Gay Iraqi Youth Are Being Bludgeoned To Death

Killings Strike Fear Among Iraqi Gay and Emo Youths

Adam Ferguson
The New York Times
Published: March 11, 2012

BAGHDAD — A recent spate of killings and intimidation aimed at gay Iraqis and teenagers who dress in brash Western fashions is sending waves of fear through Iraq’s secular circles while casting doubt on the government’s will to protect some of its most vulnerable citizens.

Many details of what Iraqi newspapers have called the “emo killings” are murky, but the uproar comes at an awkward moment for Iraq. The country has been preparing to showcase itself to the world as host of a high-profile meeting of Arab leaders in late March, the first major diplomatic event here since American forces withdrew in December.

But the news that young men in tight T-shirts and skinny jeans are being beaten to death with cement blocks and dumped in the streets has threatened to overshadow the new palm trees and fresh paint. The violence offers a reminder that the government has been unable to stop threats and attacks against small religious sects, ethnic groups and social pariahs like gay men.

An Interior Ministry security officer said that in the past two weeks, officials had found the bodies of six young men whose skulls had been crushed. Reuters reported the toll to be 14 or more, citing hospital and security officials, while rights groups say that more than 40 young men have been killed, but have provided no evidence for this figure.

Human rights advocates say the threats and violence are aimed at gay men and at teenagers who style themselves in a uniquely Iraqi collage of hipster, punk, emo and Goth fashions. The look, shorthanded here as “emo,” has flourished on Baghdad’s streets as an emblem of greater social freedom as society has begun to bloom after years of warfare. But it has drawn scorn and outrage from some religious conservatives, and is often conflated with being gay. Continue reading

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Queers Mic Check NYC LGBT Center for Palestinian Rights!

March 3, 2012

Deeming the subject of Palestine too “controversial” to be discussed at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street, a year ago the Center’s board of directors banned Siegebusters, a group against the Israeli occupation, from using the Greenwich Village space for organizing meetings in support of Palestinian rights. Subsequently, NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid have also been banned and a “moratorium” imposed on any discussion of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict at the Center. Hence today’s action. The well-attended 4pm indoor protest against the ban was initiated by QAIA; its demands endorsed by 18 other groups, among them Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews Say No! Palestinian Queers for BDS*, Adalah-NY:The New York Campaign for Boycott of Israel, and Young, Jewish and Proud. They are calling for an end to the ban, opening the center to all who support its stated mission, and transparency–opening the Center’s board meetings and decision-making processes to the community. Video: One of the event’s many dynamite speakers, Tara Tabassi, accompanied by Ana Conner, speaks out passionately against the ban and against Palestinian oppression.

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G8 move to Camp David – all out on May 19‏

G8 Moving to Camp David

Protestors claim victory, to continue plans to march on May 19th

Today, the White House announced that the G8 summit,scheduled for
Chicago on May 19-20, will be moved to Camp David, although the
NATO summit will still take place in Chicago.

The Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8)
and Occupy Chicago issue the following statement:

The G8 moving to Camp David represents a major victory for the people
of Chicago. The leaders of the 1% are moving because of the overwhelming
resistance to the NATO/G8 war and poverty agenda in Chicago.

Our city is filled with tens of thousands of people who are struggling to
keep their heads above water, fighting against the effects of the economic
crisis caused by the leaders who would have been gathering here.

The communities of Chicago are fighting tosave their schools, keep healthcare
available, and to defend their jobs from cutbacks that are a hallmark of the
governments of the G8.

The city has carried out a campaign to intimidate and vilify protesters,
claiming that protestslead to violence. In fact, the mainsource of violence
in the world today is the wars being waged by NATO and the US.

“We will march on May 19th to deliver our message:
Jobs, Housing, Healthcare, Education, Our Pensions, the Environment: Not War!

We and tens of thousands will be in the streets that day for a family friendly
rally and march, with cries so loud they wll be heard in Camp David and across
the globe. We will be in the streets that day to fight for our future, and speak
out against the warsand their cutbacks are designed to benefit the 1% at the
expense of the 99% of the world.”

