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REBELLION

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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.

Do you remember this day? I sure do. No for me it wasn’t a turning point I as all ready turned on to a new possibility. The possibility that oppression would end. The possibility that the war in Vietnam would end and the troops would be brought home. The possibility that we would overthrow the Capitalist system and build a just society. So many folks were shocked by the action of the Ohio National Guard. Was I? Not really. I had already at this time been arrested, tear gassed, beaten by cops in many demonstrations, and jailed with 8 others in a cell for 2. I knew beyond a doubt that this system was rotten and had to be changed. No I didn’t put anything past a government that would do what this one was doing in South East Asia. Why would I? Why would any of us? I guess it is a matter of a world view. Do it over there, do it here. It really was all the same to the oppressor. Question the oppressor you end up like Jeffery Miller, Members of MOVE, Fred Hampton, and many other freedom warriors.

I look at the photo today. I look at Mary Anne’s arms outstretched in a WHY! in a scream! I look at the photo and have a question for all of my friends, comrades and enemies in the LGBTQI+ populations. Why? I ask WHY? Why would any of you want to go and join the military, the cops, the National Guard? Your little no job thing, your discrimination is meaningless to those like Mary Ann Vecchio, to the mothers and family of the students killed, to the family and friends of the young Black men and women shot down in the streets of amerikkka, to the mother who just witnessed a drone attack on her home killing her family. You talk about the discrimination you face here in this country so you join up with forces of evil. Why would you want to be a nuisance  to civilization? I ask you all again and again is all inclusion good inclusion? Which side of the barricades are you on and wish to be on? Do you favor the oppressor more than the oppressed? The cop rather than the dead kid in the street or under the rubble of your countries attack. If you favor that which goes against the new day then you can not be a friend of mine.

In memoriam.

As many as 12 Guardsmen turned in unison, pointed their guns simultaneously and began firing. The four students who died at Kent State are (left to right in the cover photo): Allison Krause, William Schroeder, Sandra Scheuer and Jeffrey Miller. Schroeder and Scheuer were not even participating in the protests; they were heading to their next class when they were struck down in a parking lot.

“I heard an order, I believe, from Major Jones, stating turn and face the crowd. The shooting started shortly after.” Ohio National Guard Sgt. Richard K. Love, statement to Ohio Highway Patrol, 1970.

Only following orders it is expected of you. Shoot, Shoot, Shoot. Don’t matter if you are a nice Trans women or man, if you are Gay or Lesbian once there once within that gang follow orders.

For those to young to remember: The Kent State shootings, also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre, were the shootings on May 4, 1970, of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, during a mass protest against the bombing of Cambodia by United States military forces.

To read more about Kent State 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…)

Let’s hear Evan Greer sing the Picket Line Song: