Archive for June, 2014

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 No New War on Iraq

The Obama administration has already started the second phase of its war on Iraq by sending more 300 troops (“advisors”), special op forces, and armed drones ‘to protect its troops,’ target “high value individuals,” and according to General Martin Dempsey, the top US military officer, working to protect Iraq’s “critical infrastructure” (oil?).  Of course, this is in addition to State Department behind-the-scenes maneuverings to direct the recalcitrant puppet Maliki government to try to stave off its total collapse.

Poll after poll shows the majority of the American people oppose any more military or political interventions in Iraq.  The U.S. national antiwar/peace movement opposes U.S. military intervention in Iraq in any form; however, we have yet to achieve a much needed unity in action.  Many groups are engaging in emergency protests and are issuing important statements, but united calls for action have more potential to inspire and more likelihood of achieving the level of mobilization necessary to tie Washington’s hands.  We are asking every group and prominent individuals to sign on to thisUnity Statement and Call for Action in preparation for a national press conference and ongoing opposition to unending and deadly U.S. wars.  Please sign  by clicking on the link below the statement.

NO MORE U.S. WAR ON IRAQ

UNITY STATEMENT & CALL FOR ACTION

Again and again, the U.S. government chooses the disaster of war that creates a never-ending cycle of tragedy.  Today’s escalating crisis in Iraq is a direct result of the illegal U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country.  The U.S. government used the false pretext of eliminating “weapons of mass destruction,” to mask a grab for power and oil.  The result was the brutal murder of more than a million Iraqis, the deaths of thousands of U.S. soldiers, the creation of millions of refugees, over a trillion dollars spent, and the destabilization of an entire region. Today, the U.S. government considers sending more ground troops, renewed air strikes, drone attacks, Special Ops forces, privatized troops, arms shipments, and other covert operations, while it is hard-pressed to identify its allies and its military and political aims.  We say No!  Military intervention has not worked to bring peace; the bitter cycle must end.

We Call for

  • ·        Immediate withdrawal of all U.S. military and non-military forces from Iraq
  • ·         No military intervention – troops, bombs, drones, covert operations, arms
  • ·       Money for Jobs and Education, Not for War and Incarceration
  • ·        Say No to War in Iraq actions – vigils, demonstrations, rallies, forums,

media, petitions, lobbying President Obama and Congress

  • ·         Emergency day-after actions if the US starts air strikes

(more…)

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We hope the mainstream folks who are sponsoring prides, who march with their corporate masters, who love the police and military and cuddle with the present administration in D.C realize that the fight did not end and that it is still going on today.(now please we are not talking about the hopes and dreams of the middle class white gays and lesbians, the comfortable or the privilege class and allies who have taken over and perverted the very soul of lgbt liberation.)

Yes let us celebrate our revolutionary people but also let us really understand what it was that the these our people stood for. We did not stand for one issue mentality or monkeying straights nor did we wish to assimilate into the system but to topple and transform all institutions. Big difference than what we see with the mainstream groups who beg for crumbs and the sharing of power who bark when master says bark.

On June 29 former members of the GLF will be marching with the Free Chelsea Manning contingent in NYC, calling out to free all political prisoners, revolutionary queers on Saturday night confronted the Pride committee and gays in SF who think it is okay to celebrate the prison system while our trans sisters and brothers and people of color are abused by the prison complex. Queers and Trans* folks everywhere will be standing against the murder of our Trans*sisters of color, against the anti-trans* rhetoric and the systems of abuse that so many face daily from both with the Lesbian and Gay community, from politicians and from the society at large. We must fight to end this abuse and end it now.

Queers will be calling for freedom for Jane Doe, freedom for Marissa Alexander, freedom for Nestora Salgado, freedom for Chelsea Manning, freedom for Mumja Abu-Jamal and all Political Prisoners. We will be calling on Obama to stop all deportations, end the war in Iraq, and uniting with other social justice and peace folks around the world to put an end to Capitalism and all such dirty rotten systems.

As we remember let us hope that the stories that are remembered are the true stories of who fought the police outside of stonewall and who are willing today to fight the police again when they interfere with the rights and lives of the people. Of all people. Some say much has changed but until there is liberation for all queers and all others we will be fighting on along side of our revolutionary sisters and brothers. This is not history but ourstories and ourstories continue each and every day in flux and flow.

Let us leave this little Pride blurb with words from Cleve Jones which we find to be so true. Words that we must remember.

“Stonewall was a riot. Don’t forget that. It wasn’t sponsored by corporations or the Democratic Party. No politicians or candidates rode up on floats. No balloons, no rainbow bunting, no brunch. It was a spontaneous uprising by mostly gay street kids, some drag queens, transexuals and dykes. It was a hot summer night, they were sick of the cops and the mafia and the war. There were no leaders. They’d had enough, revolution was in the air, and they fought back. I was fifteen years old and wouldn’t learn of the riot until two years later. When I did, it changed my life forever.”…Cleve Jones

One of our favorite slogans has always been:

When you are under attack, Stonewall Means Fight Back.

Furbirdsqueerly Pride June 2014

These photo from our facebook page posted by Kay Kersplebedeb

pride in St Petersburg

José Ramón Enríquez's photo.
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Día del Orgullo Gay en San Petersburgo

Day of Gay pride in San Petersburgo (Translated by Bing)

police state 2

Here is the Solidarity page for those arrested at the Kink.com protest.

Kink.com Action Arestee Solidarity Meeting Facebook page.

Gay Shame Facebook page. 

This is an update and telling of ourstories from writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
This is classic: last night, six Gay Shame protesters challenging San Francisco Pride prison politics on display at a Kink.com party were beaten and arrested, and taken to prison (two have been released). Unfortunately, this is nothing new. In 2002, when Gay Shame originally tried to interrupt the San Francisco Pride Parade, volunteer Parade Marshals instigated violence against protesters, and then called the cops: two were arrested. In February 2003, when Gay Shame protested a benefit for the LGBT Center held by wealthy anti-poor mayoral candidate (soon-to-be Mayor) Gavin Newsom, Center staff called the cops, and watched while they smashed someone in the face with a baton, put someone else into a chokehold until they passed out, and arrested four of us (I was thrown face-first into oncoming traffic before being dragged off). To my knowledge, the LGBT Center has never issued an apology.
In 2003, Gay Shame participants jumped over the barricades at Pride to interrupt Gavin Newsom’s contingent, and eight were arrested. Eleven years later, and it’s a familiar story: while last night’s protest involved Kink.com, not an “LGBT” institution but a wealthy porn company that bought the Armory from a dot-com, the prison party that was the target of the protest was originally an official event of SF Pride. (Now, though, representatives of Pride deny this.) In any case, the reality is that queer and trans protesters are in prison for protesting prison, thanks to “pride.” 

(Looks like there will be a meeting at 5 pm at Muddy Waters on Valencia & 16th to discuss responses h/t Io Ruiz Sunwoo )

(FYI: This is all from the distance—I currently live in Seattle.)

Chelsea Manning London Pride 2014
Queer+ Friends of Chelsea Manning at London Pride 2014

“Everyone thinks I am some kind of wild animal,” she wrote despairingly from prison last month. “If this is helping me, then I’m all set with being helped.”

Nicholas Kristof calls out Joelle Katz and the ‪#‎Connecticut‬ Department of Children and Families

“Jane Doe” has a life story at the age of only 16 that is a good example of how the juvenile justice system is failing many of those most in need.
NYTIMES.COM|BY NICHOLAS KRISTOF