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Sarah Hegazi, a 30-year-old queer activist from Egypt, died by suicide in Canada on June 14. Hegazi’s death was confirmed by her lawyers. Hegazi had been exiled to Canada from her native Egypt after being released from prison in 2017. She had served time in Egyptian jail for ‘promoting sexual deviancy and debauchery.’ The charge came after images of her raising a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo circulated online in 2017. 56 others at the concert were arrested on similar charges. Hegazi was reportedly raped and tortured while imprisoned.

Before she died, Hegazi wrote a letter that said: ‘To my siblings – I tried to find redemption and failed, forgive me. To my friends – the experience was harsh and I am too weak to resist it, forgive me. To the world – you were cruel to a great extent, but I forgive.’ Her death drew messages of both sadness and support from Egypt’s LGBTQ+ community and from queer activists across the world. Members of the band at whose concert she had been arrested posted videos of the concert to Instagram stating ‘Sarah’s Cairo, September 2017 – Remembering a night of infinite possibilities of a fairer and brighter Future. Sarah Hegazi, Rest in power 🌈 Rest in Pride

Do you remember this day? I sure do. No for me it wasn’t a turning point I as all ready turned on to a new possibility. The possibility that oppression would end. The possibility that the war in Vietnam would end and the troops would be brought home. The possibility that we would overthrow the Capitalist system and build a just society. So many folks were shocked by the action of the Ohio National Guard. Was I? Not really. I had already at this time been arrested, tear gassed, beaten by cops in many demonstrations, and jailed with 8 others in a cell for 2. I knew beyond a doubt that this system was rotten and had to be changed. No I didn’t put anything past a government that would do what this one was doing in South East Asia. Why would I? Why would any of us? I guess it is a matter of a world view. Do it over there, do it here. It really was all the same to the oppressor. Question the oppressor you end up like Jeffery Miller, Members of MOVE, Fred Hampton, and many other freedom warriors.

I look at the photo today. I look at Mary Anne’s arms outstretched in a WHY! in a scream! I look at the photo and have a question for all of my friends, comrades and enemies in the LGBTQI+ populations. Why? I ask WHY? Why would any of you want to go and join the military, the cops, the National Guard? Your little no job thing, your discrimination is meaningless to those like Mary Ann Vecchio, to the mothers and family of the students killed, to the family and friends of the young Black men and women shot down in the streets of amerikkka, to the mother who just witnessed a drone attack on her home killing her family. You talk about the discrimination you face here in this country so you join up with forces of evil. Why would you want to be a nuisance  to civilization? I ask you all again and again is all inclusion good inclusion? Which side of the barricades are you on and wish to be on? Do you favor the oppressor more than the oppressed? The cop rather than the dead kid in the street or under the rubble of your countries attack. If you favor that which goes against the new day then you can not be a friend of mine.

In memoriam.

As many as 12 Guardsmen turned in unison, pointed their guns simultaneously and began firing. The four students who died at Kent State are (left to right in the cover photo): Allison Krause, William Schroeder, Sandra Scheuer and Jeffrey Miller. Schroeder and Scheuer were not even participating in the protests; they were heading to their next class when they were struck down in a parking lot.

“I heard an order, I believe, from Major Jones, stating turn and face the crowd. The shooting started shortly after.” Ohio National Guard Sgt. Richard K. Love, statement to Ohio Highway Patrol, 1970.

Only following orders it is expected of you. Shoot, Shoot, Shoot. Don’t matter if you are a nice Trans women or man, if you are Gay or Lesbian once there once within that gang follow orders.

For those to young to remember: The Kent State shootings, also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre, were the shootings on May 4, 1970, of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, during a mass protest against the bombing of Cambodia by United States military forces.

To read more about Kent State go to HERE. 



Moca, Dominican Republic – September 12-13, 2018

The Continental Meeting of Peace Organizations attached to the World Peace Council (WPC) in the region of the Americas and the Caribbean was held in Moca, Dominican Republic, on September 12 and 13 of 2018, under the presidency of Socorro Gomez, WPC President, and Regional Coordinator Silvio Platero with the participation of representatives of peace organizations from 10 countries of the continent.

This important biennial meeting was attended by peace leaders and fighters from the Dominican Union of Journalists for Peace (UDPP, the Spanish acronym), host organization of the meeting; the Canadian Peace Congress (CPC); the Movement for Peace, Solidarity and Sovereignty of Argentina (MOPASSOL); the Peace Council of Brazil (Cebrapaz); the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples (Movpaz); the Peace Council of the United States (USPC); the Mexican Movement for Peace and Development (MOMPADE) and the Peace Council of Guyana. It was also recognized the presence of delegates from Chile and Puerto Rico.

