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In from Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance Conference

In defying a federal administration based on white supremacy and violence against people of color, Sujitno Sajuti, whom Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ordered to leave the United States by October 10, has taken sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden.

Sujitno has lived in West Hartford with his wife Dahlia for over thirty years. He first came to the United States in the 1980’s, to pursue advanced degrees from the University of Connecticut and Columbia University. Lacking options to gain status after his student visa expired, Sujitno chose to remain in Connecticut, where he established his home and deep community ties.

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We read many years ago that our LGBTQ stories had been suppressed, ignored, omitted, denied and erased. That straights wanting to grab the truth from us rewrote ourstories to suit their agenda and even many times the LGBT person chose the straight jacket over freedom and liberation. Over the last 50+ years our LGBTQ scholars, artists, our story makers have unlocked, kicked down and opened the many locked and closed doors that stood in the way of our people. We here at Furbirdsqueerly rejoice that they have given back to us that which was taken away that which was in the dark, that which was hidden between the lines. That place of not knowing was just another form of oppression keeping us all in down. As Socialist Feminist Nelly Wong said, “Exploring ideas and finding long hidden history (ourstories) is a form of finding voice.” If we ever wish to be truly liberated we must come from a place of a deep understanding of our people’s stories. We are fortunate to be living in these times when we can stand up out and proud where we can find our voice and be silent no more. Yes we can and must talk back to the oppressor. Our powerful movement for justice, freedom and liberation has come a long way since the days of Coopers Doughnuts, Compton’s Cafeteria and the Stonewall Inn but many of us realize that there is much more to do. We are being attacked daily by the present administration in Washington DC and all over the country we see our rights slowly eroding. The fascist right is on the rise and we are a targeted group. We must talk back now more than ever and we must begin to realize that reform which the LGBT movement has been so good at is a dismal failure. If we do not unite with others who are oppressed and fight back against this current threat then we shall go down in which ever way the right choses. Make no mistake about it we will go down.

Many times over the years we have been at the center of controversy when we have tried hard to get our LGBT sisters and brothers to understand that single issue fight is a dead end. So many times with the small victories that have been ours we think, “The battle has been won.” Then years later we see that our hard fought for rights are under attack and we are in the position to lose ground. Again let us remember that “the single issue is a dead end issue. It is an inevitable violation of revolutionary clarity, integrity and responsibility yet it persists because the ruling class confers respectability upon it.” …Clara Frazer. Ms. Frazer agrees that even if we win reforms on single issues like abortion rights, we wind up fighting to retain them year after year. Feminist Socialist Gloria Martin said, “We have to change the system, because as long as the system is the same, we’ll be fighting all our lives for the same thing…” This is our moto and this is our hope and this is what we work for.

ALL POWER TO A UNITED FRONT!! STAND AGAINST THE NEO NAZIS!! STAND AGAINST THE RIGHT!! STAND AGAINST CAPTIALISM!!

Note: Many articles are found over in our pages section that trace ourstories and events and struggles that we at Furbirdsqueerly has been involved in. Check them out during this LGBTQ Ourstory month. 

Action on Thursday October 5, 2017 10am-12am, 450 Main Street, Hartford Ct.

Please join us as we demonstrate for Sujitno Sajuti, a 68-year-old Indonesian man from West Hartford, to remain home! Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) wants Sujitno to depart the United States on October 10. We will convene outside ICE’s Connecticut office to show we will not let them tear a cherished community member from us! We will not let an unhinged deportation regime, and a racist system of state violence against people of color, continue to destabilize our communities!

Sujitno came to the United States in 1981 as a Fulbright Scholar, when US A.I.D. invited him to complete a doctoral program at the University of Connecticut. Without any options to gain permanent status after his student VISA expired, Sujitno continued to live peacefully in Connecticut. Around 2002-2003, Sujitno complied with a post-9/11 special registration program that targeted from Muslim majority countries. His submission to this draconian database brought Sujitno to ICE’s focus. On December 10, 2011, ICE captured Sujutino as he was leaving home to teach a religious studies class. He spent 67 days detained in Eastern Massachusetts, before extensive community intervention compelled his freedom from incarceration. After receiving Stays of Removal for four years, ICE, emboldened under a federal administration based on white supremacy and black/brown genocide, ordered Sujitno to depart the United States by October 10. (more…)

Because We Remember Lynne Stewart

Facebook Page HERE.

Dick Gregory fasted to free Lynne Stewart – We must continue the struggle and FREE THEM ALL!

