No PRIDE in ISRAELI APARTHEID
Friday, June 15
Doors open at 6pm, Free meal served at 6:30
Program begins at 7:30PM
Potluck; donations accepted.
Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford
155 Wyllys St, Hartford, CT 06106-1957
In 1969 Stonewall and the early Queer PRIDE events meant ‘fight back’
and solidarity with the oppressed.
Yet today’s PRiDE’s have become an orgy of corporate consumerism and
Queer struggles such as racial and economic justice, immigration,
anti-imperialism and anti-militarization are being lost through the
“middle class whitewashing” of Stonewall and its PRIDE events.
In reflecting upon PRIDE in 2012, Queers Without Borders desires
to bring us Queers back to the days when PRIDE was a political statement
and not a Gay Fourth of July festival of commercialism and blind
So we invite you to join us for an evening when we discuss the pinkwashing*
of Israel, and the fight by the people of Palestine against Israeli occupation.
Saffo Papantonopoulou, New School Students for Justice in Palestine
Liz Aaronsohn, We Refuse to be Enemies
Chris Hutchinson, Socialist Action
Frank O’Gorman, Queer Liberation Front, People of Faith
For Further Information:
*Pink-washing: the branding of Israel as a safe-haven for LGBTQ folks
while simultaneously directing attention away to the heinous
human rights abuses Israel is perpetrating against the indigenous people
of Palestine including the brutal and illegal occupation.
Sisters and Brothers, I cannot tell you how moved I am to be standing here with you today.
With you who are the leaders of the next great stage of the fight to end US wars.
Their campaign to make us give up our right to protest brutal military occupation and
robotized assassination has FAILED.
You stood up with the powerful tools of mass peaceful legal action and said no to the new
security state, said no to its racist and religious profiling, mass incarceration,
its militarized police forces, its pre-emptive prosecutions of Muslim Americans, its
privatized detention centers, its marshalling of secret evidence, grand jury witch hunts,
detention without charges or trial.
We say NO! We say NO! After this march, please join with the United National Antiwar Coalition to continue this fight on a national basis.
Some advised us not to march in an election year.
Do you agree? Of course we must march!
The horror wrought by the US and NATO military in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain is not ending.
And the terror brought upon people by the midnight boot on the door, by the crippling
economic sanctions on Iran, the weapons shipments to Syria, combat troops to Africa —
all these are BIPARTISAN decisions.
They are ENACTED with equal vigor by the Democratic and Republican parties ALIKE!
Only our independent mass mobilizations will end this barbarism.
WE MUST build a new independent movement in collaboration with the Muslim and Arab American community, with immigrants, unionists and the Black community.
No to the NATO G8 war and austerity agenda!
No war or sanctions on Iran or Syria!
End all US aid to Israel.
Free all the Palestinian prisoners of administrative detention.
US out of Afghanistan and Pakistan NOW.
May 1, 2012 - Equality 9 Trial Exposes Double Layer of Discrimination
San Diego City Attorney Trudges Forward In LGBT Free Speech Case
Equality Nine Trial Attempts Jury Selection All Day Monday, Opening Arguments May Be Delayed Due to New Circumstances
SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2012 — Nine marriage equality activists, now known as the “Equality Nine”, charged with misdemeanors from an August 19, 2010 peaceful “sit-in” protest will be in court again Tuesday morning. Jury selection began in their case Monday, April 30, at 10 a.m. before Judge Joan P. Weber in at the San Diego County Superior Court, 220 West Broadway, in downtown San Diego. The opening arguments, scheduled to begin on Tuesday morning, may be delayed due to emerging circumstances. Hearing at 830 a.m. will likely outline new LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] justice ramifications of this trial.
The City Attorney’s office has indicated that they are issuing subpoenas and flying witnesses in from as far away as Florida to press their case. “Its shocking, at a time of such budget cuts, that the City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is continuing to press these charges, its too costly to play these ego games on the City’s dime.” said Ann Menasche, a member of the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME), “Furthermore, its important that people maintain the freedom to protest peacefully in order to preserve our democracy”. Many agree with Menasche, over three thousand people have related their support for the Equality 9 or sent messages to the City Attorney urging him to drop the charges though petitions or letters.
The Equality Nine are being charged with two misdemeanors each: failure to disperse, and interference with the business of a public agency. The latter charge is based on California Penal Code section 602.1b, a law which contains a clause which states “Section b shall not apply to any person on the premises who is engaging in activities protected by the California Constitution or the Constitution of the United States.” Judge Weber has refused to allow this issue at trial, but the question of whether a law that specifically exempts constitutionally protected free speech from its application is likely to be a major issue in any future appeals.
Though Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional in a landmark federal case, it was, as still is, in effect due to a Ninth Circuit Court stay. On the day of their arrest, community members came to the County Clerk’s office with three same-sex couples who intended to request marriage licenses. One of the couples, Tony and Tyler Dylan-Hyde, who had booked an appointment to get married that day arrived with legal arguments explaining why, in their view, the County Clerk could marry them despite the stay. When they arrived at the clerk’s office though, they were blocked from even entering. An hour later the group was confronted by 50 San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies in full riot gear; ultimately nine SAME members were arrested.
