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Because We Remember Lynne Stewart

Facebook Page HERE.

Dick Gregory fasted to free Lynne Stewart – We must continue the struggle and FREE THEM ALL!

**Join us as we celebrate Lynne’s birthday!**

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6
6:30-10:00pm ~ Doors open @ 6:00pm
The Theater @ 80 St. Mark’s
80 St. Mark’s Place between 1st & 2nd Ave

FILM
Flavia Fontes: Lynne Stewart Documentary

PANELS
What is a Political Prisoner ?
Ann Lamb New York Jericho, Sekou Odinga North East Political Prisoner Contingent, Mimi Rosenberg Building Bridges: WBAI Radio, Frank Velgara ProLibertad
Getting Our Political Prisoners On the National Agenda
Sara Flounders International Action Center, Bob Lederer queer anti-imperialist, Resistance Bklyn, Daniel McGowan Certain Days Collective, Assemblyman Charles Barron P.O.W.E.R., Ralph Poynter Lynne Stewart Organization

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“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

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NoDAPL: Protest Wells Fargo

Friday, April 7 at 3:30 PM – 5 PM
111 Washington St, Middletown, CT 06457-2817, United States
Middletown residents have been protesting week after week at Wells Fargo, adding to the international pressure on Wells Fargo and other banks to stop funding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project that threatens the land, water, and sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux and surrounding indigenous communities in North Dakota.

Now, we plan to ramp up our efforts and bring more people than ever to the Middletown branch. We will disrupt business as usual until Wells Fargo stops funding DAPL.

We’re in solidarity with groups such as Red Warrior Society and other water protectors and indigenous warriors who have been taking direct action to block the DAPL and other fossil fuel infrastructure. They have faced dogs, pepper spray, and imprisonment while struggling against ecological chaos and colonial violence.

Indigenous leaders have called for ongoing actions against DAPL and have said Wells Fargo is a strategic bank on which to focus. See everydayofaction.org and http://www.defunddapl.org/ for more information.

This action is organized jointly by
Wesleyan Coalition for Divestment and Transparency,
Students Against the Fossil Fuel Industry and Dragonfly Climate Collective, along with other Middletown residents. Contact us if you would like to co-sponsor.

In From Transgender Law Center

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At Transgender Law Center, we believe in the brilliance, beauty, and power of our people to create a world where the dignity, self-determination, and life of every person is respected and held as sacred. Every stroke of Donald Trump’s pen this week, just the first of his presidency, has been an assault on all that we value. In between the lines of executive actions ordering the construction of walls, the building of pipelines, and the expulsion of refugees lie death sentences for the most vulnerable in our community.

We repudiate these actions. As Donald Trump rejects facts, so we reject his inhumane policies and worldview. We will not only resist, but continue to build toward the just and fair world we know is possible.
As news emerges and changes, we encourage people to look toward trusted sources like Muslim Advocates and reach out to immigration attorneys to understand what is happening today and what it means for Muslim, immigrant, black, and brown communities. We encourage everyone to develop safety plans for yourselves, your families, and your neighbors. Our new project, the Trans Immigrant Defense Effort (TIDE), is here for immigrants seeking answers to concerns and for attorneys looking for ways to help in this moment. If you’re in San Diego or LA and can support with housing for trans immigrants, please email alison@transgenderlawcenter.org.
And as we resist President Trump’s bleak vision of the world, we are resolute and will not lose sight of our own vision for liberation. Just this week, we defied the national push to roll back protections for trans and gender nonconforming folks by introducing a bill in California to establish a third gender marker for nonbinary members of our community.
As I said in a statement earlier this week , we must be a refuge to each other as President Trump attempts to destroy any official refuge the U.S. would offer us.
To find out more about the important work the Transgender Law Center is doing go to HERE.
For the 2017 Plan of Resistance

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Photo Women’s March San Francisco California via 48 Hills.

We thank the women with the sign in San Francisco. Our sign here in Hartford said, We Remember Never Again and used the pink triangle the Nazi’s symbol for gay men. We stand with not allowing history to repeat itself when people are targets, registered and tagged. When immigrants are detained and deported, when Muslims are banned from entering this country and registered. When women are denied their full access to reproductive rights, and laws are pass such as the First Amendment Defense Act against our LGBTQ community. The other side of our sign said, Build a United Front. That is the only way we will survive.

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“So we are here. We are here not merely to gather but to move, right? And our movements, our movements require us to do more than just show up and say the right words. It requires us to break out of our comfort zones and be confrontational. It requires us to defend one another when it is difficult and dangerous. It requires us to truly see ourselves and one another.

I stand here today as the daughter of a native Hawaiian woman and a black veteran from Texas. I stand here as the first person in my family to go to college. I stand here as someone who has written herself onto this stage to unapologetically proclaim that I am a trans woman-writer-activist-revolutionary of color. And I stand here today because of the work of my forebears, from Sojourner to Sylvia, from Ella to Audre, from Harriet to Marsha.

I stand here today most of all because I am my sister’s keeper. My sisters and siblings are being beaten and brutalized, neglected and invisibilizied, extinguished and exiled. My sisters and siblings have been pushed out of hostel homes and intolerant schools. My sisters and siblings have been forced into detention facilities and prisons and deeper into poverty. And I hold these harsh truths close. They enrage me and fuel me. But I cannot survive on righteous anger alone. Today, by being here, it is my commitment to getting us free that keeps me marching.

Our approach to freedom need not be identical but it must be intersectional and inclusive. It must extend beyond ourselves. I know with surpassing certainty that my liberation is directly linked to the liberation of the undocumented trans Latina yearning for refuge. The disabled student seeking unequivocal access. The sex worker fighting to make her living safely.

Collective liberation and solidarity is difficult work, it is work that will find us struggling together and struggling with one another. Just because we are oppressed does not mean that we do not ourselves fall victim to enacting the same unconscious policing, shaming, and erasing. We must return to one another with greater accountability and commitment to the work today.

By being here you are making a commitment to this work. Together we are creating a resounding statement, a statement that stakes a claim on our lives and our loves, our bodies and our babies, our identities and our ideals. But a movement – a movement is so much more than a march. A movement is that difficult space between our reality and our vision. Our liberation depends on all of us, all of us returning to our homes and using this experience and all the experiences that have shaped us to act, to organize, to resist. Thank you.”

Yes it is our commitment to “getting us free that keeps us marching.” Thank you Janet Mock.

To hear Janet’s speech go on over to BUSTLE for an excellent article plus video.

Furbird NOTE:

By the time Miss Mock was half-way through this old queer had tears in his eyes. We are so happy that you said, “Collective liberation and solidarity is difficult work, it is work that will find us struggling together and struggling with one another. Just because we are oppressed does not mean that we do not ourselves fall victim to enacting the same unconscious policing, shaming, and erasing. We must return to one another with greater accountability and commitment to the work today.” Oh what a struggle that has been on all sides and in so many groups for so long now. When you called upon our sisters now passed on, called up women, strong women of my generation who we fought along side of for so many years, strong powerful women Sylvia and Marsha taken from us too soon. I think of them often when we go marching, I say many times to myself now what would Sylvia do, how would “my girl” Sylvia respond? Yes Janet only by creating a strong powerful united front within the LGBTQ movement and with all other movements will be ever win liberation and be free. As our sister Audre Lorde said, “There is no such thing as a single issue, as we do not lead single issue lives.” I am so tired of telling that to the LG main stream.