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Rosa Clemente has posted something that we feel must be shared with activists in this country.

Rest In Power Edward Crawford!

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Be clear that these are political executions….and do not forget Joshua Williams who is incarcerated for his political actions as well as the many Ferguson fighters who have been taken to trial. Crawford was found shot to death Thursday night in his car, just like activist Darren Seals in 2016 and protester DeAndre Joshua the night of the Ferguson verdict in 2014. The latter two had gunshot wounds to the head and their cars were lit on fire. Crawford, it is believed by police, shot himself in the back seat of his car either in an attempted suicide or by accident.

A dedicated activist Crawford was photographed throwing a tear gas canister during the Ferguson Uprising against racist police and the murder of Michael Brown. In our book Edward Crawford was a liberation warrior of the top degree. Daring to pick up a tear gas canister and throwing it away from a group of children is a hero in our book.  Rest In Power Edward Crawford.

This article is a must read:

Ferguson, Mo., Activists Are Dying and It’s Time to Ask Questions

another article to gain some perspective to what is happening in Ferguson is, Darren Seals Isn’t the Only Ferguson Man to Be Shot and Torched in a Car, which speaks about all of the other warriors who have been murdered in Ferguson. This article was written by Justin Glawe in 2016 the year Darren Seals was murdered and begins like this: “The Ferguson protester who was shot to death and subsequently torched inside a car on Tuesday isn’t the first man from St. Louis County in the last two years to see such a gangland-style fate. He’s the sixth.”

 

 

There is an excellent article I read today published on facebook by the Dragon Fly Collective. The article, Roaming Charges: The End of the Age of Protest, written by  Jeffrey St. Clair  and published on Counter Punch is a must read.  To read the whole article go to HERE.

a few lines from the article

“A few days ago, the carbon dioxide readings at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawai’i cracked 410 parts per million, an all-time record and a frightening one. On Earth Day, climate marches took place in cities across the world. Trump’s policies didn’t drive the spiking CO2 levels, but they did propel tens of thousands onto the streets for a few hours of fun. Where were those people during eight years of Barack Obama, an oil and gas man of some distinction? Where were they during eight years of Bill Clinton, one of the greatest environmental con men of our time?”

and this

“Has Trump finally shattered our illusions, so that we can see clearly the forces—economic, political and technological—that are plunging the planet toward a man-made heat death? Is he, in fact, a kind of clarifying agent for the real state of things?

One can hope so.

Except one mustn’t hope.

As Kafka, the High Priest of Realism, admonished his readers, “There is hope. But not for us.”

Hope is an illusion, an opiate, an Oxycontin for the masses.

Instead of hope, we need a heavy dose of realism. A realism as chilling as reality itself.”

and a big YES to this:

“The time for protests is over.

Protests will not prick the conscience of the unmasked beast called Donald Trump. Trump has no conscience to arouse, no shame to trigger, no remorse to cultivate. Trump is a full-frontal menace, that dangerous object in the mirror that is closer than it appears. It is the old threat, coming at us faster than before and from all directions at once. An unchained beast that will not be moderated by regulations, social conventions or appeals to common decency.”

Many thanks to Homophobia Exposed for this list.

Pre-existing Conditions List

AIDS/HIV, acne, acid reflux, ADD/ADHD, addiction, Alzheimer’s, anemia, aneurysm, angioplasty, anorexia, anxiety, arrhythmia, arthritis, asthma, atrial fibrillation, autism, bariatric surgery, basal cell carcinoma, bipolar disorder, blood clot, breast cancer, bulimia, bypass surgery, celiac disease, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral embolism, cerebral palsy, cerebral thrombosis, cervical cancer, colon cancer, colon polyps, congestive heart failure, COPD, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, DMD, depression, diabetes, disability, Down syndrome, eating disorder, enlarged prostate, epilepsy, glaucoma, gout, heart disease, heart murmur, heartburn, hemophilia, hepatitis C, herpes, high cholesterol, hypertension, hysterectomy, kidney disease, kidney stones, kidney transplant, leukemia, lung cancer, lymphoma, mental health, migraines, MS, muscular dystrophy, narcolepsy, nasal polyps, OCD, obesity, organ transplant, osteoporosis, pacemaker, panic disorder, paralysis, paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease, PREGNANCY, restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder, seizures, sickle cell disease, skin cancer, sleep disorders, stent, stroke, thyroid issues, tooth disease, TB, and ulcers.

These are just a few things insurance companies will be allowed to hike up your premiums for. I’m betting at least 75% of you have experienced at least one of the things on this list. I know that in my EXTENDED family, almost NONE of us would be safe from premium hikes.

