Indigo Girls Encourage Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival Protest Over Transgender Exclusion

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/indigo-girls-michigan-festival-boycott-_n_3036746.html

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04/08/2013

Though they’ll be on hand to perform, the Indigo Girls are encouraging a protest against the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival for the event’s continued exclusion of transgender women.

On their website, the folk-rock duo vowed to donate proceeds from their performance during the festival, which is scheduled for August 6-11, to transgender activism.

“We have made it clear that this will be our last time at the Festival until MWMF shows visible and concrete signs of changing their intention,” Amy Ray and Emily Saliers wrote on their site. “We have no animosity towards anyone in this case but see the deep and fearless legacy that MWMF has had during its existence and we honor that. We also honor the prayerfulness that has been a part of this struggle on both sides.”

You can read the full statement here.

Since 1976, cisgender women have gathered at the festival to participate in hundreds of workshops, play sports and more at the festival, which was created “by and for womyn-born womyn, that is, womyn who were born as and have lived their entire life experience as womyn,” as festival founder and producer Lisa Vogel described in a 2006 press release.

The exclusion of transgender women has caused a stir within community and beyond.

There is currently a petition circulating online to boycott the MWMF until the organizers fully include transgender women.

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‘Anti-gay study author facing new allegations of misconduct’ and other Wednesday midday news briefs

From Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters:  http://holybulliesandheadlessmonsters.blogspot.com/2013/04/anti-gay-study-author-facing-new.html

Alvin McEwen
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reposted with permission

Mark Regnerus, University Of Texas Professor, Wades Further Into Gay Marriage Debate – Slowly but surely, the truth is coming back to haunt the creator of that descredited anti-gay parenting study. A lot of us lgbt bloggers knew that he was lying in regards to his “objectivity.” A big part of this story are the mysterious talking points given to Regenerus in order to bypass crucial questions regarding his study. No one will say where they came from:

As The American Independent reported last month, the Witherspoon Institute, the conservative think tank that funded the bulk of the New Family Structures Study, pushed to have the study’s results out before “major decisions of the Supreme Court,” according to documents obtained through a public records request. Among those documents – which are still being released in chunks – is a document titled “Mark Regnerus Media Training,” which encouraged the professor to focus on the fact that his study was a large, random, nationally representative study, unlike the majority of the existing research on gay parenting. He was told to avoid politics.

The origin of this training document, which is undated, is unknown. David Ochsner, director of public affairs at the University of Texas’ College of Liberal Arts, said he did not believe the guidelines were issued by UT, and he said Regnerus told him he could not remember where they came from. Witherspoon Institute President Luis Tellez said they were not issued by the Witherspoon Institute.

Regnerus’ “key points to make” included:

  • This study does not ascribe a cause to the effects, it simply reports the data.
  • For many years, gay advocates have claimed that there are no meaningful differences between children of same-sex couples and other children. This study shows this not to be true.
  • Young adults raised in a same-sex household are [list key findings such as more likely to have considered suicide, etc.].

See also:  Huffington Post:  Mark Regnerus, University Of Texas Professor, Wades Further Into Gay Marriage Debate

 

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We are Femen, the naked shock troops of feminism

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/10/femen-naked-shock-troops-of-feminism

Femen is at war with a patriarchy that sees women as sex objects. What weapons do we have? Our bare breasts


guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 10 April 2013

You can hear us shouting “Fuck off, dictator!”, “I’m not your sex toy!”, or “Religion is slavery!” You can see our half-naked bodies facing Berlusconi, Putin or the Pope. You can feel how deep our anger is by looking in our eyes. We are feminism’s shock troops, a spearhead unit of militants, a modern incarnation of the word fearless.

We are Femen. Our nakedness attacks the raw nerve of the historic conflict between women and “the system”. We are nothing less than its most visual and fitting embodiment. Our activists’ bodies represent undisguised hatred for the patriarchal order, and display the new aesthetics of a rejuvenated woman’s revolution.

