Archive for March, 2018

Who killed Marielle and Anderson?
COMMITTEE FOR REVOLUTIONARY INTERNATIONAL REGROUPMENT (CRIR)

Brazil and the world have been shocked by the assassination of the Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman, Marielle Franco, of the PSOL (Party of Socialism and Freedom) and her driver Anderson Gomes on March 15, 2018. Millions have taken to the streets in Rio and in other cities throughout Brazil to denounce this crime and call for justice. Marielle was assassinated after she left a meeting called to advocate for the rights of Black women–one of the most oppressed, discriminated against and exploited sectors under capitalism in Brazil, where a Black is killed every 23 minutes. Today in Rio de Janeiro, millions of Blacks, workers, students and housewives live in terrible conditions of extreme poverty in favelas (poor neighborhoods) under the threat of violent state repression, drug traffickers, arms dealers and criminals. Marielle was a young, Black lesbian and socialist activist for the rights of women, Blacks, inhabitants of the favelas and the LGBT community. She devoted her life to systematically speaking out against police and paramilitary repression and focused on describing how state violence attains levels of ethnic and social cleansing.

President Michel Temer has declared that “This crime against an elected city council woman will not go unpunished.” The spokespersons of the governing parties and the establishment media have declared that the assassination of Marielle is the product of “organized crime.” However, Marielle was murdered when fourteen 9-mm-caliber bullets were fired into her car. It has come to light that the same type of bullets is used by the Federal Police (FP), and the latest investigations indicate that the bullets belong to a lot of ammunition acquired by the police in December 2006.

The murder of Marielle and Anderson comes less than a month after President Temer, with the support of Congress, decreed the Brazilian military occupation of the whole state of Rio de Janeiro, especially of the favelas of its namesake capital. This was an unprecedented measure, the first since the adoption of the current Constitution in 1988. This measure constitutes an open attack on the democratic freedoms of the Brazilian people. Brazil’s Armed Forces were deployed to take control of the favelas, allegedly “to end the drug trafficking and bring security to the citizens of Rio de Janeiro.” Army General Walter Braga Netto was appointed by President Temer with the power to direct the Military Police, the Civil Police, the Fire Department and the State Penitentiaries in Rio de Janeiro, all institutions implicated to varying degrees in the drug trafficking and violence that plagues Rio. Netto is accountable only to President Temer.

The death of Marielle and Anderson just 25 days after this military intervention illustrates the consequences of President Temer’s policy of state repression. In the words of the favela resident and mother of Vitor Santiago Borges, a young man who was shot in the spine and left quadriplegic: “Human rights violations will only occur within the favelas. The tanks will not circulate through the expensive Southern Zone beach neighborhoods (where Ipanema is located), because this military operation is just an excuse to kill poor Blacks and favelados.”The assassination of Marielle and death of Anderson has awakened a giant, the Brazilian mass movement, which has responded with a unanimous denunciation of this execution and murder in huge mobilizations throughout Brazil. (more…)

INTRODUCTION:

Anyone who reads this blog knows that we have published articles on earthworms off and on. We just love them what can we say. We celebrate the earthworm as our friend, a friend that should be cared for and a friend that we should keep off of fisherman’s hooks and never spray the ground they live in with insecticides which is one of the biggest dangers to the earthworm.  Want to care for the earth then start with the lowly earthworm which does so much for the planets health. We have been busy working on this collage of found interesting facts, pictures, and videos for your viewing pleasure.

Since it is spring time even though it is damn chilly outside we thought, Hey why don’t we republish that wonderful collage about earthworms for anyone who is getting into that gardening spirit.  Since we all agreed to go into our archives and find this work we will publish it for your viewing pleasure.

Information on The Earthworm. 

