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From the Hampton Institute.

This is the institutional role that police have. And this is why the police are and always will be the enemy of the people. They serve and protect property, wealth, and the ruling class. Period. And in the US particularly, they fulfill this role under historically racialized terms that dehumanize people of color, even under a black president.
And *this* is where some defenders of the police get it wrong. Our critique of them is not as individuals, but as an institutional force that exists in opposition to our collective interests. The individuals throwing people around in this video may very well be loving and caring fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, and neighbors at home. But, as soon as they don this uniform, they become mindless drones in an inherently oppressive structure. And the “thin blue line” they have constructed allows them the self-righteous and psychotic delusion that it is “them against the world” at all costs.
The “bad apple” narrative misses this entire point, whether ignorantly or intentionally. The entire orchard is rotten to its core. And it is designed this way.

NOTE:

As queers we have long known that cops are our #1 most dangerous enemy. 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. Does anyone really not understand why many of us say, No Cops at PRIDE. Cops out of our neighborhood!

We can only hope that when LGBTQ folks see videos such as the above that they understand that an attack on one group of people no matter what is an attack on all of us. That we must no matter what crumbs have been given to us by the master join with others who are oppressed and fight back. There can be no middle ground on this. We can not wait until we are suddenly in the crosshairs of this machine. They will roll over us just as they roll over, murder and kill Black women and men. We know that many of them stand hand in hand with the Neo- Nazis and the Klan. It is fully in their nature. Remember that they will beat us just as they beat anyone who dares to step up and say “This is wrong!” They will kill us and they will continue to do this until the people rise up and put an end to this madness. All Power To The People! Long Live the Revolution!

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What a bunch of bull some people try to feed us and have been fed by others. When I saw this I had to cringe.

The person who posted this titled it Peaceful Resistance Always. Of course she is a democrat and a supporter of Obama.

So what is the real story of Obama and Peaceful Resistance:

Obama embraced the US drone programme, overseeing more strikes in his first year than Bush carried out during his entire presidency. A total of 563 strikes, largely by drones, targeted Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen during Obama’s two terms, compared to 57 strikes under Bush. Between 384 and 807 civilians were killed in those countries, according to reports logged by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

That figure does not include deaths in active battlefields including Afghanistan – where US air attacks have shot up since Obama withdrew the majority of his troops at the end of 2014. The country has since come under frequent US bombardment, in an unreported war that saw 1,337 weapons dropped last year alone – a 40% rise on 2015.

Afghan civilian casualties have been high, with the United Nations (UN) reporting at least 85 deaths in 2016. The Bureau recorded 65 to 105 civilian deaths during this period. We did not start collecting data on Afghanistan until 2015.

Total US drone and air strikes in 2016
Pakistan Yemen Somalia Afghanistan
Strikes 3 38 14 1071
Total people reported killed 11-12 147-203 204-292 1389-1597
Civilians reported killed 1 0 3-5 65-101

Notes on the data: The Bureau is not logging strikes in active battlefields except Afghanistan; strikes in Syria, Iraq and Libya are not included in this data. To see data for those countries, visit Airwars.org.

 

 

This is what Peaceful Resistance gets you.

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and this bullshit is overwhelming we only need one photo even if there are many more: The Obama administration has insisted that drone strikes are so “exceptionally surgical and precise” that they pluck off terror suspects while not putting “innocent men, women and children in danger”.

and really folks. Did the Nobel committee lose their minds?

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According to St. Pete for Peace here is a run down of peaceful resistance: (more…)

This was posted over at the Call Out to the Trans rally sponsored by GLSEN that is being held this Saturday. The comment was written by John Keogh.
John Keogh

“I attended the rally on 28 March in New Haven. It was meaningful, and most of the speakers were wonderful. However, one speaker was hatefully strident, calling the administration pigs and making insulting comments about the police. Another speaker was similarly vehement, but more sophisticated. We also had a couple of guys from Antifascist Action–the people who turned the Berkeley protests from a definite win to a definite loss, costing us an awful lot of support across the nation. They smoked, in a crowd, along with some woman near the mike. Who does that? How completely thoughtless of people with asthma, other reactivity to the smoke, or just ex-addicts like me.

