Today at Chick-fil-A. Ho, ho, hey, hey, Chick-fil-A is anti gay! We are wing and arms together! A lesson in intersectionality!

Posted: February 11, 2017 in for your reflection, Queer Thoughts, Real Food For Thought, Saying it like it should be said., Solidarity, Take Action

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photo: Frank O’Gorman

(For more photo’s go to HERE.)

“What an honor to spend the morning with wonderful people singing for our lives and the lives of our winged friends. We were demonstrating against Chick-fil-A’s funding of anti-LGBTQ groups and their complicity in animal cruelty. “One struggle, one fight! — human freedom, animal rights!” May wings of peace surround you all.”..Frank O’Gorman

1, 3, 5, 9–Not One Penny, Not One Dime, 2, 4, 6, 8 No cash to fund your hate!! Ho, Ho, Hey, Hey, Chick-fil-A is anti Gay!

For an excellent press release on the protest today at Chick-fil-A check out Peter’s Place at HERE.

We’re doing this not because Mr. Jackson decided to become a Chick-fil-A franchisee in West Hartford but rather to send a message to the Chick-fil-A corporation and its culture of devaluing living beings–such as LGBTQ people and chickens. It’s about a corporation that has and continues to fund organizations creating such animus, including certified hate groups,” Mr. Frank explained. Chick-fil-A continues to  have a zero rating in the Human Rights Campaigns, Buyer guide.”

“Animals lives are their right—We have just begun to fight!  and For Social Justice we will fight—That includes animal rights!!

“Brother Rooster, Sister Hen We are all just one kin.”

“One struggle one fight—human freedom, animal rights!” May the wings of peace surround you all.”

 

What a wonderful day for those of us who believe in intersectionality. The coming together of Animal Rights folks and LGBTQ people to demonstrate against hate  and against inhumane treatment of chickens used in Chick-fil-A’s products. According to Tiffany Walker an investigator with grassroots animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere, “Chick-fil-A promotes a system in which chickens are fully grown at 6 weeks old with bones that cannot support their weight. These animals suffer immense pain and live in horrendous conditions. We would never imagine doing this to cats & dogs.” When I think about it hate is hate whether one is inhumanely treating animals the way this corporation does or the way they treat their fellow humans. To treat any living creature this way is wrong.

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Photo: Frank O’Gorman.

Image result for protests at chick-fil-a a good message for all Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and our Allies.

and to the woman who yelled at us from her car, “I am gay and I eat it” we can only join with our comrade in the photo who says what we all said under our breath..

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Blasts From The Past

You know lot’s of thoughts come through ones mind when we are out on the picket line, standing chanting, and all round testifying about a cause. I will never forget the chant and the scene back in 1981 at Ronald Reagan’s first inauguration. Picture this: Matronly Republican women lolling around on the capitol grounds wrapped in their furs. Reagan’s first inauguration was the warmest on record. (55) The chant that was so popular at that time was, “Bring on the minks and bring on the veal. Don’t you know that animals feel?! His second inauguration was the coldest on record. Was it because he had declared that ketchup was a vegetable for poor children?

Every so often we have written about the use of animals in art and what is the artists responsibility in doing so. We will never forget what seemed to many a wonderful art piece shown at the Matrix Gallery of the Wadsworth Atheneum. Here is a short blurb:

World Flag Ant Farm  Yukinori Yanagi

In The World Flag Ant Farm, he created a series of interconnecting boxes, each filled with colored sand in the pattern of a national flag – representing the nations of the world – and linked by plastic tubes. He then released ants into this system who were able to travel between all the networked flags, transporting food and sand. These ‘border crossings’ eventually resulted in an intermingling of color throughout the system, each flag’s integrity being slowly degraded, creating in a sort of ‘cross-cultural’ multinational network.””

Sounds great, yeah okay how about his: The ants were dying? Why are the ants dying some asked? Because the are leaf cutter ants and they are not being fed the right diet. Here is a short paragraph from an essay we wrote.

Yanagi was a Matrix 128 artist at the Wadsworth Atheneum in 1995. During the exhibition a child broke one of the plastic tubes incorporated in the piece for the ants to pass from flag to flag and ants escaped into the museum. No one ever said if the ants were rounded up, or if the gallery was sprayed with insecticide and the ants dispersed to make art in the world beyond. A controversy arose when some of the ants began dying in the art work due to what was said the wrong diet. We stated at the time if you are going to use live animals in art at least get their diet right.

Some quotes we like

The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?” ~Jeremy Bentham

Personally, I would not give a fig for any man’s religion whose horse, cat and dog do not feel its benefits. Life in any form is our perpetual responsibility. ~S. Parkes Cadman

 Life is life — whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage. ~Sri Aurobindo

The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position. ~Christine Stevens

Note from Furbirdsqueerly

Furbirdsqueerly calls out to all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies stand up and out against such a business as Chick-fil-A who give money to groups that hate. No matter what, it is not worth it even if you are a chicken eater, a state Senator from West Hartford or anyone else for that matter. Do not be fooled by anyone who says, “This company is creating jobs.” We would have to say at what expense? Know that your money is going to work against all of us who stand up against such hate, who work to pass legislation for our rights and have been out on the lines for a long time. Do not dishonor those who have gone before, or those who still are in the fight. Tell your friends, educate yourselves, your family and friends. Join the boycott. Work towards a world of compassion for all of us and all living creatures. One thing is for certain you will feel a hell of a lot better about yourself.

Check out this wonderful essay by Frank O’Gorman, Chick-fil-A’s Sordid Connections to LGBTQ & Muslim Animus HERE.

See, Chick-fil-A Protest Planned HERE.

More on who Chick-fil-A supports see HERE, HERE

 

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