“It may be doubted whether there are any other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world as have these lowly, organized creatures, ” Charles Darwin. (1)

When it is stated that in this vast array of creatures the lowly, segmented earthworm is probably the most important to mankind, the uninitiated might aptly declare that such a statement sounds neither logical nor reasonable.  That little slimy thing, that small creepy thing, good only for fishing bait, and to chop in half and see if they grow themselves back together again. (they don’t). Yet few creatures equal the burrowing earthworm as an essential to better health and greater growth to plant and vegetable life, and, therefore, indirectly is of the utmost importance to man. Now we all need our plants and vegetables, this is true and we need these things without a chemical side dish to worry about. So get up, boys and girls give a salute to the worm, say thank you, thank you. From the small and slimy we get great things.

Earthworms doing their job in the vegetable patch.

Earthworms in the garden

The burrowing earthworm is Nature’s own plough, her chemist, her cultivator, her fertilizer, her distributor of plant food. In every way, the earthworm surpasses anything man has yet invented to plough, to cultivate or to fertilize the soil.

Red Worms the best for the job.

Red worms are nature’s waste-renewal units.  They don’t simply consume the waste, they turn it into something far more useful: nutrient-rich compost.  Red worms cut the composting process down to a third of the time it would take without the presence of worms and eliminate the need to turn your compost! (one less thing to do around the farm, take a break at that time.) Got a compost bin get some worms, stick them in, feed them, water them and all the plants you grow will say thanks farmer Abbey.

Can we say it? Yes we can. You know us yes we will.

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There is nothing short of a revolution here. Has been for a billion years. Earthworms survived the great calamity that killed off the dinosaurs and been ploughing the earth ever since. We’ve been ploughing the earth for a billion years and we plough the earth still. This unpaid handy worker goes about its business creating a revolution in farming, a revolution in the way we produce our food, a revolution in our health, and a revolution in the way we treat our waste. The worms are like the masses, working together the worm has power, individually they are powerless, but together now they are capable of breaking down and transforming all kind of biodegradables, including perhaps the rot that permeates our society. Take a tip from the earth worm, oh you artists you. Take a tip from the lowly worm. Join the revolution.

What are those tiny little mounds almost like a sandcastle we see on the ground?

These here? Earthworm castings on the dirt.

Earthworm Castings are the excretions left behind by worms after they finish digesting the organic matter that makes up their diet. The process of creating worm castings is probably the most efficient means of recycling kitchen and yard wastes.

Benefits of Worm Castings in the Garden

More than just a great plant fertilizer, castings are also a terrific soil amendment, plant growth enhancer, and the gardener’s ultimate compost. Earthworm castings are clean, odorless, and can be used indoors and outdoors to provide a boost to all of your plants.  Indoors, castings can be added to potting soil or mixed into the containers of established houseplants. (5) Outdoors in the garden spread worm castings and incorporate them into the surface soil levels of your raised beds. Castings can also be added to the bottom of the planting hole when setting out transplants, or scratched into the soil surrounding established flowers and vegetables. Worm castings are loaded with beneficial soil microbes and other soil organisms that will help restore life and health to depleted and worn out garden soils. (more…)

On March 25 journalist Shaun King posted to facebook this:

27.

American Police have killed 27 people since they shot & killed #StephonClark in his backyard 7 days ago.

That’s more than police in most developed nations kill in a year.

More than police in many developed nations kill in a decade.

27 people.

Trans women of color are targeted and policed for the “crime” of existing!..Queer Shame Leaflet

In Part one we explored a comment made by the Deputy Chief of Police in Hartford Connecticut and our response to the comment brought on by asking two questions. One what type of military weapons did Hartford Police have and two Why should we believe that HPD is any better than any other police department across the U.S. Both questions were answered by Mr. Foley nearly writing a book. Of course not taking it laying down we took in our best fashion of writing a book did so. The essay can be found HERE.

