Archive for the ‘HIGH queer art’ Category

We have said many times before that Archives and Footnotes are wonderful things as one finds many truths in the archives and in the footnotes a chance to further ones interests and education. A case in point here is found in one of our footnotes, first found as a one liner in the book Stonewall and then researched in the Hartford area by Richard Nelson. One person who many of us in Connecticut do not know about is Ivan Valentin, performer, artist, and freedom fighter. Ivan was an early trailblazer and was a forceful catalyst for change here in Connecticut in 1975, a change that was needed and a change that we all can thank him for every time we see one of our drag sisters performing in a Ct. bar, (see footnote) and each time let us remember to shout out Ivan Valentin Presente’

This new piece, While Paris Was Burning, Hartford Sizzled, would not have been possible without the archives of Jerimarie Liesegang, the mother of the Ct. Trans movement. As Jeri was going through her archives preparing her collection for presentation to Central Ct. State University Equity and Diversity Collection she came upon an article written by Rebecca Boyden about the House of Pleasure. The House of Pleasure was one of the Houses that operated for a time in Hartford along with The House of Everlasting Empire, The House of Nations, The House of Freedom, the House of Flava, and The House of Ebony. In 1993 Hartford’s first drag ball, “Hartford Sizzles” spearheaded in part by the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective, and was held at the Project 100 Community Center. Other balls hosted by Houses were held from 1993-1997. The balls were not only a heck of a lot of fun but raised thousands of dollars over the years for HIV/AIDS organizations and other community groups.

Connecticut has a rich and long history in LGBTQ Advocacy and Activism. Yet we unfortunately do very little to document this amazing history, especially given the accessibility of the Internet and its archiving tools.  To this point, I (jerimarie) recall back in late 2003, I was chatting with Mucha at Tisane’s and he was relaying to me the Hartford Balls that were held in Hartford following a screening of When Paris Was Burning.  Having been a newcomer to the Greater Hartford area, I was not privy to this information and found his descriptions of the Balls utterly amazing.  I asked him if any of this was documented in detail and he said not really though he had VHS tapes of all the Balls.  So I said, let’s do a documentary on the balls so it can be preserved and be a historical archive for the community and allies.  So in late 2003 a project was born; and Jerimarie, her partner Anja, Mucha Mucha Placer the mother of the House of Pleasure and Kevin Smith produced a video of segments from the balls and interviews with the key participants to explain the balls and the categories created that were an important part of these events. The video was first shown at the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 2004. We dedicate this piece on furbirdsqueerly to Anja who left us all too soon and to all the folks who continued our communities stories.

Below are select images of some of the first ball participants:

Greta in her sunflower outfit. (more…)

This piece was first published years ago  on Punkpink is a Bandits Tip. Today we dedicated this piece to our comrades who love buns and know any bun will do. We try to publish this work during the Easter Week in memory of the Miracle In My Studio Kitchen and for all our friends who celebrate this time of year.

Since it is Easter Week for our Christian Buddies I thought we would have a little fun with some Hot Cross Buns. To get us in the festive mood let us all join in singing the Hot Cross Buns song. Now don’t be shy, you can do it. GO______

 

Now wasn’t that nice? So I want to tell you what I found out about Hot Cross Buns that old time favorite for the Easter Week.  I also want to tell you a little story about a miracle in my studio kitchen that had our  artist friends and many others standing in line, paying a quarter to go through my door. First we will start with the old tale and then work out from there.

 

This is a picture of a Hot Cross Bun.

According to legend Hot Cross Buns were eaten by the Saxons in honor of the goddess Eostre with the cross cut into the buns to symbolize the four quarters of the moon. Eostre was the goddess of dawn, rebirth and spring. She comes forth dressed in white bringing light to all ending the darkness and cold of winter. Symbols associated with her are the hare and egg. The Anglo-Saxon month Eostur-monath is the equivalent to the month of April.

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During early missionary efforts, the Christian church adopted the buns and re-interpreted the cross in 1361. The buns along with Roman Catholicism was banned in England until Queen Elizabeth 1st passed a law allowing the consumption of Hot Cross Buns only on Easter, Christmas and funerals. (more…)

REST IN POWER ERIC GARNER!