Listen. I am in the Resistance with a whole heart. But I will NOT be a part of anybody’s fantasy revolution. Anyone who comes on as if it is Russia in 1919 can just do his or her ego trip in private. If you are arranging something like that in Hartford, let us know, so we can boycott this demonstration. Seriously, I am 100% behind trans youth, with all my heart. But I will not insult police or be part of some fist-in-the-air, brain-in-the-sand revolution.

Get it straight now, because we are in this for the long haul.”

A response: Removed by GLSEN. No room for discussion. Teacher knows best.

Oh thank you I am so glad that this is not the revolution of 1919 in Russia even if the current regime has declared war on us and slowly will be taking away our rights one by one until they get to whatever the Christian Taliban has in store for us. I am so happy I don’t have to worry about losing any blood on the steps of the Supreme Court or anywhere else for that matter. It sound awful that people were smoking and smelly. I hate the smell of cigarette smoke or any kind for that matter. I am ashamed that I use to smoke wherever I wanted to regardless of who was near me. PU. Car exhaust really bothers me to know end so I don’t drive a car. The groups that have long been active and that are listed as speakers and supporters all seem like fine democrats to me, all law-abiding citizens with love in their hearts so no worry there. It sounds like a very enjoyable day while we do our thing for our people with our rainbow flags and love, respect and unity of all. Don’t forget to bring your Trans flag.

I am not sure having just joined the resistance last week if change doesn’t come about by all different ways and means. I read somewhere maybe in school that there were a lot of nice homosexual groups back in the 50tis and 60ties and then the young said, to heck with this police harassment and Stonewall happened over those nights in June to me seemed like a break this and that rebellion. My goodness they even threw coins at the police instead of giving them to homeless folks. A friend of ours Stormie DeLarverie a butch drag king said of that first night, “The cop hit me so I hit him back.”  These were the kind of folks who kicked in the door so the many could walk through or so I have been told. When I heard that a little old lady lived upstairs of Stonewall all I could say is, thank the LGBT communities lucky stars she didn’t burn to death. I am not sure and will have to check out more of this history stuff to make sure that people who were and are under attack meet your standards of respectability.You know Mr. Keogh you can thank whatever you thank, that you are not black and trans living on the street. If you were I wonder how much you would love and respect the police how much after being harassed for the umpteenth time how many times you were almost killed before you would lose this attitude?

One thing a big thank you to the groups who are sponsoring this peaceful rally for all of us folks who do not care about fists in the air, leaving our blood behind, smoking at the mic or in the crowd, insulting comments about the police who are always so nice and helpful to old folks who are trying to cross the street or any talk of revolution as that is going just a little bit too far….end of comment.

End of comment. (we thought we went far enough on a respectable pawns of the democrats page.)

Here is what we really will say to the likes of Mr. Keogh and fellow Travelers who are nothing more than pawns in the game of democrat and republicans, who hold back any real advancement and who must be swept away into the dust bins of history. Oh by the way, Mr. Keogh has been nominated for the jerk of the week. Amen to that sister.

Dear Mr. Keogh

Sir, please get your liberal ass out of the way. You are nothing more than a tool of the ruling class, holding everything back and expecting that everyone wants to fight the same old battles over and over again. That does nothing but re-invent the wheel which always ends up missing a few spokes. We need change and we will not get it with or from you. You said “We are in this for the long haul,” yes sir some of us have been fighting since the mid-sixties and you know its your brand of over and over that makes us very weary. It is your brand of back and forth, liberal, than right, right than liberal over and over that will lead us to the path of the first revolution. Maybe a lot of us will die in it but then just maybe you guys will see that it is the only way to go. Or you will act like so many before become a Kapo and turn us all in just because you don’t like our “fantasy revolution.”  Let’s get real here Mr. Keogh. We also would like to add that while you sit home on your liberal ass, the anti-fascist folks in New Haven have been working around the clock building large banners, and planing a response to the Hate Bus that is coming to town. Do you know what the Hate Bus is? Who Citizen Go or NOM is? Who  are these hateful people and what are they saying about Transgender folks? That was the anti-fascist group with the large blue banner speaking about breathing as revolution. Do you know that some of the speakers at trans rally in New Have have been for many years responding to the widespread epidemic of violence against Trans people on a daily basis. There are many reasons we act as we do.

