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The Madame Defarge Knitting Circle is knitting all across the world. In every village, hamlet, town, countryside, and city we knit. We knit and we knit the names of those who like these take. Its more than a crying shame and off in the distance we hear that train coming in. Its coming, yes it takes time, but mind you its coming. Once it gets rolling there will be no stopping it.  When the people of this world have had enough revolution will happen and the uplifted hands will be around the neck of the fat pig at his dinner table.

Yeah anyone who would drop napalm on kids is wrong in our book. Here is one that we should remember when we say what a lovely country we live in. Remember what they did and understand what they are doing today all along the border of the U.S to children. Think its time to change this dirty rotten system? Take a listen to what my generation faced and how we responded.

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The gate keeper is on the run or that is what we thought. Chasing the keeper down the street, yelling our loud fuck you, throwing what we could get our hands on as our comrades poured through the gate and went where we were not supposed to go. Punching screaming, kicking our way to liberation, no matter what. Ripping down what was and throwing away the lock. The gate keeper and all of keeper’s merry men who thought that their manpower would last forever, who thought that they could keep us outside of the real deal promise or a promise that many thought was real were put on the run. So many of us came to find out that the promises were on shaky ground and there is more fight on the other side of the gate. Again, as in anything new, gate keepers took their place among our very own people. For a short time that followed we worked hard to be free. That “No, that Keep Out, No Trespassing, nothing here for you was going to keep us fighting for a taste of that other side. What sweetness was over there waiting for us? Beckoning us, Come, Come.

I dream of the gate, every night. A big bold gate with a chain lock. My father gave me a pair of bolt cutter many years ago when he was giving away his tools. You made need these sometime in the future he told me. Bolt cutters are good for cutting padlocks or chains. Put a little muscle into it and snip open “sez a me.” Muscle is and was always needed when one is confronted at the gate unless one has a bulldozer or bazooka handy. Real deal gates present all sorts of problems when one is trying to get to the other side of somewhere you know that old, from here to there. Do you want enlightenment then smash the gate but be prepared as the gatekeepers and their helpers are some mighty dogs armed with teeth and they bite. I would gather then the simple solution is learn to bite but be sure to sharpen your teeth.”

Well a lot of folks back in the day said, we are not going to take any crap from the cops, from the straight man and he isn’t going to tell us what to do. Nobody is going to keep us locked up. Smash that fucking gate, break his heavy hand if need be. But you know a few months later in December something happened, something happened on the road to liberation and a wrong road was taken. A wrong turn that plagues our people to this very day. A road that set up many more gate keepers. Gate keepers who once again say no. Gatekeepers that kept the gates locked. But you know one thing is certain Madame Defarge is still busy knitting. (more…)

Stonewall was a

REBELLION

Against Police Brutality!

Fight On! 

New study suggests that nearly 60% of transgender people in the U.S. have reported mistreatment by police in the last year
New York Daily News
By Muri Assunção
May 7, 2019

Police treatment of the transgender population in the U.S. is in dire need of reform, according to new report.

Findings from a survey released by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) based on the U.S. Transgender Survey revealed some sobering statistics that are, unfortunately, an all-too-common reality for over half of trans individuals living in this country: 58% of transgender individuals have experienced harassment, abuse or other mistreatment by law enforcement agents last year.

“On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, transgender people of color remain targets of harassment, abuse, and violence. If we ever hope to end this crisis, police departments must evolve to meet the needs of the communities they have sworn to serve. The solutions we offer can lead these communities and our nation’s law enforcement to a more equitable future, but we must get there together,” NCTE’s executive director Mara Keisling said in a press release.
The NCTE report…
Overall, police departments across the U.S. are failing to protect and serve transgender people. Of the largest 25 police departments:

