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Activists from left-wing parties and other groups beat with spoon on saucepan during a demonstration at the Place de la Republique against corruption in politics, amid a presidential campaign clouded by a fake jobs investigation and other legal scandals, in Paris, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Protesters especially targeted conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, under investigation for alleged high-paying but fake parliamentary jobs for his wife and children. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Surely our dreams of justice and liberation extend beyond simply a world where Trump is not President but everything else is the same.

One of our favorite blogs is Diana’s Little Corner in the Nutmeg State. We consider Diana a friend and comrade in this battle to set things right. The following piece is from her blog.

The right wing conservatives now want us to get permission before we go the bathroom and this is their craziest idea yet.

Ask Me First Campaign Wants Trans People to First Get Permission to Use Public Restrooms
The New Civil Rights Movement
By Carlyle Addy
September 21, 2016

Campaign Backed by Faith-Based Anti-LGBT Groups“We are moms, daughters, students, athletes, survivors and businesswomen who believe our voices matter.”

This is how the Ask Me First campaign introduces itself.

Ask Me First is an anti-transgender campaign asking politicians to ask women for permission before protecting trans people – whom they call “gender-confused” – who are attempting to use public facilities or participate in public events. The campaign features a few stories on their website from women upset about trans inclusive policies at various levels. They call equal rights “special accommodation.”

“As we all consider the policy changes we’re seeing concerning privacy and safety in restrooms and locker rooms, we think there are certain voices that are being ignored — perhaps on purpose,” Ask Me First accuses, ignoring the fact that transgender people’s voices have always been ignored.

And who is behind this latest campaign, why it is none other than our favorite nemeses,

 The campaign is backed by faith-based anti-LGBT groups, including the Family Policy Alliance, formerly Citizen Link, which is the public policy arm of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. The FPA is also associated with Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Some of them have been labeled “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Why can’t they just let us pee in peace.

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Posted: January 30, 2015 in question we got a question

lingering question: what if resistance really is futile?

 

The 26th Connecticut

Gay & Lesbian

Film Festival

May 31- June 8

UPDATE: Folks have asked us to run some of our articles that have been posted in the past. We think that this written in 2013 would be a nice complimentary piece to our National Coming Out Day article. You know folks want to be the same as straights in the military and yes they are as punkpink said. equal killers.

by punkpink

Just a short essay with a few pictures to remind folks that we haven’t really come all that far. We can still be still barbarians even if we are gay and lesbian. Our pink bombs hurt just as much as straight bombs do, and anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool. Of course it is easy to sit at home and go ha ha over pictures of these gays in the military like those above, point to the gains gays and lesbian have made but never leave your arm chair from which you go rah, rah. Never think about what damage you are doing to the world. Yeah, baby your equal. Equal murderers. This is posted as just a reminder about what soldiers do for a living in case some of these ha, ha equal nuts think otherwise. Of course it is always the case and we know many will say, ” as long as someone else is doing it, it’s okay by me.”

Now you guys and gals know me. Love art, love culture, love love queers. But when I came upon the  announcement pamphlet for the 26th Connecticut gay and lesbian film festival and saw sporting military personnel I had to stop and take a gawk. You know my thinking on justice, right and wrong, love and hate, war and peace kicked in and I said ,so we have come to this. I could only say yes, we want it so bad, that acceptance from the straight world, so love  can come showering down from corporate capitalist donors. The love that now speaks it’s name, as swell as any murdering straight boy. Now let me tell anyone who wants to listen, your dear old pink loves a good smooch or a nice feel every once in awhile just like every boy and girl but some how these folks above giving me one or any of us one is a tad bit too much. Let’s leave those funny bunnies and let’s go around asking some folks just what they think of these military personnel and how much they love their antics. Those tender moments, a sigh of relief from their real jobs, that of killing and maiming people all around the world. Let us start with a picture from my time when I was out in the street along with many, many of my trans comrades, my gay brothers and  lesbian sisters, protesting the war in Vietnam. Let’s take a look at one horrible picture brought to us by those smiling, feeling jackasses through out the years. (more…)

Center Church in Hartford is doing some wonderful programs this month in an arts and heritage celebration. On October 12 they will be celebrating their 382nd anniversary of its founding. A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the memorial marker to the Reverend Thomas Hooker founding pastor of the church and leader of the city. The church on October 24 will also celebrate 20 years of being an open and affirming congregation and possibly one of the most liberal congregations in the city of Hartford as far as social work is concerned. But you know all the good this church does, and isn’t that what a church should be doing, feeding the people, tending to the sick, affirming all peoples, many can still hear the screams of Mary Johnson and others who were falsely accused of being witches, tortured and hung. So we feel we must ask a question or two about this churches past and how they are or aren’t coming to terms with this past. As our title asks, Center Church, Is an apology in order from the church for the persecution of women? 

Reverend Samuel Stone, Thomas Hooker’s number 2 man.

In Connecticut (1642):

“If any man or woman be a witch—that is, hath or consulteth with a familiar spirit—they shall be put to death.” Exodus xxii, 18; Leviticus xx, 27; Deuteronomy xviii, 10, 11. (Colonial Records of Connecticut, Vol. I, p. 77).

In New Haven (1655):

“If any person be a witch, he or she shall be put to death according to” Exodus xxii, 18; Leviticus xx, 27; Deuteronomy xviii, 10, 11. (New Haven Colonial Records, Vol. II, p. 576, Cod. 1655).