Join the United National Anti-War Group on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/unac1/

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Occupy the NYC LGBT Community Center, Saturday, March 3rd, 4PM

Occupy the NYC LGBT Center

End the ban on Palestine solidarity organizing

Saturday, March 3, 2012  – 4 p.m.

NYC LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St.

Since March 2011, the NYC LGBT Center has banned Palestine solidarity activists (queer and non-LGBT) from meeting at the Center and imposed a “moratorium” on any discussion of the Palestinian struggle. This censorship, in response to pressure from wealthy supporters of Israel’s anti-Palestinian policies, flies in the face of our community’s commitment to ensuring diversity and providing safe space for discussion of “controversial” issues.  Petitions, appeals to meet with the Center’s board of directors, calls and letters have not succeeded in winning back our right to free speech and assembly.

If you agree that the wealthy and powerful 1% should not be allowed to silence the voices of the 99%, then join us in defying this ban. Occupy the Center!

We demand:

      End the ban on Palestine solidarity organizing at the Center

      Open the Center to all who respect its stated mission.

      Open the Center’s board meetings and decision-making process to thecommunity.

Initiated by NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (NYC-QAIA)

http://www.queersagainstisraeliapartheid.blogspot.com

For info. on Israeli Apartheid Week: http://newyork.apartheidweek.org

Thanks, as ever, for your support and solidarity,

NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid

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Statement on Bradley Manning’s Detention by San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality

For 18 months, an Army soldier had been held as a political prisoner by the US Government with no trial. This soldier is accused of sharing classified information with the world media through the website Wikileaks. There is much about this story that is not well known, including the guilt or innocence of Private Manning. The members of the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) want to make a clear expression of support for Private Manning, regardless of the degree of responsibility for sharing classified information, regardless of the outcome of the so-called military court-martial, and regardless of his or her gender identity. . . .

Private Manning is one of the great heroes of our time, comparable to Daniel Ellsberg. We demand an end to the biased trials and imprisonment, and, further, we call for the initiation of criminal proceedings against those whose behavior the aforementioned Wikileaks communications have helped us to understand.

— San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality

Read the full SAME Statement on Bradley Manning

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Radical Inclusion,Queers And the 99%: Community Call-In With Judith Butler Feb. 27th

Radical Inclusion, LGBTQ, and the 99% with Judith Butler – Monday
02/27/12 @ 3pm EST / 12pm PST

by INTEROCCUPY ADMIN on Jan 4, 2012

Radical Inclusion, LGBTQ, and the 99% with Judith Butler

Who? The call is open to everyone. We especially encourage people in
LGBTQ working groups and affinity groups to join. If you have a
questions or items you would like to see discussed, please email
Joan at interoccupy dot org prior to the call. There will be time for open
discussion on the call, but we can not guarantee that we will be able
to hear from everyone.

Purpose: This call will be a moderated discussion with Judith Butler
on the politics of inclusion within Occupy as it relates to LGBTQ
participation. We hope this discussion will lead to strategies to
encourage the broadest possible participation in in Occupy through
discussion about community agreements and safe spaces.

http://interoccupy.org/radicalinclusion/

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Occupy New England Massive March on New Haven, #F19

Sunday, Feb 19, 2012
2-9PM New Haven Green
Come one, come all, for the first Occupy New England regional action! Try to get there either in the morning or by noon, so you aren’t late. There will likely be action from the morning until night on-site.

The massive Occupy New England March is scheduled for 2 p.m. sharp from the Occupy New Haven site on the “Upper Green” (the area bounded by College, Elm, Temple, and Chapel Streets). The march is a broad-based appeal to everyone from New England and beyond to show the 1% that we’ve got the numbers, and as long as inequality occupies our country and the world at large, we aren’t giving up!

Also, if you would like to stay at Occupy New Haven (whether it’s for the night, for a week, or for good), bring a tent, a sleeping bag rated to 5 degrees or lower, and lots of warm stuff! You can stay for however long you like. There is plenty of room for everyone.

http://www.facebook.com/events/228435457246759

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Jorge: Undocumented And Unafraid. Queer And Proud!

Jorge has an honest conversation with us. He knows first hand what the answer is – and he is not afraid to open up and give his opinion. He is breaking taboos, challenging conventions and shifting paradigms within the Latino community and outside of it.Brave, courageous and up front, Jorge’s answer will surprise you and inspire you.

