Tuesday, April 27, 2010
more info about what citizens of the states can do here...
Thursday, April 22, 2010
For more photos of the street theater action and for ideas on how to replicate it in your community, click here.
more images from that action are here...
Spring Event Reportby Cassandra Morgan, SOA Watch
SOA Watch held its annual Spring Event in Washington, DC from April 17-19, 2010. The weekend was full of great events including an anti-oppression workshop, discussions about torture, immigration, as well as a panel discussion about the recent U.S.-Colombia bases agreement. We started Saturday night with a social gathering where SOA Watch activists were able to meet and talk about the events for the weekend.
Sunday morning started with a great workshop discussing anti-oppression in US foreign policy and within our own movement to close the SOA. Cathy Woodson of the Virginia Organizing Project lead participants in a variety of activities exploring ways to stop the cycle of oppression and how to address it while continuing to move forward with our movement. We continued the day with a self evaluation of the movement's work, addressing strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for change. We will be sure to follow up with you all about the these suggestions. Later, we were joined by Reverend Richard Killmer and Orlando Tizon who discussed torture and why it is so important to hold our government accountable to make sure that torture is stopped.
The afternoon continued with a discussion of the connections between immigration and the SOA with Sarahi Uribe of the US Social Forum, where we also discussed recently proposed legislation by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, SB 1070, which would encourage police to engage in racial profiling and criminalize undocumented migrants for entering into Arizona.
the rest of that article is here...
Monday, April 19, 2010
Marriage isn't love; it's proactive, protective, contractual business without which all people who have relationships that cut against the heterosexual, patriarchal, monogamous grain are screwed.
Marriage isn't just for nice, conservative, monogamous gays and lesbians who have "good jobs", buy houses in the burbs, dress like their heterosexual yuppy counterparts and send their children for horse back riding lessons.
If it's not going to be another expression of privilege and status marriage must also be for the queers well behaved, conservative, middle class lesbians and gays look down on and attempt to separate themselves from - leatherfolk, sex workers, sluts, club kids, queers living on the streets, tattooed queers, extensively perforated queers, radical queers, outspoken queers...
If this is ever to be a truly equitable society we need to come out of denial about the true purpose of marriage and get to a place where it is automatically offered as an option to everyone who forms committed relationships whether they are a cross gendered union, whether they are of the same gender, whether one of them has had to work to be recognized as their true gender or whether there are more humans in the relationship than just two.
from the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Greene v. County of Sonoma et al.
Clay and his partner of 20 years, Harold, lived in California. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place—wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health.
One evening, Harold fell down the front steps of their home and was taken to the hospital. Based on their medical directives alone, Clay should have been consulted in Harold’s care from the first moment. Tragically, county and health care workers instead refused to allow Clay to see Harold in the hospital. The county then ultimately went one step further by isolating the couple from each other, placing the men in separate nursing homes.
Ignoring Clay’s significant role in Harold’s life, the county continued to treat Harold like he had no family and went to court seeking the power to make financial decisions on his behalf. Outrageously, the county represented to the judge that Clay was merely Harold’s “roommate.” The court denied their efforts, but did grant the county limited access to one of Harold’s bank accounts to pay for his care.
What happened next is even more chilling: without authority, without determining the value of Clay and Harold’s possessions accumulated over the course of their 20 years together or making any effort to determine which items belonged to whom, the county took everything Harold and Clay owned and auctioned off all of their belongings. Adding further insult to grave injury, the county removed Clay from his home and confined him to a nursing home against his will. The county workers then terminated Clay and Harold's lease and surrendered the home they had shared for many years to the landlord.
the rest is here...
The friend/dyke who posted this on facebook reminded me of the fact that religion figures prominently in this debate for many people. This is what I wrote to her:
"Funny, the religious angle never even came up for me but I guess that's part of how the administrative angle and the privilege ends up being obscured for most people; they are taught to understand the extra access they have as a reward from whatever gawd they believe in, as their due for being so well behaved."
I'm thankful she posted this article about those two tragic partners. I've been ignoring the fight for state focused administrative relationship validation for a good many years. But I'm back now.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
As a patriarchal society, the United States, along with much of the rest of the world, has established the male in a dominant role, with men socially conditioned to be providers, in control, and always to remain strong and manly. As a result of these socially constructed definitions of manhood, men have historically had to suppress their more tender feelings, leading sometimes to emotional isolation, alienation from their true feelings, and a feeling of powerlessness. Today men are finding the attributes of hegemonic, patriarchal masculinity untenable. Accordingly, men have begun to realize that they can take responsibility for their situations and change their lives if they so desire. Part of that change involves re-visioning, re-creating, and reconstructing healthier and less conflicted forms of masculine identity by making intentional choices to move out of the power and control cycle. As effective social remedies have been sought to help "men in crisis" (aside from therapeutic solutions), a highly, and increasingly successful intervention has proved to be participation in both self-help and mutual support groups. Mythopoetic men's peer mutual support groups are one setting where these reconstructions of masculine identity are occurring. This study focuses on the value of the mythopoetic branch of the contemporary men's movement as a rejection of patriarchal values, patriarchal masculinity, rather than just being another form of "repackaged" patriarchy.I'm curious about this work. Does anyone have access to this database who can send me this?
Edward Read Barton
Michigan State University
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Protests force state of emergency in Bangkok
By Jason Szep and Kitiphong Thaicharoen
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand declared a state of emergency in the capital on Wednesday after protesters stormed the grounds of parliament, forcing government ministers to flee by helicopter and raising pressure for snap elections.
The red-shirted supporters of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra retreated from parliament but tens of thousands remain in Bangkok's main shopping district, refusing orders to leave until Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva dissolves parliament.
The "red shirts" responded to the decree with defiance, exhorting followers in rural provinces to mass at city halls.
"We will declare war," Arisman Pongruangrong, a "red shirt" leader, told supporters. "No more negotiations."
the rest is here...
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
"that which does not burn "
symbol of imperishability and endurance
This symbol gets its meaning from traditional priests that were able to walk on fire without burning their feet, an inspiration to others to endure and overcome difficulties.
symbol of adaptability
The crocodile lives in the water, yet breathes the air, demonstrating an ability to adapt to circumstances.
"seed of the wawa tree"
symbol of hardiness, toughness and perseverance
The seed of the wawa tree is extremely hard. In Akan culture, it is a symbol of someone who is strong and tough. It inspires the individual to persevere through hardship.
Yours truly in spades. :)