If you are a woman who voted for trump, who has ever been pregnant- congratulations. You just fucked yourself.

…and we all know that insurance companies are pigs and will more than likely go along with this. Keep up the fight. Free Health Care for All!

Greetings from furbirdsqueerly to all of our comrades worldwide on May Day 2017. We speak to expand the idea of May Day to everyday this month and throughout the year building a people’s powers that will tear down walls of hate and fear, will end once and for all the Capitalist class and their state, will demand and get justice for workers, and that will build in place a just and peaceful world for all. We are workers and as the old saying go “we have nothing in common with the employing class.” This nothing in common is not just one day but everyday of our working lives, from the first day that we enter the workplace to the last day on the job. We must in all of our hearts and minds keep the slogan, Workers of the World Unite, close by as that is the only way for all of us to realize a just future.

As workers we can not support a government that drone attacks or drops bombs on other workers around the world. Frank Little once stated about workers and WW1, “Either you are for their Capitalist slaughter fest or you are against it.” We remain against it. We join with workers around the world who denounce their governments and free themselves and other workers.

A few questions.

So today what does all of this mean for us? Does it mean we chase after what some banners read in support of achieving the American dream? And what is this americkkkan dream? Is it exploitation of workers around the world, is it drone attacking workers and families around the world, is it fighting in unjust wars just to have the americkkkan dream? Is it supporting politicians no matter how good they sound and how bad they are if they support our dream? Is our dream enough? Is my freedom and rights enough?  Does it mean that at the expense of others we get ahead no matter who we step on?  Do we allow unions to make deals with the company owners that are not in our best interests as workers? How do we educate the massive middle class in americkkka to look at themselves as workers in common with all other workers so that they too may have an understanding of the slogan, An Injury to One is An Injury to ALL?  How do we put aside our fears of loosing our jobs if we speak up about the injustice towards others who lose theirs? How do organize the thousands of contracted service employee workers who are at the mercy of corporate americkkka with no support from any unions or other workers? How do we destroy classism once and for all within the work force?  How do we build  an economy that is not based on war and exploitation? We know that many times it comes down to, “No savior from on high delivers.” We must do it ourselves along with our working comrades.  These are just a few questions that we have this May Day 2017. We dedicate this wonderful song to all workers around the world.

No matter what we can not let the employing class step on us. That is in our minds one of the great ideas of our collective past.

 

The mother of all bombs cost $314 Million. Yes that is for one. Let’s cut meals on wheels to pay for it. Oh wait we don’t spend that much to help take care of elderly people to make sure that each day they have food to eat and contact with the person who delivers their dinner. Don’t get us wrong we do not only worry about the monetary cost of war but of the cost to life.

We do not support war in any manner, shape or form. We are disgusted that amerikkka has dropped what they call the Mother of All Bombs and even more disgusted that they use mother in that context. Have they no shame? Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or says it. What could possibly be more immoral than war? It takes rather than gives. We at furbirdsqueerly commit ourselves to stand against the slaughter fest of war, the taking from the poor, the destroying of plants, animals, and other living creatures.  In the last few years we have seem beautiful civilizations crumble under war and war mongers. Thousands dead and more dying each day more and more people displaced from their homes living in refugee camps. This is wrong and we know it.

Wars and more wars, over and over again and again. We spoke out against the governments of Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama and certainly against the current mishap Trump. None of them were any good according to us. We marched, we prayed, we burned our draft card with the best of them, we swayed and sang songs for peace, we sat in, we got arrested, we got hit upside of our heads, jailed and tear gassed all for peace. We testified with thousands and we stood with one or two. Dorthy Day once said no matter how many join you this doesn’t matter, someone must always be testifying against war.

Image result for another mother for peace posterNo we can’t feed the poor, build housing, give an education, repair infrastructures, provide decent health care and a maximum wage to people. We have forgotten to promote the general welfare of all of our people and in doing so we leave so many behind. We must stop this anyway we can.
     Finally we are putting peace back on the front burner. We have been calling for this and calling for this for months now. War never went away. We know from our other postings that the U.S. has been at war bombing countries for years now. No folks it wasn’t okay and everything wasn’t peaceful when Obama was the man. Now we have this crazy monster in DC surrounding himself with other crazy monsters beginning to pounce. Bombing Syria, (even Hillary got in the act calling for bombing 2 hours before the bombs dropped) using the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan, and provoking North Korea which may lead us down the path of real all and all destruction. Trumps new military budget calls for a 54 billion $ increase in military spending so where is the money going to come from? These folks are crooks, they will make a bundle on war and the preparing for war. They already have and will continue to make more. Meanwhile due to cuts in the budget Grandma will have a hard time making ends meet.
     How do we stop this plague that has come upon amerikkka? Is there no stopping it?  One thing we can hope for that there is a special place in hell for those who have profited or are profiting from death and destruction. Defense stocks are top performers on Wall Street. ( 1 ) One thing we can hope for is that the people will rise up when they really realize what is happening. But usually the case is, when it is biting at my ass then I will do something about it. What bullshitters those folks are. How cruel. All it takes for us with every new war is a photo of one dead child murdered by this regime. This is worth far more than all of the little boo hoos that amerikkkans think are so important and will get in the streets over.