The Lines have been drawn. No Love Affair with the cops, is Part 3 of our series. This piece is a collage of ideas. This work like many others that we publish is gleaned from many sources, is made up of cut outs,  and brought together in a weaving in the service for and of the people. These works are a gathering of ideas, statements, thoughts, photo’s and whatever else we find at our disposal to tell a story, to tell our stories. We are interested in fight back. Ourselves and the Black and Brown Communities learned a long time ago that when we are under attack, we must fight back. What have we as a people, the LGBTQI+ populations done to fight back against the police? What have other communities done? What still is being done? What needs to be done is entirely up to you the reader of our essays.  At the end of this article are several groups maintaining a fight back mood.

Just about every day we read of police brutality, of misconduct and shootings of men and women of color. This has got to stop. But we know words alone won’t do it. How many times did Eric Garner have to tell the cops on Staten Island I can’t breath but still they murdered him? How many times we ask and ask? Eleven times he told them and eleven times their chokes continued.  Some say we have to spend time in educating, in holding classes with the cops. Well, folks have tried that over and over during the years and still it happens. The first time in Hartford that a gay organization tried to educate was in 1975 when members of the Kalos Society attended roll call in Hartford to brief police on what it is like to be gay. The then police chief Hugo J. Masini arranged the sensitivity sessions which he declared to be a success. ( See Part 1 and Part two of our essays to see the results of this success) Not much changed at all. Indeed our community has never had a love affair with the cops even when they tried to pull a Lavender Patrol with members of G.O.A.L and then police chief Jessie Campbell parading in the streets of Hartford. I am sure that many older activists in this town or in any town could put there heads together and remember all the other times that our community, and other communities have held training sessions, diversity sessions, and what else type of sessions  with the police and still the police act the way they do. How many Police Chiefs, how many administration changes has this city or any city gone through and nothing has changed?  A department can change their chief, hire in new officers, retire some, fire one or two and still the harassment and the murder continues. A liberal said the other day “I thought we were beyond such behavior now.” We will leave that thought right there for anyone of our readers to wonder while they wander what the fuck is wrong with some folks. (1)

African-Americans died at the hands of police at a rate of 7.2 per million, while whites are killed at a rate of 2.9 per million.

The Black and Brown Communities are under constant threats and attacks by the police. There have been over the years trainings and more trainings in diversity but still there are killings, still the harassment goes on. There have been pray ins, march ins, sit-ins and every kind of in and out but every day new cop attacks on citizens appear on my facebook page and every day I get more and more angry. Every day we read about the violence and racism and officers aquitted when they murder. Folks fight back and fight back some more but still the cops abuse their power. What will it take to stop this? A civilian review board made up of citizens with no police or politician interference? A board with teeth. A board willing to bite back. Perhaps a total dismantling of the system would be the answer. But what do we do in the meantime? People are dying, the cops get let off the hook due to a corrupt racist, sexist and homophobic system. Change the system some cry? Yes but when? Disarm the police some others say. Yes we answer but know that is only in our dreams hoping that others will join the dream in anyway that they can and make this a reality.

Let us never forget this statement: “When law enforcement agencies act in such total disregard for civil rights and human life, no minority group is safe. Those who pervert their public trust deserve to be dealt with swiftly and to the fullest extent of the law.” Jim Bradford, Mattachine Midwest Chicago, after touring the apartment where Fred Hampton was murdered.

It must take a certain type of person to join forces with such an idea and become cops, to join forces with evil, to become a enforcer. It takes a certain type of person to be full of hatred, cruelty and barbarity against Black and Brown people, women, LGBTQI folks and others who dare to step outside the line, that false boundary, and challenge the system that the masters have created. So many times just being is enough to get a person murdered. Just walking, just driving, just going out to the store. Do these types of enforcers have any place in a civilized society? I laughed as I wrote that as this society, this amerikkka has three K’s, no we damn well know that this society is not civilized. We can all talk until we turn blue, now wouldn’t that be strange, (wonder how they would treat folks then?) we can pray, and we can try to be as nice as pie but still it persists.

Here is a song that helped me put on my growing shoes, Barbara Dane and the Chamber Brothers sing Malvina Reynolds song “It Isn’t Nice”, a message from 1966 but still it sings today.

But, power didn’t heed the calls of the people and now power faces an even bolder show of resistance and we in the resistance face a bolder show of power.

You know folks let’s not beat around the bush anymore. We know as well as many that the lines have been drawn. The barricades are erected. On one side is us and the other is them. Now the question is do you wish to continue to pussy foot around this problem or join a side? Do you really think that those on the other side of the line, on the other side of the barricades can be educated? If your answer is yes to that educate question, well then we will have to say, “Honey we don’t have a 100 years to wait.”

