Archive for July, 2014

 

News from Standing Our Ground Week, Jacksonville

Here are a few highlights from Radical Women’s participation in the Jacksonville, FL week of action, “Standing Our Ground Against Reproductive Oppression, Gender Violence, and Mass Incarceration.”

Emily Woo Yamasaki and Betty Maloney, leaders from the New York RW chapter, hit the ground running when they arrived in Jacksonville on Monday. They brought their energy and political insights, and a powerful statement from Radical Women, “Standing against an unjust system: Women’s freedom requires a revolution by the grassroots,” downloadable here:http://www.radicalwomen.org/SOG_Leaflet.pdf.

They found that everyone was high from Monday morning’s successful march and rally at the Duval County Courthouse. Betty, who arrived earliest, participated in an impromptu meeting with a number of activists from different parts of the country to discuss how to continue building support for Marissa Alexander.

On Tuesday afternoon, Emily spoke for Radical Women at a panel on “The Women’s Movement and Social Change.” The panel opened with a presentation by Beth Richie, author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation. Panelists were Mia Jones (Florida State Representative), Emily (Radical Women), Dr. E. Faye Williams (National Congress of Black Women), Judy Scheckman (Jacksonville NOW), and KD Segura (Jacksonville Planned Parenthood). The panel was chaired by Alisa Bierria (INCITE!). Emily spoke passionately about how Marissa Alexander’s case shows why systemic change is desperately needed; she called for a militant, multi-racial, multi-issue women’s movement that fights for the needs of the most oppressed.

 

 

 

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Facebook Event Page for this march and rally HERE.

In today from Anarchist News. We would like to dedicate this to all of the Samuel Colt fans we have in Hartford and the surrounding towns. Wake up, today its still going on and folks are doing something about it. We would like to propose the question, if folks today occupy the offices of the arms manufacturer Thyssen Krupp a merchant of death, why then would we not look back at history and say, No Sam Colt was wrong. Very very wrong and we are wrong to celebrate him. If we can see today the merchants of death and destruction can we not see the same in our history?

Activists occupied the offices of arms manufacturer Thyssen Krupp, in‪#‎Essen‬, ‪#‎Germany‬.

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Activists occupied the offices of arms manufacturer Thyssen Krupp, in ‪#‎Essen‬,‪#‎Germany‬.
Squatters will hold press conference at 18:00 (06:00pm) ‪#‎RÄPUBLIK‬
@RevoTweets reports live from there.
pic via Enough is Enough

Facebook event page Here.

If you’re in the DC area join the trans and queer contingent at the Not1More March on Saturday August 2nd ‪#‎familiatqlm‬ ‪#‎not1more‬‪#‎translivesmatter‬

Check out Famillia TQLM Here.

Southerners On New Ground [SONG], Transgender Law Center [TLC] and many others are joining forces on August 2nd in Washington, DC, to amplify the national call to demand that President Obama grant the BROADEST ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF possible and implement an immediate halt to deportations!

We know President Obama has legal authority to deliver Administrative Relief and to change current enforcement policies and practices by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He can support the safety and self-determination of ALL our LGBTQ communities by expanding Deferred Action and other relief from deportation, ending the torture of solitary confinement (including against trans and gender nonconforming immigrants), curtailing the caging of our communities through immigration detention, and stopping the use of ICE holds which encourage local police to even further target LGBT people of color for arrest and deportation.

We call on LGBTQ officials such as the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to recognize that LGBTQ issues go beyond marriage equality and that deportations and immigration detention all too often violently impact and tear apart our communities. We call on them to SUPPORT and FLANK our communities’ call to President Obama to provide the broadest possible Administrative Relief and immediately halt deportations!

To endorse this action on August 2, 2014 go to HERE.

You know we haven’t done our music of the week series of late so Emma Furbird Sr. said ” Why not give the folks a few songs that we like and want to push. Songs that we have published over the years that have helped to define us and our writings and some new ones that we wish to send out to our readers all around the world. Check them out.

Alistair Hulett The Internationale (1)

Rainbow Noise, Imma Homo (2)

Tom Morello-from the album Nightwatchman-Maximum Fire Power. (3)

Zebra Katz, Y I do (4)

The Coup,  The Guillotine (5)

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Dear sisters,

We call on women’s groups and organisations, prominent feminists, and all women everywhere, of all faiths and secular, to stand with the women and children of Gaza and demand an immediate end to this Israeli slaughter of the innocents. It is time to hear from the women outside of Gaza.

