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and it is time that we as a people put an end to this foul and dirty rotten system.

This system is a joke, a real damn joke. The whole damn system shut it down!

CODEPINK Activist Arrested for Laughing at Jeff Sessions’ Hearing Will Face Yet Another Trial.

Today’s sentencing of CODEPINK activists Desiree Fairooz, Lenny Bianchi, and Tighe Barry for protesting at the confirmation hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was shameful. Desiree Fairooz, who was arrested for laughing, will have to go through the whole process again with a new trial in September. (The judge said Fairooz should not have been tried for laughing, only for speaking out as she was being removed. Instead of dismissing the whole case, he ordered a retrial.) Lenny Bianchi and Tighe Barry were given a $100 fine, 10 days of (suspended) incarceration, and 6 months of probation from Capital grounds for each of the two charges; disrupting Congress and demonstrating.

These sentences are designed to discourage dissent and prevent activists from engaging in the daily protests that are taking place during this tumultuous time. CODEPINK feels that the judge should have overturned these absurd convictions and dropped all three cases.

As Desiree was leaving the courthouse, she remarked, “I would have never spoken out at the hearing if I hadn’t been arrested for laughing, and now I am going to be tried again! It’s absurd. This is a waste of everyone’s time and a waste of tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayers money. The only thing more ridiculous than being tried for laughing, is being tried twice for laughing.”

Diana over at Diana’s Little Corner published this essay. We want to re-publish it. Let no one think there isn’t a reason that some of us say, NO COPS AT PRIDE!!

The End Of Pride Month

How did the rising at Coopers Donuts (1959), Dewey Lunch (1965), Compton’s Cafeteria (1966), and Stonewall Inn (1969) start?

With polices raids on “homosexuals” where they were checking for three items of male clothing. In other words they were looking for trans people.

Panel in New Haven explores relationships between LGBTQ and law enforcement
New Haven Register
By Esteban L. Hernandez
June 28, 2017

NEW HAVEN >> Officer David Hartman remembers how bar owners responded to his pitch to provide more uniformed officers in bars popular with the LGBTQ community.

“It wasn’t well-received,” Hartman said. “But we did it anyway. Not with the uniforms and not with marked cars, but we put detectives and officers in soft cars.”

Hartman serves as the department spokesperson and its LGBTQ liaison, a position that’s become commonplace among departments across the country and in other countries. He joined four other panelists during a discussion Wednesday at Gateway Community College focusing on how law enforcement and this growing community interact. The meeting was convened by Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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Perhaps no one illustrated potential issues between police and LGBTQ communities more than Nadine Ruff. A transgender woman, Ruff said she had reported a sexual assault to New Haven police but was ridiculed. Ruff said the police response re-victimized her, which she said is an experience that’s too common.

“You need to know about this community,” Ruff said. “We fear police.”

The 2015 U.S.Transgender Survey found that,

  • Respondents experienced high levels of mistreatment and harassment by police. In the past year, of respondents who interacted with police or law enforcement officers who thought or knew they were transgender, more than half (58%) experienced some form of mistreatment. This included being verbally harassed, repeatedly referred to as the wrong gender, physically assaulted, or sexually assaulted, including being forced by officers to engage in sexual activity to avoid arrest.
  • Police frequently assumed that respondents—particularly transgender women of color—were sex workers. In the past year, of those who interacted with law enforcement officers who thought or knew they were transgender, one-third (33%) of Black transgender women and 30% of multiracial women said that an officer assumed they were sex workers.
  • More than half (57%) of respondents said they would feel uncomfortable asking the police for help if they needed it.
  • Of those who were arrested in the past year (2%), nearly one-quarter (22%) believed they were arrested because they were transgender.

So there are good reasons why we fear the police.

Steve Thornton has written a very important article over at the Shoe Leather History Project. It is the story about courageous feminist lesbian women who stood their ground and refused to speak to the Grand Jury. This is a part of ourstories that needs to be told and remembered and as Steve says “it could happen again.” Steve begins his article this way.

Lesbian Community Says NO: Beating the 1970s Grand Jury System

In 1970, American students shut down hundreds of schools and universities across the nation after the illegal U.S. bombing of Cambodia and the killings of four young people at Kent State in Ohio and two in Jackson State, Mississippi. The year marked a new decade of war in Vietnam, the FBI targeting of civil rights leaders, and a president who called students bums and drew up an “enemies list.” It also marked a new phase for the growing lesbian and gay liberation movement.
That year, some won’t wait for a mass movement to stop the violence, repression, and imperial excesses of the United States. Hartford native Susan Saxe, Katherine Power and a handful of others decided to rob a Massachusetts bank in 1970 “for the revolution.” A police officer was killed by one man in the group. Saxe and Powers went underground.

To read more of this article go to Shoeleather History Project HERE.

 

 

Just change the names at the start of the song. The words still hang in the air. Listen to the words and get ready. For all outside is the ringing of revolution. My only hope is that that the train finally comes and we know its true. This is a call to action. Let us never  allow them to again use their tricks to stop this movement, to fool us into believing their lies. Here to the revolution! All Power To The People!

 

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This wonderful posting is from the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Both are what we need.

“We oppose all forms of bigotry and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender.
This position derives not only from the study of Marxism but also accumulated experience over decades in the struggles of the LGBTQ community. From the Stonewall era to the present, PSL members and leaders have been on the front lines in struggles against anti-LGBTQ violence, in confronting right-wing bigots and reactionary laws, during the sharp confrontations of the AIDS epidemic, in early battles for trans rights and inclusion, and in the movement for marriage equality, among others. Within this movement, PSL members have always projected anti-racist and anti-imperialist politics: working class unity.”..Party for Socialism and Liberation, Boston Mass.
http://liberationschool.org/resolution-of-the-party-for-so…/