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and it is time that we as a people put an end to this foul and dirty rotten system.

Let it be known that our liberal democrats support this.

Schumer, Gillibrand Co-Sponsor Senate Bill That Would Make Boycotting Israel A Felony

Both of New York’s Senators have signed on to a bill that would criminalize any attempt by Americans to boycott Israel, according to a new report.
According to The Intercept, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are among 43 U.S. Senators who have co-sponsored the Anti-Israel Boycott Act, a bill that the ACLU wote is “antithetical to free speech protections enshrined in the First Amendment” in a letter to lawmakers urging them to oppose the bill.
The Senate bill appears to target the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement that seeks to pressure Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip through economic isolation. Under the terms of the bill, a pair of U.S. laws that prohibit U.S. citizens from supporting a boycott request from a foreign government against an ally of the United States would be updated to specifically prohibit Americans from supporting international boycott efforts against Israel.

To read the full article go to HERE.

To watch a video of the destruction and life in Gaza go to Institute for Middle East Understanding.

Can you say with me that such people as these two should be jailed for war crimes against the people of GAZA.   This blog supports the boycott of Israel in all manners. and stands in support of the people of Palestine and of Gaza.

 

This system is a joke, a real damn joke. The whole damn system shut it down!

CODEPINK Activist Arrested for Laughing at Jeff Sessions’ Hearing Will Face Yet Another Trial.

Today’s sentencing of CODEPINK activists Desiree Fairooz, Lenny Bianchi, and Tighe Barry for protesting at the confirmation hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was shameful. Desiree Fairooz, who was arrested for laughing, will have to go through the whole process again with a new trial in September. (The judge said Fairooz should not have been tried for laughing, only for speaking out as she was being removed. Instead of dismissing the whole case, he ordered a retrial.) Lenny Bianchi and Tighe Barry were given a $100 fine, 10 days of (suspended) incarceration, and 6 months of probation from Capital grounds for each of the two charges; disrupting Congress and demonstrating.

These sentences are designed to discourage dissent and prevent activists from engaging in the daily protests that are taking place during this tumultuous time. CODEPINK feels that the judge should have overturned these absurd convictions and dropped all three cases.

As Desiree was leaving the courthouse, she remarked, “I would have never spoken out at the hearing if I hadn’t been arrested for laughing, and now I am going to be tried again! It’s absurd. This is a waste of everyone’s time and a waste of tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayers money. The only thing more ridiculous than being tried for laughing, is being tried twice for laughing.”

In the face of the assault waged against working class and poor communities and the environment by the Trump Administration a grassroots People’s Congress of Resistance will convene in Washington, D.C. on September 16 and 17, 2017.

The corrupt U.S. Congress represents and serves the already-rich and is regularly paid off by the 15,000 lobbyists who constitute a shadow government in Washington. It is not and cannot be the voice of the people. It is dominated by two corrupt political parties – neither of which is truly representative of the people.

The People’s Congress of Resistance will be the voice of the people – an expression of direct democracy of those who are left out and kept out of the Congress of plutocrats.

Facebook page HERE.

See: People’s Congress of Resistance for all updates.

Preamble

The United States Congress does not represent the people who live and work in the United States. Given the threat posed by the Trump regime, the people must take matters into our own hands, together, and claim the power we already have.

The People demand a new Congress, a fighting Congress of the working class of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, genders and ages. We must create a Congress of communities under attack by the reactionary Trump agenda and fighting back against it, a Congress of the grassroots and the working class, of resisters, organizers, and activists, of everyone who recognizes we can no longer continue as we have. Such a People’s Congress will confront the Congress of the millionaires. It will galvanize the energy of the many groups resisting Trump. It will demonstrate that this is what democracy looks like.

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As posted today, July 4, 2017 on Homophobia Exposed we want to share this with our readers.

Declaration For Equal Rights

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for an oppressed minority to declare for themselves the full rights and responsibilities that the laws of reason, nature, and natures God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to demand as such.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women and non-binary individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities are created equal, and are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the duty of the oppressed to deny any allegiance to it, and to insist upon the establishment of a new government, one which shall be most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Prudence, indeed, dictates that government should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown that humans of all sexual orientations and gender identities are disposed to suffer, when such evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same end, evinces a design to reduce them to absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such a government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient suffering of LGBTQ people under this government, and why they now demand their equal place at the American table.

The history of humanity is a history of continued persecution on the part of the heterosexual majority over those with differing sexual orientations or gender identities, having the direct consequences of leading to a complete and utter tyranny over LGBTQ people.

Let the following facts be submitted to a candid world:

They (which from here on refer to the most – but not all – of the heterosexual majority) have required LGBTQ people to hide their true sexual orientations and gender identities in order to be accepted and validated by society, family, and government.