A note to the LGBTQI+ Populations and those who want to assimilate into such a system.

Harry Hay the founder of the Mattachine Society a early gay rights movement once had this to say to the assimilationists among us. These words ring true today as they did on the day that he spoke them in an interview with the Progressive Magazine.  When Hay was asked what he thought of the assimilationist LGBT folks who wanted to just change the law and fit in he replied “The assimilationist group you have now is exactly the same crowd that threw me out, only forty years later. Assimilation is the way you excuse yourself. It absolutely never worked at all. You may not think that you are noticeable. But they know who you are. They know you’re a degenerate, and they’ve never forgotten that. You won’t find out until the push comes to shove. And then you’ll find it out fast. Because they’re respectable in the eyes of God and you are not.”

Let’s think about that idea for a minute. Within our own population there are those that can and those who cannot, and those who will not. We are talking about passing. Passing in straight society. Being just like them. A good boy and girl. Nice as nice can be. You know them, side with the police, the military, the ones who call for more cops on the street, who come and gentrify the neighborhoods and fly their rainbow colors, who vote for a kinder and gentler fascism, who denounce drag queens and kings, who care more about their property values than providing a youth shelter for LGBTQI youth, who fight for themselves and their agendas that benefits a few. You know those who are acceptable by society vrs. those who are not. Those who are the good gays vrs those who are not. Those who are the spoonful of sugar, you know the bankers, the CEO’s, the movie star, the imitators of straight society, lovely home in the suburb, 2 kids in the yard, a marriage certificate that makes mommy and daddy proud, nice white middle class folks who do not make many peeps unless it concerns them and what they got. You know the folks the assimilationists among us. I have always believed them to be a very dangerous lot. If one sides with power over the people then one is and must be an enemy of mine. Yes, I believe they will when the push comes to shove try hard to pass, try hard to be just like them, will shoot us queers down just as power will. As we said all those little rainbow pins, all the cop cars done up rainbowy, will be cheered by the assimilationist, cheered even while they kill those who dare step outside. Conforming and assimilating in and with injustice is a threat to us, to those of us who wish to explore and build a totally different landscape.

We have written about them and their views many times. More than likely they think the police are only doing their job, and say, Stay inside the line and you’ll be fine. And the best one is, “So you don’t like the cops, who you gonna call if you find yourself in a bit of trouble?” “Which of course,” as Mary says, “has not a fucking thing to do with what we are talking about and is just another liberal way of excusing the bad behavior of power.” We must ask, what are we going to say to those assimilationists who believe that any inclusion is good inclusion? We wonder do these folks really think that a few LGBT cops will somehow work their lavender magic and a wave of goodness, harmony and peace will sweep through the police force and a thousand or so years of oppressor behavior will end and all will be well? If we have an LGBTQI+ liaison officer that somehow things will get better. In part one of our essay’s we put an end to that myth.   The words that come to my mind are Dream on fool. The big bully will be with us always unless we confront, topple and transform the system.

So how we gonna educate them? I would think the cops rather enjoy being paid for protecting the rich, for making sure the capitalist system is still a go each morning, to protect the property of the wealthy and to beat back anyone who tries to pull the plug on this system. Pull the plug in any manner that they see doesn’t fit in with what is suppose to be. The cops true job is to use all the force that is given to them to stop anyone who is a threat or a challenge to this system. Watching videos of cops beating, stomping and kicking black men tells me that they rather enjoy what they do. Educate them, they will educate you with a broom handle up your ass, a choke hold, or bullets to the head. As long as that money comes in and you know it always will, as long as they are well fed, as long as they have the backing of this racist system they will stick to the system like shit on a shoe. If they refuse one by one they will be dismissed and turned out from duty. The police are just lackeys for the twin parties of evil. What I have learned so far is that the cops are just a part of the fist that the capitalist class used along with the military, the courts and prisons to keep us all down and under their thumb. Calling on the police to stop what they are doing and join us even after they have nearly beaten our brothers and sisters to death is not only misguided but shameful and reckless. Brutal attack dogs they are, and as a young person from the Spartacus Youth Club said, “Cops are not workers, They are strike breakers, kill black people and beat, pepper spray and haul protesters off to jail.” They shot Oscar Grant down in cold blood. Cops are not potential allies they are our enemy.”

