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SOLIDARITY Contingent in the Gay Pride Parade!

Meet at 11 AM, Sunday, June 25 in front of the Uptown Target  4466 N. Broadway (details below)

The election of Donald Trump has heralded a climate of open bigotry against immigrants, Muslims and other groups already facing discrimination in the United States.

Following on the heels of declining living standards during the Obama years, with their unchecked police brutality targeting Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans and other people of color, the United States has now slipped even deeper into a downwards spiral of vicious fear-mongering against those already most victimized by it.

Trump does not represent some unstoppable fascist advance. Several of his obnoxious initiatives, most notably his Muslim ban, have been blocked (at least temporarily) by people pouring out into the streets and demonstrating at airports.

Make no mistake: it wasn’t the courts or the Constitution that saved the day. It was the popular outpouring in the streets – Muslims, immigrants AND those in solidarity with them – raising their voices in unity. (more…)

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Here is a leaflet and sign posting we did a few years back. These leaflets were posted around downtown Hartford and passed out in the streets. We said why not post it again 17 years later.

Notes:

(1)  From the Black Orchid Collective is Queer Liberation and Class Struggle. JOMO says about this flag, “my friend, Sarah Hopkins, made this flag after we watched “Flag Wars,” a film about middle class, white gay men gentrifying a black neighborhood. The rainbow flag became a symbol of gentrification, so we realized we need to make our own flag which symbolizes working class, queer liberation.”

(2) Photo outside of the Stonewall Inn, June 1969. Fred Mc Darrah NYC.

Just two of the wonderful signs that will be in the Pride march Boston on Saturday. Many thanks to the WWP and Stonewall Warriors for these signs. For more information and contact for the contingent that will march go to Andie Michelle ‎Stonewall Warriors QTPOC Liberation Anti-capitalist Contingent post. 

The contingent has this to say and we support and agree 100%:

1) We stand against exclusion or radical POC voices: We will not ride at the back of this bus—Stop silencing of political voices!
2) Black Trans Lives Matter—Speak out & ACT-UP against transmisogynist violence!
3) We are anti-capitalist & anti-“corporate pride”: Get Big $$$ OUT of Pride—No blood money from prison & pipeline profiteers!
4) We stand against racist police brutality and white-supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant terrorism; our demand is “Refuse to accept Police & ICE terror!” & Sin Justicia NO HAY ORGULLO! (without justice there is no Pride).

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This collection contains essays on LGBT Liberation.

1.We Take No Pride Leaflet passed out a Pride in 2002.

2. Political Pride Federal Building, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Queers Without Borders Pride Leaflet, not dated.

4. No Drag Queens at Stonewall you say? We say take a flying fuck.

5. Two very important essays containing information on the history of our movement here in Ct. Found HERE.

6. Holy Matrimony Batman, essay by Jeri Marie Liesegang.

7. Somewhere along the way the movement for liberation  was hijacked and these, marriage and the right to serve in the military became the cause of the moment. Yes, we know straights will like you better if you’re just like them and please don’t forget the only difference is what you do in bed.  10 Essays on Marriage and the Military.

New York City. 1970

It is in everyone’s  power and our right to replace this profit-drive, war driven system. This is not a dream of some of us on the left but is a reality when one looks around at what is happening in this country. U.S Capitalism has failed miserably to  meet the basic needs of people. There is a whole world out there struggling outside our windows and doors and we are blinded to this struggle. We turn our backs on our own stories, on your own people’s history who lead the social movements seeking justice and freedom for all. We must return to the soul of our movement.

As Queers we know that it is only the foolish among us who thing that we can stand alone with one issue or issues that concern only us. Not only foolish but selfish. We must stand in solidarity with others or we will be picked off one by one. As queers we must remember and know full well what it is like to be victims of witch-hunting and of stereotyping.  We know what it is like to be attacked. We  must never allow the neo-fascists to terrorize us all into submission and compliance by their creating a climate of fear. We must form a broad base coalition with others fighting oppression and seeking liberation. Then and only then will we be free.

