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Support the Black PRIDE 4

Posted: February 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

Pride is supposed to be a celebration of resistance. It is supposed to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which were started by trans women of color who had had enough of state violence. It is supposed to be about protecting those who otherwise would go unprotected, especially the Black LGBTQIA+ population.

So the fact that queer and trans Black people were criminalized for resisting state violence at a Columbus Pride event last year is very telling of how far the mainstream gay rights movement has come from its roots. White cis men have little connection to what queer liberation really looks like, and yet maintaining their comfort seems to be what Pride is all about now.
According to Columbus Alive, On Monday, a jury convicted three LGBTQ activists on six of eight misdemeanor counts stemming from their June 2017 protest. Wriply Bennet was convicted of disorderly conduct, failure to comply with a police officer’s orders and resisting arrest. Ashley Braxton was convicted of disorderly conduct and failure to comply, and Kendall Denton was convicted of disorderly conduct. Sentencing is expected in the coming weeks.

A fourth activist, Deandre Miles, still faces a felony charge of aggravated robbery after being accused of reaching for a police officer’s gun, and will be tried separately.

Commonly known as the Black Pride 4, the demonstrators were part of a larger group that attempted to block the Columbus Pride parade as a means “to raise awareness about the violence against and erasure of black and brown queer and trans people,” among other concerns.
The Black Pride 4 need our help. You can contribute by donating to the legal defense fund established for them here.

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Deportee

Posted: January 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

On 28 January 1948, a DC-3 plane carrying 32 persons, mostly Mexican farm laborers, including some from the bracero guest worker program, crashed in the Diablo Range, 20 miles west of Coalinga, California. The crash, which killed everyone aboard the plane, inspired the song “Deportee” by Woody Guthrie.[1]

Some of the passengers were being returned to Mexico at the termination of their bracero contracts, while others were illegal immigrants being deported. Initial news reports listed only the pilot, first officer, and stewardess, with the remainder listed only as “deportees.”[1] Only 12 of the victims were initially identified. The Hispanic victims of the accident were placed in a mass grave at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fresno, California, with their grave marked only as “Mexican Nationals”

Our sisters in the struggle Sylvia Rae Rivera and Jennicet Gutierrez. Both telling it like it is and needs to be told. Sylvia in 1973 and Jennicet Gutierrez in 2015.  Both booed by “straight gays and lesbians.  Both standing their ground and speaking out. Long live our Revolutionary Trans Sisters Sylvia Rae Rivera and Jennicet Gutierrez.

Jennicet Gutierrez Speaking Out.

Just another showing of white “straight” Lesbian and Gay privilege booing the truth and shutting down people who really have something to say.

Do Not Forget The Individual Victims Of The ONE Percent With Their RepubliKKKan Trillion Dollar Tax Cut…?

Introducing: WICKED HARTFORD

Posted: October 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Looks to be another great book from Steve Thornton. A history of the people and made by the people. Also a new walking tour is bound to be loaded with ourstories.

The Shoeleather History Project

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On sale October 16 at Powells.com, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble.

To sign up for the October 18 book launch: https://www.facebook.com/events/190211081519389

To sign up for the Union Place walking tour (10/28), or the Hartford History Center book talk (11/9), email: stephen.thornton1199@gmail.com

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You know we hadn’t had a Jerk Of All Times Award up until today when we saw this article:

Republican Blurts Out That Sick People Don’t Deserve Affordable Care

Some one should take this man to the woodshed. We are sure that many among us would think of some better things to do with this jerk but this being a nice respectable family blog we shant say it. Here he is folks, one fucking big asshole jerk for all times.

