Archive for February, 2017

The Trump administration on Wednesday revoked federal guidelines specifying that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their gender identity, taking a stand on a contentious issue that has become the central battle over LGBT rights. See HERE for an article from The Washington Post

“Attacking our children . . . is no way to say you support and respect LGBTQ people,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

WHEN TRANS RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK WHAT DO WE DO—–STAND UP FIGHT BACK!!!

Response from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement regarding President Trump’s  decision to rescind protections for transgender students:

“Discrimination of this kind is outrageous and has no place in our society. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue – the President’s regressive actions must be rejected by all compassionate people, regardless of party affiliation. In 2011, I was proud to sponsor and help win passage for a comprehensive transgender rights bill here in Connecticut, and to subsequently lead fights nationally against efforts in North Carolina, Indiana, and elsewhere to restrict the rights of people who are transgender. In Connecticut, we will defend the rights of all students – regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, and disability status – and will continue to protect their access to welcoming learning environments.”

Go to The National Center For Transgender Rights HERE.

From Mara Keisling

Today, the Trump administration went after the latest group it has chosen to attack: transgender students. The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have just announced that they are overturning the school guidance on protecting transgender students—a life-saving policy that told schools to treat trans students fairly and according to their gender identity.

This callous attack doesn’t change the fact that schools still have a responsibility to protect the welfare of all their students. But it tells transgender students everywhere that their government will not stand by them and defend their safety and their dignity. But we will! Take a look at NCTE’s FAQ to learn more about what this means for trans students.

Many people may be scared and worried, but this is not the end of the battle. We’re still fighting. If you’re in the DC area, join our rally today at 5:30pm EST in front of the White House.

Here are some more things you can do:

1. Organize a rally in your own community, and let us know about it so that we can help spread the word.

2. Call or write to President Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to tell them why taking away this guidance is so harmful

3. Join NCTE’s Community Call tomorrow at 8:00pm EST on Facebook Live to learn more about what this development means and how you can help us fight fact.

Join NCTE on a Facebook Live chat TONIGHT at 8:30 pm EST, featuring Executive Director Mara Keisling, to discuss the Trump Administration’s plan to rescind Title IX guidance which protects trans students. Everyone is welcome to tune in, although tonight’s focus will be on how parents and family members can advocate on behalf of transgender students.

Feel free to share this info on your networks—we want as many people as possible to get this info.

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Lambda Legal reminds everyone of this:
If you know a transgender student who needs help please send them to our Trans Student Help page: www.lambdalegal.org/trans-students
 

Still the same message. Still the same reality. Let’s remember to put peace on this planet back on the table along with all of the other things that the new regime in DC opposes. Let’s not forget when we are out there in the streets that around this world many folks are on the end of amerikkka’s military beating stick and it is up to us oppose it and stop it. Why would anyone think that it matters if we only oppose all of the things that pertain to us personally?  Can we see a world that is beyond Trump and what has to be done for that world to become a reality? Trump is just one small part of the problem remove him and the problem is still there.

War is not healthy for children and other living things. We must remind ourselves of this every day. We must stand up and oppose war no matter what the powers that be tell us. It is not right and has never been right.

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Many thanks to a couple of readers who sent this in to us. We apologize for not posting sooner.

Hows this. Let’s not be fooled when we are asked to join with the demo-crats. Let’s remember to look beyond and say No Way No Way. Old boss same as the new boss, been there done that. Here is a little song to ruffle some feathers, scare the horses and upset the apple pie of the amerikkkan dream. We really don’t believe that any of our readers think that we think the republicans are hotsy totsy to them we just gotta say Nazi. Oh and let us not forget President Obama the great deporter in chief go ahead and make up some lines for him..

Recently when just looking around the net I’ve found some interesting songs. I try to save ones that I think will help to illustrate partly the philosophy of this blog. Many times the song works and the visuals don’t. So many folks when doing a you tube video ruin a good song by adding crappy visuals. I prefer either just the words and maybe a picture of the singer. I hate songs with lots of photo’s of the singer in all stages of their career. You know boys the song isn’t about the singer. One of our favorite songs from back in the day, back in the day when we were full of piss and vinegar, when even a strong man couldn’t keep us out of the streets, (he would have a hard time now too) was the song Love Me I’m A Liberal written and sung by Phil Ochs. How we laughed when we first heard the song. Well here it is years later and many young songwriters have re-written the lyrics to the songs for the times we live in now but usually keeping the last lines. Pete Seeger once said, that the test of any good folk song is that it can be adapted, lyrics changed to fit the times and when it still stands we know that it is a good one. Here is one of those songs an adaption of Phil’s song Love Me I’m A Liberal adapted and sung by a man quickly becoming our favorite, (politicks aside, he plays Jill Stein rallies and we do not believe that capitalism can ever be kinder and gentler) Ben Crosscup. Thanks Ben for this song.

 

Ct Students for A Dream have this to say:

It’s a FACT: Immigrants in CT create jobs. Immigrant business owners employ 73,047 people in CT. The more we allow immigrant students to access higher education, the more jobs are created in the state. This is why we need to pass #AffordToDream THIS YEAR and allow undocumented students to access student generated institutional aid at CT colleges and universities. Sign our petition here > bit.ly/C4Dpetition2017

Map The Impact with us today
Check out New American Economy full interactive map here > http://www.newamericaneconomy.org/locations/connecticut/

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Activists from left-wing parties and other groups beat with spoon on saucepan during a demonstration at the Place de la Republique against corruption in politics, amid a presidential campaign clouded by a fake jobs investigation and other legal scandals, in Paris, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Protesters especially targeted conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, under investigation for alleged high-paying but fake parliamentary jobs for his wife and children. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Surely our dreams of justice and liberation extend beyond simply a world where Trump is not President but everything else is the same.

