Let’s start this right. Here we go.

I noticed on the calendar that October 16 is celebrated as Bosses Day. To this we must say what a load of Bull Shit. Its a day set aside for workers to honor their bosses. Well we will give a big BOO and then some for such a stupid idea. What are we suppose to do, give the boss a gift of $, flowers, take him out to lunch, get her a nice vase? In many offices foolish employees will take up a collection, get a card have everyone who donated sign it. How does anyone think that the employee who can not afford to contribute the money will feel? Like maybe the boss will look at her in another way and think up ways to get rid of her. Tradition would hold that the boss should be the one giving to the employees not the other way around. There are acutally websites that have gift giving ideas and a list of do’s and don’t for Bosses Day.

We have nothing in common with bosses. Nothing at all. Bosses represent the ruling class and the ruling class is not us. The boss keeps us in line day after day and thwarts our every move to organize to make our lives and the lives of our fellow workers better. He very rarely will bend any of the rules for us. He never misses an opportunity to show you who’s in charge and believes that employees are little more than worker bees who obey orders and follow the rules. In return for their good behavior, and if they’re lucky, employees may get to keep their jobs. The rallying cry of these bosses is, “Do what I say or else.” To them, there’s nothing that another rule or policy can’t fix. He says,  “Don’t tell me your story as I don’t care ones rat ass, that you have a problem with childcare, your car doesn’t work, your mother’s sick or your fathers dead. Too bad.” We got a job to do here. You haven’t been here a year yet why should you even think that you should get a day off? Sick, no pay poor boy. What is a boss? I don’t even like the word even if you find a good one among all the rotten apples they still play by the rules set up by their bosses.

I once worked with a woman to whom I was very close. She was from Vietnam. She never could make the connection that the term was boss and she would always add a y to boss and called him Bossy. Yes she got it right he was a bossy boss. Why he even bossed where he shouldn’t be bossing. I know best I am boss. “Well,” said a couple of women, “we have been doing this cleaning when you were still in diapers so don’t tell us how to do our job.” Lucky for the workers they were organized into a union and soon the boss was finding himself a new place to boss and hopefully as Marion said, has learned a lesson here that he can take with him no matter where he works. Number one, Don’t mess with us! Number two, you don’t know the job so don’t act like you do. Another boss that was so dreadful that one day someone who knew he would be running around a corner put a good mess of cleaning fluid on the floor and wham! down he went and was out of work for months. You know people can only take so much. Nothing brightens up a room like your absent boss and you know its not even a matter of the cats away and the mice will play. You know its that strut, that looking down their nose, their better than you, their I am boss, their BS, their always right never wrong, how about their very being.

We won’t even get into where all the profits go but we know not to the workers who do the work.

 

We do not need a boss to do our work. We can all learn to be leaders on the job, doing what we must do to get the work done. But this will take training of ourselves so we don’t become bosses in any leaderless situation.

 

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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.

We read many years ago that our LGBTQ stories had been suppressed, ignored, omitted, denied and erased. That straights wanting to grab the truth from us rewrote ourstories to suit their agenda and even many times the LGBT person chose the straight jacket over freedom and liberation. Over the last 50+ years our LGBTQ scholars, artists, our story makers have unlocked, kicked down and opened the many locked and closed doors that stood in the way of our people. We here at Furbirdsqueerly rejoice that they have given back to us that which was taken away that which was in the dark, that which was hidden between the lines. That place of not knowing was just another form of oppression keeping us all in down. As Socialist Feminist Nelly Wong said, “Exploring ideas and finding long hidden history (ourstories) is a form of finding voice.” If we ever wish to be truly liberated we must come from a place of a deep understanding of our people’s stories. We are fortunate to be living in these times when we can stand up out and proud where we can find our voice and be silent no more. Yes we can and must talk back to the oppressor. Our powerful movement for justice, freedom and liberation has come a long way since the days of Coopers Doughnuts, Compton’s Cafeteria and the Stonewall Inn but many of us realize that there is much more to do. We are being attacked daily by the present administration in Washington DC and all over the country we see our rights slowly eroding. The fascist right is on the rise and we are a targeted group. We must talk back now more than ever and we must begin to realize that reform which the LGBT movement has been so good at is a dismal failure. If we do not unite with others who are oppressed and fight back against this current threat then we shall go down in which ever way the right choses. Make no mistake about it we will go down.

