Archive for July, 2012

We haven’t stopped dancing since we heard this song. We LOVE>>>>LOVE>>>>LOVE >>>>IT!!! Get up and shake that fanny around, this is good queer stuff from queer high art. Oh, did we say we LOVE IT??

“Bucket Betch” Double Duchess

Check them out some more: HERE.

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Read and support this solidarity statement. For the full statement and to sign your group on go to Committee Against Political Repression.

On Wednesday July 25th, the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids against activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. They subpoenaed several people to a special federal grand jury, and seized computers, black clothing and anarchist literature. This comes after similar raids in Seattle in July and earlier raids of squats in Portland.

Though the FBI has said that the raids are part of a violent crime investigation, the truth is that the federal authorities are conducting a political witch-hunt against anarchists and others working toward a more just, free, and equal society. The warrants served specifically listed anarchist literature as evidence to be seized, pointing to the fact that the FBI and police are targeting this group of people because of their political ideas. Pure and simple, these raids and the grand jury hearings are being used to intimidate people whose politics oppose the state’s agenda. During a time of growing economic and ecological crises that are broadly affecting people across the world, it is an attempt to push back any movement towards creating a world that is humane, one that meets every person’s needs rather than serving only the interests of the rich…

Targeting people because of their political ideas is a big NO in our book. We ask all of our comrades and friends to keep up on the latest developments in these cases and join together against these raids. ..Furbirdsqueerly.

” To establish fairness in our elections and return to the founding principles of our democracy.”

I found the line above down in my notes. It was from some Hartford Occupy person about a demo that was to take place at the Federal Court house here in Hartford. I had forgotten that I had it but was talking to a Buddie of mine and we said “Hey, why not answer the quote anyway.” Better late than never and we all have so much to learn.”

So here goes.

The USA has always been a colonial-capitalist nation, an imperial settlement since its inception, and these demands to return to a rosier and friendlier settler-colonial capitalist reality runs dangerously close to reactionary nostalgia.  A desire to return to something that did not exist, a desire to make capitalism more humane like it was in “the good old days” (was it really, and for what class?), can easily turn reactionary: it not only obliterates the memory of the past’s victims, but it runs parallel to the ultra-conservative desire to return to the days when white male supremacy was largely unchallenged.

We exist in an Imperialist nation that participates in and profits from the mass slaughter of many many folks. Since the first day settlers set foot on this continent declaring a new nation and wiping out the original tribes, destroying the earth around them, enslaving Africans, and setting up a class system so some could profit and some would not we know it to be a lie this founding principles of this democracy. As queers we know full well that we did not fit and do not fit into their neat little plan of straight patriarchy, white supremacy, heterosexism and ableism.  We fully realize that many in the so called 99% are not our friends and we do not have very much in common with them. The dollar bill is just not enough of a glue. We know that as we struggle we struggle also against their queerphobia which has caused us to be taunted, beaten, maimed and killed all in the name of normal. Queers everywhere in keeping their queerness, we who haven’t straighten our genes, know how to sniff out enemies of our people where ever they may be. We know how to break our chains.

Folks can follow the undocu Bus route as it travels starting on July 28th. The map can be found on site with updates of blog posts and reports as the bus visits hot spots and communities on the front lines across the country. Check out the link below to endorse and to follow the bus.

About No Papers No Fear Ride For Justice: 

Every year the Department of Homeland Security removes 400,000 people from the United States. Over the last four years, president Obama has deported over 1 million people. There is a rise of collaboration between local police and immigration agents through programs like Secure Communities, implemented in over 98% of counties in the country. And in June, the Supreme Court gave permission to police officers in Arizona to ask people for their immigration papers, if they are suspected of being undocumented.

Meanwhile, both parties have turned the suffering and life of undocumented immigrants into political football, passing the responsibilities to each other. (more…)

We found this wonderful picture over at the Real Art Of Protest. We think it says more than a thousand words a thousand thoughts. What do you think?

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The Struggle has published an excerpt from Queers Without Borders event, No Pride in Israeli Apartheid in June featuring Saffo Papantonopoulou speaking on Pinkwashing by the Israeli government.

http://thestruggle.org/

Also featured on this video is Miko Peled speaking about Zionism, and a Blood Diamond protest in London during London’s gay pride.

To read Saffo’s piece: Pinkwashing, Colonialism, Transphobia.

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“Not only do Palestinian queers face these injustices on a daily basis and undergo Israeli oppression like any other Palestinian, but also our name and struggle is often wrongly used and abused to “Pinkwash” Israel’s continuous crimes against the whole Palestinian population.” ..Palestinian Queers for Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions.

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Take time to listen to this song Declaration of War from Kate Boverman-Ethan Miller.  It’s one of our top songs in our music series box.

Real truth from the mouths of the young.