We are concerned when we think about this quote: “The police are going to find an excuse to … break out the toys,” he says. “When you dress them up as soldiers, and you equip them like soldiers, they’re going to act like warriors; They’re going be in our communities, on our streets, in our homes, engaging in a war.” How true. Here is an excellent article The Local Fight to Demilitarize the Police.  and, “this it’s up to cities and local governments to step in—either say “no, thanks” to such weaponry or lay out a transparent, public process by which these acquisitions will be made by their law enforcement agency.” Which we learned from Part 1 of this essay is exactly what two of our council people along with the American Civil Liberties Union-CT is doing with the police departments request to buy drones and other surveillance equipment. Someone has got to keep these lawbreakers from breaking the law.

We will continue to ask questions in Part 3 and continue to explore this issue. We will continue to inform our readers of other groups that are working on these many progressive issues and that should receive what support we can give. Check them out. Maybe you will find some new friends, a new way of seeing, a new movement to be a part of.

What’s Up Queerfolk?

We thought to ourselves Hey, Queers let’s not leave it at just that. Let’s tell whomever wants to know just where we are coming from as members of a body of queer revolutionary people. We are sure most folks in this town who are cops Mr. Foley included know the folks in the mainstream Lesbian and Gay Movement and most likely wonder what the fuck are these other queer people saying. Well folks here goes.

Queer movements outside of the mainstream LGBT movement have been moving to the forefront in recent years calling for a more inclusive LGBT movement and combining within an understanding that we can not be and are not a single issue people. We wish to take a look a several of these groups, some let me say we are firm supporters of by any way that we can. These movements work outside of the mainstream LGBT community and work on issues that most of the mainstream only give lip service to. Ending police violence against Transgender people and people of color, ending the  school to prison pipeline, stopping the police from arming themselves with military style weapons, disarming the police, putting an end to prostitution free zones, stopping the harassment of homeless queer youth, oppression by cops and the military, gentrification of poor neighborhoods, immigrant rights, of course many other issues and the bringing of Pride back to its radical roots.

No Justice No Pride is a collective of organizers and activists from across the District of Columbia. We exist to end the LGBT movement’s complicity with systems of oppression that further marginalize queer and trans individuals. Our members are black, brown, queer, trans, gender nonconforming, bisexual, indigenous, two-spirit, formerly incarcerated, disabled, white allies and together we recognize that there can be no pride for some of us without liberation for all of us. (1) No Justice No Pride issued Demands to DC Capital Pride Alliance demands that we agree with 100%. To read the demands see our notes below. (2) We are proud of these young queer revolutionaries who do not swallow the mainstream  Gay Inc way of working. These young folks understand the old message that we are here, there, and everywhere, and that an injury to one is an injury to all. They understand that it is foolish to be only concerned with LG issues, which usually are mainstream white issues. How we love these words: “As the once radical LGBTQ+ movement was consolidated into the non-profit industrial complex, Gay Inc. formed and continues to tirelessly work to assimilate itself into mainstream cis-hetero systems of power that depend upon white supremacy, patriarchy, settler colonialism, and other systems of oppression.” To read more about what this group has built in 2017 go to HERE.

On the issue of Capital Pride

“We look forward to working with Capital Pride’s new leadership to reach solutions regarding Capital Pride’s problematic sponsors who are invested in the marginalization of trans and queer people of color, and regarding Capital Pride’s collaboration with the Metro Police Department. Considering the significant uptick in MPD’s use of force against DC’s black residents — as outlined in MPD’s recent 2017 use of force report — it is now more important than ever to encourage those representing DC’s trans and queer communities to support alternatives to policing and apply pressure for significant, transformative police reform.” And that friends is happening even though MPD has a LGBT Liaison.