Many wonder about the City Attorney’s agenda in prosecuting these protesters. Jose Medina, another member of SAME asks “Why is the city wasting public money and time prosecuting people engaged in peaceful protest for LGBT equality? Peaceful protest is a protected right under the US Constitution! I looking forward to hearing the reason why the sheriffs felt they had a right to interfere with the constitutional rights of these people”.
Though Monday trial proceedings took place in the Presiding Department, Tuesday’s hearing will begin in Judge Weber’s courtroom at Department 51. All media is invited to request recording privileges at the start of trial at 830AM.
May 1, 2012 - International Workers Day General Strike!
April 29, 2012 - Queer Contingent in May Day NYC March
May Day Action Alert // Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 3pm
The Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have united to organize and form a LGBTSTGNC contingent on May Day for solidarity, support, and visibility. Come join us if you can as we rally and march for immigrant rights. Our movements becomes stronger with each and everyone of you!
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Contingent!
Meet Us on: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 -At Regal Movie Theater, 850 Broadway (at 13th St.) at 3pm. Look for these banners: The Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Together as a contingent we will join the Rally at Union Square, New York, New York!
May Day March and Rally: Tuesday, May 1st meet at 3pm, Rally at 4pm at Union Square, March starts at 5:30-6:00pm
Trains: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St. Union Square
Water and snacks will be around 3pm
April 19, 2012 - Day of Silence, Anti-LGBT Bullying Awareness Day, April 20, 2012
About the Day of Silence
The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students
across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to
the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single
student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless
of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the
first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to
the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools,
colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured
history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.
Organizing for Day of Silence
Organizing a Day of Silence (DOS) activity or event can be a positive
tool for change-both personally and community-wide. By taking a vow of
silence, you’re making a powerful statement about the important issue
of anti-LGBT bullying,and when you organize others to join you that
message becomes stronger. Discover ways of organizing your event here.
While you DO have a right to participate in the Day of Silence between
classes and before and after school, you may NOT have the right to
stay silent during instructional time if a teacher requests for you to
speak. According to Lambda Legal, “Under the Constitution, public
schools must respect students’ right to free speech. The right to
speak includes the right not to speak, as well as the right to wear
buttons or T-shirts expressing support for a cause.” However, this
right to free speech doesn’t extend to classroom time. “If a teacher
tells a student to answer a question during class, the student
generally doesn’t have a constitutional right to refuse to answer.” We
remind participants that students who talk with their teachers ahead
of time are more likely to be able to remain silent during class. Find
more Lamda Legal advice here.
Legal Help: Report It!
If you think your rights are not being respected, or want to report
your experience of resistant administration, click here to report it.
GLSEN and Lambda Legal will review your situation.
The Truth about the Day of Silence
As the Day of Silence continues to grow, some people have confused the
mission and goals of the Action. Clear up any misinformation by
reading The Truth about the Day of Silence.
April 12, 2012 - NOM Facebook & Twitter Account Hacked!
Around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, April 11, several sources reported
that both the NOM Facebook page and Twitter account posted strange
tweets that seemed to indicate a change of heart, but instead it seems
the messages were the result of a lapse in security.
According to the Advocate, Elizabeth Ray of CRC Public Relations, who
handles media inquiries for the National Organization for Marriage,
confirmed to the Advocate Magazine that NOM’s Facebook, Twitter and
blog were indeed hacked and that the group was working this morning to
restore its online content, however at this time, they seem to have
lost complete control over their Twitter account, @Nomtweets.
It was not clear at first whether or not the National Organization for
Marriage actually posted the comment on their Facebook wall that
caught the attention of prominent National Organization for Marriage
watchdog Jeremy Hooper of the GoodAsYou.org blog. The post was made
outside of normal business hours, which immediately raised questions
as to its authenticity, but as of 10:00 a.m. the post was still live,
showing the extent to which NOM had lost control of their own digital
The Facebook post read “We sincerely apologize to anyone we have
banned from this page in the past. That is why anyone who was ever
banned for simply exercising their right to free speech is now welcome
to once again engage with this page. We vow to work on how we address
our opponents in the future.”
“The details of NOM’s overtaken web properties are for the
organization, its potential in-house detractors, and its web security
team to have out,” Hooper told the Blade Wednesday morning, before the
hacking was confirmed.. “Personally, I’m focusing on the fact that I,
after several years of being banned for doing nothing more than
disagreeing with the NOM view, can participate in a fair and free
discourse on the NOM Facebook wall. Everyone, on both sides of this
so-called culture war deserves that.”
“If this is a hack and NOM responds by again banning commenters who
don’t deserve to be banned? To me, that will be lock-solid proof of
the [organization's] desire to host a monologue, not a conversation,”
The Facebook post, which has already generated over one hundred
comments, most quite supportive of the move, was joined by a similar
NOM’s Twitter account showed similar activity, indicating an actual
change of heart, or a rogue employee.
