Archive for December, 2016

I never could really grasp the idea of volunteer work. Yeah I know amerikkka loves its volunteers and even has set aside a special day to say, Good Job! Thank You! Glad you will work for free! Doing what you love and loving what you do. But it grinds on me when I think about all the work 25 % of Amerikkkans do for free. Get that 25% of the Amerikkkans do volunteer work.  Someone said I wonder why more folks don’t volunteer. Well easy to say. One I am not interested in doing any work without being paid. I don’t care what it is. I get no sanctification out of working. Just think if all of us did work for free. Man what a rich man’s dream that would be. John down the hall from me told me, Hey I don’t have any time. I have to work a second job just to get by with my family at my side. Besides when I am not working I need to help out at home with all sorts of things. My wife works too and we got to take care of what is ours before we can branch out into what belongs to someone else.

The vast majority of Americans are overworked, underpaid, struggling and exhausted from the real world and then folks expect us to come out, sweep the streets, clean up the park, paint the little old man’s house, feed the needy, tend the sick and do and do and do all sorts of jobs that don’t give us a penny in return. We are suppose to be happy serving the community. Lifting us up to new heights, making us feel good about ourselves helping others and getting closer to god and all of the angels. Bullshit, I’ll stay right down here doing what I do and doing it when I want to do it.

I don’t need a volunteer job to open my eyes, become a better person or see the world in my neighbors shoes and I certainly don’t want your tee-shirts or your bottles of water. I don’t need to come into your neighborhood with a host of other outsiders, clean up the place and make it shine the way I think it should shine. I am sick and tired of the walk against hunger, (come on folks let’s just end it). wearing pink against breast cancer, running for this and climbing stairs for that. The amount of time folks spend volunteering should be harnessed to force real change. I am in no mood to be a savior, the knight in shinning armor, the person one can thank at expensive dinners that none of the neighbors or volunteers could possibly afford. I really don’t think that on any given day or for a few hours that I can really be of service. I think that I would resent it that others around me were getting paid for doing what I was doing for free.

I wonder who invented this tool of volunteering. It must have been someone who really doesn’t want things to change too radically just another reformist. Just another tool of the ruling class. .

Hate is a Drag: A New Year's Eve Drag Party

In the spirit of saying farewell to a year that was kind of a drag, we invite you to a pro-queer, pro-trans, anti-racist, WELCOMING party featuring dance performances and music. We encourage you to dress to transgress against traditional gender norms in your own style. Whether you’re tweaking your gender just a little bit for the first time, or you’re a crowned Drag King or Queen, show us what you got!

To recoup some of our costs we’re asking for a $10-15 cover at the door. We’d like to thank the AdL for sponsoring, and look forward to seeing the radical political collective Queers Without Borders re-emerge after a long absence.

In from Demand Progress.

How bad is Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin?

This is a guy who once foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman over a 27 cent-payment error.1

Another woman was negotiating a payment plan with Mnuchin’s bank only to find the locks changed at her house … in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard.2

And these are hardly isolated incidents—Mnuchin’s bank, OneWest, foreclosed on 36,000 homes using tactics a federal judge called “harsh, repugnant, shocking and repulsive.”

If we can get the truth out about Mnuchin, we can stop his confirmation. So we’re aiming to raise at least $10,000 for TV ads to alert the public about how bad Mnuchin is.

We’ll target the ads at key swing states and in states where the foreclosure crisis hit the hardest, the more we raise, the more places the ad can run. And if we’re not able to raise enough money to fund a TV ad, we’ll use it to mobilize grassroots support other ways, like generating phone calls to the Senate.

A lot of people already know that Mnuchin worked for Goldman Sachs for 17 years. But people don’t know that Mnuchin later ran a bank that was called a foreclosure machine. And when people do learn the truth, they’re outraged.

n fact, even Trump voters are feeling betrayed by the Mnuchin pick. One Trump voter Mnuchin foreclosed on says “I just wish that I had not voted.”3

By getting the truth of Mnuchin’s record in front of voters, we have a real chance to stop him. Political insiders are already saying the confirmation will be “bruising” and could be one of the most difficult of Trump’s nominees to pass the Senate.

Sources:

1. Trump’s Cabinet Pick Foreclosed On 90-Year-Old Over 27 Cents, Yahoo! News, December 1, 2016

2. Trump Picks Foreclosure King Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary, The Daily Beast, November 29, 2016

3. Trump voter lost home, blames incoming Treasury secretary, Associated Press, December 2, 2016

If your so inclined to donate to causes like this see:

Yes, I’ll chip in $5 to help fund a TV ad campaign to make sure that voters know the truth about Steve Mnuchin.

