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An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine.”
—Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe targeted by FBI for pro-socialist views.

Written by Preston Wood and published in Liberation newspaper for the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Marilyn Monroe targeted by FBI for pro-Socialist views.

Fifty years after her death in August 1962, files that document the FBI’s close scrutiny of actress Marilyn Monroe have finally been released. The files, not made available without extensive redactions until now, show that the star, highly exploited and at the same time greatly admired by millions of people around the world, was the target of intense FBI surveillance. This was because of her close association with communist activists, militant trade unionists and other left-leaning currents in the U.S. political movement, especially in the months prior to her untimely death.
FBI surveillance began after Monroe—along with other entertainers—applied for a visa, to visit the Soviet Union in 1955, and continued until her death in 1962.
In addition to her associations with communists and left-leaning liberals of the day, the files show that the FBI was especially concerned about Monroe’s contacts with American ex-patriot Frederick Vanderbilt Field, residing in Mexico, who himself had been disinherited by his ruling-class family due to his leftist views. Of particular note in the FBI files is an account of a trip that she took to visit Field in Mexico several months before her death.

In his autobiography, “From Right to Left,” Field described Monroe’s deep passion for justice: ”She told us about her strong feelings for civil rights,” he wrote, “for black equality, as well as her admiration for what was being done in China, her anger at red-baiting and McCarthyism and her hatred of (FBI director) J. Edgar Hoover.” (more…)

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In from the Gay Liberation Network Chicago

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today in a case which could mark a stunning reversal for LGBT rights. The facts seem clear, the precedents should seem to hold, but we live in a country where those things increasingly don’t matter.

Supreme Court

Turning LGBT Rights

Clock Backwards?

Oral Arguments Today in Colorado Bakery Case
May Be Tipping Point for Our Movement

By GLN’s Andy Thayer
 
For many years LGBT progress seemed “inevitable.” To casual observers, it seemed that victory invariably followed victory (never mind Prop 8, DOMA, AIDS, Anita Bryant, etc.). The logic of LGBT equality was self-evident, and so surely the truth must win out, right?
 
Such complacency is itself foolish, particularly in these times; and two Supreme Court decisions this week – one upholding Trump’s Muslim ban in full and the other refusing to hear a Texas case where same sex couples are denied equal employment benefits – show the dangers of complacency.

By refusing to hear the Texas case, the same Supreme Court that we’re counting on saving us from bigots’ specious “religious liberty” claims in the Colorado bakery case let stand a lower Texas court ruling that said LGBT employees aren’t entitled to equal access to accommodations granted to their heterosexual peers. (more…)

We wish to share this and ask that others share it also. Help get this word out to anyone in the Muslim community who may experience profiling. With the recent U.S Supreme Court ruling this becomes very important.

Racial profiling is on the rise. If you have experienced discrimination at a U.S. airport or border crossing, let us know:

Have you been treated differently by officials at an airport or U.S. border crossing because of your perceived race or religion? Do you believe that you have you been prevented or delayed from boarding a plane or entering the United States because of who you are or what you look like? Have you encountered difficulty while traveling because of your religion, place of birth, ethnicity, or national origin?

For more information and to contact Muslim Advocates go to HERE.

Someone asked us once why do you always seem to be against some LGBT folks, like HRC, reformists and liberals. Why do you rally against folks in the LGBT community who believe reform is the way to go? Well be certain of one thing, when we see things like the photo we cringe, we are disgusted, and we know fight on! Many thanks to Pink and Black Anarchists for sharing this on their site. You know we have been fighting for years against those who we say have “straightened their genes”, our essays testify to that. We have called for united fronts with other groups since the late 60’s when we were young out of the closet and fighting what we had hoped to be the revolution. We were out to change amerikkka and amerikkka didn’t like us. But you know we are still here and amerikkka has gotten worse. It makes us very happy when the young rise up and breath the truth into the LGBT movement and far beyond. Political queers who will not take the shit handed down to them. Young queers with their heads on their shoulders, queerly as fuck, standing up to those in the movement who just don’t get it. Not afraid to say so, not afraid to speak truth to power. Not satisfied with only LGBT rights but have the answer to that age old saying we are here there and everywhere. So it follows all issues are our issue. Fight on young folks. Fight on Pink and Black Anarchists. Fight on Blue Lives Murder. Fight on Familia TQLM. Fight on Black Lives Matter. Fight on No Justice, No Pride. This time around the revolution must be won!

Posting from Pink and Black Anarchists:

President of LGBT group killed by Campus Police and the liberals came out with this.

Offensive to say the least. This is the “thin blue line” flag, frequently used as a “police lives matter” symbol in direct opposition to BLM.

A while back we wrote in an essay these words:

Cops are just one component of the bourgeoisie’s repressive apparatus for subjugating the working class and anyone else that strays from the bourgeoisie norm.

Historically, cops have been perhaps the #1 most dangerous enemy of gay / trans / queer people for decades, and continue to target us today. Diana’s little Corner in the Nutmeg State recently published an article and had this to say:

“How did the rising at Coopers Donuts (1959), Dewey Lunch (1965), Compton’s Cafeteria (1966), and Stonewall Inn (1969) start?
With polices raids on “homosexuals” where they were checking for three items of male clothing. In other words they were looking for trans people.