Queers are fully aware that we as a community do not live in isolation from others communities. We know that war, racism, sexism, poverty, health concerns, youth violence, the pipe line to prison, environmental justice, religious intolerance, racial and ethnic profiling, tax cuts for the wealthy, the slashing of critical programs for people, attacks on civil liberties and immigrant rights are our issues our everyday issues.

 

Furbirdsqueerly sends out a liberation greeting to all of our readers, friend, comrade and foe. Here is one of our favorite liberation warriors who we celebrate today and everyday. How many times over the years have we said the same. No Pride for Some of US without Liberation for All of US! or as I use to say, I do not want my rights if all of my comrades can’t have theirs. (note to the mainstream)

Marsha P (Pay It No Mind) Johnson

The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

You know this happened to us last time when we were up here in Vermont. We were handed a two dollar bill in our change not once but twice. Strange we never see a two dollar bill in Connecticut.

 Well dear hearts if we were in Ecuador this would be our lucky day. A two dollar bill there is considered to be good luck. Here in the U.S and no one knows for sure why the two dollar bill is considered to be unlucky. Well its just plain old money to me and that’s that. I got enough to worry about without some superstitious fools telling me the two dollar bill I got back in change is unlucky. But you know what I will do says dear old Olga, I’ll keep it just in case. Stick it in my box and hope that some how some money will find its way to me and I promise with no fingers crossed that if it does I will then become a believer in the power of the Two Dollar Bill. ( 1 ) Not paying too much attention to the news Olga thought she heard that some man was robbed in his home and among the items taken was a stash of two dollar bills. Police wanted info from folks if they received any two dollar bills and where they got them from. Damn if I know snorted Olga, and does anyone really think that I would hand over my two dollar bill to the police. Nah I’m no fool the next thing you know they would be here in my hotel room asking all sorts of questions and then take my two dollar bill away and I would never get it back. I’ll just keep it and be quiet. The very next day Bessy Marie reported that she also got a two dollar bill in her change. Somethings up at the store across the street.

Out the Train Window

Olga was so happy that in many spots along the route the train slowed down. Really down, a crawl. Better to look out the window and see what I can see. I love looking out the window as everything passes by. Sometimes I go and stand at the back of the train and look out the back door at everything receding down the track. Goodbye, see you on the way home.

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Skunk Cabbage

You know Skunk Cabbage always got a bum rap. Smelly stuff that grew around the sewer outlets in the town where I grew up. One time as children we pick a whole bunch and threw the leaves on old Mrs. Wilson’s front porch. She was a nosy old crone, always yelling at the kids in the neighborhood, calling our parents for anything and just a all around mean lady. Well we were having none of that. I think someone’s aunt told us to go pick some skunk cabbage and rub in and throw it all over old lady Wilsons porch. Well that is just what we did.

A few years later I found out that Skunk Cabbage, (yes it does smell like a skunk) was a healing plant and worked wonders for many a people. I first heard about the use of Skunk Cabbage from Mrs. Bates a member of the Wongnuk Tribe who lived in my home town. Her nephew and I would accompany her out to gather wild plants, nuts, roots, barks and berries in the woods. She told us, people take Skunk Cabbage for a variety of reasons bronchitis, asthma, cough, and whooping cough. It is also used for painful condition such as join and muscle pain, headache and toothache. It is used for treating infections such as worms, ringworm and scabies. Once when old grandfather Bates got bitten by a snake we used Skunk Cabbage and you know he lived to be we think 106. Mr. Bates loves to eat Skunk Cabbage and I cook up a batch of leaves for him. Many times some of the herbalists I know have used the tea for a blood purifier and to stop bleeding from surface wounds. Here is something that I bet not many folks know. The root of the Skunk Cabbage may live several hundred years or perhaps over a thousand as long as the soil that it grows in is undisturbed. Check out a plant if there are numerous leaves then you can bet the rhizome is old. This species has survived through millions of years since the Cretaceous period. ( 2 )

I never saw flowering skunk cabbage but here is a photo I found of what the flowers look like.

Fiddlehead Ferns (more…)