It is foolish to hold on to the illusion that cops are our brothers in our struggle (yes some liberals and other misguided folks do. I think it has something to do with they are in a union) when they are bound to enforce the laws of the Capitalist Class, and the democratic and republican parties. They are the thugs, the black shirt Gestapo, the folks that we must warn you about again and again. Let’s learn our lesson this time. Let’s thank our many comrades on the left who tell us these facts daily.

In the town where I grew up it was the guys that were the bullies in school who somehow, (give that a ha ha) made it into the police force. They always found acceptance there. As if one had to be a bully to be a police officer as if that is what was expected of them. And when the cop bully began bullying what did the good citizens say? Nothing. It was always the trouble maker who got it from the cops, not them. Our noses are clean as our hands are also. There the lines had been drawn, keep on this side be good and you won’t get a night stick upside your head. Phooey to them. We stare back from the other side of the line.

One of the problems with the suburbanite’s understanding of the police is what they represent. This crowd perhaps does not know what it is like to be policed which is very different from just interacting with cops-when you are policed you know what those guys are all about.. A.B

Here is a poem that our friend Molly wrote for this work.

 

 

The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

with the last breath of Eric Garner, the last heart beat of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Stephon Clark, Sandra Bland, Michel Brown, Freddie Gray, Elliott Williams, Henry “Peg” Gilbert,  Tryvon Martin, Daniel Hambrick, Oscar Grant, Laquan Mc Donald, Tamir Rice Jimmy Atchison, D’ettrick Griffin, Kendra James, Antwon Rose, Willie Mc Coy, Oscar Cain Jr.  and the list of the dead goes on and on as we say their names year after year.

With the children of our martyrs blood and tears, and mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins aunts uncles lovers weeping

with the lives of our Black, Brown and white Trans sisters murdered for wanting to just live their lives and breath freely.

with every group of young men and women, with every group of senior men who congregate on the corner to pass the time and the news and the cops harass them.

with the tear gas and pepper spray, the cup of coffee thrown in a police mans face, with coins flung and screams of Here’s your payoff coppers.

with every black child pulled from her seat by the white teacher for really nothing more than being a kid.

With those who are not afraid and come out nightly to fight, to scream for justice.

with every cop acquitted after murdering a Black man.

with every child’s cries from hunger pains, from the cold, from rats scurrying near her bed.

with every child separated from her parents by the U.S government and every parent searching for their son.

with every jug of water dumped out on the ground by border patrol.

The battle lines are drawn when Roxana Hernandez was physically abused and died while in ICE custody and hundreds of her Transgender sisters are held at the border.

with the shooting of Scout Schultz a bisexual, intersex president of Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech. Protesters burned a police car, and broke windows in anger.

with every drone, bomb, and military attack on the civilian population of the world.

with the eviction of children, women, and men from their homes forcing them to live on the streets.

with the knowledge that the local cop is a member of a far right organization.

with every cop who beats his nightstick in his hand daring us to move just an inch or two.

with the teargas, the mace, the pepper spray, the rubber bullets, the military grade weapons patrolling the streets of fascist amerikkka.

with every Trans women who is beaten but afraid she will be beaten and sexually assaulted by the cops if she reports the assault to the cops.

The battle lines were drawn when Eric Crawford threw back the tear gas canister at the cops to protect innocent young lives and Ieshia Evans stood firmly in the street to stop the advancing police

with every time the racist, sexist, homophobic right wing pig president breaths.

The battle lines have been drawn and we know which side we stand on.

The Attack On RENT BOY by Homeland Security. The policing of our sexual lives. Get the government out of our pants.

I think a lot of folks mouths flew open when we heard the news that Homeland Security had raided the offices of the hook up site Rent Boy in Matthatan August 2015.  First let us look at what the job of Homeland Security is as listed.

The core mission and purpose of Homeland Security is defined by statute and regulations. Its strategic priorities are outlined in regulations and its own quadrennial review. None outline supervision of the world’s oldest profession as a law enforcement goal.

There are five homeland security missions. First, it is to prevent terrorism and enhance national security. Second, to secure and manage our national borders. Third, enforcing our immigration laws. Fourth, safeguarding cyberspace from hackers. Fifth, ensuring a resilient response to national disasters. That’s their charge, purpose and duty.

Investigating alleged consensual male prostitution was never mentioned in a summary of their high priority targets?