Femen is our attempt at rethinking the history of feminism in its entirety. We believe that if women are left with little more than satisfying sexual desires as a life purpose, then our sexuality must become politicised. We are not denying our potential to be treated as sex objects. On the contrary, we are taking our sexuality into our own hands, turning it against our enemy. We are transforming female sexual subordination into aggression, and thereby starting the real war.

Make no mistake about it: we are at war. This is an ideological war, a war of traditionalism against modernity, oppression against freedom, dictatorship against the right to free expression. We are targeting the three principle manifestations of patriarchy: religion, the sex industry, and dictatorship.

“I didn’t have time to see if they looked good or not, whether they were blondes or not” – such were the words of Putin after our most recent act of diversion, when Femen activists confronted him in Hanover, shouting to his face, “Fuck you, dictator!” Putin was quick to smile, but a Kremlin official was already demanding that Germany punish our activists. Within half an hour, four criminal cases had been opened against the dictator’s assailants.

This is our reality. Femen activists are arrested, beaten up or even kidnapped, as happened to us in Belarus after our protest ridiculing president Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/10/femen-naked-shock-troops-of-feminism

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Amy Goodman’s remarks at the 2013 National Conference for Media Reform

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New York City to Pay Occupy Wall Street Damages for Violent Eviction

From Common Dreams:  http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/10-6

Settlement covers destroyed property from People’s Library and more

Common Dreams staff
Published on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Common Dreams

In what some participants from Occupy Wall Street are calling a victory, the City of New York settled a lawsuit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan with individuals whose property was destroyed by the NYPD when it raided the OWS Zuccotti Park encampment on Nov. 15, 2011.

The city will now have to pay over $365,000 in the settlement, which includes $47,000 for the destruction of the 5,500 books from “The People’s Library” and $75,000 for the destruction of property belonging to Global Revolutions TV, a live-streaming media group that was active in the park.

Most of the settlement will pay for the lawyers the group had to hire for the suit.

“Our clients are pleased,” the Village Voice reports Normal Siegel, who represented Occupy Wall Street in the suit, as saying. “We had asked for damages of $47,000 for the books and the computers, and we got $47,000. More important–we would not have settled without this–is the language in the settlement. This was not just about money, it was about constitutional rights and the destruction of books.”

“By targeting equipment used for media as well as literature in the peoples library, the city in effect not only tried to deny our movement a place to gather and organize, but also went after the tools we use to communicate in direct violation of our First Amendment rights” said Vlad Teichberg of Global Revolution TV.

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Glenda Jackson launches tirade against Thatcher in tribute debate

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Singer Morrissey’s Scathing Letter to the Public About Margaret Thatcher: “A Terror Without an Atom of Humanity”

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/world/singer-morrisseys-scathing-letter-public-about-margaret-thatcher-terror-without-atom-humanity

Morrissey: “Thatcher will only be fondly remembered by sentimentalists who did not suffer under her leadership, but the majority of British working people have forgotten her already.”

By Morrissey
April 9, 2013

Thatcher is remembered as  The Iron Lady only because she possessed completely negative traits such as persistent stubbornness and a determined refusal to listen to others.

Every move she made was charged by negativity; she destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the miners, she hated the arts, she hated the Irish Freedom Fighters and allowed them to die, she hated the English poor and did nothing at all to help them, she hated Greenpeace and environmental protectionists, she was the only European political leader who opposed a ban on the ivory trade, she had no wit and no warmth and even her own cabinet booted her out. She gave the order to blow up The Belgrano even though it was outside of the Malvinas Exclusion Zone—and was sailing AWAY from the islands! When the young Argentinean boys aboard The Belgrano had suffered a most appalling and unjust death, Thatcher gave the thumbs-up sign for the British press.

Iron? No. Barbaric? Yes. She hated feminists even though it was largely due to the progression of the women’s movement that the British people allowed themselves to accept that a prime minister could actually be female. But because of Thatcher, there will never again be another woman in power in British politics, and rather than opening that particular door for other women, she closed it

Thatcher will only be fondly remembered by sentimentalists who did not suffer under her leadership, but the majority of British working people have forgotten her already, and the people of Argentina will be celebrating her death. As a matter of recorded fact, Thatcher was a terror without an atom of humanity.

MORRISSEY.

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