Republican Reprehensible  Mo Brooks of Alabama

and here is what the big jerk said:

Republicans usually defend their health-care position with an array of buzzwords like choice, patient-centric, or competition. In a CNN interview, Representative Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, makes the case for Trumpcare in much starker terms: It will free healthy people from having to pay the cost of the sick. “It will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healt explained Brooks. “And right now, those are the people who have done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”

It is certainly true that the Republican health-care plan will spur insurance companies to charge more money to people with expensive medical needs, and less to healthier people. (It will also transfer hundreds of billions of dollars from the poor, who will get reduced Medicaid and tax credits to buy insurance, to the rich, who will receive a large tax cut.) The idea that morality dictates healthy people pay less, and sick people more, has been floating around the margins of conservative health-care thought. John Mackey, the libertarian owner of Whole Foods, made this case in a 2009 Wall Street Journal op-ed denouncing Obamacare:

Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.

Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity—are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices.

When Democratic Senator Tom Harkin in 2010 proposed that it was time to stop segregating Americans on the basis of health status, the conservative health-care analyst Jeffrey H. Anderson scoffed, “Having people pay their own way is apparently an injustice akin to segregating them by race or creed.”

Of course, you can’t pay your own way if you’re too poor or sick to afford your own projected medical costs. Indeed, sometimes people who are healthy at the moment find one day they are not, or they have a sick child, or maybe they simply want to have a baby. (The cost of bearing children is another one Republicans want to be borne entirely by those doing it.) The Republican plan expresses one of the core beliefs shared by movement conservatives, and utterly alien to people across the globe, right and left: that people who can’t afford the cost of their own medical care have nobody to blame but themselves.

Article from NY Magazine May 2017.

Notes:

  1. One thing for certain when enough people get sick and tired of folks like Mo Brooks there will be and heaven help them all such a just uprising and the big push them out of the way will happen. Mo Brooks many have your number and many more will we promise you. You know its a sad day when folks can not lend a hand to those who are down and out, to those who are sick and to those who need help. This is greed and if there is a god it is certain that this type of greed is purely wrong and shall be dealt with.
  2. Like other large employers, the government pays a large share of the cost of coverage. On average, the government pays 72 percent of the premiums for its workers, up to a maximum of 75 percent depending on the policy chosen. For example, the popular Blue Cross and Blue Shield standard fee-for-service family plan carries a total premium of $1,327.80 per month, of which the beneficiary pays $430.04. Washington, D.C.-based employees who prefer an HMO option might choose the Kaiser standard family plan. It carries a total premium of $825.15 per month, of which the employee pays only $206.29.
    In addition, members of Congress also qualify for some medical benefits that ordinary federal workers do not. They (but not their families) are eligible to receive limited medical services from the Office of the Attending Physician of the U.S. Capitol, after payment of an annual fee ($491 in 2007). But services don’t include surgery, dental care or eyeglasses, and any prescriptions must be filled at the member’s expense.
    House and Senate members (but not their families) also are eligible to receive care at military hospitals. For outpatient care, there is no charge at the Washington, D.C., area hospitals (Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center). Inpatient care is billed at rates set by the Department of Defense…Fact Check.Org. HERE.
  3. The Average Joe of Congress (there are 529 of them) gets paid $174,000 per year. But not everyone is average; the Speaker of the House gets $223,500 a year, while the majority and minority leaders of both the Senate and the House, along with the President Pro Tempore, get paid $193,400 per year…for more on this see HERE.

“As indigenists, as revolutionaries, we stand firm in our rejection of all heroes of empire and the distorted histories around them spun by both the forces of the colonial state and its loyal opposition among the so-called left”… Eaemaehkiw Thupaq Kesiqnaeh

An 8′ high bronze sculpture of Christopher Columbus stands on an 8′ by 10′ by 10′ granite base. The statue was created by Vincenzo Miserendino and dedicated on October 12, 1926.
The figure of Christopher Columbus is standing astride on a world globe surrounded by ocean waves that cascade onto the base. He is looking straight ahead while wearing a long 15th century garment, belted at the waist, that reaches his calfs, stocking and a fur lined coat. The front of the base is inscribed:
COLVMBVS
Presented
To The City Of Hartford
By Its
Italian-American
Citizens
Dedicated
October 12, 1926