Women and children are being bombed night after night, day after day, year after year, and some Israeli politicians and academics are advocating the killing of Palestinian mothers and the rape of sisters and mothers.

Please sign the statement below. Email back to us indicating your country and your title or organisation (if you have one), and we add them to the list of signatories.

Circulate it on Facebook and Twitter. Get your organisation to sign. We need as many signatures as possible for our voice as women finally to be heard.

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Selma James, Nina Lopez and Phoebe Jones, Global Women Strike (GWS), UK/US
Sara Callaway and Margaret Prescod, Women of Colour GWS, UK/US
Maggie Ronayne, GWS Ireland
Didi Rossi, Queer Strike

Women of Gaza, children of Gaza, people of Gaza – we are with you!

As women and women’s organisations we unequivocally condemn the Israeli military attack onGaza by land, sea and air which continues to kill so many hundreds of people and injure thousands more. Many victims are women and children.

At Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, 19 July 2014, Ms Hunood Abu Jarad, mother of six-year-old survivorNoor, spoke to Channel 4 TV News (UK) about losing eight family members, four of them children, the youngest seven months old:

“Suddenly rockets came down with no warning. Uncle was hit first, his body parts flew across the room. As we ran another rocket hit the house next door. My children were running around in panic. Noor was completely covered in blood. Ambulances came within half an hour and started collecting the body parts. Even today they found legs, arms, hands and feet. I will never forgive those who killed our children. What have these children done to deserve this? Are they carrying guns? They are targeting children because they don’t want them to grow up to resist. Would you be OK if this happened to your children? We will continue to resist inside Palestine until the last day of the world.”

Ms Abu Jarad speaks for women in Palestine and for all of us around the world.

We are outraged by Israeli parliamentarians like Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Homes), a woman, who is calling for Palestinian mothers to be killed and their houses demolished so they can’t give birth to “little snakes”, and academics like Mordechai Kedar (Bar Ilan University) who talks about “the only thing that deters [terrorists] is if they know that their sister or their mother will be raped.” The mass killing of mothers and children is already happening. Should we now expect mass rape?

While governments, starting in the US and Europe, continue to back Israel or keep silent, people across the world, especially women, have been protesting in support of the people in Gaza. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank as well as those who are citizens of Israel held a general strike as a day of mourning, and there have been demonstrations, many of them huge, in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Chile, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, US, UK, Yemen . . . But the mainstream media has hardly mentioned them.

Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid, almost all military: over $3.1 billion a year and several billion more in military assistance and contracts. This has transformed Israel’s armed forces into one of the most technologically sophisticated globally and Israel into the sixth biggest arms exporter. As we saw in the 2008-9 attack and again today, Israeli weapons are “field-tested” on the population of Gaza: 1,417 were killed then, 313 of them children; tens of thousands of people displaced and homes destroyed. This killing is happening again, now, but even more unrestrained than before.

We are women across the world. We speak out in the name of mothers and children, of the civilian population, and of the right of the Palestinian people to resist an illegal military occupation of their land and a life-threatening blockade which deprives them of water and electricity. We demand an immediate end to the slaughter in Gaza and its blockade; an end to the illegal occupation ofPalestine; and an end to funding of Israel’s military and its capacity for mass murder. Invest in caring, not killing.

Selma James and Nina Lopez, Global Women’s Strike (GWS), UK
Maggie Ronayne, GWS-Ireland
Phoebe Jones and Rachel West, GWS-USA
Sara Callaway, Women of Colour GWS, UK
Margaret Prescod, Women of Colour GWS, USA
Didi Rossi, Queer Strike, UK
Lori Nairne, Queer Strike, US

gws@globalwomenstrike.net
www.globalwomenstrike.net

Sisters please sign on at the global women strike home page.

We re-publish this essay, back by demand.

Let’s listen to Malvina Reynolds sing God Bless The Grass, and know that our day will come.