Here is one from my revolution.

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A fantasy revolution? You make us laugh. The revolution is very real. Don’t try to hold us back or the promise from history run all over you and your kind. When push comes to shove, when the present regime lights their Reichstag’s fire and they begin to crack down, which side will you be on? I bet the wrong side of the barricades. You know I told a little lie in my response to your comment. I have been a revolutionary activist for some 54+ years, have met and seen your type in action, and have to say ENOUGH OF YOU!!! You, your thinking are the cause we are still fighting these same old battles over and over again. Hopefully holding us back this time will not be and option that many will take. You are nothing more than tools of the ruling class. Your comments feed into the split, divide and conquer that is being employed across the country. Mr. Keogh you do not lead the band, get out of yourself. No matter what that train is coming down the track and you are not going to stop it. Its been a long time coming and many of us will make damn sure that it pulls into the station. What will be this generations Stonewall? None of us know. Already shots have been fired at our community and more shots are certain to come. A love fest on a Saturday afternoon isn’t going to make it stop, maybe it will make you feel better, or maybe polite society will like you a bit more. Maybe you’ll get on the news and your 5 mins of fame and photos of the day will be all that is accomplished. But you know as Harry Hay once said, When push comes to shove you will find out real fast  that in their eyes you are degenerate and they are not. You will find out real fast that they law you helped to get on the books is no longer there. Here today gone tomorrow. So light your candles in the rain, pray for equality for all, cheer on the speakers as a great philosopher who once wrote on these pages said, “Each one as they may. By any means necessary.” Remember one thing, the powers that be only gave us our rights because we rioted.

 Comments from the page before the removal.
Comment from GLSEN:  John, this is a youth-led and -centered event. Some of the speakers are from allied LGBTQ+ organizations, but most of them are trans youth and friends, parents, or allies of trans youth. There will not only be speeches but some poetry slams and creative performances, chants, and other important gestures of solidarity. While your concerns are understandable, this rally is about respect, affirmation, and unity, not hostility, disrespect, and division.
Comment from #2 Hi John, as an asthmatic, I do share the concern about smoking in the crowd. That’s probably most effective to address on an individual basis, though. I suspect most folks would be understanding if someone near them asks that they move to the edge of the gathering to smoke.

Comment from #2

And while it’s everyone’s choice to decide what kind of expression they’re comfortable being around, I think it’s also important that we respect the very justifiable anger of trans people who have been mistreated by social institutions like police.
Comment from us.  I agree 100 % with Comment #2. The trans community must take the lead in this and I will support them as always by any means necessary by all means possible. I can’t understand why some folks just don’t check out the facts surrounding the police and how they treat the Trans community and other communities. Must live under a rock.
I checked out the GLSEN site and noticed that the posting by Mr. Keog and our comments were removed.
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Our brooms are ready!

We have always loved this: The Russian Revolution sent a thrill of joy through the hearts of hundreds of millions of the exploited and oppressed all over the world. Its influence was decisive in the profound wave of revolution which swept eastern and central Europe upon the end of the war. Kings and emperors toppled as this revolutionary upsurge went through Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Balkans. The whole of European capitalism was shaken to its foundations.

If the peoples of the world were inspired by the Russian Revolution, the capitalists of all countries were profoundly shocked by it. In their fright they trembled at the threatened destruction of their whole system of exploitation and robbery.

The hate bus

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REMEMBER:  EVERY REVOLUTION HAS A SPARK.

