic? Did he smell the burning flesh? Did god agree with what was happening? Did God relish the smell of the burnt offering?  Were prayers made to heaven as the smell of burning flesh reached skyward? In the bible, sacrifices could ritualize the transition from a state of sin to a state of purity. A sin offering was made, which ‘covered up’ the sin. Whose sin was this one may ask?  We would gather that Stone wasn’t there to preach good tidings but carried a sword. How many heathens did he put to death as they tried to escape the flames?

We have to wonder, will the liberal Center Church in downtown Hartford call for a meeting to seek guidance through reflection and prayer if they should remove the statue of Samuel Stone? Will they follow in the footsteps of many around the country and say yes to the removal and then with fanfare, tears, and pain remove it to a safe place. Or will they destroy it. Sell it, melt it down, build something new? Or better yet, give the funds as reparation’s to the families who lost early members of their families to the hysterical Rev. Stone, Rev. Haynes, and Rev. Samuel Hooker and others in the Hartford Colony. We have many questions about this matter. What became of the land that these folks who were accused owned? Who bought it, who sold it where did the money go? We do know that Samuel Stone was an active buyer and seller of land in Hartford. Whose land?  Did the church of Hooker and Stone profit? Somewhere in the churches basement among the old tombstones is there a vault of church records?  Only the church can speak to and answer for the glorification of Samuel Stone and his band of cruel demons.

Removable #3 John Mason: With money in one hand and a sword in the other. Intimidating, massacring, subduing the Indigenous people of the Pequot tribe, and keeping the other tribes under his thumb and scared. 

There is a life-sized stone carving of Major John Mason on the Connecticut State Capitol building

After the Civil War a statue movement was sweeping the nation, and local citizens and organizations were erecting monuments of heroes and patriots everywhere. The prominent citizens of Mystic Connecticut decided to create a larger than life bronze and granite monument of Major John Mason, the commander of the Colonial forces in the 1637 Pequot War, the very first declared and sustained conflict in the early colonies. In 1889, the John Mason statue, carved by sculptor James G. C. Hamilton was placed at the intersection of Pequot Avenue and Clift Street in Mystic, near what was thought to be the location of the fortified Pequot village where the Mistick Massacre occurred. Yes folks let’s show our victory on a scared site as long as it isn’t one of ours. We have always thought that idea to be of interest. While folks go all over the world, yes lets put it exactly as it is, desecrating’s graves of other cultures but heaven help the one who digs up a good Christian to steal her jewels or for any other matter.

John Mason, sword at the ready. Mystic Ct. moved to Windsor.

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RECLAIM PRIDE COALITION ANNOUNCES QUEER LIBERATION MARCH FOR BLACK LIVES AND AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY — SUNDAY, JUNE 28, LEAVING FOLEY SQUARE AT 1PM

MARCH DEMANDS RADICAL CHANGE IN POLICING — FULL FUNDING OF COMMUNITY NEEDS — SAFETY AND HONOR FOR BLACK TRANS LIVES

June 18, 2020, New York City — On Sunday, June 28th, at 1pm, the Reclaim Pride Coalition will be in the streets of Manhattan for its second annual Queer Liberation March — the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality. Marchers will gather at 12:45pm at Foley Square on Centre St and step off at 1pm sharp.

Marchers are asked to wear face masks to protect against COVID-19 and to maintain safe distancing. Reclaim Pride can provide a limited number of masks, hand sanitizer and water to those who need them. And Reclaim Pride will livestream the March online at @queermarch on FB and Twitter/Periscope and via Youtube live on reclaimpridenyc.org for those who can’t attend in person. This March, like all current protest Marches, does not have a City/NYPD permit.

“We’re horrified by the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Layleen Polanco, Rayshard Brooks and untold numbers of others,” said Reclaim Pride’s Francesca Barjon, “and we’re mourning the endless violent deaths of Black trans women and men like Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells and Riah Milton. So, inspired by the historic, Black-led protest movement that has taken to the streets here in NYC and across the world, Reclaim Pride supports demands for immediate defunding, disarming, dismantling, and reimagining of police forces.”