The meeting approved the Report presented by the Regional Coordinator summarizing the work in promotion of peace in the continent since the last meeting, held in Toronto, Canada, in July 2016. It was appreciated that multiple and diverse actions and initiatives of denounce and social mobilization were carried out by the organizations in these two years of hard fight against the strategies of imperialism and its NATO allies that stubbornly try to impose their geopolitical and economic order in the world and particularly in this continent.

Each one of the peace organizations attending the meeting presented its Report on the work displayed during this period and informed in detail its actions in favor of peace in its own country and the continent as a whole.

The relevance of the WPC Meeting held in Sao Luis, state of Maranhao, Brazil, in November 2016 for the coordination of the struggle for peace at world and continental levels was also highlighted. Said meeting had an ample representation of organizations from several world regions that reiterated their condemnation of imperialism and its NATO allies and the imperialist aggressions in several parts of the planet. (more…)

First a note from furbirdsqueerly: Yes Mr. trump you want a parade just like all the other big boys. Yes go ahead and show all of your weapons of destruction. But remember while you show your military might this child and many more like her all across amerikkka. While you are at it remember lots of other things, things that are so wrong. But most of all remember god doesn’t like ugly and you, your administration, your march to fascism, and your supporters are sure damn ugly.

A note to our community, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and everyone else under our umbrella. Let us remember ourstories from history past. Let us see with our eyes wide open and not walk blinded in the light. We as a people know what is right and what is wrong. We as a people know if we do not fight back we will lose. Our foremothers and fathers certainly fought back let us remember that. In all attacks on our community and on other communities we stood up and said, NO!! We understood early on as the old IWW slogan said, An Injury To One Is An Injury to All.  But let us never forget what happened to our people when madness such as this was allowed to escalate. No folks the pink triangle was not a fashion statement.  When our rights and the rights of others are taken away one by one. When it all has gone too far to fight back. On a small scale if you see a Nazi today trying to parade and recruit in your community fight back. Their movement is growing and ignoring them will not make them go away. Use the rally cry, In memory of our people we fight the Neo-Nazis off.

He wants to be a big boy but in reality he is a big buffoon.

From the Guardian. Alerted by BacktoStonewall HERE. Who added It has been done before, Nuremberg Germany 1937 for example.

Donald Trump orders Pentagon to plan grand military parade!

President reportedly seeks parade in model of France’s Bastille Day celebration, prompting one veterans’ group to call him ‘a wannabe banana republic strongman’

Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to plan a military parade that would see soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the streets of Washington, it was reported on Tuesday.
The move was instantly criticized, with one veterans’ group comparing the president to “a wannabe banana republic strongman”.

Trump is seeking a grand parade similar to the Bastille Day celebration in Paris, according to the Washington Post. He outlined the plan at a meeting at the Pentagon on 18 January that included defense secretary Jim Mattis and joint chiefs of staff chairman General Joseph Dunford, the paper said, citing an unnamed military official.

“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” the official told the Post. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”

The White House confirmed that an event is in the works, though it did not offer further details. “President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.” (more…)

For anyone who is pounding the drums for war with Iran—Please Take A Seat!


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“Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.  Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:30. One person who I have admired for many years having had the wonderful opportunity to not only work at several houses of hospitality but to participate in many of the non-violent actions and programs is Dorothy Day. Miss Day reminded us, “The Gospel takes away our right forever to discriminate between the deserving and undeserving poor.” This I understood is where the judging comes in, we do not do it under any circumstance. Is this woman who asks of me going to do this with the money? Is he going to do that? I always had to answer so what just give. Miss Day also reminded us that, “We can not be meek in the face of injustice.” Poverty no matter the reason is an injustice! People hungry not matter what is injustice!

That is what I was taught from a very early age on. Give, no questions asked. Some say, well that man you just gave a dollar to will most likely buy a bottle of wine. To which I answer, I can not judge him. So if that is what that man needs at this time to get thorough the blows life have delivered to him and what blows happen every day, okay. Now I haven’t been a full fledged Christian for many a years and my early days of being one has lead me to a certain philosophy of life that I try hard to embrace in my every day living. Yes it is a struggle a real deal struggle. Last week the local newspaper, which by the way I never read, (how did that issue land in my lap?) had a very interesting article about a new Little Food Pantry that had opened on Laurel Street. Just a short walk down the street up over the bridge down the other side and shortly one is there. A women name Carol Padberg has the structure in front of her house. A give and take, little place that judging by the last three days needs more folks giving to keep it full.

The person who came up with the idea Azua Echevarria had this to say, ” There is a lot of shame and guilt when asking and receiving.” How well I know that. I was one of the worse panhandlers back in the day. I was so afraid to ask and needed such a push from folks I  hung with. We at Furbirdsqueerly love this little pantry idea. No appointments needed. No paperwork to fill out. No, only come here once a month. No, standing in line wondering who will walk by and see you. Welcome, come and take what you need.

