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As posted on Courage To Resist found HERE.

Vol. 3 Issue 5, August 1973 as posted by Jeff Machota-Vietnam Veterans Against The War.

From Fight Back News

45,000 Demand Queer Liberation in NYC
By Michela Martinazzi | June 30, 2019
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Members of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression in alternative Pride march. (FightBack!News/Staff)

New York, NY – On Sunday, June 30, 45,000 marched in the alternative Pride in protest of the corporatized World Pride event happening at the same time. The rally and march were organized by the Reclaim Pride Coalition, which formed as a response to last year’s Manhattan Pride celebration.

Every year, the city of Manhattan hosts one of the largest Pride parades in the world. As Manhattan is the birthplace of Pride, it’s fitting that the city should celebrate the monumental event of the Stonewall riots. However, as decades pass, Pride has turned from a militant march to a corporate parade. Last year was exceptionally glaring, as all the activists and organizers were placed at the end of the parade to let the cops, banks, electoral candidates, etc. lead the parade. A few groups attempted to resist and protest at the Pride parade last year, but it was clear that what was once a space for queer people to fight back had been taken over by corporate interests.

Organizers stated, “The 2019 Queer Liberation March is a people’s political march – no corporate floats, and no police in our march. This is a truly grassroots action that will mobilize the community to address the many social and political battles that continue to be fought locally, nationally and globally. We recognize the powerful legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion by highlighting the most marginalized members of our community.”

The march kicked off at Sheridan Square, opposite the Stonewall Inn, and thousands marched uptown to Bryant Park, where they picked up several thousands more. The route followed the original route marched by the Gay Liberation Front on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riot.
Throughout the whole march, people chanted about everything from Palestine, Black Lives Matter, immigration, to anti-war and anti-cop. Whenever the marchers passed an anti-people establishment, such as Chik-Fil-A or a Trump building, they would rowdily chant at it.

The march was completely unpermitted with very few cops present. The march ended in Central Park on the Great Lawn. Everyone gathered to listen to speeches, music, and celebrate being queer and militant. The rally opened with living members of the Gay Liberation Front, many who had been at Stonewall on that fateful evening. Speeches talked about needing queer liberation alongside the liberation of Palestine, fighting for climate change, acknowledging that they were speaking on stolen land, and needing a revolution to fully be free. The messaging of the day was that we will not be free until all of us are.

Check out photo’s and more at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/reclaimpridenyc/

 

Well I do. I was a bum then and I will be a bum until the day I die. But you know what the Capitalist, the cop, the corporations are bigger and meaner and the most nasty parasites on the face of the earth. So for this weekend enjoy being a bum, outside this dirty rotten system. For our weekend music enjoyment series let’s listen to Barbara Dane sing a reworked old IWW song, “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum.”

Kent State songs: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/JBrumm… A collection of Vietnam War songs by Barbara Dane and GI’s, called “FTA! Songs of the GI Resistance” (1970). It included the song “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum” – this was a response to Nixon’s comment on 30 April 1970 (just before the Kent State shooting) when he spoke at the Pentagon, saying “you see these bums, you know, blowing up the campuses”. The Washington Post ran the headline “Nixon denounces campus ‘bums’ who burn books”, while the New York Times declared that “Nixon puts ‘bums’ label on some college radicals”. A father of one of those killed at Kent State later told a reporter that “My child was not a bum”. “Oh bums of the earth, you’ve got nothing to loose But the chains and the tear gas, the Dick Nixon blues Hallelujah, I’m a Bum, hallelujah, who are you?… When he first called us bums, didn’t know what he meant But the guards defined it on the campus at Kent… Well power corrupts, we know that by heart But you got to admit Nixon had a head start… Well, some say his name Is slippery Dick Well I guess he is no bum, be he sure is some (dick)”

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. 

We know this but we can’t stop it. I began working against war in 1964 when I joined the War Resisters League in NYC. We spoke out, we were beaten and tear gassed by the police, we were arrested, jailed, came out and did in again and again. Stop the wars we yelled. Been in this fight for 55 years against war and against war makers. Give up, never. When I read something like the above it only makes me want to fight harder and bring others into the fight. What could all that money do? A heck of a lot. Never mind the real tragedy the act of killing innocent people. Let this weight heavily on all of us living in the lap of luxury where such things like this are allowed to exist.  A very wise women once said, We have got to change the system otherwise we will be fighting the same old battles over and over. Getting tired of all that over and over aren’t you?

Confront the NATO War Makers March 30!

Demand: No War on Venezuela!

The week of March 30 to April 7 is a gathering of war makers in Washington DC. They must be opposed!
No to NATO, War & Racism! No War on Venezuela! Join a major demonstration in front of the White House on March 30
US generals and the war planners of NATO are gathering for a “Summit Meeting” April 4.

NATO is the aggressive US commanded military alliance responsible for massive death, destruction, homelessness and waves of refugees in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Syria and Libya.
At past NATO Summits of the war makers, people around the world have organized massive protests: in Chicago (2012), Wales (2014), Warsaw (2016), Brussels (2017 & 2018) There were mass protests at the Washington DC Summit to expand NATO in 1999.

Now in 2019 at this NATO Summit we must denounce NATO’s continuing wars and the coming war on Venezuela.
Join ‘No War on Venezuela’ contingents in DC at the March 16 Hands off Venezuela and the March 30 No2NATO mobilizations. We will deliver signatures on President Nicolás Maduro’s ‘Open Letter to the People of the U.S.’ directly to the White House. (more…)