Reclaim Pride joins with abolitionists such as Mariambe Kaba and others in several cities in demanding a fifty percent reduction in the NYPD budget with a fifty percent reduction in the police force. Those funds must be dedicated to support and services including housing, healthcare, education and reparative and restorative justice for Black communities. New York City must prioritize reparations for those who’ve been oppressed and murdered for hundreds of years.

While all Black people are at constant risk of police brutality and murder, Reclaim Pride, as queer and trans activists , recognizes that Black Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Non Binary people, especially Black Trans Women, are faced with the intersection of vicious state and societal racism, transphobia, misogyny, and classism. This must stop now.

For the complete statement of purpose, go here (or refer to the PDF attached):

RPC 2020 March – Demands & Safety Info

The March will be wheelchair accessible. For other questions about accessibility, contact access@reclaimpridenyc.org.

FB event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2650793568541801/

Website: www.reclaimpridenyc.org

Facebook: @QueerMarch

Twitter: @QueerMarch

Instagram: @QueerMarch

Reclaim Pride Coalition (RPC) is a New York City-based group comprised of LGBTQ+ activists in alliance with dozens of grassroots community groups, nationally and internationally. In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, RPC mobilized more than 45,000 people to recreate the original 1970 Gay Pride march route uptown from Stonewall to Central Park. This March, the Queer Liberation March, was a people’s protest march without corporate funding, corporate floats, or a police contingent.

Gregory Angelo, a 41-year-old who served as executive director and president of Log Cabin Republicans from 2013 to 2018, has become spokesperson for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The office oversees the president’s international and domestic anti-drug efforts and is headed by a director known as the “Drug Czar.”

While the White House confirmed Angelo’s new role as the ONDCP’s spokesperson, Gregory himself has not yet publicly commented on his new job.

In the past, Angelo called President Donald Trump  “the most pro-LGBT Republican president in history” but refused to mention him at a 2017 event the LCR held at Trump Hotel. Angelo also  expressed Islamophobia following the June 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting and publicly opposed the comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination law known as the Equality Act.

Angelo told LGBTQ Nation in February 2017, “I feel far more welcome as a gay man in Republican circles than I ever do as a Republican in gay circles.”

This guy has his head screwed on somewhere other than his neck.

Gay Republicans justify their work by saying that they’re changing the GOP from the inside, we guess one person at a time. Others have tried that also but lost in the end. But you know what, who cares what this foolish white man does. If he wishes to make hay with is own danger he will have no place to turn in the end.  This man is to be known as an enemy of the LGBTQI+ peoples.

 

 

Sarah Hegazi, a 30-year-old queer activist from Egypt, died by suicide in Canada on June 14. Hegazi’s death was confirmed by her lawyers. Hegazi had been exiled to Canada from her native Egypt after being released from prison in 2017. She had served time in Egyptian jail for ‘promoting sexual deviancy and debauchery.’ The charge came after images of her raising a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo circulated online in 2017. 56 others at the concert were arrested on similar charges. Hegazi was reportedly raped and tortured while imprisoned.

Before she died, Hegazi wrote a letter that said: ‘To my siblings – I tried to find redemption and failed, forgive me. To my friends – the experience was harsh and I am too weak to resist it, forgive me. To the world – you were cruel to a great extent, but I forgive.’ Her death drew messages of both sadness and support from Egypt’s LGBTQ+ community and from queer activists across the world. Members of the band at whose concert she had been arrested posted videos of the concert to Instagram stating ‘Sarah’s Cairo, September 2017 – Remembering a night of infinite possibilities of a fairer and brighter Future. Sarah Hegazi, Rest in power 🌈 Rest in Pride

Image  —  Posted: June 16, 2020 in *Celebration*, For your information, From us to you, HIGH queer art