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Furbirdsqueerly sends out a liberation greeting to all of our readers, friend, comrade and foe. Here is one of our favorite liberation warriors who we celebrate today and everyday. How many times over the years have we said the same. No Pride for Some of US without Liberation for All of US! or as I use to say, I do not want my rights if all of my comrades can’t have theirs. (note to the mainstream)

Marsha P (Pay It No Mind) Johnson

The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

Stonewall Warriors, Anticapitalist, Trans Liberation Contingent

Saturday June 10, 9Am-3PM, Copley Square, 560 Boylston St. Boston Mass.

REMEMBER THE RIOT THAT MADE YOUR PARADE!!!

WE WILL NOT RIDE IN THE BACK OF THIS BUS! END THE SILENCING OF POLITICAL VOICES!

Pride was founded by Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman, in response to police brutality against queer and trans POC. Yet Boston Pride continues to segregate anyone with a political message at the end of the parade. Pride was founded as an antiracist political protest, yet the “Stronger Together” rally segregates those speaking on these issues to the day after the parade, and was in conflict with other major events until we raised our voices and pressured the Pride Committee to change the time. We demand that Black, Latinx, and Indigenous queer and trans communities lead the action that they founded. End the silencing of the oppressed.

BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER! SPEAK OUT AND ACT UP AGAINST TRANSMISOGYNIST VIOLENCE.

Black trans people are the #1 targets of violence in the queer community, closely followed by all other trans POC. Trans women who exercise their right to self-defense are unjustly convicted and imprisoned. They face violence at the hands of guards and inmates, and the only “protection” offered is inhumane solitary confinement. Violence, murder, and abuse will continue to escalate under the Trump regime. Promote TPoC-led programs that advocate for LGBTQ self-defense.

GET BIG BANK MONEY OUT OF PRIDE – NO BLOOD MONEY FROM PRISON AND PIPELINE PROFITEERS!

Corporations like TDBank, Santander, Citizens Bank and Capital One invest in pipelines that destroy the earth and crush indigenous sovereignty. They profit from prisons disproportionately target POC and abuse QT inmates. Anyone with a financial policy that devastatingly impacts QTPOC has no place in a tradition which was founded by them for the purpose of demanding their human rights.

POLICE AND ICE VIOLENCE AGAINST QTPOC IS UNNACCEPTABLE – WE REJECT THE INCLUSION OF POLICE FLOATS IN THE PRIDE PARADE!

Police and ICE violence against QTPOC is an ongoing concern. The glorification of law enforcement that routinely brutalizes the community shows blatant disrespect to the legacy of Stonewall as a response to police brutality. By accepting cops and ICE officers into the heart of Pride, the Pride committee has shown a complete lack of respect for QTPoC.

If you truly want liberation for all, join the Stonewall Warriors in the streets!

Stop cis-gay-washing
Stop selling our oppression
End intra-community white supremacy and transmisogyny

Brought to you by Workers World Party & your friendly local Anti-fascists

Groups who want in, and groups who want to endorse us, contact Andie Michelle OR Frank Neisser

Solidarity, QUEER POWER!

It was 1999.

When Sylvia Rivera our True Shero of the Revolutionary LGBT peoples came to town.
Letters to the editor began appearing in the LGBT news magazine the Metroline condemning one of our comrades Mucha Mucha Placer and also drag queens in general.  Mucha as we fondly refer to her as is revolutionary drag queen, co-chair of the Ct. Coalition and damn hard worker for LGBT civil rights. A flurry of letter in support of Ms Placer and drag queens responded. We felt at this time it was the same type of folks, white comfortable class gay men and feminist lesbians who were leading this charge as they had so many times in the past. Members of The Ct. Stonewall Foundation also participated in responding to this hit against the drag community and transgender folks and decided to at their next conference  bring Sylvia Rivera to town for a key note speaking engagement. Arrangement were made that the conference was to be held in October right before the opening of the Foundations exhibition, Challenging and Changing America. The Struggle for LGBT Civil Rights. Richard Nelson one of the Foundations educational program directors gave the opening speech welcoming Ms. Rivera to Hartford and speaking out against the denouncing of Ms. Placer, the drag community and our trans sisters and brothers. The conference was attended by over 100 people who applauded Mr. Nelson and Ms. Rivera through out their talks. We will always remember Ms Rivera and thank her for fighting the good fight for all of us. We miss you Sylvia but carrying on your work whenever and wherever we can and need to.

As we said at that time, no one is going to take ourstories from us or denounce our hardworking comrades or leaders in the fight for liberation of all. We salute Sylvia and all of our foremothers and fathers, we say thank you and we shall always cherish your memories. Here is the video of the Ct. Stonewall Foundation welcoming Sylvia to town and her talk to us that day.