**Join us as we celebrate Lynne’s birthday!**

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6
6:30-10:00pm ~ Doors open @ 6:00pm
The Theater @ 80 St. Mark’s
80 St. Mark’s Place between 1st & 2nd Ave

FILM
Flavia Fontes: Lynne Stewart Documentary

PANELS
What is a Political Prisoner ?
Ann Lamb New York Jericho, Sekou Odinga North East Political Prisoner Contingent, Mimi Rosenberg Building Bridges: WBAI Radio, Frank Velgara ProLibertad
Getting Our Political Prisoners On the National Agenda
Sara Flounders International Action Center, Bob Lederer queer anti-imperialist, Resistance Bklyn, Daniel McGowan Certain Days Collective, Assemblyman Charles Barron P.O.W.E.R., Ralph Poynter Lynne Stewart Organization

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Tonight is For All of Us: Remembering Scout Schultz RIP

From IT’s Going Down

Remembering Scout Schultz on Georgia Tech Campus

On September 18th, 2017, hundreds gathered outside of the Georgia Tech student center for a vigil commemorating the killing of Scout Schultz. Scout was beloved by many, was a dedicated LGBTQ+ activist, an antifascist, and a revolutionary anticapitalist. Two days ago, they were killed by Georgia Tech police.

Online video has surfaced showing Scout in a distressed state, walking barefoot and surrounded by police who had their guns drawn. Scout held a closed multi-tool in their hand. The police opened fire.

“COPS – PIGS – MURDERERS”

As the sky darkened, student bureaucrats lost control of the vigil as students and friends of Scout began to shout out their feelings, their despair, their rage. A large section of the crowd began assembling and chanting anti-police slogans while adorning masks. The masked contingent was around 100 people.

Masked demonstrators quickly began lighting fireworks, flares, and smoke bombs to the cheers of the crowd. Flares and smoke bombs were thrown at police cruisers on Tech Parkway who sped off. When the crowd arrived at the police headquarters, the confrontation took a decisive turn.

Police began antagonizing the crowd, which then encircled a police cruiser. Scuffles broke out in the crowd with police. In defense of a fellow protester, someone emptied a fire extinguisher on a police officer. Demonstrators smashed the windows of police cruisers and attempted to defend themselves while police beat protesters with the help of at least one white “patriot.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We republish this piece written last year on this date. For Victor Jara and all of the victims of the Military Junta in Chile.

Plegaria a un labrador

Public Prayer for a worker.

Public Prayer to a Worker

Stand up, look at the mountains
Source of the wind, the sun, the water
You, who change the course of rivers,
Who, with the seed, sow the flight of your soul,
Stand up, look at your hands,
Give to your hand to your brother so you can grow.
We’ll go together, united by blood,
Today is the day
We can make the future.
Deliver us from the master
who keeps us in misery.
The kingdom of justice and equality come.
Blow, like the wind blows
the wild flowers of the mountain pass.

Clean the barrel of my gun like fire
They will be done at last on earth
Give us your strength and courage to struggle.
Blow, like the wind blows
the wild flowers of the mountain pas

Clean the barrel of my gun like fire
Stand up, look at your hands,
Give to your hand to your brother so you can grow.
We’ll go together, united by blood,
Now and in the hour of our death.
Amen.

The following is a beautiful poem written by Adrian Mitchell and set to music by Arlo Guthrie about the life of Victor Jara.

read up on Victor in the following essay:

The Life of Victor Jara, from Marxism Leninism Today.

Victor Jara was machine-gunned to death. His body, and four other victims, were later found dumped near a railroad track outside a cemetery (one of the victims remains unidentified).

According to the autopsy report, he had been shot 44 times.

The special military unit who massacred Jara and many other political activists became known as the “Caravan of Death” and flew across the country in helicopters executing trade unionists, leftists and members of the Communist Party of Chile, and many other progressives like liberation theology priests.  More than 3,000 people were killed or went missing during the US-supported military dictatorship in Chile, from 1973 to 1990.

“With that same strength our collective fist / Will strike again some day.”..Victor Jara (more…)

In the introductory paragraphs, the People’s Congress of Resistance Manifesto explains:

“Without a revolutionary vision, change will not take a revolutionary direction. Resistance will remain rudderless, an exercise in activism for its own sake, or it will be co-opted into a vessel for the political elites. A vision for social, economic and political revolution is necessary. We need to know where we want to go. Our vision ties our actions to our goal by showing us what we are mobilizing for. It guides us in coordinating our strategies and tactics. It helps us build collective strength. Our vision tells us how we can win and that we will win.

“A society organized for the equality and emancipation of the many is one where production is democratically directed for the benefit of the many and not for the private profit of the few. Rather than banks and corporations determining people’s lives and futures, the people determine their destiny themselves.”

The Manifesto, written by the People’s Congress of Resistance conveners, lays out our core vision and central tasks.

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