Michael Moore just launched this daily list of nationwide events.

Organize. Resist. Repeat.
resistancecalendar.org

Part 1 we asked the question Where Have All The Peacenicks Gone when they are needed now more than ever. It seems everything except military spending will be offered up to the cutting board maybe even Grandma’s Social Security all in the name of defense and other ugly meanness that is beyond a decent persons comprehension.  Defense spending world wide is growing and growing as everyone is afraid of everyone else and we all want to make damn sure we can blow each other to hell and and guess what you may not be back. America already spends more on it’s military than the entire world put together why do they need to spend more.?  Check out this pie.

Last year, the United States spent more than $596 billion on the military, a total greater than the next six countries in the world combined. But the Republican-controlled Congress is looking to increase that number for next year. On Wednesday, the House passed its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), allowing for $602 billion to be spent on the country’s defense in 2017, but the way the money is budgeted could mean that total military spending could actually end up being far higher.

I bet when the present regime in DC is done with it there will be crumbs in place of some of those slices.

We here like this pie better:

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There really isn’t any need to say much more than this. Just please put peace on the agenda.

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?” –The Mahatma Gandhi

Are you already against the next war? Damn right we are. All it takes is just one glance at the photo below and we know were we stand. We don’t care what cause people wrap murder in we stand against your murderous cause.

Syrien Humanitäre Katastrophe in Aleppo

War is for losers, if you have nothing better to do with your life except to join a government killing machine, to kill your fellow man then you’re a loser, especially in this day and age, where the truth is freely available

Check out the group World Beyond War.

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Poverty in Amerikkka. Low on the priority list HIGH on ours. (more…)

“How you react to the Muslim ban today is how you would have reacted to the imprisonment of my grandparents and parents 75 years ago,” Representative Mark Takano, whose family was interned in the World War Two-era camps, said in Congress last month.”

Seventy-five years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which authorized the imprisonment of Japanese Americans.

Some 120,000 were held at 10 camps because of fears that Japanese Americans were enemy sympathizers. The United States had entered World War Two after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor about three months earlier.

How you react to the Muslim ban today is how you would have reacted to the imprisonment of my grandparents and parents 75 years ago,” Representative Mark Takano, whose family was interned in the World War Two-era camps, said in Congress last month.

The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in camps in the interior of the country of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens.

Roosevelt authorized the deportation and incarceration with Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942, which allowed regional military commanders to designate “military areas” from which “any or all persons may be excluded.” This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire West Coast, including all of California and much of Oregon, Washington and Arizona, except for those in government camps. Approximately 5,000 Japanese Americans voluntarily relocated outside the exclusion zone before March 1942, and some 5,500 community leaders arrested after the Pearl Harbor attack were already in custody. But, the majority of nearly 130,000 mainland Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated from their West Coast homes during the spring of 1942.

Check out this excellent article, Never Again! No To Muslim Interment, written by Nancy Reiko Kato which begins this way: “My parents’ families were interned in both those concentration camps during World War II. The U.S. government rounded up and jailed 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans for “posing a threat to national security.” The government knew there was no threat, but needed a scapegoat to rile up war hysteria. The imprisonment of Japanese farmers also enriched West Coast agricultural interests because their competition was eliminated.”

Ms Kato ends her article this way: “We are all Muslims.” Indeed “We are all Japanese Americans”; “We are all Orlando”; “We are all immigrants” because “Black Lives Matter.” We are a multiracial, multi-generational, international working class. Let’s link arms and stand together to stop the repression and violence against each and every one of our communities. The unbreakable bond of class unity will ensure that when the government comes for any one of us, we will all be there to fight back. This is the lesson that history teaches.”

The actor Gorge Takei was interned at the age of 5 along with his family. Check out the article How “America First” Puts Many of Us Last found HERE.

Mr. Takei says: Our president has trumpeted an “America First” policy, vowing to prioritize the well-being of the United States. But “America” doesn’t seem to include the brown-skinned, foreign-sounding or non-Christian people affected by his travel ban, his Mexico border wall or his immigration raids. When Trump labels them “bad hombres” or “terrorists,” he feeds a narrative of “us vs. them.”

 

 

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After the Women’s March on Washington

Which Way Forward?

Friday, March 24

@7pm

1106 New Britain Ave (Gain Access Via South Quaker Ln to Burgoyne Street) West Hartford, Connecticut 06110

$5 suggested Donation, No one turned away for lack of funds

The massive response to the call for a women’s march on Washington has raised hopes that we finally have the capacity to build a powerful mass movement,  a mass movement that can defend and advance the rights and economic conditions of women and children, especially  from the communities most victimized by racism, Islamophobia, and chauvinism.  What should our priorities be? What kind of movement do we need?  What would women’s full liberation look like? Join us for a discussion of perspectives. 

Panel in Formation: 

*Sharlene B. Kerelejza, Executive Director, Chrysalis Domestic Violence Services; organizer of the January 21 Hartford Sister March 

*Gretchen Raffa, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

*Fatima Al Ansar, Trinity College Student, founder of a school for girls in Mali, active in The Women and Gender Resource Action Center

*Grace Montesi, Socialist Action CT

Shelby Williams, CCSU Black Student Union and Youth for Socialist Action

See their facebook page HERE.