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…)

Many thanks to Kai Russo for permission to publish this speech.

Intersecting Oppressions Speech at Trans Rally

Speech at Rally to Support Trans Youth, State Supreme Court, Hartford, CT
1 April 2017

by Kai Russo

Trans and gender nonconforming people are beautiful. We are beautiful because we all have a unique story, a personal identity and a collective struggle. There is not one trans story or one way of trans people look, even though we are still encouraged to ascribe and conform to white, cis norms of beauty in order to be accepted and feel safe in public. Yesterday was trans day of visibility, which is our designated day where we are supposed to celebrate who we are and how far we’ve come – because the other 364 days our problems, our issues and our beings are supposed to be invisible. As trans writer, entertainer and performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon wrote on their facebook page yesterday, “visibility is not the same thing as justice. What has become increasingly evident is that the system is, in fact, more willing to give trans people visibility that it is to give us compensation, resources [and] safety.”

When I was 16, I was one of 75% of trans people who felt unsafe at school. It is estimated that about a third of LGBTQ students will drop out of school due to reasons such as bullying, being denied access to public spaces and bathrooms. Black and Brown LGBTQ youth are constantly being funneled into our broken so-called criminal justice system through the school to prison pipeline. Halfway through my junior year I dropped out of high school because I was unable to cope with the loss of friends and treatment from my peers as I has started to transition. I am privileged to say that I was able to continue my education and I graduated with my Associates degree in January this year. Yes, high school drop-outs can have college degrees.

There has been outrage over the recent executive orders and rightfully so. But do not let us be surprised by what has happened as it is far too predictable. As much as we would like to deny it, exclusion and discrimination, racism and xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia have been built into our society from the beginning. In the past, our country has not been welcoming to immigrants and refugees who do not hail from the West. We would like to believe that we have come farther than we have, that time is able to heal, but do not be fooled by time. Time does not mark change. Time only allows for the same systems of hate to reconstruct themselves. We are the ones who need to be actively fighting against these systems. My favorite professor told me the only good thing to come of this mess is that finally, finally, people are starting to realize that we don’t live in a post-racial society where everyone is equal. Finally more and more people are starting to understand the injustices of our society now that we have a president who sexually assaults women and is supported by the KKK.

When we speak about trans issues, we should not be limiting our conversation to bathrooms. I can tell your from personal experience that trans people are probably more afraid to use the bathroom with cis people that the other way around. It is even harder for trans people who are gender non-conforming or are not able to pass as cis. Bathrooms are not the real issue – bathroom access is the excuse for people who are uncomfortable by the very existence of trans people in the first place. We must come to understand that deportation, incarceration and health care are all inherently trans issues. We must know that Black Lives Matter and the brutalization of Black and Brown people at the hands of police is a trans issue. Refugees and the displacement of people due to violence perpetuated by the United States abroad are trans issues. Flint Michigan and the denial of access to clean water in an area where there is a majority Black population is a trans issue. This has not been fixed since April 2014. Standing Rock and constant discrimination against Indigenous people is a trans issue. The murder of more than eight trans women in 2017, most who were women of color, is a trans issue. We must protect and work towards supporting and liberating those among us who are the most at risk for violence. As trans lawyer and activist Dean Spade explains: in our activism, we must work towards improving the conditions of those who are the most disadvantaged, or what he has coined as “trickle up social justice.” We cannot expect the liberation of upper middle class white able-bodied LGBTQ citizens to reach those among us who are not afforded the same privileges.

All that being said, we have all gathered here today to support and uplift trans people. To come together and celebrate our beauty both inside and out. As Angela Davis said, “Freedom is a constant struggle, but it is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.” Thank you.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1449739031726213/

 

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.
NOTES:
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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The official flyer for the CT Rally to Support Trans Youth. Please share and spread the word!

If you’re interested in becoming a coalition partner and/or would like to speak at the rally (we’re particularly interested in youth speakers), please e-mail connecticut@chapters.glsen.org #ProtectTransYouth #ClaimYourRights

Facebook page HERE.

We’ll be posting a list of planned speakers very soon! Continue to check this site for rally updates.

It’s time to RISE UP and JOIN IN SOLIDARITY to protect trans youth in our state! Let’s FIGHT BACK with this youth-led effort to #ProtectTransYouth and #ClaimOurRights! Bring your signs, support, and energy to this rally that will be held directly in front of the center and west doors of the CT Supreme Court on Saturday, April 1, 2:30-4pm.

Our state’s and nation’s trans, gender non-conforming, and queer youth are under attack. In this time of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty about our most basic civil rights, we must continue to ensure that transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer youth are affirmed, respe See More