The ‘ ‘legitimate’ and ‘mainstream’ LGBT organizations like the HRC are unlikely to jump into this fight. They are too busy trying to be accepted by the establishment to stand up strenuously against it. Rent boys represent a fringe element they don’t want to be associated with. (where have we heard this before? Hey right here in Hartford when police were entrapping men down by the river.) Nevertheless, don’t ever forget that the LGBT civil rights movement did not start with corporate Vice Presidents stepping out of the closet in the workplace. It began with youth and drag queens taking to the street in Greenwich Village and AIDS activists marching on Washington.

While we have put an end to sodomy laws and advanced the cause of gay rights nationally, personal acceptance of your sexual identity still remains a challenge for millions of Americans. Escorting services provide a vehicle and conduit for human beings to explore their own identities privately and individually. It’s healthy, not harmful. Those decisions should be protected, not prosecuted. Perhaps this raid may the impetus to start a class action on behalf of those whose rights have been compromised. Frankly, we should all be very frightened. The government has spied on us for a long time in many ways. The only thing that has changed is the way they do it. But every way they do it compromises your freedom and the integrity of law enforcement in America.

The raid on Rentboy came five days after the announcement by several major American LGBT legal advocacy organizations—Transgender Law Center, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National Center for Transgender Equality—that they will join Amnesty International in calling for the decriminalization of sex work. Transgender Law Center has condemned the Rentboy raid, stating, “the US federal government is not only jeopardizing countless people’s lives and only source of livelihood, but sending a clear and troubling message that the country is less invested in addressing systemic issues of racial, economic, and anti-LGBT injustice than in further criminalizing the individuals most marginalized by those systems.” (2)

And on the Homefront

100 million traffic stops shows massive racial bias in policing. Written by Laura Clawson for Daily Kos

We place this in full here. We need to read and understand this in its fullest.

There is racial bias in policing, and a team of Stanford University researchers has erased any shadow of reasonable doubt about it. (Facts can’t do much about unreasonable doubt.) The Stanford Open Policing Project data includes nearly 100 million police stops over six years from 50 state and municipal police departments, finding powerful evidence of bias not just in who gets stopped but in what happens next.

While “officers generally stop black drivers at higher rates than white drivers, and stop Hispanic drivers at similar or lower rates than whites,” there could conceivably be multiple explanations for that. But once a driver has been stopped, black and Hispanic drivers are much more likely to be ticketed, searched, and arrested than white drivers. In fact, black drivers are 20 percent more likely and Latino drivers are 30 percent more likely to be ticketed than white drivers. It doesn’t stop there, though—they’re also twice as likely to be searched as white drivers.

And are searches of black and Latino drivers more likely to turn up contraband? Nope. White and black drivers were about equally likely to be found with contraband: 36 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Just 26 percent of Latino drivers were found with something illegal. The Stanford researchers designed a test of the data that found that “police require less suspicion to search black and Hispanic drivers than whites. This double standard is evidence of discrimination.”

A key defense from the Fraternal Order of Police was that officers are more likely to be patrolling in high-crime areas, which are more likely to have a lot of people of color, and therefore it’s completely reasonable that police would be stopping more people of color. But without even stopping to pull apart all the claims embedded in that defense, there’s this: The researchers looked at whether black drivers are equally likely to be pulled over at night, when it’s harder for police to see drivers as cars go by. And guess what! “After adjusting for the variation in sunset times across the year, researchers found a 5 to 10 percent drop in the share of stopped drivers after sunset who are black, suggesting black drivers are being racially profiled during the day.”

It doesn’t take a police officer sitting there thinking in so many words, “I want to pull over and ticket some black people” for policing to be racially biased or outright racist. If black drivers are more likely to be pulled over than white ones—which they are—and black and Hispanic drivers are more likely to be ticketed or searched than white ones—which they are—and white drivers are the most likely to be caught with illegal items—which they are—and black drivers are less likely to be pulled over at night when police can’t see them clearly—which they are—well, there goes that very last shadow of a reasonable doubt. Which was already more of a shadow of a shadow in a figment of someone’s imagination, anyway.

Here goes an award for one of the biggest shit heads breathing in the U.S today. 

Ohio State Rep: If Police Tase or Shoot a Child, She Probably Acted ‘Stupid’ or Was ‘a Punk’
Rep. John Becker  ( 3 )

Tasers are often billed as “less lethal” weapons,” though Tasers can kill. A 2017 Reuters study found 1,005 cases of fatal stun gun use by police, nearly all since the early 2000s, with “more than 150 autopsy reports citing Tasers as a cause or contributor to deaths.”

