Archive for June, 2013

Manning GPNYC

Queers Without Borders fully supports this march, we endorse this march and plan on participating in this march.  For the Facebook page to join us see the link: March For Bradley Manning NYC.

While you are on the page check out the endorsers. It will be a real good group.

In today from Freedom Socialist:

Let’s Build A Movement For Quality, Publicly Funded Childcare.

By Gina Petry, June 2013 Freedom Socialist

Stephanie, a mother of four, stays at home with her children because the cost of childcare far exceeds any income she can earn from a job. Diane is a single working mother; she cannot afford to pay the full cost of preschool for her four-year-old daughter. She qualifies for state-subsidized care, but has had to turn down higher paying jobs to keep it.

Few choices exist for millions of women like these. In every state in the U.S. the cost of sending both an infant and toddler to a childcare center is more than mid-range rent payments. Including all types of care, families with kids under five pay an average of $9,300 a year. Costs have nearly doubled in 20 years, bleeding families dry.

Neither government nor large employers are making a social investment in our young. But there is something to be done about it — get together and organize!

The poverty of childcare. Low-income families, most of them racial and ethnic minorities, spend nearly 50 percent of their income on childcare. Unsubsidized school-age care is almost $10,000 a year. Infant care can cost over $20,000 — more than college! (more…)

Whitehorn

To join this event see the facebook page HERE.

In today from Socialist Action

Is NSA Spying Just Facebook Gone Wild?
NO!

NSA spying is a serious threat to democracy, whistle-blowing, the unions, theclimate justice movement, the movement against mass incarceration, the fightfor immigrant rights, and every other struggle for social change.

Bring your neighbors, friends, and coworkers so they can learn exactly what the government and the surveillance industry are doing and how to fight it.

Join us to prepare to win the battle for public opinion regarding the Snowden revelations.

Emergency Forum and Discussion.

Panelists include:
–Peter Goselin of the National Lawyers Guild on how spying is used against the  movements for social change
–ACLU of CT attorney explaining the facts and their legal response.
–Anthony Sorge of Capitalism vs. Climate on spying & the environmental
movement
–Mongi Dhaouadi from the Council on American Islamic Relations on spying &
Muslim community
Presentations followed by an open discussion about how best to build a
movement that is capable of defending our democratic rights.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 3 pm., Islamic Center of Berlin
1781 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin Connecticut
Sponsored by the CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention
For more info: Mongi at 860-514-8038 or Chris at 860-478-5300

Save the following dates:
July 6, 2013:  Join us at Riverfest to table, distribute educational materials on the real impact of NSA spying, and build a June 18 protest.

July 8 & 15:  Join us at the Hartford Monday Night Jazz Concerts to table, to distribute educational materials on the real impact of NSA spying, and build a June 18 protest.

July 18:  Broadly sponsored picket and rally beginning at the Old State House at 4pm to say NSA! NO Spying on Us!

Saying it like it is becoming.

Posted: June 22, 2013 in Fight Back

Via Kay Kersplebedeb via Jim Davis on Facebook.  Article from Seattle Free Press

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For the first time in the history of Seattle there will be a Trans* march to coincide with the celebrations of Gay Pride. Most Trans Pride marches throughout the country continue to maintain a somewhat “radical” line and typically find themselves in conflict with the controlled nature of normative Gay Pride events. Contrary to these free flowing events Seattle’s Trans* March is modeling itself after Gay Pride while pretending to represent those of us who live our lives in the margins.

The march and its associated organization, Gender Justice League, claim to be building bridges between various trans and gender non-conforming communities in an effort to curb discrimination in Washington State. In line with this positive liberal rhetoric, the organizing committee demands that any person or group who participates in the march by holding banners or messaging not produced by the Gender Justice League must register with the non-profit beforehand. Should the non-profit approve of your message then you will be allowed to participate. Should they disapprove of your message or should an individual or group not pre-register with Gender Justice League, the non-profit “reserves their right” to prevent you from marching or participating in Trans* Pride. The “march” they are so keen on policing stretches a grand total of two blocks and will be cordoned off by police-style barricades.

Since 2009 militant trans, and otherwise queer people, have turned out to Capitol Hill in festive marches titled Queers Fucking Queers. These marches have directly countered the assimilationist take-over of queer rebellion by dancing in the streets, attacking capitalist businesses and the police who protect them. Last year the Seattle Police set out to prevent Queers Fucking Queers by successfully occupying Capitol Hill with an army of police. The pigs brutalized Queers Fucking Queers with pepper spray, batons, and arrests. As well as the physical queer-bashings a number of people reported being called faggots and dykes by the Seattle Police.

There is no mention of these queer rebellions or queer-bashings at the hands of the police on Capitol Hill in the callout for Trans* Pride made by the Gender Justice League. There is no mention of the dozens of murders of trans women and effeminate fags since last years Gay Pride celebrations. There is no mention of the horrific rate of incarceration of trans-women. There is no mention of the overwhelming amount of sexual assaults committed against trans people. There is no mention of the escalations of queer bashing throughout Capitol Hill. There is, of course, no mention of the state-sanctioned violence inflicted upon trans and queer people every day throughout the world. Instead Seattle Trans* Pride wants us to stroll down the street spouting their pre-approved rhetoric of nothingness while practically shaking hands with the Seattle Police -or else.

