Archive for the ‘Solidarity’ Category

Over 40,000 people came out in Boston to protest the “Free Speech” hate speech rally organized by the Alt-right. They numbered some 40 or so people who quickly fled the Common when those standing against the right approached the Commons. We love the above photo found on our facebook page.

Here is a video of today:

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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From LIBERATION

Newspaper of the Party of Socialism and Liberation.

Trump’s transgender military ban — down with transphobia and imperialism!

By IV Sta

On July 26, Donald Trump announced via Twitter that transgender people would no longer be allowed to enlist or serve in the U.S. military “in any capacity.” Trump cited what he called “tremendous medical costs and disruption” in a promise to overturn the Obama administration’s 2016 decree allowing trans people to serve openly.

The tweet appears to have caught many in the upper White House echelons off guard — including defense secretary Mattis, who had a day’s notice of Trump’s decision. It is not entirely clear if the military ban can happen simply because the president makes a tweet. Nonetheless, most of the GOP has applauded the tweet, praising Trump for pandering so well to his ultra-conservative base.
The announcement was less surprising to trans people across the United States, considering the open transphobia Trump has expressed throughout his business career, campaign and presidency. In contrast to his campaign statement that he was an “ally” to LGBTQ people — which was supported by nothing — Trump’s first actions in office were removing the LGBTQ rights page from the White House website and rescinding the Obama administration’s federal guideline to interpret Title IX as inclusive of trans students.

The rationale for the tweet, in true Trump character, is completely baseless. Medical transition, which is presumably what Trump is referencing as a “burden,” has zero negative repercussions for the quality of job performance. Moreover, the military budget is the most bloated budget in the U.S. government, and has an allocation for Viagra that is five times the amount of money needed to cover transition-specific treatment for service members.
Regardless of the phony economics, the announcement has already caused a wave of pain in the trans community. Trans Lifeline, a hotline created by and for trans people, is experiencing an enormous uptick in calls following the Twitter rant. Trans Lifeline issued a statement condemning the attack. Part of the statement reads:

“People join the military for a variety of reasons but for many the only other options are homelessness and prison. When 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, it’s easy to see why joining the military might be an attractive option. In fact, the military may be the largest employer of trans people in the country, with an estimate of 15,500 in 2014.
“The actual number is likely much, much higher as more people are living their truths and coming out as trans every day. All of these trans service members may have lost their jobs and many more people including family, friends, and the entire trans population will be affected. The shockwaves from these tweets are felt throughout the entire trans community, not just by those who are current or former military. This sort of policy choice suggests a careless disregard for the rights of trans people to dignity and self-determination. As trans people around the country struggle to navigate a climate of fear, messages like these can have devastating effects on a person’s mental health. These effects quickly bleed over into other areas of life like work, family, friends, or a person’s ability to pursue their goals. Trans people, regardless of their affiliation with the military, deserve better than this.”

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Take a listen to Atty. Peter Goselin explain the new anti-BDS bill now in the congress.

and from Dan of Socialist Action

To fighters for what is right that we are proud to know.

Sunday August 6th

Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembrance

A shared call for the abolition of nuclear weapons promoting a vision of a nuclear free world.

Unitarian Society Meeting House

500 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford 06105

6:00pm Pot Luck Dinner

6:30 Program with Music, Speakers and Poetry

8:00 Candle Lighting ceremony–creation of a large Candle-lit Peace Sign on the Meeting House lawn.

For more information:

860-561-1897

http://www.hopeoutloud.org.

Facebook event: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance 2017

Sponsored by: Hope Out Loud, No Nukes, No War, Unitarian Society of Hartford.

New Haven Forum
Wednesday, July 19 @ 6:30pm
608 Whitney Ave

Impeach the System!
As the Trump administration takes more and more outrageous reactionary steps, the response from many is that Trump needs to be impeached. Join us to discuss why impeachment is not the solution to overcome the abuse, poverty, bigotry and inequality represented by the Trump administration.

PLUS: Fight the “Alt-Right”!
City after city have been bravely standing up to the growing presense of white supremacy in the US. Recently, New Haven activists and community members also came together to successfully drive out a neo-Nazi group. Join together again to discuss what’s at stake, what the role of the police is in these struggles, and how to ultimately defeat the “alt-right”.

Free event! Refreshments served! Parking lot & street parking available.

Facebook page for this event is HERE.

Antifascist Women Warriors  (photo Its Going Down)

This is an excellent report back from folks who post at Its Going Down.  Elm City Report Back: Keeping the Green Clean. The article opens this way: Saturday, July 8th was a successful day for the U.S antifascist movement. In Charlottesville, VA, the KKK was run out of town. Here in New Haven, a group of fascist and white supremacists attempted to hold a rally on the Green downtown. Members of the nationalist, misogynist Proud Boys, who double as the Connecticut Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights or FOAK chapter, American Guard and neo-Nazi group Identity Evropa showed up in an attempt to “resist socialism” i.e. spread hate around the city. They even had scheduled pseudo-celebrity alt-right Proud Boy Augustus Invictus to speak at the rally.

In preparation, various east coast antifascist crews, local activists from several organizations, and residents from neighborhoods around the Elm City showed the fuck up and shut them the fuck down. A crowd of over 200 marched from one corner of the Green (a large park in the middle of the city) to the other, holding a banner that read “Welcome to Hell” as a show of solidarity with Hamburg and chanting “Run Nazis Run.”

To read the rest of the article go to HERE:

We thank Its Going Down for posting articles that we need to read and need to share with others

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