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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.

Our hearts go out to Mr. Scott’s wife Rakeyia and his 7 children. We stand with you and know that somehow together we can and will demand Justice. R.I.P Keith Lamont Scott.

A black man named Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by police outside an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday night while the cops were searching for someone else.

According to Keith Lamont Scott’s family, he was married and had seven children. One family member told reporters that Scott was a “great man and great father” and he waited at the bus stop for his son every day.

In the wake of his tragic shooting death, a GoFundMe page has been created to help donate money to Scott’s family. The page mentions that Scott was “taken away from his wife Rakeyia Scott and 7 chilren and family who love him dearly.”

The message reads in full:

We unfortunately are here again where police have shot another innocent black man because “he posed a threat”. This can no longer be tolerated it’s time to take a stand! On Tuesday 9/20/2016 Keith Lamont Scott was shot reportedly 4 times while reading a book and waiting for his son to get off the bus. He has sadly been taken away from his wife Rakeyia Scott and 7 children and family who love him dearly. We can’t keep letting police take away our innocent black men from their families the time is now to stand up and support Black Lives! Please donate what you can to help this family in this very sad time! And please lift up prayers for their family as well! Justice will prevail!

Its bad yes its bad. How back check out the numbers on The Counted: People killed by Police in The US. HERE. In 2016 so far 790 people.

For our weekend music enjoyment is the song Pastures of Plenty written by Woody Gutherie in 1941. This version is sung by Holly Near and Ronnie Gilbert.

 

In a recent television interview, featuring Baldemar Velasquez – a vigorous farm worker organizer – Bill Moyers summarized the period since the movie Harvest of Shame: “Believe it or not, more than fifty years later, the life of a migrant laborer is still an ordeal. And not just for adults. Perhaps as many as half a million children, some as young as seven years old, are out in the fields and orchards working nine to ten hour days under brutal conditions.” (See the full interview here.)

Among the conditions Moyers was referring to are the daily exposures to pesticides, fertilizers and the resulting chemical-related injuries and sicknesses. Far more of these pesticides end up in the workers’ bodies than are found in our food. President of Farmworker Justice, Bruce Goldstein writes: “Short-term effects include stinging eyes, rashes, blisters, blindness, nausea, dizziness, headache, coma and even death. Pesticides also cause infertility, neurological disorders and cancer.”

¡Viva La Huelga! ¡Viva La Huelga!

For readers who would like to know the battles that United Farm Workers are still fighting check out the Home Page which is found HERE. On their site is an excellent history of the United Farm Workers. The fight for decent living wages, decent housing, and for the right to be represented by a union continue. Today a bill to expand overtime rules for farm workers has been resurrected in the California legislature. Hear this from one campaign of the United Farm Workers. Hear this and shake your heads and get up and help in this fight against may we saw greedy capitalism. Today in 2016 there should be no need for even having to introduce this bill anywhere in the U.S.

“We currently have a new bill, AB1066, which is in the CA Senate. As bill author Rep. Lorena Gonzalez said,“Tens of thousands of farm workers are toiling in the fields without the same overtime protections that other hourly workers in our state receive. They deserve better. California can do better. That’s why we amended ‪#‎AB1066 — to once again try to get an eight hour day for farm workers. We won’t stop until this bill passes.” 

Go to HERE to support the Phase in Overtime for Agricultural Act of 2016.  (We will support this bill but have to say, this should not be a phase in. These workers deserve overtime now not in any type of phase in. Most american workers would not allow this if it was happening to them.

The Fight is far from over for the agricultural workers and their supporters. Join them.

Lettuce pickers work in a field in the Imperial Valley. (Tim Tadder/Associated Press)