When he tased the girl on Aug. 6, Kevin Brown was working off-duty as a security guard at a Kroger market. Police say he believed the girl was shoplifting. (A report stated that the girl had stolen items, including a backpack, candy, and baby clothes totaling $53.81.) Brown fired his taser from about 10 feet away, striking her body just below her waist.
Body camera video includes Brown telling the girl, after he tased her, “Sweetheart, the last thing I want to do is tase you like that. When I say stop, you stop. You know you’re caught, just stop. That hurt my heart to do that to you. Then I got to listen to all these idiots out here in the parking lot, telling me about how I was wrong for tasing you.”

Later, also captured on video, the girl cries as EMTs remove the taser barbs from her skin. Police Chief Eliot Isaac has said Officer Brown’s use of the Taser was “unnecessary in this circumstance.”

We agree with the girls mother: “If you can’t restrain these little kids, you need to find a different job,” “She should have never got tased.”

And here a hero of the people Eric Crawford throws back a tear gas canister to protect children near him.

Rest In Power Edward Crawford Jr.

Edward Crawford Jr. throwing back a tear gas canister at the police, Ferguson Missouri August 13, 2014. Crawford later said about the incident, “I didn’t throw a burning can back at police, I threw it out of the way of children.” Edward Crawford a true peoples hero.

When state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who much like Crawford emerged on the national radar during Ferguson, heard the news of Crawford’s death, she took to social media.

“He is #Ferguson’s hero,” the senator wrote on her Twitter account. “For those of us tear-gassed, he was our local champion.”

“Everybody back home is just shocked,” said Chappelle-Nadal, whose district includes Ferguson, from the capitol in Jefferson City.

“It’s depressing. That’s what it is. There seems to be no hope. It’s like we are imprisoned as black people. There are so many barriers that are put up for us as you try to change things and you fail, you try and you fail, ultimately there is very little hope and then you see these cases like this,” she said. “Folks who have been active in voicing their opinion on civil rights end up dead. It breaks you down.”

Let the truth be known Loud and Clear! 

When under attack Fight Back. Note from North Georgia.

Look at this heinous shit. Rapist Prison Guard in North Georgia. Scratch marks are from his victim’s incredible struggle against him.

How about this big bully. Everything about him spells PIG! This is officer Craig Appleby of Hamden Ct. police.

Here is a statement by a grandmother in Hamden Ct. Does anyone still wonder whey we do not, and let me repeat do not like cops. Thank you to Ms. Hebron for posting this and we will continue to fight.

Meet officer Craig Appleby from the Hamden Police dept. In Connecticut. This officer assaulted, taunted and bullied my grandchild in the Hamden Middle School asst Principals office. After getting my grandchild all upset and frustrated, he pressed his body against my grandchild with his hand on his taser and dared my grandchild to hit him! Thank GOD my grandchild did not act on his dare because he would have been tased and beaten by this bully with a badge! Since that incident 4 months ago, I have filed complaints with the police dept and the Board of Education immediately following the incident! I have requested body cam video which I have finally received which was only a partial video that only captured the aftermath which showed my grandchild crying and sweating while still being taunted by the officer and the asst principal while he was quietly waiting for my arrival to pick him up. Now after continuous attempts to demand the footage that showed this officer abusing my grandchild, I have been informed that the rest of the video does not exist! After further investigating their policies and procedures regarding body cam use during interactions with the public, they are supposed to record all encounters so as to protect their self from allegations of misconduct! Now to further inform you of the incident. The officer is a school resource officer in which his daily job is to be present in the school at all times to ensure the safety of the school and the students. He was not called to the school because my grandchild was doing anything wrong, he was already in the building when he chose to engage with my grandchild in a manner that was inappropriate and unwarranted! Since this time its been brought to my attention that he frequently singles out young black children to bully and taunt for his pleasure and entertainment. Also, neither of the complaints that i filed with the board of education or the police dept have completed an investigation. Since they have not taken this case seriously, a few weeks ago i filed a complaint with the COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. Now that they have been served with notice from the Commission, they have cut off all communication with me! Now I’ve been down this road with this same police dept. In the past with my son, and happy to say that in the end, we won our case in Federal court and the Commission of human rights! Im posting this to let people know not to give up if you find yourself in this or a similar situation! I will not stop until I get justice for my grandchild!
Just to make myself clear, I am also going after the principal at the school and the board of education for failing to protect and keep my grandchild safe while trying to get an education! Please share this post! Please screenshot it as well in case they try to remove it!  Marnie Rodgers Hebron.