We like what artist Mike Alewitz has to say about this. These lines are from his posting Happy Tax Day. “Most of our tax dollars go to “defense.” (That’s another word for war). Trillions of dollars fund the slaughter of workers just like us, but from other countries. This is highly profitable, as the weapons-makers sell to all sides. In fact, the permanent war economy lies at the heart of ensuring the best super-profits for the US capitalist class.Which is why all the Democratic and Republican politicians, from Trump to Sanders, support the war industry.

As you relinquish your last few dollars, find solace in knowing that our blood and sweat has allowed wealthy parasites like Donald Trump to enjoy their lavish lifestyle without the inconvenience of having to take any responsibility for the millions of impoverished workers that created their treasure.

But here’s the best part – after they take a huge chunk of every paycheck, and make us pay national, state, local, property, vehicle and sales taxes; they send us a bit of change called a “tax return.”

We then get to walk around feeling like we got some free money.”

World Beyond War has this to say, “fractions of the proposed military budget could provide free, top-quality education from pre-school through college, end hunger and starvation on earth, convert the U.S. to clean energy, provide clean drinking water everywhere it’s needed on the planet, build fast trains between all major U.S. cities, and double non-military U.S. foreign aid rather than cutting it.” (Gee that sure sounds a heck of a lot better than all of this killing.) Where does the greatest support for war originates? The United States builds, sells, buys, stockpiles, and uses the most weapons, engages in the most conflicts, stations the most troops in the most countries, and carries out the most deadly and destructive wars. By these and other measures, the U.S. government is the world’s leading war-maker, and — in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. — the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. Ending U.S. militarism would eliminate the pressure that is driving many other nations to increase their military spending. It would deprive NATO of its leading advocate for and greatest participant in wars. It would cut off the largest supply of weapons to the Middle East and other regions. (2)

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Notes:
The Department of Defense asked for $2 billion over five years to buy 4,000 Tomahawks for the U.S. Navy in its fiscal 2017 budget last February.
(1) What companies are making a killing in war profits see HERE.
(2) Introduction to World Beyond War go to HERE.

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Friday May 5th we march in remembrance of our black Trans sisters who have been killed this year, we march for LGBTQ+ rights , we march because we are fabulous and here to stay.
#QueerLiberation #TransLiberation #NewHavenPride #BLACKLGBTQLIVESMATTER #F4J

We were going through our archives today and came across this wonderful poem. It was published around 2009 but written much earlier. We hope that it is a call out to the artists in these parts. Hey folks you are being attacked by the new regime in DC and we are just wondering why all of the arts organizations from the mainstream to the alternative aren’t in the streets? Come on folks bring it on in a creative display, bring out your art, shout your poems, bring out your puppets, your floats, your music, your performance. Dance in the streets. Maybe if you asked Big Bird would come out.  The time to act is before their move if you wait till after you have already lost the battle and gained nothing. Anyway here is the poem.

The Struggle Is Our Art

The world is our studio, gallery, museum

With our lives we paint the new day.

Our thoughts, words, deeds and actions

like hammer and chisel shape reality.

Our poems are as gentle as the spring falling rain

But also as terrifying as the raising flood waters.

Our brushes are ready to sweep away the dirt

that oppressors try to heap upon us.

Our song like the mighty thunder rolls

Alarming all that hides beneath the rocks.

Chasing it out into the light of day.

Away, Away, Away

The chorus sings against injustice.

The battle lines are drawn our erasers are ready

to clean the pages of mistakes.

Our dance a million feet non-stopping

To those who oppose, We are their danger and they shall know

No ba, ba, helpless little sheep are we

No stay in your place people

No going back from where we came

No saying, “Yes, Sir,” “Yes Sir”

For no sir you are not our baby.

And if you try to turn the clock back, we will smash the clock.

The struggle is our art.

While we were writing this a thought came to Emma O. Furbird,  “Would you mind publishing what we think has been one of the greatest sculptures of all time. One that we need to see more and more of, Defiance is never out of style.”