I first heard God Bless the Grass many years ago. When I was out walking early this morning passing by through old areas I was reminded of this song. Grass was coming up through the concrete of sidewalks and blacktop.  Its a nice reminder for all of us when we get down about the barriers, the hard stone, the concrete that the wealthy and those in power heap upon us. When we get to the point of busting through there won’t be anything that will hold us back. Not the democrats, not the mainstream unions cottoning to the democrats, not the corporations that yoke people with their goodies, not the factory bosses,  not phony patriotism, flag waving, baby kissing politicians, promises of someday, piece of pie or by and by.The police, fuck them, the people will mow them over not trusting any part of them. Too many clubs  up the side of our head, too much tear gas and pepper spray in our faces, too many men  racially profiled and sent to prison, too many shot down in cold blood on street corners, too many political prisoners with trumped up charges. So many people just scraping by, old folks, young folks and middle age folks trying hard just to make it but stolen from daily. Yes, so many thousand gone, so many millions in senseless wars and big stick waving. So many young working class kids dead from someone’s foolish idea of how things should be. We will smash empire and Imperialism, economic sanctions, military occupation and aid to repressive regimes. Drones will be grounded and all military hardware will be as the old saying goes beat into plowshares. No more assualts on women, immigrants,queers, people of color and the poor. Sing this song and sing it with us. Add your versus and sing out loud. (1)

It will be a day and from that day on no one will be able to convince us that, what the rich the powerful need and want is what we need and want. You know its a lot like the truth, Truth cannot be denied. No matter how hard outside forces try to suppress it, it still keeps coming, it still keeps growing.

I took a few photos today on my walk about. How I love the grass coming through, cracking the stone and growing, growing up to the light. (more…)

Wednesday, July 30 @ 5:30 PM
DCF Headquarters – 505 Hudson St., Hartford, CT

CT DCF’s torment of Jane Doe is far from over. On July 13, DCF ordered that Jane be moved to the CT Juvenile Training School, a locked facility for delinquent boys. DCF claims this happened as a result of an altercation with other girls at the Pueblo unit (the girls’ facility Jane was transferred to when released from prison), but all the girls were involved in the fight to the same degree – yet only Jane was punished by being transferred to a boys’ facility. DCF is responding to Jane’s status as an outspoken survivor of abuse at their hands and using her gender identity to punish her. The transfer occurred without her lawyers being notified, in the middle of the night. It occurred in spite of the original placement ruling by a judge, who articulated explicitly that Jane is NOT to go to CJTS. Jane feels unsafe and miserable, and her mental health is deteriorating.

We urge all of Jane’s supporters to converge on DCF headquarters and demand real #JusticeForJane. We are demanding that Jane be released from CJTS immediately, and that DCF Commissioner Katz – who has proven time and again to only care about her own reputation and not the basic dignity and safety of the most vulnerable kids in her care – be FIRED. We are continuing to demand the repeal of statute 17a-12, which allowed for Jane’s imprisonment and likely her illegal transfer to CJTS.

Join us! Car pools can be arranged; communicate on this page if you want to take part in that.

Event Facebook Page Here

This in today from Al Riccio of Justice 4 Jane. We have to step up our fight and our fight doesn’t end with DCF. We must bring our fight to members of our community who stood with racist, transphobic institutions. Anyone who has read this blog knows where we stand on the matters of the state and the crumbs they throw to us. Yes a big extra fuck you to memebers of the LGBT community who stood with the state on this. We are ashamed of them.

“The public shaming of Jane Doe a victim of significant abuse and neglect is also inexplicable in light of the fact that the July 12 incident involved four girls, all of whom were restrained, all of whom were described in DCF records as hitting each other and staff,” the child advocate’s office said in a news release.”

The further you investigate, the more outrageous this case becomes. We now have irrefutable evidence that Jane, a transgender female 16-year-old, was singled out by CT’s Dept. of Children and Families and “punished” by being sent to a boy’s facility.

This is transphobia, child abuse, victim-blaming. Shame on Gov. Malloy and Commissioner Katz, and an extra “fuck you” to the members of the queer community who were so quick to write off Jane as “uniquely problematic” for the sake of trusting victim-blaming institutions (who, just to remind everyone, conveniently turned a blind eye to their own sexually abusive, child-molesting staff members).

Disgusted doesn’t begin to describe how I feel right now.

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