Anti-Transgender Discrimination Hurts Families

Hidden in plain view: A trans activist reflects on performing at MichFest

This is super cool.  Maybe it is time for those of us who were involved in the feminist and lesbian feminist movement while stealth to come out and claim our places in history thereby giving lie to the idea we didn’t exist back then or weren’t involved.

From PQ Monthly:  http://www.pqmonthly.com/hidden-in-plain-view-a-trans-activist-reflects-on-performing-at-michfest/15747

By Erin Rook
July 18, 2013

It’s been more than two decades since musician and trans activist Jenn Burleton performed on stage at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, but the annual event still maintains its controversial ban on women like her.

Though the executive director of TransActive Education & Advocacy is publicly out about her trans identity today, she wasn’t when she played guitar for the thousands of women gathered on “the land” in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

The musicians she played with have continued to perform the fest, as recently as 2013, though at least one has announced they won’t return next year. A number of performers have either pulled out of the 2013 lineup or declined to return in response to a Change.org petition created by trans activist Red Durkin opposing the trans-exclusive admission policy.

Burleton shared her unique perspective with PQ Monthly as a trans woman who experienced MichFest both under the radar and in the spotlight.

Continue reading at:  http://www.pqmonthly.com/hidden-in-plain-view-a-trans-activist-reflects-on-performing-at-michfest/15747

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Glenn Greenwald: Growing Backlash Against NSA Spying Shows Why U.S. Wants to Silence Edward Snowden

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Judge refuses to drop ‘aiding the enemy’ charge in Bradley Manning trial

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/18/bradley-manning-aiding-the-enemy-charge

Defence witness ‘extraordinarily disappointed’ after Col Denise Lind declines to throw out charges against WikiLeaks source

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The Guardian, Thursday 18 July 2013

The judge presiding over the court martial of the WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning has declined to throw out the main charge against him – that he knowingly “aided the enemy” by leaking state secrets that were posted on the internet.

The decision by Colonel Denise Lind, who is sitting as judge and jury over the army private in a courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland, means that Manning continues to face the possibility of life in military custody with no chance of parole. The “aiding the enemy” charge is one of the most severe offences available to military prosecutors, and has led to the accusation that the Obama administration is attempting to put a chill on whistleblowers that could have far-reaching consequences for investigative journalism.

Colonel Morris Davis, one of the key witnesses called by Manning’s defence team in an attempt to have the “aiding the enemy” charge dropped, said he was “extraordinarily disappointed” by the ruling. Davis was director of the US air force’s judicial system from 2007 to 2008 and said he was normally a defender of military justice.

But he said the fact that military prosecutors were pursuing Manning with such a heavy hand had forced him to think again. He pointed to the contrast between the full-blooded prosecution of the US soldier and the outcome of the court martial that flowed from the 2005 Haditha killings in Iraq.

In that incident, 24 unarmed Iraqis including women and children were killed by US marines. In the ensuing prosecutions, six of the marines involved had their cases dropped, a seventh was found not guilty and the only one to be convicted of a single count avoided any time in jail.

“When you think about these different responses, it suggests to me that the military justice system is not working,” Davis said.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/18/bradley-manning-aiding-the-enemy-charge

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Jimmy Carter: US “has no functioning democracy”

From Salon:  http://www.salon.com/2013/07/18/jimmy_carter_us_has_no_functioning_democracy_partner/

The former president weighs in on NSA and the future of Internet platforms like Google and Facebook

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Thursday, Jul 18, 2013

This article originally appeared on International Business Times.

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is so concerned about the NSA spying scandal that he thinks it has essentially resulted in a suspension of American democracy.

“America does not at the moment have a functioning democracy,” he said at an event in Atlanta on Tuesday sponsored by the Atlantik Bruecke, a private nonprofit association working to further the German-U.S. relationship. The association’s name is German for “Atlantic bridge.”

Carter’s remarks didn’t appear in the American mainstream press but were reported from Atlanta by the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, whose Washington correspondent Gregor Peter Schmitz said on Twitter he was present at the event. The story doesn’t appear in the English-language section of the Spiegel website and is only available in German.

The 39th U.S. president also said he was pessimistic about the current state of global affairs, wrote Der Spiegel, because there was “no reason for him to be optimistic at this time.” Among the developments that make him uneasy, Carter cited the “falling of Egypt under a military dictatorship.” As president, Carter managed to get then-Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin to sign the Camp David peace agreements in 1979.

Carter said a bright spot was “the triumph of modern technology,” which enabled the democratic uprisings of the Arab Spring; however, the NSA spying scandal, Carter said, according to Der Spiegel, endangers precisely those developments, “as major U.S. Internet platforms such as Google or Facebook lose credibility worldwide.”

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University President in Indiana Tried to Censor Howard Zinn’s ‘People’s History of the United States’

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/former-indiana-governor-attempted-censor-howard-zinn

The AP revealed emails showing Daniels’ vendetta against Zinn, whom he called “anti-American academic.”

By April M. Short
July 18, 2013

In his groundbreaking work A People’s History of the United States, a nti-war activist and historian Howard Zinn’s reframed the glorified slant on U.S. history provided by most textbooks and accounts. His works sparked a generation of historical reflection and brought to light the untold, often unflattering truths about our national past. When Zinn passed away in 2010, his New York Times obituary quoted a book review by historian Eric Foner: “Historians may well view [ A People’s History of the United States] as a step toward a coherent new version of American history.”

But not everyone is a fan of Zinn’s work. Indiana’s former governor Mitch Daniels currently the president of  Purdue University attempted to censor Zinn’s legacy while in office, according an  article published by the  Associated Press last week. Via a Freedom of Information Act request, AP obtained emails in which Daniels asked classrooms in the state to ban Zinn’s works and “clean up” its college curriculum.

In the e-mail records AP released, Daniels requested that public schools refrain from using Zinn’s work in their curriculum. He also tried to initiate a statewide investigation aimed at identifying similar works and disqualifying them from being considered “credit-worthy.”

In one email with the subject line “Howard Zinn,” the republican governor wrote: “This terrible anti-American academic finally passed away.”

He continued on to say that A People’s History of the United States is, “a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page.”

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McDonald’s workers lays out a real McJob budget!

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