Archive for March, 2015

Thanks to US Uncut for this.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence claims he’s a Christian but his actions are the polar opposite of Jesus’ teachings. As Governor, Pence eliminated food stamps, closed healthcare clinics, and signed a law discriminating against LGBT residents. Pence represents the new face of the Christian right: a hollowed-out shell of hatred and intolerance, wrapped in the name of a prophet who they have long ago abandoned. Spread the good word!

‪#‎BoycottIndiana‬

'Indiana Governor @[6726182861:274:Mike Pence] claims he's a Christian but his actions are the polar opposite of Jesus' teachings. As Governor, Pence eliminated food stamps, closed healthcare clinics, and signed a law discriminating against LGBT residents.  Pence represents the new face of the Christian right: a hollowed-out shell of hatred and intolerance, wrapped in the name of a prophet who they have long ago abandoned. Spread the good word! 

#BoycottIndiana'

Bigotry Spreads!

Posted: March 31, 2015 in Call to Action, Fight Back

The Midwest just won’t let up.

The state legislature of Arkansas, one of some twenty states currently considering passing religious freedom legalized discrimination bills, has petulantly decided…
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Political Suicide Note

(By Walter Beck)

For Governor Mike Pence

You locked yourself in your office

Far from the press and public;

And in the company of friends

You signed your political suicide note

On a rainy Thursday morning.

 

You signed your political suicide note

Surrounded by preachers and priests;

They blessed you and blessed your pen,

You misguided martyr.

 

You poor misguided martyr,

You couldn’t stop the wedding bells from ringing;

And they kept ringing, ringing, ringing,

Ringing in your head,

Ringing and grating in your head.

 

Oh like a dime store Paul Kersey,

Like a junk store Dirty Harry;

You wanted revenge,

You wanted to stop the ringing,

With the front door dead bolted shut

You got set to blow out the back door.

 

Blow out the back door

And take it down piece by piece,

Take it down with a little back room dealing,

A little fool-proof plan,

To stop the ringing of the wedding bells

And have the state say again

“Queers ain’t welcome here!”

 

A little fool-proof plan,

A little back-rooming dealing,

A little laurel in your crown

To show you’re still a true blue conservative.

 

But just how fool-proof was that plan

When the shit started to hit the fan

Before your signature was even dry?

How fool-proof was that plan

When the conventions started to pull out

And the bands started to cancel?

How fool-proof was that plan

When the businesses started to shutter their doors

And other states were telling you they would stay away?

 

How fool-proof was your plan

When on a sunny Saturday afternoon

Thousands flooded the lawn of your office

And called for you to leave?

How panicked did you get

When the local news stations and national networks

Started rolling film

Of thousands of Hoosiers

Waving signs and rainbow flags

And cursing your name?

 

Oh you were getting paranoid,

Stammering to a reporter from the Indianapolis Star

That it was all just a misunderstanding,

That the internet was out to get you,

That there was a conspiracy against you.

 

You’re paranoid,

Sweaty eyed and shaking,

Repeating that everybody got it wrong,

It’s just a misinterpretation,

We just need to let you explain it a little more.

Still stammering out your frenzied pleas

As your closest allies in the statehouse

Leave you to dust

And this state is left to rot.

 

Oh Governor

With the thousands on the street

Calling for you to leave,

And thousands of millions of dollars

Going up in smoke,

And thousands of reporters

Dragging you through the front pages,

 

Was it all worth it

On a rainy Thursday morning

When you locked yourself away from the public’s eye

And signed your political suicide note?

 

Randy Rainbow destroys Indiana’s Mike Pence and his legalized discrimination in the most hilarious way.
IFYOUONLYNEWS.COM|BY CHARLES TOPHER

In from the Gay Liberation Network

New Indiana Law Shows

That We Cannot be Complacent

The passage of Indiana’s new “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA), with anti-LGBT bills recently introduced in another 27 states, shows that any notion that the battle for LGBT rights “is over” is foolish.

Not only is the Indiana law a frightening attack on the separation of church and state, it is also a back-handed assault on one of the principal gains of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s — equal access to public accommodations.

Back in the day, racists used “religious liberty” as their primary defense of segregation, and today’s bigots are using the same strategy against equal LGBT access to businesses and other places of public accommodation.

Besides this connection with racism, it should be noted that a direct path to the Indiana law was laid by the awful “Hobby Lobby” Supreme Court decision against women’s access to contraceptive and other reproductive health care. By privileging businesses’ alleged religious rights over the rights of women to have health care, the same business “right” could be used against LGBTs and others.

Note to “gay rights only” organizations — we can no longer afford your narrow “my rights only” approach to political organizing. Ignoring attacks on other groups, or just putting out press releases about the attacks on them, is totally inadequate to the challenges we face.

Passage of Indiana’s RFRA should also be a wake up call for all in the LGBT community and our allies who thought “we’d won.” Rights are never won permanently. History is replete with examples of civil rights progress, but erasure of civil rights.

Having won so much in recent years, do LGBT activists in future years want to be like women’s rights activists in the 1950s, fondly looking back at the 1920 winning of (white) women’s suffrage and wondering how many more decades it will take to start moving forwards again? Is that how LGBTS activists a few decades from now will look back at 2015, when the Supreme Court likely will grant equal marriage rights?

Let’s not let it happen that way this time.  The Gay Liberation Network and others locally and around the nation are organizing rallies on Tuesday, April 28th to coincide with the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on the equal marriage rights lawsuits before the court.

With the Indiana law and dozens of imitators waiting in the wings, we need to press the Court to recognize not only our equal right to civil marriage, but access to public accommodations and other rights that come with full citizenship.

Thanks to Julie Ouellette for this link and story. Needless to say we support the farmworkers.
Striking farmworkers in Baja California marched by the thousands across 15 dusty miles Thursday in a peaceful but angry show of force after growers…
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April is National Poetry month and we at this blog celebrate queer poet Allen Ginsberg. Recently in South Windsor a high school English teacher was suspended and then fired for reading the poem Please Mater to his senior English Class. This poem was written in 1968 and is included within the book The Fall Of America.  Listen to the poem read by Ginsberg.

If you care to read about the case of the teacher see: South Windsor Teacher Faces Termination After Sharing Wholly Inappropriate Poem.