Friday Night Fun and Culture: David Rovics

Saturday June 2, 2012 6:00pm

5910 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX

David Rovics has been called the “peace poet and troubadour for our time.”

Join us for an evening of fun, food, friends, and fantastic music as David performs “Songs of Social Significance” in the beautiful Interfaith Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of Hope.

$10 suggested donation at the door benefiting the North Texas peace, justice, and environmental community. No one turned away.

Hosted by the Dallas Peace Center, CODEPINK Greater Dallas, Hope 4 Peace and Justice, Pax Christi Dallas, Jobs With Justice, North Texas Veterans for Peace, Dallas MoveOn, Occupy Dallas, and the Dallas Sierra Club.

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A sea change in transgender rights

It is important to remember even as this minority group which describes itself as “Radical Feminist” is attacking us; they do not represent feminism or the majority of lesbians.  They are a small band of bigots.

From Feministing:

By Jos
May 30, 2012

The past month or so has been incredible for transgender rights victories, and I want to acknowledge this moment. We’re seeing the kind of movement on trans issues that I’ve dreamed of – our community is finally winning the protections we need. I think this has a lot to do with the ways trans folks have shared our stories and organized for our rights, including at online spaces like Feministing.

On Sunday, Nok Yonlada, who is trans, won a provincial election in Thailand. This means a lot in terms of visibility, to have an out trans woman representing constituents as an elected official. Argentina made trans health care a human right and gave folks the right to legally change their genders without the approval of a judge or doctor. In the US, the The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced they will hear claims of gender identity-based employment discrimination, meaning trans and gender non-conforming folks have employment protections at the national level for the first time. The Department of Justice released national standards to prevent prison rape that include specific provisions to protect trans and gender non-conforming folks. These standards were developed with community input and are an important step in addressing the high rates of sexual violence experienced by incarcerated trans folks.

These victories in the political arena are huge. The trans community is at square one when it comes to winning the rights we need to be able to participate in society without facing massive amounts of discrimination. Winning protections from workplace discrimination means we can actually get jobs. We obviously need to address the high rates of incarceration faced by trans folks, but protections for those behind bars could make a big difference in people’s lived realities. These are the first steps towards being full human beings under the law, whose experience of discrimination is valid and who deserve just as much access as everybody else.

The US isn’t close to Argentina yet, where they’ve got this wild idea that health care should be a human right. We need to continue fighting for basic protections, including from discrimination in housing and public accommodations. But ideally this moves us towards the point where we win positive rights, like the right to determine our own genders without having to go through gatekeepers.

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NCTE Releases Trans Job Discrimination “Know Your Rights” Guide

From The National Center for Transgender Equality:

Press release
May 30, 2012

Following the groundbreaking U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruling protecting transgender people under the Title VII sex discrimination law, we now know that the EEOC will take seriously and work to resolve claims of anti-trans discrimination. To help individuals understand and assert their rights in the workplace, the National Center for Transgender Equality is releasing Know Your Rights: Employment Discrimination and Transgender People, a new resource outlining the laws protecting trans people in the workplace and steps for reporting job discrimination. The resource details how individuals can file a complaint with the EEOC, as well as through a state or local civil rights agency or their union.

The EEOC’s ruling is a tremendous victory but despite its broad coverage it does not eliminate the need for clear workplace laws that explicitly include gender identity and expression. Harper Jean Tobin, NCTE Policy Counsel, said “Our friends at the Transgender Law Center did incredible work to facilitate the EEOC ruling, which provides real protections, right now. But we’ll continue to work with TLC and other advocates to advance laws that send a definitive message to businesses and workers that transgender and gender nonconforming people are protected on the job.”

Mara Keisling, NCTE Executive Director, said the ruling was “a major step forward that we need to build on,” and added, “Nine in every ten transgender people still face harassment at work, which only emphasizes the need for laws like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to make sure our rights aren’t left up to interpretation.”

We’ve already gotten lot of questions about the EEOC ruling and what it means for transgender people and for our advocacy work. For answers to questions not covered in NCTE’s resource, we recommend the Transgender Law Center’s: Frequently Asked Questions: What the EEOC’s Decision in Macy v. Holder Means for You.