LAGI Queer Insurrection

One group that we have long had a fondness for is LAGI-Queer Insurrection. The group states the following: We do poster campaigns and small direct actions, and participate in larger demonstrations and organizing coalitions. We are active in protests against war, the death penalty and police brutality, in the Palestine solidarity movement and the struggle to save social security and workers’ rights.We are anti-authoritarian, anti-militarist, pro-feminist and anti-racist, and we demand that queer issues never be put on the back burner. We will accept nothing less than full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, but we believe some rights are not worth fighting for. We do not think queers or straights should be in the military of a society like the u.s., or probably any government, and we feel that the queer liberation position is to oppose marriage as the central institution of patriarchy, not to try to get married ourselves. ******

Prison Theme Party is met with resistance. We can not imagine that anyone would hold a Prison Theme Party. Where folks go and pretend that they are locked up. I don’t think in fact I know that prison is not a theme party. We as LGBT folks should be working to abolish prisons not pretend to have fun in them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Queer & Trans Radicals Take The Streets Against Prison-Themed Party
by FireWorks
Monday Jun 30th, 2014 2:47 AM

Text from the flyer distributed:

While trans women and gender nonconforming people of color are kidnapped, tortured, brutalized and murdered by the prison industrial complex, KINK.COM and SF PRIDE© have once again turned these genocidal practices into a cash-making joke.

They mockingly invite people to “get arrested” and enjoy “Solitary confinement, showers, jailbreak, love and lust, freedom and confinement” at their “Prison of Love” Pride 2014 party. No honey, bye.

If You Don’t Know, Now You Do:

• 2.5 million people are incarcerated in the US

• millions more are held in ICE detention centers, juvenile facilities and psychiatric prisons

• trans women of color are targeted and policed for the “crime” of existing

• the most dangerous people in this world are not in prisons, they are the people running the government, banks, courts, and military

• we will collectively abolish this shit

GAY SHAME is a Virus in the System. We are committed to a queer extravaganza that brings direct action to astounding levels of theatricality. We will not be satisfied with a commercialized gay identity that denies the intrinsic links between queer struggle and challenging power. We seek nothing less than a new queer activism that foregrounds race, class, gender and sexuality, to counter the self-serving “values” of gay consumerism and the increasingly hypocritical left. We are dedicated to fighting the rabid assimilationist monster with a devastating mobilization of queer brilliance.

 

The Socialist Worker article The police have no place at Pride is a must read.   We like these lines  “In response, the Washington, D.C.-based No Justice No Pride is calling for an end to “the LGBTQ movement’s collusion with systems of oppression that further marginalize queer and trans individuals.” Their demands include eliminating corporate sponsorship of Pride and a ban on both corporations and police from participating in Pride celebrations.”

“When corporations like Wells Fargo–which helped sponsor the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and stands accused of contributing to the mortgage crisis with its predatory practices–also sponsor Pride parades, there’s ample reason for activists who understand the need for building solidarity among struggles of the oppressed to be concerned.
Moreover, the presence of police flies in the face of Pride’s origins. After all, Pride celebrations take place in late June to commemorate the 1969 riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn in response to the police targeting the LGBTQ community.”

And this:

“If we want liberation for all LGBTQ people, let alone equal rights with our straight counterparts, we have to learn the lessons of the era of radicalism from which Stonewall emerged–as O’Brien writes, “a time period when movements actively saw themselves in solidarity with liberation struggles taking place across the world against all systems of oppression, empire and occupation.”
Our movement has to draw a line against perpetrators of state violence, from U.S. police to Israeli occupiers. And this movement must also embrace the idea that solidarity is our strongest weapon.
Increased corporate presence and sponsorship at Pride comes at a cost–and that is heightened policing. If Pride is to be an authentic celebration of the LGBTQ community, its accomplishments and aims yet to be fought for, we must oppose police presence at and involvement in Pride. Protection of the LGBTQ community will come from below, not from above, and it will take collective resistance to the powers that be to get there.”