Many times over the years we have been at the center of controversy when we have tried hard to get our LGBT sisters and brothers to understand that single issue fight is a dead end. So many times with the small victories that have been ours we think, “The battle has been won.” Then years later we see that our hard fought for rights are under attack and we are in the position to lose ground. Again let us remember that “the single issue is a dead end issue. It is an inevitable violation of revolutionary clarity, integrity and responsibility yet it persists because the ruling class confers respectability upon it.” …Clara Frazer. Ms. Frazer agrees that even if we win reforms on single issues like abortion rights, we wind up fighting to retain them year after year. Feminist Socialist Gloria Martin said, “We have to change the system, because as long as the system is the same, we’ll be fighting all our lives for the same thing…” This is our moto and this is our hope and this is what we work for.

ALL POWER TO A UNITED FRONT!! STAND AGAINST THE NEO NAZIS!! STAND AGAINST THE RIGHT!! STAND AGAINST CAPTIALISM!!

Note: Many articles are found over in our pages section that trace ourstories and events and struggles that we at Furbirdsqueerly has been involved in. Check them out during this LGBTQ Ourstory month. 

We remember this quite well. We stood in support of the Panthers in New Haven along with the Gay Liberation Front of NYC. We know that the government will use any trick in the book to destroy the revolutionary liberation movements and we must stand ready to fight them off. Today the FBI is doing the same with the Black Lives Matter movement and Queers of all colors must stand in support of BLM.

Revolutionary LGBT history: The Black Panthers supported gay rights.

By Serena Freewomyn, as published on the Bilerico Report.

Many people like to criticize the Black Panthers by saying that they were racist, sexist, and/or homophobic, but this is just an attempt to delegitimize one of the most revolutionary organizations this country has ever known. White people especially hold onto these claims and ignore the many social programs that the Panthers provided: health care, free breakfasts for kids, clothing distributions, police patrols . . . the list goes on. This post is not going to be a summary of all the things that the Panthers did for their community. This post is meant as a response to those who would slander the Black Panthers with charges of homophobia and sexism.

In his book We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party, Mumia Abu-Jamal deals specifically with the issue of sexism within The Black Panther Party.
The great African American educator and civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), a major force in the Black women’s club movement in the 1920’s and 30’s, called on women to “go to the front and take our rightful place; fight our battles and claim our victories.” Women tried to do this in the heyday of the Black Liberation movement, as well as during the Civil Rights movement, with varying degrees of success. In these movements, women generally were relegated to subordinate roles and were virtually invisible within the hierarchy of the organizations, even though they provided the bulk of memberships and labor. . . .

It is with a focus on these macho and misogynist attitudes that much of the popular press has examined the role of Black women in the Black Panther Party. in The Shadow of the Panther, Hugh Pearson, who had no discernable background in the Black Liberation movement, and therefore no firsthand knowledge of what he wrote, damned the Black Panther Party’s “routine” mistreatment of women as both wide-ranging and “flagrant.” Peterson relied on three BPP insiders, “those who would never forgive Huey for what he did to the party,” and on “nonblacks who had been affiliated with Newton and the party,” whom he found to be the “easiest” sources for him to interview. It is not surprising that he comes to flawed conclusions upon these limited and biased sources. . . .
While it may be proper to be sharply critical of the Black Liberation movement generally, it is also proper to give credit where credit is due. For the undeniable truth is that the Black Panther Party, for ideological reasons and for reasons of sheer survival, gave the women of the BPP far more opportunities to lead and to influence the organization than any of its contemporaries, in white or Black radical formations. . . .