These laws were authoritative until the so called epidemic had ceased.

Witch Trial, by English artist William Powell Frith

Rev. Stone and crew flees religious oppression in England came here oppressed, accused tortured women. Stone was a Puritan, Protestants who wanted to purify the Church of England of its’ ceremony and other aspects that they thought were Catholic. They wanted the powers of the lordly bishops reduced and condemned priestly vestments, church ornaments and music. They wanted the church restored to its’ ancient purity and simplicity. This attitude put them in confrontation with The Crown and they were suppressed. So our discussion would have to lead us to, When the Oppressed become the Oppressor? What should we be doing to stop this injustice? How that would resound with the current situation of the state of Israel and the treatment of the people of Palestine and many other situations in this country and around the world. (more…)

..this is an appropriation collage meaning it has been gleamed from many sources in the service of the people.

“We May Be Fighting A Losing Battle, But We Are Going To Have A Lot of Fun Trying To Win.”…Brownie Mc Ghee

However noble it seems to the liberal crowd the idea behind the new sculpture visiting Bushnell Park and the sculpture itself leave us with more questions than answers. Our jury is still out on if the sculpture is any good or not and we aren’t even going to attempt an art review of this work. But questions yes we have questions swirling around in our head. I am struggling with this gun sculpture idea in the park, with gun buy backs, with pacifism, with the people armed against the state, with the response in Ferguson Mo. by the cops, with who turns in these guns, with what type of guns are turned in, and all the other things that pop up to haunt me around this subject on what I think is just another piece of liberal feel good art of these troubling times.

The idea that stretches back to Ecclesiastes  is more powerful than the work of two hands shaking. The words of the prophet Isaiah  called on nations to beat their  swords into plowshares so the good of growth of nourishment would come from the weapon. Of course the liberals would cry out, “Bread and Roses,” if I attacked the idea of turning guns into jewelry or some form of sculpture. Can’t win in some ways. I don’t know anymore if art is good for the soul of if it is just a tool of the ruling class and the artist a collaborator. Some say that art heals, I know that a good song can move me to take action, to understand its time to move and get something done rather than just sing in the shower. What we need to do is to build on the choir. The older I get the less I know and here and now must salute the young who keep it moving and keep it real. Who are able to tell it like it is and not tire.

Let’s listen to Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee sing Down By The Riverside one of the first anti-war songs that I ever sang along to. One of the first songs that made me feel a part of a whole working towards something that was good. How I believed that if we keep singing those swords would be beaten into plowshares and the spears into pruning hooks

“The government estimates there are more than 310 million guns in America today, nearly enough to arm every man, woman and child in the country.”….

Riot police clear demonstrators from a street in Ferguson

Police in Ferguson Missouri, Juliana Jimenz/Slate

Sometimes I go far to the left with this and fully support what Lenin said about the unarmed Proletariat when the bourgeoisie, the police and army are well supplied. What do we as the people go up against the police or military with our brooms? Our rakes? Loudly singing Kumbaya my lord? Come and save us. Well this person learned a long time ago “No savior from on high delivers.” What do we do and how do we fight against a well armed police, the military, the drones, the tanks, the Long Range Acoustic Device, rubber bullets,bean bag rounds, tear gas, pepper spray water cannons, and bodies covered with gas masks, body armor and carrying riot shields and the biggest weapon of all their fear, hatred and aggression against people they deem not worthy of even living. No one thing that many of us learned years ago the police are not our friends, are not members of the working class but only service the interests of the ruling class and the bourgeoisie. They are indeed enemies of the people and are well supplied.

The  capitalist and their stooges are prepared to use maximum deception, extreme militarization, questionable measures and violence to crush the voices for justice and to defend their rule.

Melt The Guns

Some say, The only positive effect there is from gun buyback programs is that it makes the city officials look like they are doing something worthwhile to help prevent crime, even though they may actually be increasing crime.  Other than that, the programs are useless or negative and should be stopped before any more houses are burglarized for their guns…Godfather Politics, Do Gun Buybacks Really Work.

A wonderful photo op and a boost in the propaganda of making us all safer.

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Guns collected in a gun buyback New Jersey. Photo Patti Sapone/Star Ledger

The rifles, pistols and shotguns always look impressive when they’re displayed at news conferences celebrating the end of gun buyback campaigns. Spread across tables or piled high into overflowing stacks, all those weapons reinforce the notion that trading cash for guns works. It gets guns off the street, organizers say, and makes the city safer. Yep, all those guns in the picture above even had me believing for a few seconds.

The problem, according to years of research, is that it does neither.

According to the National Research Council of the National Academies report (Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review) in 2004, the buyback programs’ effect on crime rates is negligible at best.  Their study showed that many of the guns turned in are old, inherited from previous owners or are in need of repair.  Very few of the guns were found to be used in crimes.

“Before a standing army can rule the people must be disarmed. By disarming the people it is easy to enslave them.”

“An oppressed class which does not strive to learn to use arms, to acquire arms, only deserves to be treated like slaves. We cannot, unless we have become bourgeois pacifists or opportunists, forget that we are living in a class society from which there is no way out, nor can there be, save through the class struggle. In every class society, whether based on slavery, serfdom, or, as at present, wage-labor, the oppressor class is always armed.” (1 ) (more…)