All cops are bastards does not mean every cop is the devil incarnate. It means that there is something wrong with the kind of person who would agree to participate in a prison industrial complex masquerading as a justice system…DariaBut Gay (more…)

Our dear comrade in and out of arms punkpink called us the other day and said,

“You know gals and dolls we up here in the woods of Vermont love that Queer Artist Khristopher Khrist. We were just viewing his facebook page and came upon a work of art that really tells it like it is.” So I got to thinking, you know how that is when there is still snow all around, and mud everywhere else, and on the south side of the house the daffedills are poking up reminding us all that we made it through another winter, neither the cold, the snow or trumps bombs got us this year. Well you know dear friends that isn’t the way it is for a lot of our Queer Bothers and Sisters all over the world. All over the world where dreadful uncle scam treads heavily upon others soils. It seems not matter who is in power democrat or republican that the bombs still fall on others and the amerikkkans go shopping. The liberals are concerned with nuclear war as aren’t we all more than likely it is because that war the big one could be the final one will affect them and all of their spawns. While the bombs drop and destroy civilizations no peeps are heard from many of the peeps that would be peeping if bombs were dropping on the next town over. Getting a little too close for comfort buddy. Here is a sign we love.

Anyone who has read any articles that I have written and published here on furbirdsqueerly will know exactly where I stand and where I have stood for years. I have never given a rats ass if anyone likes what I write be their the darling mainstream gay and lesbian folks, straights, your mom or dad, grandma or the man in the street.

When bombs drop they kill people. Who the hell wants to be in that league, either the one dropping the bomb or the people on the receiving end. Nah, I don’t care what anyone says about peace through strength, or peace through containment, or that peace can only be won as Country Joe and the Fish once said, when you blow them all to kingdom come.

Well I was thinking the other day about queer artist Khrist and one of his works that I think says it nicely.

Artist: Khristopher Khrist — in HE 2017 / HE: Questioning and Queering Masculinity, curated by R.A. Summers (Robert Summers) and Stiofan O’Ceallaigh

Another queer talks about Bombing.  Allen Ginsberg Hum Bomb.

In an essay published on this blog we wrote these words.

Hey Queers What’s Up? (more…)

Why? Because the racist system is working just fine.    Rest In Power Stephon Clark!

For clearing up some questions that people may have go to HERE.

Police mute body cameras after fatally shooting unarmed Black Man HERE.

GO FUND ME ACCOUNT has been set up to help Stephon’s grandmother pay for his funeral. Go to HERE. 

To our readers:

Furbirdsqueerly is located in Hartford Connecticut, USA. This essay concerns the police of our city and other cities in amerikkka. This essay certainly smacks of privilege when read by any of our readers in many different parts of the world, by anyone living in a police state or military dictatorship. Our concerns are trivial compared to the many concerns of people around the world. We cringe when we think what it must be like to be a Palestinian living under the fist of the Israeli occupying army. We look out around the world and see so many beaten and killed by the police or by soldiers in their own countries. Each of us no matter where we live must deal with, and correct if we can and in the process make life better for everyone. We will never dismiss the pain and the brutality by the police all around amerikka against people of color. The death of even one person must be our concern. There have been 226 killings of people by the police since the beginning of 2018. This is and must be unacceptable.  Here, Here, Here.  It must be our concern for a life taken, for the victim, for the family and for the community.

Here in amerikkka we are trying along with countless others to stop the developing police state and the alt-right, neo-Nazis, KKK, and other assorted fascists. People are being killed by these dirt bags as they wage war against us. In a way we are “making hay while the sun shines,” doing what we can while we are still able to stop the spread of these dangerous ideologies. One way is to stop and hold our police departments in our cities and towns from becoming more militarized. Our progressive people and movements in this state work hard to keep the police in line making sure that they are upfront and ethical in all of their dealings. Is it a losing battle? Are we wining this war?

Below you can find a statement by the Deputy Chief of Police in Hartford the capital city of Connecticut. Some of us will believe him and some of us will not. Some will dismiss him and some will add to this discussion by research. All in all there is a great battle going on in this country and we at this blog are proud to be a part of that battle. We thank all of our friends both young and old in this battle. We are proud of you and your contributions to this long fight. No need to name you as each one of you know that we love and respect the work you do.