And point seven of the BPP 8 Points of Attention in the Party’s rules states, “Do not take liberties with women,” showing an awareness that sexual misconduct must be confronted within the Party. Kathleen Cleaver writes, “In 1970 the Black Panther Party took a formal position on the liberation of women. Did the U.S. Congress make any statement on the liberation of women? . . . Did the Oakland police issue a position against gender discrimination?” (p. 159-162) Read the rest of this entry »

“When hurricanes strike, the poor suffer. The Earth is crying out against our society’s greed, but the people who have done the least to create climate change are suffering the most.”

— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Our world has built a global economy based on a predatory relationship with nature.
How do we know this is a problem? And why is this a part of a Poor People’s Campaign? When the Earth suffers, the poor suffer first. We will not be silent as our people are attacked!
You can hear us talk to our partners from 350.org, Appalachian Voices, and Our Children’s Trust on how climate change is affecting our communities, and what we can do to take action for climate justice at our latest monthly Gathering in North Carolina.
Watch The Gathering livestream recording, or listen to the podcast!

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Listen on your commute, while you’re making dinner, or sit with family and friends around your digital device to hear why climate change is a moral issue, and what you can do to take action for climate justice.

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

“What’s incredible about this is these people were actually hiding,” said López. “In the case of this person, he’s in Boston, which has a large Puerto Rican community. … Our work right now will be about activating our community in Boston, letting them know this person has been hiding and making sure we go to his houses and his companies to hold them accountable.”

Here he is folks! Go get him!

From the Intercept

For years, the identity of the owner of one of the largest holdings of Puerto Rican debts has been a mystery.

That mystery has finally been solved, with the help of the The Baupost Group, who unmasked themselves to The Intercept. The Baupost Group, a Boston-based hedge fund managed by billionaire Seth Klarman, owns nearly $1 billion of Puerto Rican debt, purchased under a shell company subsidiary and hidden from public scrutiny. Baupost acquired the debt through an on-paper Delaware-based corporation named Decagon Holdings LLC, whose beneficial owner had been unknown until now.

“The Baupost Group is a holder of COFINA bonds through the Decagon entities,” said Baupost spokesperson Diana DeSocio. “Baupost regularly makes investments through subsidiary holding entities.” She added that Klarman, one of the richest hedge fund managers in the world, did not hold any Puerto Rican debt individually.

Though the island, currently recovering from a catastrophic hurricane, has been mired in a borrowing crisis for years, it’s difficult to get precise information about the creditors. Many of them scooped up bonds on the cheap, seeking an astronomical payout by forcing the island to pay them back at par (or 100 cents on the dollar). This has led to widespread suffering, as punishing austerity has been imposed to encourage Puerto Rico to pay back the bondholders in full. (Only now has some of this austerity been lifted in the wake of Hurricane Maria.)

Using shell companies to buy Puerto Rican bonds, then, can shield wealthy investors from public knowledge of their complicity in the misery of millions of U.S. citizens.

Julio López Varona, state director of Make the Road Connecticut and a member of the HedgeClippers coalition, which is organized to challenge the concentrated power of hedge funds, said the revelation of Klarman’s involvement will have political ramifications.

“What’s incredible about this is these people were actually hiding,” said López. “In the case of this person, he’s in Boston, which has a large Puerto Rican community. … Our work right now will be about activating our community in Boston, letting them know this person has been hiding and making sure we go to his houses and his companies to hold them accountable.”

In July, as part of a court order to comply with bankruptcy procedures, a coalition of holders of “COFINA” bonds, backed by the island’s sales taxes, were required to supply the names of its members. The largest member in terms of bond value was Decagon Holdings, which had 10 separate purchasing subsidiaries (Decagon 1-10) holding $911.6 million in COFINA bonds.

But there was no information about Decagon in the court filing, other than a Boston address of 800 Boylston St. That’s the 52-floor Prudential Tower skyscraper in the Back Bay district. The Intercept sent an associate to the Prudential Tower to find Decagon Holdings’ office, but they were not listed in the directory. Read the rest of this entry »