Archive for January, 2012

“Nonviolent movements shift power by attacking the columns that hold the power structure in place. Those columns are the military, police, media business, workers, youth, faith groups, NGOs and civil servants. Every time we deal with the police we have that in mind.”

“The goal is NOT to hit them, hit them, hit them and weaken them. The goal is to pull people from those columns to our side. We want the police to know that we understand they’re not the 1 percent. The goal is not to get every police officer, but to get enough police so that you have a division.”

The above appeared on the Occupy Hartford Facebook page . I tracked the quote down and found it on Occupy Washington D.C and it is attributed to Kevin Zeese of Voters for Peace and Occupy Washington D.C. and then brought to the Occupy movement by Chris Hedges. Now I have nothing against these guys really except their liberal ways get my goat and more times than not those ways stir up a lot of trouble for any real change. Blockers are the worse type of folks that we can know. But really and truly I think they have too much time on their hands. Let me explain.

I am resenting more and more the Amerikans who think that we can educate the police, the military one by one or two by two and then have enough in a zoo to cause a division. Well, do they really think that the police who get paid quite well to protect the ruling class and its property will suddenly come on over to the side of Occupy anything? Are folks so stupid to think that the mind set that police have can be changed by telling them they are part of the 99%? They are tools of the ruling class. Meanwhile folks like Zeese, Occupy Hartford Peacnicks who like the quote, and others, are looking far away from the reality of of how the police have responded to the Occupy movement, how they have responded and respond to immigrants, Blacks both young and old, sex workers, radicals, the homeless and others who are considered outcasts of society. Mr. Zeese and fellow travelers while chipping away at this column of the ruling class, or we should say think that they are chipping away at this brotherhood of street gestapo, are forgetting one thing. Others are at the hard end of the beating stick. Mr. Zeese has lots of time on his hands but those who bear the brunt and the grunt of these fascist pigs do not. The police are not bad little boys who can be taught to be good by a few pieces of candy. (more…)

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Many thanks to Adri for alerting us to this piece.

Just when we in our old selves thought we have heard it all along comes this article.

Transgender People are Completely Banned From Boarding Airplanes in Canada, By Christin Scarlett Milloy if not sending shudders throughout your body will make you fighting mad.

Christin begins her article this way:

“The shit hit the fan in the trans blogosphere last night, when it came to light that there is a disturbing new section in the Identity Screening Regulations used in airports throughout Canada. Simply put, Transgender People are Completely Banned From Boarding Airplanes in Canada.

The offending section of the regulations reads:

5.2 (1) An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if …
(c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents;”

Many Thanks to Atty. Peter Goselin for forwarding this information.

Gay Refugees in the U.S.: Becley Aigbuza risks deportation

Rome / San Diego, January 28, 2012. LGBT refugees in the U.S.: Becley Aigbuza, a young Nigerian homosexual who lives in San Diego, risks being deported back to his homeland where he was raped and tortured. EveryOne Group is appealing to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the Governor of California, Edmund Brown Jr.

Becley Aigbuza (in the photo), a 28-year-old homosexual man from Benin (Nigeria), moved to America in 1994, when he was eleven years old. He now risks deportation from San Diego (California) back to Nigeria. (more…)

Hello, hello to all of our lovely readers. Time for some high art, fight back, revolution, and good common sense. Those of you who know us know that we have dug queer uprising for many, many years and can’t stand the boring normal just like everyone else, I do, I do crowd. Those who genes have been paled to straight. Ugh. What a space between them and us here in furbirdsqueerly land. It’s like that old Beatles song says, “We were talking about the space between us all and the people who hide themselves behind the wall of illusion. They can’t see, are you one of these?” Oh these gay folks who think they now got it made because they can I do with the best of straights, that they got a seat at the table of the big time oppressor, blue, white and scarlet hands, and that everyone loves them just like Raymond. But when push comes to shove they will be shoved right off their chair onto the floor. Oh well, some will learn, some will not and its our job to fight against the nots. And not to get too bogged down with those that are brought down in the learning.

We Love Mattilda and Mattilda Loves us and she is out on tour to read from a new book that she edited, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity. A book that I have been waiting for, a book that answers my plea to the queer stars. So let’s get started here on our book tour with Mattilda. To hear a very good radio interview with her click HERE. This interview is with Uprising Radio-KPFK-LA.

Now if you are on the West Coast and want to attend a book reading and buy a book click HERE for the tours itinerary.

And to follow Mattilda’s comments on her tour and writings go to her blog at: HERE.

We will keep asking our lucky queer stars that Mattilda’s health improves and that sometime this year she comes east.  We will keep you all posted and invite you to a welcoming party wherever.

This in today from the Freedom Socialist Party.