Only nine of the 25 departments include gender identity and/or expression language in their non-discrimination policy, which is the best way to clarify that transgender people are protected.
Only one department fully addressed how gender-specific policies applied to people with non-binary (not exclusively male or female) gender identities and/or gender markers.
Most department policies (15 out of 25), including those that specifically address transgender interactions, lack any policies regarding correct use of names and pronouns.
Six departments required that gender be documented based on identification documents, 18 departments did not provide clear instructions on documenting a person’s gender, and one provided guidance regarding gender-neutral markers.
A majority of departments (16 of 25) fail to provide search procedures for transgender individuals and/or require members to perform searches based on sex.
Out of the sixteen departments with holding facilities, 10 failed to provide specific guidance on housing placement for transgender individuals (such as being placed with other women, men, or separately).
Only two department’s policy explicitly allows for transgender people to retain all appearance-related items (e.g. prosthetics, bras, clothes, undergarments, wigs, chest binders, or cosmetic items).
No department explicitly requires multiple hours of regular training on transgender policies for all members across rank.
Only two departments clearly prohibit officers from restricting transgender individuals’ access to restrooms in public places or department facilities.
Twenty-three departments do not have policies prohibiting officer misconduct towards members of the public.
No department explicitly prohibits the use of condoms as evidence in prostitution-related offenses.

To read the report go to HERE.

This excellent article is published in Freedom Socialist and reminds us Yes it is happening here again.

April 11, 2019
SOAPBOX
Return of the Red Scare

BERNADETTE LOGUE | APRIL-MAY 2019 FREEDOM SOCIALIST

“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination and control.” This intoned by Donald Trump during his much-delayed State of the Union Address. Delayed because he forced a government shutdown to coerce Congress into paying for his Wall to deprive refugees from seeking … liberty and independence.
Alarmed? Trump and his fellow capitalists are in a downright tizzy, because interest in socialism is at an all-time high. And why wouldn’t it be? Desperate people are looking for rational answers. If we can put cars on Mars (R.I.P. Opportunity Rover), why can’t we dump fossil fuels and begin to deal with climate change? If Congress can give the Pentagon more money than requested, why can’t it fund universal healthcare? For working people trapped in immovable wages, students crushed by debt and seniors unable to afford medications like insulin, the capitalists offer no answers — only scapegoats and war.
Our rulers are terrified of socialism, because they think it means nationalizing private companies and banks and redistributing their vast wealth back to the people who created it, the workers. They are absolutely correct. That is what it means. As a revolutionary socialist, I’m all for sharing the wealth and abolishing poverty.
But the social democracies of Europe and the mixed economies of Latin America, like Venezuela, are not socialist countries, no matter how many times Fox News calls them communist or socialist. A country may have free healthcare and education. But wherever capitalists control the banks, trade, factories, utilities and agriculture, then sorry — that’s not socialism.
“I love war,” says Trump of the heel spurs. And why wouldn’t he? War is very profitable. Trump & Co. are not doing the fighting and dying. The war with Iraq was sold as a war to stop nonexistent weapons of mass destruction; it was really about stealing Iraq’s oil. Now we’re being sold a shiny, new war to “free the Venezuelan people from a socialist dictator.” But it’s really about stealing Venezuela’s oil and imposing more harsh sanctions. It’s called re-enforcing good old Yankee Imperialism in Latin America.
Trump has assembled a troika of fervent anti-communists to accomplish this — John Bolton, Elliot Abrams and Mike Pompeo. Bolton, national security adviser, also loves war. He and the president have that to share as they decide which countries to sanction, bomb or invade. Secretary of State Pompeo’s ultra-hawk positions fit perfectly with old cold-war politics. He’s for expanding Guantanamo Bay prison, defends CIA’s torture interrogations, focuses on “radical Islamic terrorism,” and applauds spying on people by Google and Facebook.
In a truly twisted move, even for this White House, Elliot Abrams was appointed to head up the ‘humanitarian aid’ for Venezuela. At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, he refused to answer Rep. Ilhan Omar’s question, “Yes or no, would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide if you believed they were serving U.S. interests, as you did in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala?” (more…)