 

We celebrate Mavis Staples and her recent Kennedy Center Honor. Mavis has long been one of our favorite activists and singers. We promise Miss Staples that we will continue to fight on for what is right even now when faced with the likes of Donald Trump and his fellow travelers. Fight on for what is right, fight on against all forces be they the old man up on the hill, or the thug in the street.  Fight on until it all comes out right. Here is one of our favorite performances by Miss Staples. Enjoy it!

and be sure to watch this video

Building a United Movement to Defend Public Education

A Socialist Action Forum

Thursday, January 12

7:00pm

Elmwood Community Center

1106 New Britain Avenue(11 Burgoyne street on GPS)

West Hartford, CT

After years of attacks on public schools, Betsy DeVos – Trump’s billionaire nominee for education secretary – represents a new stage of the offensive. Education historian Diane Ravitch has said that DeVos will become the most radical, anti-public-school education secretary since the position opened in 1867. What will it take to organize a winning movement nation-wide? Or right here in Connecticut where multiple Hartford schools face closure? What is the meaning of various new court rulings and laws?

Speakers to include: Speakers to include: Jonathan Pelto, Education commentator and creator of the blog “Wait, What?” and 2016 Green Party Congressional Candidate; Eric Bauer of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, a major part of the recent successful campaign to stop a massive expansion of private charter schools through the question 2 ballot measure; A representative of the Hartford NAACP

For more information Find us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/580663358795387/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1482791279771454

LGBT Activists Score Important Win
vs. Chicago City Council

A Cook County Judge ruled late Tuesday that the Chicago City Council violated Illinois’s Open Meetings Act (OMA) by refusing to allow members of the public to testify at its meetings in accordance with the Act.

Judge Diane Larson issued her order in response to long-time LGBT activists Andy Thayer’s and Rick Garcia’s July 25th motion for a preliminary injunction to force the Chicago to follow the OMA after the general public was largely barred from attending and testifying at both the May 18 and June 22 meetings of the City Council.

Thayer and other advocates for rights of the homeless had attempted to attend May meeting to protest the impending passage of a $15.8 million TIF giveaway of city funds to help build a luxury high-rise residences on the lakefront, just yards away from homeless “tent cities” underneath the Lake Shore Drive viaducts.

The activists from the Uptown Tent City Organizers and North Side Action 4 Justice groups contended that the Council and the ward’s Alderman James Cappleman were rushing through the TIF ordinance so as to beat a July deadline under which it and all other future developments using city funds would be required to set aside significantly higher resources for affordable housing units. At the June Council meeting, Alderman Ed Burke noted “there is an urgency to this matter,” according to the minutes of the meeting (01:16:37).

While yesterday’s ruling covered just part of the activists’ July 25th motion, a final ruling on the suit as whole, if the City is found guilty of violating the OMA, could invalidate all final decisions made by the Council at its May 18 and June 22 meetings, including the $15.8 million TIF ordinance for luxury housing finally passed at the June meeting. 5 ILCS 120/3, Sec. 3(c) (more…)

In from the Gay Liberation Network of Chicago. Showing us all about Multi-issue organizing, justice for all, and getting rid of the silly notion of single issue movements. We at Furbirdsqueerly applaud and celebrate with our sisters and brothers in Chicago.

Rally and VICTORY March to CELEBRATE Saving of Uptown Homeless Shelter!!

The homeless shelter at 941 W. Lawrence Avenue will remain OPEN!!

While the politicians who caused the problem and have for so many months heartlessly harassed the homeless will try to take credit for this, we know what REALLY saved the shelter: it was community people demanding that their “representatives” do the right thing! Join us tomorrow for a celebratory rally & march!!

9:45 AM Tomorrow – Friday, Dec. 23

Wilson Ave & Marine Drive

After months of community pressure and shaming of area politicians who had sat on their hands, today it was announced that the North Side Housing & Supportive Services Shelter on Lawrence Avenue will be saved from closure previously slated for tomorrow, just two days before Christmas. 

We will begin with a short rally at the Lake Shore Drive Wilson Avenue viaduct (Wilson & Marine Drive), and then march to the shelter at 941 W. Lawrence Avenue. (more…)