Longview: A Make Or Break battle for Labor.

Solidarity Action with ILWU Local 21 urgently needed to stop union-busting bid

January 19, 2012

by Linda Averill

Across the U.S., labor strife is simmering. In Longview, Wash., it’s reached a rapid boil. There, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 is locked in struggle with Export Grain Terminal (EGT), a multinational consortium that is trying to bust the ILWU and end its 75 years of jurisdiction on the docks.

At stake: “If EGT succeeds, other grain handlers will push for scab operations as well. That would affect the entire ILWU,” a Local 21 newsletter reads. “Breaking the ILWU jurisdiction would immediately threaten our container ports. ILWU is one of the most militant unions in the country. This is a make-or-break struggle for all organized labor.”

From the day EGT arrived in Longview, its representatives lied. Promising good jobs to a community suffering 15 percent unemployment, EGT received land and tax breaks to build a $200 million grain terminal.

First EGT imported construction work¬ers from right-to-work states. Then it dragged out negotiations with Local 21, despite ILWU’s long-standing contract to work the port. When it became clear that EGT intended to run a scab operation, Local 21 started to fight, enlisting help from Longview townspeople, other ILWU locals, and supporters from as far away as Seattle and San Francisco.

As of this writing, the battle is reaching fever pitch, as EGT prepares to bring in a ship in late January or early February to load scab grain stored in its terminal. The Obama administration plans to send armed Coast Guard vessels to escort the ship through floating picket lines.

In response, Local 21 earlier called for a mass labor rally. The central labor councils of San Francisco and Cowlitz-Wahkiakum counties are now leading the charge. And Occupy activists are organizing caravans to go meet the ship. (more…)

In our continuing coverage on the slow death of free speech and the people’s right to protest in Chicago we update with this attempt at a nail in the coffin. Thanks to the Gay Liberation Network, Andy Thayer of CANG8, and the Socialist Party of Connecticut for the update.

A joint statement released by Occupy Chicago and CANG8 reads:

“At 12:30 today, Rahm Emanuel officiated over the death of the Bill of Rights in the City Council chambers.

Ordinances designed to severely restrict First Amendment rights of speech and assembly were presented on December 14th.  The stated target was to prepare to repress protestors during the summits of NATO and the G8.

At first, aldermen and the media all agreed that no one would oppose Emanuel on this.

In response to mayor’s attack on civil liberties, the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8) joined together with Occupy Chicago and several unions to unite our efforts to defend of civil liberties in Chicago.  By last week, aldermen had felt so much pressure from constituents that they had to speak out.

Emanuel then moved to withdraw first one, and then another, of the most criticized pieces.  Protests continued to grow; Emanuel retreated further; the protests mounted, and he retreated even further.

Finally, a version was reached that the council opposition could vote for, hoping that the movement would not condemn them.  The final version is still a significant attack on democratic rights; its passage is a defeat for our movement.

The mayor has not achieved his true objective, though.  Emanuel looks at the new Chicago he has inherited, with protestors in so many places, and he wants to put the genie back in the bottle.  It’s not possible.

We have the right to protest against war, austerity, and inequality.  Mayor Emanuel, you’ll see us in the streets of Chicago:  our streets.”

For some excellent updates and articles leading up to this see: HERE. Andy Thayer Gay Liberation Network. Thayer is a leader in the CANG8.

See: Chicago City Council Passes Rahm Emanuel’s Anti-Protest Ordinances.

See: On Furbirdsqueerly HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

The following is published over at the Hart Monitor. Check out the site for2 other excellent articles on this situation, Open Letter to DCF and Support the DCF Plantation Five. A queer contingent will be joining Assail the DCF Plantation.

Join a diverse coalition of groups and individuals to “Assail the DCF Plantation” and land a universal blow against racism, February 4th,    at the CT Juvenile Training Center in Middletown.

In honor of Black History Month, we will strike a universal blow against racism, targeting the overseers at DCF’s (Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families) Youth Services.

*The managers of DCF’s youth services have created and maintained a racist and hostile work environment, despite sustained complaints by workers over the past 5 of years.

*A class action lawsuit filed against the DCF by Black and Latino workers ten years ago was overturned due to faulty paper work.

*A second class action lawsuit is currently filed on behalf of five Black, Latino and LGBT employees.

* African American and Latino male workers in Youth Services are disciplined at significantly higher rates than their coworkers. Additionally, they receive worse punishments than their coworkers for similar infractions.

*In 2011, rank and file workers delivered a petition to DCF administrators highlighting the racist management practices in Youth Services. In a meeting meant to address these claims, many workers testified to the racist work environment, including white workers. Management responded by punishing these previously protected workers, too. (more…)