Another creep showing off his manly power. 

It really takes a big man to threaten a young boy. We think here of the white pig who arrested the young 12 year old boy in a mall for what he claimed the child was selling his tapes. When will the day come that the people simply go and take the boy from the cop? His aunt tried and we support her.

A 12-year-old rapper was grabbed by police at a Georgia shopping mall for allegedly selling CDs in a controversial arrest that was captured in viral video and has sparked an internal law enforcement probe.

Corey Jackson — the young performer known as “Corey J” — was with his family at the Cumberland Mall in Cumberland, Georgia, on Oct. 6 when a Cobb County police officer grabbed his arm.

The confrontation was taped by Corey’s aunt, according to police and family friend Toya Brown, a recording studio manager in Atlanta where Jackson’s recorded before.

“You’re 12?” a police officer is heard telling Corey, according to a tape obtained by NBC affiliate WXIA. “You’re about to go to jail.”

The aunt insisted the officer speak to Corey’s dad.

“I have his father on the phone and you won’t even speak to him,” she told the officer.

The camera is jostled when it appeared the officer and youngster tussled. But Cobb County police spokeswoman Sarah O’Hara said Wednesday the camera shook because the boy’s aunt “got physical” with the officer.

“She was still holding on to the camera as she’s assaulting my officer,” O’Hara said. (more…)

My new album, “She/her/they/them,” is out today on Don Giovanni Records. It’s full of climate change related queer love songs and anti-fascist indie-punk anthems. It’s been more than a decade in the making, I’m so so proud of it, and I’m so stoked to finally share it with you.
You can stream the whole album and order it on Bandcamp!

It’s also streaming all the other places too, so please help the all-powerful algorithm shine it’s light on my queer little album.
Click here to stream it on Spotify, if that’s your thing.
Thanks so much for your support!
-Evan Greer
P.S. Please don’t buy it on Amazon 😉

A little more about the album, from Don Giovanni Records (Screaming Females, L7, Waxahatchee, Downtown Boys, etc):
Evan Greer’s pronouns are she/her/they/them. That’s also the name of her new album, the first studio recording she’s released in a decade, which drops April 5 on Don Giovanni Records. Produced by Taina Asili and Gaetano Vaccaro, the songs range from indie-punk anthems about fighting fascism to bluegrassy genderqueer love ballads, and feature guest artists like Chris #2 of Anti-Flag, Bonfire Madigan, and bell’s roar. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello calls Evan “a heck of a guitar player,” but she’s perhaps better known as an activist. She’s been on the frontlines of some of the most notable grassroots victories of the last decade, from defending net neutrality to helping free Chelsea Manning to to pressuring SXSW to drop a “deportation clause” from its artist contract. When she’s not parenting, leading singalongs in a crowded basement, or organizing a queer dance party, Evan writes regularly for The Guardian, Washington Post, TIME, and Newsweek.

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Evan Greer’s pronouns are she/her/they/them. That’s also the name of her new album, the first studio recording she’s released in a decade, dropping April 5, 2019 on Don Giovanni Records. Produced by Taina Asili and Gaetano Vaccaro, the songs range from indie-punk anthems about fighting fascism to bluegrassy genderqueer love ballads, and feature guest artists like Chris #2 of Anti-Flag, Bonfire Madigan, and bell’s roar. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello calls Evan “a heck of a guitar player,” but she’s perhaps better known as an activist. She’s been on the frontlines of some of the most notable grassroots victories of the last decade, from defending net neutrality to helping free Chelsea Manning to to pressuring SXSW to drop a “deportation clause” from its artist contract. When she’s not parenting, leading singalongs in a crowded basement, or organizing a queer dance party, Evan writes regularly for The Guardian, Washington Post, TIME, and Newsweek.
credits
released April 5, 2019

Produced by Taina Asili and Gaetano Vaccaro

Engineered by Troy Pohl at OverIt Studios in Albany, NY
Mixed by Brett Portzer at White Lake Studios in Albany, NY

Evan Greer – vocals, guitars, mandolin, piano
Gaetano Vacarro – bass, guitars, vocals, synth
Taina Asili – guest vocals
Charlene Obernauer – drums
Bonfire Madigan Shive – cello, guest vocals
Chris #2 of Anti-Flag – guest vocals on 2
Sean Desiree / bell’s roar – guitars, synth, bass, guest vocals on 4
Joe Overton – banjo
Mitchell James Cho – trumpet
Pol Mac Adaim – irish whistle, guest vocals on 7
Yabisi Asili – vocals

Our mailing address is:
Evan Greer
549 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118-1125

Here is a song we like, a song we like alot.

