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A Georgia Tech student and LGBTQ activist was shot and killed by campus police on Saturday, NBC News reported.

According to NBC News, Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old engineering student, was shot and killed by campus police, who said Schultz was reportedly holding a knife at the time of the shooting. After receiving a 911 call saying that someone was carrying a gun (which turned out to reportedly be a knife), Georgia Tech police arrived to a campus parking lot at 11:17 p.m. on Saturday, NBC News reported. In a video of the incident, it appears that Schultz was yelling, “Shoot me,” though police can be heard telling Schultz, “Nobody wants to hurt you.” When Schultz moved forward with the knife, they were shot. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the knife was a switchblade and photos show the blade was not extended when Schultz was shot.

Georgia Tech’s Pride Alliance website indicated Schultz used they/them pronouns and identified as bisexual and nonbinary and was intersex. Schultz was the group’s president. In a statement posted on the website, the group mourned Schultz’s loss.

“As you might have heard, last night we lost our President, Scout Schultz. We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred. They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years,” the statement says. “They pushed us to do more events and a larger variety events, and we would not be the organization we are known as without their constant hard work and dedication. Their leadership allowed us to create change across campus and in the Atlanta community. Scout always reminded us to think critically about the intersection of identities and how a multitude of factors play into one’s experience on Tech’s campus and beyond. We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change.”

In a posting on Facebook, Call Me They had this to say.

TW: murder, police, mental health, misgendering

Not only a “21-Year-Old LGBTQ Activist.” A bisexual, non-binary, intersex person: identities constantly erased and ignored both in cishet communities and LGBTQ+ communities.

The police SHOT them while they were distressed and holding a knife (that I will note, was a switchblade *NOT* extended… not that it MATTERS the amount of knife-ness there was or was not).

MANY PEOPLE are saying Scout DESERVED to be shot because Scout was saying “Shoot me.” The police are TRAINED to DISARM distressed individuals.

You’re telling me if I ask the police to shoot me, they should? That is ABSURD. This death was AVOIDABLE.

I feel passionate about every trans person murdered, but this one — for a non-binary sibling of mine who uses they/them, who had mental illness … — it hurts real bad.

And now in reports, I am seeing Scout repeatedly misgendered. The LEAST anyone can do is use Scout’s pronouns. To every person PURPOSELY calling Scott “he” or even more despicable “it,” you are VILE and blocked.

RIP Scout. I will not forget you.

Furbirdsqueerly says: Please always remember this-

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.

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We republish this piece written last year on this date. For Victor Jara and all of the victims of the Military Junta in Chile.

Plegaria a un labrador

Public Prayer for a worker.

Public Prayer to a Worker

Stand up, look at the mountains
Source of the wind, the sun, the water
You, who change the course of rivers,
Who, with the seed, sow the flight of your soul,
Stand up, look at your hands,
Give to your hand to your brother so you can grow.
We’ll go together, united by blood,
Today is the day
We can make the future.
Deliver us from the master
who keeps us in misery.
The kingdom of justice and equality come.
Blow, like the wind blows
the wild flowers of the mountain pass.

Clean the barrel of my gun like fire
They will be done at last on earth
Give us your strength and courage to struggle.
Blow, like the wind blows
the wild flowers of the mountain pas

Clean the barrel of my gun like fire
Stand up, look at your hands,
Give to your hand to your brother so you can grow.
We’ll go together, united by blood,
Now and in the hour of our death.
Amen.

The following is a beautiful poem written by Adrian Mitchell and set to music by Arlo Guthrie about the life of Victor Jara.

read up on Victor in the following essay:

The Life of Victor Jara, from Marxism Leninism Today.

Victor Jara was machine-gunned to death. His body, and four other victims, were later found dumped near a railroad track outside a cemetery (one of the victims remains unidentified).

According to the autopsy report, he had been shot 44 times.

The special military unit who massacred Jara and many other political activists became known as the “Caravan of Death” and flew across the country in helicopters executing trade unionists, leftists and members of the Communist Party of Chile, and many other progressives like liberation theology priests.  More than 3,000 people were killed or went missing during the US-supported military dictatorship in Chile, from 1973 to 1990.

“With that same strength our collective fist / Will strike again some day.”..Victor Jara (more…)

September 22-September 28

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The ACLU says, “It defies logic to arm the police with weapons of war, but that’s precisely what President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have decided to do.” We know as others do that police departments all across amerikkka have been doing this for years. We have written many times about this and have asked for a complete list of what weapons Hartford police have stockpiled. The police are not our friends and know and know again if they have such weapons they will use them against the people. But the people strong and united will storm the storage houses and confiscate these weapons.

and remember this: 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. If they can’t subjugate us they will kill us.

“As indigenists, as revolutionaries, we stand firm in our rejection of all heroes of empire and the distorted histories around them spun by both the forces of the colonial state and its loyal opposition among the so-called left”… Eaemaehkiw Thupaq Kesiqnaeh

An 8′ high bronze sculpture of Christopher Columbus stands on an 8′ by 10′ by 10′ granite base. The statue was created by Vincenzo Miserendino and dedicated on October 12, 1926.
The figure of Christopher Columbus is standing astride on a world globe surrounded by ocean waves that cascade onto the base. He is looking straight ahead while wearing a long 15th century garment, belted at the waist, that reaches his calfs, stocking and a fur lined coat. The front of the base is inscribed:
COLVMBVS
Presented
To The City Of Hartford
By Its
Italian-American
Citizens
Dedicated
October 12, 1926

This is an important comment written by Joseph James Connolly on a facebook post concerning disasters and who profits from them. Yes its true folks we are up against some mighty horrible people. Thanks to Joseph James for permission to post this.

“Marx’s analysis in Das Capital of the so-called “Irish Potato Famine” provides a good start for a class analysis of disasters, especially within an imperialist context. Disasters are systematically used by the master class, just as they use unemployment and poverty, to discipline the working class through objective insecurity that amounts to class-based terrorism. Disasters also open the way to reconstruction of local economies that maximize profit while “thinning the herd.” In the case of mid-nineteenth century Ireland, Marx demonstrates that the British government knowingly refused meaningful assistance to a disaster-afflicted starving indigenous population in order clear away low-profit serf-like crop agriculture and pave the way for estate-based pastoral agriculture which provided much higher profits per acre. The fact that six million people died horrible deaths or were forced to flee to other continents was acceptable damage to reach a desired goal for Capital. In Houston, the real disaster is starting now. As in New Orleans, the population is likely to be systematically downsized, gentrified, and white-ified. “Precariate” members will remain at least partially displaced. “New Houston,” like “New New Orleans” and “New Detroit” will be a captial-friendly place with excellent “police protection” and hefty government subsidies to investors.”

For your reflection

Posted: August 14, 2017 in for your reflection

“The shock or the astonishment about Charlottesville is kind of disingenuous to me. White supremacy was started upon first Contact and it has only grown since then, it has never slowed down it has never been turned back it has only been rebranded. So either people don’t know the history of this government or they’re going through life in massive denial. Charlottesville was only a minor incident in the history of white supremacy on this land. #heroofCharlotteville #HeatherHeyer…Norman Momowetu Clement