This is a call for radical, anti-capitalist, anarchist, anti-state, freak, anti-assimilationist, and other-wise pissed off transpeople/queers/friends to descend upon Seattle Trans* Pride with our own messaging, in our own style. Let’s not allow Seattle Trans* Pride to forget the molotov cocktails thrown at Stonewall, the screaming queens at Compton’s, the fires at White Night and after AB101, the direct action of ACT UP, and the sounds of shattering glass at Queers Fucking Queers.The rebellions of the past are alive today.

5:00pm. June 28th. Seattle Central Community College.

Furbirdsqueerly stands firmly behind Queers Fucking Queers and against this killing of the very soul of our movement.

In today via Freedom Socialist Party and ACT UP NYC.

Subject:  Arbitrary arrests of transgender people and unlawful detention of the defender of their rights-a lawyer.

Statement:

The signatory organizations that support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, with this public statement are expressing their deep concern for the recent events in Thessaloniki, as documented in press releases of the Greek Transgender Support Association and Hellenic Action For Human Rights-“Pleiades”, and teaming against transphobic massive and arbitrary arrests of transgender people and targeting of human rights defenders by the police in Thessaloniki, just before the Thessaloniki Pride.

We condemn unequivocally: The systematic arbitrary arrests of transgender people by the police in Thessaloniki, during which the arrested remained for many hours locked up in jail without being informed of the reason for their detention and despite not having the status of detainees. The abuse of the police against transgender people, the utterly illegal-and defying the Rule of Law-the detention of the defender of transgender persons, Athens lawyer Electra Koutra in the early hours of Wednesday, 5 June 2013 at the Police Station of Democratias Square in Thessaloniki.

We call upon the authorities: to conduct a thorough investigation into the arbitrary arrests of transgender people, the behavior of the police officers towards them, and the conditions under which they were deprived of their liberty during these systematic arrests to conduct a thorough investigation and to identify all those responsible for the illegal detention and the arbitrariness of police officers servicemen in Police Station of Democratias Square against the Athens Lawyer Electra Koutra, who had visited the Police Station in order to clarify the nature and the reason for the detention of an arrested transgender person as part of rightful support.

We declare that we will monitor closely the progress of the case of the unlawful deprivation of liberty and other offenses against transgender persons, and we will await the findings of the Swoen Administrative Investigation, and also the findings of Prosecutor’s Inquiry on arbitrary detention and the degrading treatment of Electra Koutra, Lawyer-defender of Justice and Chair of Hellenic Action for Human Rights- “Pleiades”, who stoop up as an advocate f the rightful claims of the LGBT community. (more…)

REPORT FROM DICK GREGORY AND LOUIS WOLF ON THE ONGOING VIGIL AT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON, DC, SEEKING COMPASSIONATE RELEASE FOR LYNNE STEWART

On Monday, June 17, as activists stood before the BOP headquarters on Monday, a guard emerged to ask why they were there. Upon hearing that Dick Gregory would be present at the vigil the following day, he responded enthusiastically: “My man, Dick Gregory!”

On Tuesday, June 18, shortly after noon, fifteen people with banners and signs assembled outside the doors of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, DC. for the historic vigil, the first in support of a federal prisoner at the Bureau headquarters.

Dick Gregory spoke about the urgent need for FBOP Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. to sign Lynne Stewart’s fully vetted Compassionate Release application and to authorize the federal attorney to file the motion for Compassionate Release with Judge John Koetl. Lynne cannot be freed without the completion of these steps. At this moment, the unconscionable holdup rests with the absence of Director Samuels signature as the completed file remains “on his desk.”

As Dick Gregory spoke, workers at the Federal Bureau of Prisons gathered at FBOP windows. The ground floor lobby was filled with FBOP employees, listening and watching.

At 1:15 p.m. two Homeland Security cars pulled up. One of the men who exited one of the cars was in full combat dress. They stopped, watched as Dick Gregory spoke, noted the rapt attention Dick Gregory was receiving from both inside the FBOP and outside it, looked at each other and entered the building without speaking.

Askia Muhammad, News Director of WPFW, was there throughout the two hour vigil and recorded all that was said. Free Speech Radio News filmed and recorded. Code Pink and We Will Not Be Silent were present along with David Schwartzman, a noted DC activist.

Fernando Velasquez of Pacifica’s KPFA interviewed Dick Gregory and Lou Wolf on the international campaign to free Lynne Stewart and the vigils at the FBOP and the White House. Fernando broadcasts across Latin America.

The vigil at the Bureau of Prisons headquarters continues all week. If you are in Washington, DC, please come at noon tomorrow and Friday to Federal Bureau of Prisons Headquarters, 320 1st St NW, Washington, DC (corner 1st Street and Indiana Avenue, NW) to demand compassionate release for Lynne.

Simultaneously, Lynne Stewart’s husband Ralph Poynter and activists continue a vigil at the White House, mobilizing support for Lynne’s release.

If you cannot be in DC, telephone BOP Director Samuels at 202-307-3250. Urge him to act now to move forward compassionate release for Lynne Stewart. There is no time to lose.

 
This message was sent by Ralph Poynter using the Change.org system. You received this email because you signed a petition started by Ralph Poynter on Change.org: “Petition to Free Lynne Stewart: Save Her Life – Release Her Now!.”

“If socialism is not feminist, there’s no socialism.” That’s not just a phrase, but also an absolute truth. Patriarchal culture has built a heterosexist and masculine society. If we don’t dismantle the patriarchy we can’t guarantee that we’ll have an equal and just society. So that must be one of the goals of any serious socialist movement……Pepe Palacios Gay Resistance Fighter Honduras