We love what our friend Grace had to say when we discussed this little pantry and one of the people took the attitude that maybe a crack head was taking all the food and selling it for more crack. Go get him Grace. I said “Grace write that down and here is what she gave me.”

“The point of grace isn’t that the recipient is worthy – it’s all about the giver of the grace and how much they love. We deserve nothing from God yet He gives us everything. If we are wanting to follow Him then we have to have the same attitude as He does towards the poor. Love them without restraint. Don’t judge them or think you know them or treat them as a “mob” that you think you have all the answers on.
And who the heck is “more worthy” of eating??? It’s a basic human right – I don’t care if you’ve spent your money on crack – if you are hungry I’m going to give you food. Period. Starving never taught anyone anything except that people don’t care about them and they are worthless. And that’s a lie because the “worst” or “least” of us is who Christ died for.”

We have always like these instructions “But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

We thank Carol Padberg, Azua Echevarria, John Meder an architect who built the pantry, Jordan Conover who posted and set the pantry in concrete for their kindness to our neighbors in need. We will continue to do what we can and encourage others to help make sure that no one goes hungry in these troubling times.

The full article published in the Hartford Courant can be found HERE.



Posted by Marke B in 48Hills.

It’s been a long and winding road to bring a celebration of the 50th Summer of Love to the park — permit kuffufles, safety glitches, and communication frustrations abounded in the cosmic quest to feed the heads. But finally the huge, fifth annual Peace in the Park (Sat/23, 11am-6pm) is gonna be THE ONE — and it even features the valiant Boots Hughston, who tried so many times to make it happen during the actual summer.
This half-century long-hair blowout (not to be confused with the Human Be-In, which held a peaceful, oddly tech-funded 50th commemoration festival of its own this past January) promises to fulfill everyone’s dreams of spiritual connection, and perhaps a little astral projection, on the Music Concourse. Swing by before Folsom Street Fair and witness a whole different kind of Electric Ladyland.

(We just had to add this still wonderful song by Scott McKenzie)

Some performers include: Wavy Gravy; Katdelic; Pamela Parker, Diamond Dave; Alstar Family Band feat. Mark Karan, Jordan Feinstein, Sunshine (Garcia) Becker, and Robin Sylvester; Michael Pritchard; Laxman Panthi; Third Thursday Band Feat. Kevbot (Kevin Lash); Temple of Isis Feat. Jil Love Revolution; Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D; Milton Rosenberg; SOUL Twin Messiah, Peace Awards with Bill McCarthy, Boots Hughston, Catherine Enny, Michael Gosney, and others
The time is NOW to come out for peace! Let’s honor and celebrate the 50th anniversary of “THE” Summer of Love! Join us, with flowers in your hair! Enjoy a sunny September day at Music Concourse of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on 9/23. Bring the kids, celebrate peace, get crafty, be artistic, relax with gentle yoga, chill to live music, find some zen with other meditators, and leave happier, refreshed, and connected to your inner calm. Vegetarian food stalls like Amma’s Kitchen & Donna’s Tamales available!
Partners include: Brahma Kumaris, SOUL – Summer of Unconditional Love, Peaceful World Foundation, Baha’i Faith, PeaceDay Global Broadcast, PeaceDaySF, CODEPINK: Women For Peace,, Earthdance Global, and San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department.


Sunday August 6th

Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembrance

A shared call for the abolition of nuclear weapons promoting a vision of a nuclear free world.

Unitarian Society Meeting House

500 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford 06105

6:00pm Pot Luck Dinner

6:30 Program with Music, Speakers and Poetry

8:00 Candle Lighting ceremony–creation of a large Candle-lit Peace Sign on the Meeting House lawn.

For more information:


Facebook event: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance 2017

Sponsored by: Hope Out Loud, No Nukes, No War, Unitarian Society of Hartford.

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In memoriam Gilbert Baker (1951–2017): Artist, designer and lifelong activist for LGBTQ equality. Gilbert created the rainbow flag for the 1978 Gay Freedom Day celebration in San Francisco. The flag is now an internationally recognized symbol of LGBTQ pride.
A native of Kansas, Gilbert lived in San Francisco from 1970 to 1994, contributing his distinctive designs for countless events. In 1994, he moved to New York City, where he spent the rest of his life. He remained active as an artist, with his work commemorating gay victims of the Nazi regime recently displayed in San Francisco.
Gilbert’s longtime friend Cleve Jones reported his death this afternoon. We have lost one of the greats of our community. Let us now lower rainbow flags worldwide to half mast in Gilbert’s memory.( Don Spradlin)

as posted on Homophobia Exposed. What a beautiful tribute.

Read about Gilbert Baker over at Towleroad written by Andy Towle HERE.

Our condolences to David V Moore and Cleve Jones and out community. Long may our rainbow flag wave.

“I am heartbroken. My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship. I can’t stop crying. I love you forever Gilbert Baker.”- David V Moore