After posting additional tweets that confirmed the errant messages did
not originate from the organization’s leadership, the Twitter account
seemed to go completely offline. However, before 10:00 a.m. the
Twitter account reappeared, wiped completely clean of NOM’s old
content, and began tweeting pro-gay messages. Apparently the hackers
deleted the account, and an industrious LGBT activist was able to
secure control over the username before NOM could regain control.
“We were embarrassed by the truth of our racial wedge strategies being
Though NOM is now blaming these actions on an industrious hacker, some
have wondered aloud in the blogosphere whether they could be the
result of another staff defector. In April 2011, Louis Marinelli, who
guided NOM’s social media presence to that point, abruptly turned on
the organization and deleted its Twitter and Facebook presence in the
process. He later came forward to profess he’d lost faith in the
organization and that — after meeting and having real conversations
with real same-sex couples — had come to support same-sex marriage.
At just 7:51 a.m. A new post to the NOM blog was pushed live,
attributed to Brian Brown, that implied NOM was showing contrition,
and making a shift in the tenor of public discourse.
“Friends of marriage,
“In the last couple of weeks you’ve heard some pretty bad things about
this organization. I must admit that we were angered when our in house
documents were released but we’ve since had time to reflect on the
strategies we’ve employed to divide Americans against each other on
the issue of marriage. Truth be told, marriage is about bringing
people together, not pushing them apart and that’s exactly what this
organization has been about over the past few years.
April 12, 2012 - Pro-Queer Multi-Faith Campaign Launched in North Carolina
National Multifaith Campaign Calling for Full Dignity and Equality of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People Launches in North Carolina Days Before Gay Marriage Vote
Inspired by Sundance Award-Winning Film Love Free or Die, effort will move “conflicted people of faith” to become supporters of LGBTQ equality through Great Schlep-style, person-to-person activism
April 12, 2012, New York, NY—Groundswell, a social action initiative of Auburn Seminary, will launch the Groundswell of Courage campaign, a multifaith, national, grassroots campaign that supports full LGBTQ equality and dignity this Saturday, April 14th, 2012, in North Carolina, just 24 days before North Carolina’s May 8 ballot initiative that would change the state constitution and ban same-sex marriage and legal recognition for North Carolina’s LGBTQ couples.
The campaign is inspired by the Sundance award-winning film Love Free or Die, which profiles Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop. The Groundswell of Courage is modeled after the “Great Schlep,” a highly successful campaign that encouraged young Jewish Americans to have one-on-one conversations with their elders about supporting President Barack Obama in 2008. The Groundswell of Courage kicks off with a film screening of Love Free or Die at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival at the 1000-seat Carolina Theatre on April 14, 2012 at 4:40 p.m. During the launch weekend, Groundswell will host events and film screenings in Charlotte, Durham, Elon, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem.
“I am so inspired to see Love Free or Die be put to good use in changing the hearts and minds of conflicted Christians and other people of faith,” said Macky Alston, Director of Love Free or Die. “For me, growing up gay in a community of faith that rejected me at first, but came to accept and love me for who I was is in many ways the story of my life. Now, I have a husband and two children thanks to the courageous leadership of faith leaders like Bishop Gene Robinson, bold politicians, and a groundswell of grassroots support for LGBTQ equality. Still, in 44 states, marriage is illegal for same-sex couples, and in 32 states, there are significant legal obstacles to adoption by same sex parents or gay people. Not to mention the fact that there are so many others like me who have yet to have the full love of their own faith communities. Hopefully, this film and this campaign can help change all that.”
Groundswell’s national campaign focuses on the seven states likely to hold ballot initiatives concerning LGBTQ equality in 2012: California, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Washington.
Through screenings of Love Free or Die, as well as Groundswell speaking engagements, the Groundswell of Courage invites faith communities and college and seminary student groups to form their own local Groundswells. Local Groundswell groups invent their own ways to fulfill the “Each One, Move One” pledge to stand for dignity and equality in 2012 and beyond, host screenings of Love Free or Die, and intersect with the goals of other Groundswell campaigns. Groundswell will connect individuals who would like to fulfill the pledge with nearby Groundswell groups.
“Religion has long been used to justify the oppression and dehumanization of LGBTQ people: in homes, in houses of worship, in voting booths. Indeed, some people of faith will likely vote against the full equality and dignity of LGBTQ people because of their religious convictions during the 2012 election cycle,” said Valarie Kaur, Groundswell Director. “We are here to change that. Today, a groundswell of people is emerging from the shadows of silence to stand for the full dignity and equality of all, no matter who they are or who they love. They are helping their conflicted loved ones to change their hearts and minds – in this election cycle and beyond.”
THE EACH ONE, MOVE ONE PLEDGE
“I pledge to reach out to a friend or family member who is conflicted about supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people because of his or her religious convictions. I pledge to engage that loved one with my story of courage, sharing why I believe it is important for all of us to open our hearts and minds to the inherent dignity of all people.” For more information on the pledge, click here.
ABOUT THE FILM
Love Free or Die, directed by Macky Alston and produced by Sandra Itkoff, is about openly gay bishop Gene Robinson, whose courageous story inspired bishops, priests and ordinary folk to recognize the humanity of someone who happened to be LGBTQ and change history. For more information, see www.lovefreeordiemovie.com.
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