  • They have required LGBTQ Americans to submit to laws, to which they did not have a legitimate and honest voice in making. Although marriage equality is the law of the land, they threaten to exclude LGBTQ couples from the benefits of this foundational social and religious institution. This exclusion imposes not only social and religious stigma upon LGBTQ relationships, but also imposes legal and financial hurdles not faced by their heterosexual counterparts.
  • They have forced LGBTQ people into the closet at their place of employment, for they have allowed employers to discriminate against them, based not upon their actual work, but instead because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • They have forced transgender Americans to hide their authentic gender identities in order to enlist in the United States of America through its armed forces, and have delayed a plan to accept new trans troops without explanation.
  • They have spread vicious and harmful lies about LGBTQ people and their relationships; in order to ensure that LGBTQ people are not accepted by mainstream society.
  • They have contributed to the psychological abuse of LGBTQ people by continually informing them of their differences; yet instead of validating these differences, they use them as subjects of derision and ridicule, leading many LGBTQ people to suicide, depression, and despair.
  • They have forced LGBTQ people to undergo psychological treatments like “reparative therapy” in order to change what they believe is a deviant nature, a process which causes irreparable psychological and emotional harm to LGBTQ people.
  • They have, using religious texts, validated hatred against LGBTQ people, and instilled in their children the notion that this hatred is legitimate, as it is the will of God.
  • They keep outmoded and unenforceable laws on their books that make being LGBTQ a criminal offense, which in turn informs how many citizens think of LGBTQ people.
  • They have allowed landlords to refuse accommodation and services because of the sexual orientation and gender identity of LGBTQ people, leading many LGBTQ people to lives of homelessness and economic hardship.
  • They allow LGBTQ people to belong to some religious organizations, yet though doing so, restrict their access to the leadership and deem them unworthy to participate in the ministry.

 

In each of these oppressions, we have appealed to the very humanity of our heterosexual brethren; for we have raised our voices and demanded countless times that we be counted, validated, and allowed to have a seat at the American table.

Yet, though there have been some who have listened and responded to our plight, the majority, despite our continued pleas for respect and equality, have turned a deaf ear; instead choosing to validate the above despotism through the force of law.

We, therefore, as equal citizens of the United States of America, demand that LGBTQ people be afforded the same rights and privileges as our heterosexual counterparts.

We will stand no longer for LGBTQ people to be the subjects of ridicule, religious and sexual or gender identity conversion, or political inequality. We demand that these walls of hatred and condemnation be torn down and be replaced instead with the bonds of equal rights, respect, and affirmation.

© Kyle Luebke. For more by Kyle Luebke, click here to visit his blog.

The reactionary attack against the PSL in Albuquerque.

The reactionary attack against the PSL in Albuquerque

The PSL is issuing this report to alert the movement about an attack being conducted against our organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
On June 23, our regularly scheduled Friday forum was the target of an assault and pre-planned disruption by a group of individuals who hurled misogynist slurs and threats, banged on windows, and blared sirens. They had created a “Shut Down PSL” Facebook event shortly after we announced the forum topic to commemorate Juneteenth, which marks the end of U.S. chattel slavery. Unable to gain entrance to the event, they verbally attacked our all-women security team to try to provoke a confrontation. Thanks to the discipline and composure of our membership, the protesters did not achieve their announced goal of “shutting down” our event.
The next night — late Saturday — the same windows that this group had been banging on Friday were completely shattered with rocks. A neighbor spotted the second attack on our office around 1:30 a.m. and called one of our organizers. At least four assailants were spotted in a yellow Ford Focus, the driver of which was a woman with blonde hair. Witnesses have told us that it sounded as if they attempted to enter the office as well. The neighbor called the police, who notably never arrived.

Early last year, the PSL was evicted from its previous office because of the non-stop harassment of our landlord at the hands of fascistic elements (the so-called “alt-right.”) They bombarded our office with threatening phone calls after the PSL played a leading role in a mass protest to greet President-elect Trump.

The “Shut Down PSL” Facebook event absurdly claimed to be in opposition to white supremacy. But you only need to look at the scene to see that this was a sham. The meeting being disrupted was of a group of multinational workers — some with small children, some elderly, some with disabilities, and most coming directly from their low-wage jobs — who had gathered together at the PSL forum on a Friday evening. For the record, the majority of the attendees were working class people of color. This is the composition of the Albuquerque PSL branch as well. They have pooled a portion of their wages to open this office after fascists forced the closure of the last one. The PSL Juneteenth forum was chaired and led by a Navajo queer woman, followed by presentations from another queer woman on U.S.-Cuba relations, and an Indian immigrant queer woman about racist police brutality. The event also featured a video by a prominent Black radical Eugene Puryear, the PSL’s 2016 vice-presidential candidate, who has just done a series of lectures in Washington, D.C. on the suppressed history of Juneteenth. This is who and what this reactionary crew came to shut down. Although three of the individuals who called for the “shut down” were Black, the majority of those who showed up to disrupt were white. (more…)

The wonderful site Homophobia Exposed posted this today.

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