Assimilation (feat.bells roar

people ask me if i am a drag queen
i tell em that i’ve never been into royalty
that’s why i’m up in the pub yellin fuck an MP
brits out of ireland, palestine free
if i had to choose i’d be a drag peasant
organizing a rebellion no time like the present
i got glitter in my hair, pitchfork in the air
comin for those mainstream fuckers i swear

cuz if the gay nation wants assimilation
white picket fence disney vacation
joining in their military occupation
locking people up with hate crimes legislation
equal to the people who run the corporations
living out in brooklyn, gentrification

i say resist this elitist bullshit
i say it’s time for a new movement
if you’re feeling this song you can all sing along
when i say queer you say we’re strong
say queer, we’re strong
say queer, we’re strong
say queer, we’re strong
and we waited too long
to be sittin listening to politicians sayin hey
i’ll give you another inch if you give me another day
just have patience, be a good gay
just like FEMA with Katrina they say help is on the way

but put your hands up if you’re being lied to
make some noise if your government is working for you

… check one two, i guess we got our answer
so what are we gonna do?
let’s riot in the streets til the break of dawn
start a revolution while we’re getting it on
the laughter of our children will be our revenge
the only rings on our fingers are for self defense
don’t ask me what i think cuz i’ll tell you what i’d say

we don’t need gays in the military
we need militant gays

bells roar:
you want us to be you
but our heart still shines through
your stifled existence
we breathe resistance

All we at furbirdsqueerly can say is Evan keep working. Love you.

We are a member of the Queer Artist group on facebook and have come to love certain artists in the group and always look forward to their new postings and comments. J. Bruce Wilcox is an artist that we love and admire. Not only for his art but for his social commentaries. Wilcox says about himself “I refer to myself as a fiber or textile artist. I am not a quilter. I do not make quilts. I do not think like a quilter. My reasons for creating and my intended end-use of that creation are different than most quilters. And I don’t give a fuck about the tradition of quiltmaking. I just call it art.” Indeed and we do too. We are showing some examples of his art, work that inspires us, moves us and gets us thinking. We hope our readers from all over the world will find as much enjoyment in his work as we do.

J. Bruce Wilcox has given this blog permission to publish this exhibition and we thank him.

“I am an artist making art not a quilter making quilts!”

J. Bruce Wilcox (this work is unfinished)

“As an out gay male working in a predominately female medium- over time I’ve had to deal with all the stereotypes involved. I learned to sew when I was 8. I’ve been working with/in fiber my whole life. I made my first art quilt in 1977 and won a Best-In-Show award on it. I was 24 and nobody knew what an art quilt was.”

Below is one of our favorite art works, Masquerade. Bruce says about work such as this: “I’m an abstract artist- having little interest in representational art. My history/roots are artists who moved away from representation into pure abstraction- including geometric and math influenced artists- as well as pop/op artists. My work continues to be about vibration- but also texture. And although it’s mostly me who is confrontational- the work is inherently challenging because it simply no longer has anything to do with the tradition of quiltmaking.”

Masquerade.

Masquerade like many of J. Bruce Wilcox’s work captured my interest for their movement, and their vibration adding that whole other dimension to the art works. This work moves us into the great tradition of the Op Artists who I believe have to be some of the most interesting artists creating some of the more interesting art works of the 20th century. Think about it, a flat canvas, an art work that moves, it no longer stays still hanging up there on the wall. It is here and there, vibrating, flashing, swelling, wrapping, moving in and out, disappearing and reappearing. When I was in high school my art teacher was involved with the Op Art Movement. Myself and a few other budding young artists were invited to the opening of the Responsive Eye at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1965. How thrilled she was to have her work hanging in the same room as Josef Albers. The connection, she was one of the people who brought Albers and his wife Annie to this country. Masquerade by J. Bruce Wilcox could have hung brilliantly among the other works in the exhibition. Next up is the eye popping unfinished work that would cause Bridget Riley to applaud.

Existential Foundation

This work above is unfinished but we find it to be extraordinary. It captures the spirit of abstract art and brings it beyond. Truly on the way to becoming a masterpiece. (more…)