In addition, we want to remind everyone of our other “Know Your Rights” resources that outline existing protections and how to file discrimination complaints in the following areas:

Download the resource here.

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Advertisers Think Women are Stupid

From World Wide Hippies:

By Diana May Waldman
2012 May 29

I had a nightmare last night. I was walking down the street in my tight, white pants and this big red ball was chasing me. Not only was it chasing me, it wanted to land on my crotch. You know–white pants, big red splotch on my crotch. Nothing screams louder than a big red splotch on your pants to let the world know that you are bleeding like a dead pig. And we all know that this could have been prevented if we had used Tampax brand tampons instead of Playtex brand tampons.

Just like the grocery store, we can have our choice of paper or plastic…as in applicators. Okay–so admit it, those plastic applicators pinch sometimes with that pretty, little pink claw on the end and they are bad for the environment.

Anyway-I am digressing. My point is–THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A HAPPY PERIOD!

Nothing like sitting on the couch in your sweatpants, bag of chips in one hand and a candy bar in the other, trying not to think about the huge zit on your chin, all while chugging a beer in hopes of calming your cramps.

Then comes those commercials for stretch mark cream, hair color, mascara that will give you thicker lashes–and Holy Shit, there is that big red ball and the chick in the white pants–I want to bitch slap that smile off her face–and why is she running the beach acting all happy and secure and pretending she doesn’t want to rip someone’s head off? Yeah, because she really isn’t on her period and we all know it!

Just as I am sucking the piece of lime out of my bottle of beer–Jamie Lee Curtis comes on and is basically telling middle aged women that if we don’t eat two or three containers of yogurt a day, then we can’t shit. Look–it’s the not the chocolate that is constipating me…I don’t have time to shit, okay? And quit putting my business out there.

And really Jamie, how come there is never a constipated guy sucking down that stuff? What are you trying to say, that only women are full of shit? How about barging into the marketing board room, where the real tight asses are?

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Maryland Pastor Dennis Leatherman: ‘My Flesh Kind Of Likes The Idea’ Of Killing Gays

From Huffington Post:


A number of right-wing authorities have come forward with anti-gay pleas in recent weeks, but one Maryland-based pastor has gone one step further, saying he “kind of likes” the idea of killing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

As Good As You blogger Jeremy Hooper reports, a pastor identified as Dennis Leatherman of the Mountain Lake Independent Baptist Church in Oakland, Md., spoke at length on the subject in a 50-minute sermon titled “Homosexuality and the Bible.”

“To be…have a tendency to be effeminate or homosexual is just as wicked as to have a tendency to be a womanizer,” Leatherman proclaims in a short audio clip from the sermon, the full text of which can be read here.

He continues: “Sinful nature does not justify sinful behavior. Now what is our take? What is our response?”

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How the Koch’s make millions if Republicans crash the Gov?

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Rabbi Jonathan Romain chastises religious opponents of equal marriage

From Pink News:

31 May 2012

A leading Rabbi has said that those who oppose marriage equality on religious grounds are taking a ‘pick and mix’ approach to the scriptures, and might as well support stoning children or slavery.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, the minister of Maidenhead Synagogue and known for his pro-gay stance, said that Judaeo-Christian opposition to same-sex relationships, based on the Old Testament, constitutes double-standards, if applied only for equal marriage.

He made his comments during an open debate in London, co-hosted by the anti-equality group Catholic Voices, and the pro-equality British Humanist Association.

Those who adhere to Old Testament’s apparent description of homosexuality as an ‘abomination’ cannot read it literally unless they were prepared to adhere to some of its obscurer traditions concerning food, say, or circumcision. “No Christian or secularist can quote those passages – or certainly not with any credibility,” he said.

“For if they do suddenly start getting pious about verses in the Bible,” he continued, ‘by which I mean the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, then they can only do so if they adhere to other verses in it such as circumcising all your male children, as it also commands; abstaining from pork or prawns, as it also commands; not wearing garments in which wool and linen is mixed, as it also commands.”

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