This is a collage gleaned from many sources brought to life in the service of the people.

We´ve seen it everywhere people are rising up: governments are militarizing police, attacking their own people, criminalizing protest, and engaging in coordinated surveillance and disruption of social movements. The 1% and their puppets in government and on the street are waging a war on dissent. In 2009 when friends returned from the G20 Summit in Pittsburg they told me about a device that was called a Long Range Acoustic Device. Of course it is claimed that the device is not a weapon, but a “directed-sound communication device.” Just one of the weapons that a police department has to stop peaceful dissent and to alarm the neighborhoods. Telling it like it is, telling the truth is better than telling a lie isn’t that what your Momma told you? This is a weapon, a weapon in use against people. A weapon in use by a police department against the people. A weapon is a weapon is a weapon.

 

We learn this from The Marshall Project:

For more than 20 years, the Pentagon program that distributes surplus weapons, aircraft and vehicles to police departments nationwide received little attention or scrutiny. Defense Department officials closely guarded the details of which agencies across the country received which items.
Then, events in Ferguson propelled the 1033 program, as the surplus distribution is called, into the public eye.
Flooded with calls for greater transparency, in late November, the Pentagon quietly released data that details the tactical equipment it tracks through the program, and for the first time identified the agencies that received items. The data is a national gift list of high-caliber weapons, armored vehicles, aircraft and similar military equipment, all delivered for the price of shipping and often with little civilian oversight. The program has doled out $5 billion in equipment since 1990. Want to read a very interesting and informative article from The Marshall Project go to HERE.

One can also scroll down and click on your state to find out how much each city and towns police departments received from the Feds.

Here is a chart:

The Department of Defense Gift Guide. and A Partridge In A Pear Tree.

Shopping for holiday gifts for your local police department, park ranger or campus security team? How about an “interim fast attack vehicle”? Or a nice grenade launcher? These are just a few of the $5 billion dollars worth of surplus items that the Defense Department has distributed to law enforcement agencies and others in its Excess Property Program, also called the 1033 program. Below is a list of gifts culled from records that the department quietly made public last month. The values are based on what the Pentagon paid when it acquired the equipment. The recipients paid only shipping.
For more on what gifts local police can receive from the Pentagon go to: A Department of Defense Gift Guide HERE. 

On the lighter side of all of these weapons we read at the Marshall Project what some departments ask for from Big Santa and received:

The armored vehicles and M-16s get all the attention, but the 1033 program has its lighter side. The non-tactical transfers include games and toys, musical instruments, personal electronics, and exercise equipment.
In addition to two dump trucks and two sedans, the go-getters at the New Lothrop, Michigan, police department scored enough instruments to start a band – two snare drums, a bass drum, an electric guitar, a bass guitar and accessories – in addition to four treadmills and a VCR to watch while exercising.

Other goodies from the five-sided big-box store:
6 French horns
3 saxophones
372 televisions (designated “for personal/home use”)
387 sets of dumbbells
58 softballs
121 treadmills
Oh, and more than 3,700 boxes of ready-to-eat meals, 2,800 of them to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Here is another chart of interest.

First read over this article: Connecticut Police Have $12.9 Million Worth of Military Equipment.

This is a MRAP. HPD has removed the Machine Gun Turrets from the roof. Did they scrape them or save them?

Photo and from original posting Roberto Tollis.

On to Our Town Hartford Ct. USA

A posting and photos on Dwelling in Downtown caught a lot of folks interest. Opening a can of worms and a call for the Deputy Chief of Police what Military Equipment Hartford Police Department had obtained from the pentagon and if he was willing to make a full disclosure. This question was asked in 2014 when over 100 people marched on Hartford Police Station against the assault by Hartford detective Shawn Ware made against Luis Anglero. I asked Brian Foley twice what HPD had as far as military weapons and finally he answered. I had also asked in another question Why should we believe that HPD is any different than other police departments? (more…)