Our girlfriend and comrade Sylvia Rivera

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Everyone who is or cares about workers should take the time to read this article. Just another strike out against us by the Republicans, the ruling class and business. The article, With all eyes on Trump, Republicans are planning to break unions for good, written by Michael Paarlberg and published on the Guardian on line is a must read. Mr. Paarlberg writes, “A so called “right to work” bill going through Congress will starve unions of funding, leaving workers at the mercy of their bosses and politicians.”  Who on this earth would want to be a the mercy of bosses and politicians? Not us. Not any of our working class comrades.

. It would be well worth everyone’s while to go over to the Guardian site, get on their mailing list and most of all make a contribution. In these times we must do everything in our power to make sure sites such as the Guardian remain active and giving to us relevant articles as we fight one of the biggest battles in our life.

Here is Mr. Paarlberg’s article:

With all eyes on Trump, Republicans are planning to break unions for good.

Alternative facts are nothing new; politicians have been making stuff up since they first crawled out of the primordial swamp. One of the most successful lies in modern US politics has been that of “right to work” laws, which break unions under the guise of protecting workers, one of which was introduced in Congress on Wednesday afternoon and will probably break unions in the country for good.

A national right to work law has been a pipe dream of corporate lobbyists, the chamber of commerce, the Koch brothers, and the politicians on their payroll for decades, and is about to become a reality. Right to work laws already exist in more than half the states in the country, where unions are weak or nonexistent, wages are correspondingly low, and workers are correspondingly disposable. In theory, these laws are about guaranteeing workers’ freedom of association. In practice, they’re about keeping workers from forming unions, by making unions financially unsustainable.

The main lie told by right to work proponents is that such laws put an end to “compulsory union membership”. It’s flat-out false; there is no such thing, and hasn’t been since 1947, when the Taft Hartley Act made the closed shop – a type of contract where union membership was a condition of employment – illegal. Nowhere in the US, whether you’re in a right to work state or not, can you be forced to be a member of a union, or fired for refusing to join one.

The second lie is that such laws protect workers from having their dues money go to political causes they don’t support. Nowhere in the country can you be forced to donate to a politician, campaign or political organization you don’t support. If you’re a dues-paying union member, you already have a right to simply not donate to your union’s political fund, and plenty of union members exercise it.

What right to work laws, including this bill, do is outlaw a specific type of voluntary, private employment contract that employers and employees may agree on. Under this agency shop contract, which must be voted on and approved by a majority of employees, workers agree to pay a fair share provision – a fraction of the dues amount that union members pay – to cover the costs of bargaining and enforcing the workplace contract. (more…)

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Media told by government that they are barred from covering Navy Memorial Protest at Trump Inaugural!

The ANSWER coalition has been informed by credentialed media, including a major national TV news network, that have just been told by the Secret Service that they will not be allowed access to the Navy Memorial on January 20th to cover the major protest taking place there along Trump’s Inaugural Parade Route.

This is an outrage, a blatant act of political discrimination, and a grave threat to free speech and the right to dissent in the Trump Era.

This is an unprecedented restriction of media coverage at the inaugural parade. Media has always been able to go to the Navy Memorial in the past and now, just a few days before thousands of protesters are expected to gather there for a peaceful protest, news teams and cameras are suddenly told they will be banned from entering.

On Inauguration Day, the Navy Memorial will be the largest single demonstration location showing direct opposition to Donald Trump. The media wants to cover this protest that will reflect the powerful grassroots opposition to Trump’s extremist right-wing agenda.

We fought for a permit for people to assemble directly abutting the parade route, and now those in charge of Trump’s Inaugural Parade are trying to sanitize the image of the parade by trying to close the protest to media. We won’t let them.

No doubt Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee wants to be sure that the cameras are only focused on the parade and not on the thousands of people expressing opposition to the incoming administration and who are planning to be at the Navy Memorial.

Reporters have informed us that they were told they could not go into the Navy Memorial area and record footage or even interview people along the route there as part of their news coverage. They are credentialed media, and credentialed for access inside the checkpoints, but have been told, that they may only cover the parade in specific spots. Those spots exclude covering the protest at the Navy Memorial — the one permitted protest on the Inaugural Parade that will take place. (more…)

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