Check out An Honest Conversation.

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Occupy the NYC LGBT Center with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, 3/3/12

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid

Occupy the NYC LGBT Center with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid

Saturday, March 3, 2012
4:00pm until 7:00pm
The LGBT Community Center, NYC, 208 West 13th St
Occupy the NYC LGBT Center! End the ban on Palestine solidarity organizing! Part of Israeli Apartheid Week.
Brought to you by Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.

Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 4 p.m.NYC LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St.

Since March 2011, the NYC LGBT Center has banned Palestine solidarity
activists (queer and non-LGBT) from meeting at the Center and imposed
a “moratorium” on any discussion of the Palestinian struggle. This
censorship, in response to pressure from wealthy supporters of
Israel’s anti-Palestinian policies, flies in the face of our
community’s commitment to diversity and offering safe space for
discussion of “controversial” issues. Petitions, appeals to meet with
the Center’s board of directors, calls and letters have not succeeded
in winning back our right to free speech and assembly.

If you agree that the wealthy and powerful 1% should not be allowed to
silence the voices of the 99%, then join us in defying this ban.
Occupy the Center!

We demand:
1) End the ban on Palestine solidarity organizing at the Center.
2) Open the Center to all who respect its stated mission.
3) Open the Center’s board meetings and decision-making process to the community.

This event is open to all.

Initiated by Queers Against Israeli Apartheid
(QAIA)http://queersagainstapartheid.org/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NYC-Queers-Against-Israeli-Apartheid/127621283984596

This event is part of Israeli Apartheid Week. For more on Israeli
Apartheid Week, go to http://newyork.apartheidweek.org/,
http://www.facebook.com/events/106123286178242/

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Draft Action Proposal for National Anti-War Social Justice Conference, March 23-25, 2012

DRAFT ACTION PROGRAM

United National Antiwar Coalition

National Antiwar-Social Justice Conference

March 23-25, 2012

Stamford, Connecticut

 ACTION PROGRAM PART I

WE, THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT, AFFIRM THAT:

The history of all successful social movements demonstrates that the few, the one percent, NEVER yield to the MANY unless the MANY are organized democratically, independent of the institutions of the status quo, united in struggle in massive numbers and confident in victory.

Abolitionist Frederick Douglas said:

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

In this spirit, we rededicate ourselves to the struggle against all U.S. wars at home and abroad.

 

We, the 99 percent, demand that the government of the United States, the self-appointed cop of the world, the imperialist, neo-colonial one percent, who live and profit at the expense of the world’s people:

* End all wars, interventions, targeted assassinations and occupations! U.S. out of NATO and all other interventionist military alliances!

No to targeted assassinations around the world and no to violent attacks in countries where the U.S. is waging undeclared wars.

Bring all the troops, mercenaries, war contractors, death squads and military “advisors” home now from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Colombia, Haiti, Cuba/Guantanamo and Korea. U.S. troops out of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe!

No to the U.S.-backed military coup in Honduras!

End all threats of war and intervention against Iran and Syria! No to sanctions, blockades and embargoes!

* No to the U.S. troop build-up in Australia and threats of intervention in the China Sea!

* Close the 1,000-plus U.S. military bases around the world!

  • End U.S. aid to dictators everywhere! Hands off the Arab Spring! End US military aid and weapons exports to the Egyptian military! Stop the US-initiated military build-up in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen and other regimes working to crush popular democratic movements in the Middle East!
  • End all U.S. aid to Israel, military, economic and diplomatic! End U.S. support to the Israeli Occupation of Palestine! Self-determination for Palestine! End the Siege of Gaza!
  • Compensation and reparations to the peoples of the world whose countries the U.S. has attacked, destroyed, occupied and impoverished – to the victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade – to the communities of the oppressed and exploited!
  • Shut down the military-industrial complex and the biological and chemical warfare complex!
  • Starting with the U.S., the world’s greatest nuclear power and the only nation in history to use nuclear weapons on innocent populations, abolish all nuclear weapons! End all drone attacks! No to the militarization of space! Continue reading
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