“Perhaps no one illustrated potential issues between police and LGBTQ communities more than Nadine Ruff. A transgender woman, Ruff said she had reported a sexual assault to New Haven police but was ridiculed. Ruff said the police response re-victimized her, which she said is an experience that’s too common.

“You need to know about this community,” Ruff said. “We fear police.”

One of the people who commented on this flag with the blue police line and to a supporter of this flag had this to say. (we think it sums it up for anyone who doesn’t know what this is all about.)

“It’s a bad thing because cops are oppressors who have a long history of targeting LGBT groups and individuals, and the murder of an LGBT person should not be tarnished by using it as an opportunity to show support for cops. Further, even aside from this instance, when there are two groups, and one is clearly oppressing the other, posting something like the above flag is essentially saying “Why can’t I support both the oppressors and the oppressed?” which, in its ultimate effect, is the same as saying “I support the oppressors. Fuck the oppressed.”

Lastly, it’s not projecting if it accurately describes your position insofar as you have expressed it. Stop licking police boots.”… Kana Robert Ewing.

This flag and this liberal was responding to the shooting death of Scout Schultz. At the time of Schultz murder we published this essay found HERE.

RIP SCOUT SCHULTZ!

To find out more about Pink and Black Anarchist go to HERE. 

 

Nov. 19, 1915: Labor Organizer Joe Hill Is Executed

Workers of the world, awaken!

Break your chains, demand your rights.
All the wealth you make is taken
B y exploiting parasites.
Shall you kneel in deep submission
From your cradles to your graves?
Is the height of your ambition
To be good and willing slaves?
Arise, ye prisoners of starvation!
Fight for your own emancipation;
Arise, ye slaves of ev’ry nation, in One Union Grand.
Our little ones for bread are crying;
And millions are from hunger dying;
The end the means is justifying,
‘Tis the final stand.
If the workers take a notion,
They can stop all speeding trains;
Every ship upon the ocean
They can tie with mighty chains;
Every wheel in the creation,
Every mine and every mill,
Fleets and armies of the nation,
Will at their command stand still.
-Chorus-
Join the union, fellow workers,
Men and women, side by side;
We will crush the greedy shirkers
Like a sweeping, surging tide;
For united we are standing,
But divided we will fall;
Let this be our understanding-
“All for one and one for all.”
-Chorus-
Workers of the world, awaken!
Rise in all your splendid might;
Take the wealth that you are making —
It belongs to you by right.
No one for bread will be crying,
We’ll have freedom, love and health,
When the grand red flag is flying
In the Worker’s commonwealth.

NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut added a new video.
Listen to the Executive Director, Sarah Croucher, explain what crisis pregnancy centers are and more about our work in Hartford. To learn more visit exposecpcsct.org, and to take action in Hartford contact erica@prochoicect.org

“I believe that any person seeking reproductive health care should be able to do so without confusion, deception, or shame.”

An anti-choice group, St. Gerard’s Center for Life, recently moved into the same courtyard as Hartford GYN Center on the corner of Jefferson and Main Street in the South End of Hartford. Upon moving, St. Gerard’s Center for Life has renamed as “Hartford Women’s Center” and assigns staff and volunteers to actively confuse and intercept patients as they walk to appointments.
“Hartford Women’s Center” is one of about 30 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in Connecticut. The mission of crisis pregnancy centers is to pressure people facing unplanned pregnancies to carry their pregnancies to term, no matter what. These anti-choice centers are unlicensed and unregulated by the state, and often use deceptive advertising and signage (i.e. “Pregnant? Scared? Need help?), delay tactics, shame, and medically inaccurate information about abortion and contraception to pressure people about their health care decisions. The deceptive practices of CPCs are a disruption in the community and a direct threat to time sensitive reproductive health care.

To sign the petition go to HERE.

Find out from NARAL what you can do. There will be hearings on the proposed ordinance coming up. If you are in the Hartford area plan to go to them if you can. If not sign the petition and support NARAL and groups in your area who fully support women and reproductive freedom. We at furbirdsqueerly know full well that the right when attacking women’s rights are also attacking us in the LGBTQ community. The same folks who are out protesting the GYN Center on Saturday have a long history of also protesting the LGBTQ community.

Win a Trip to Day for Night, Houston’s Experiential Art and Music Festival
December 15–17, 2017 / Houston, Texas

Hyperallegic is partnering with Listings Project to give away a trip to Day for Night in Houston, including two VIP tickets, plus airfare and hotel.

Through music and art, Day for Night explores the possibilities of light, space, and sound. With headlining musicians performing alongside immersive digital artworks, Day for Night creates a heightened sensorial experience that blurs boundaries between performance and installation. We were there last year, and we can’t wait to go again.

The lineup of this year’s festival includes:

  • Music by: Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yoke, Solange, Justice, St. Vincent, Tyler, the Creator, James Blake, and more
  • Artworks from: Ryoji Ikeda, Matthew Schreiber, Conditional Studio, Processing Foundation, James Clar, and Felice d’Edtienne d’Orves
  • Talks by: Chelsea Manning, Nadya from Pussy Riot, Laurie Anderson, Lauren McCarthy & more

For the full lineup, visit dayfornight.io.

Prize includes flight, hotel, and VIP passes to Day for Night for two people. Hotel accommodations include three nights at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Flights to be awarded with two $500 Visa gift cards. Enter by 12/1/17.