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February 28, 2014

NYC and Boston Mayors Will Skip Anti Gay St.Pat’s Parades


 Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is threatening to boycott the St. Patrick's Day parade unless organizers allow a group of gay military veterans to march, joining New York's mayor in protesting parade policies on gay groups.
Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, said Thursday he's been trying to broker a deal with the city's parade organizers to allow a gay veterans group sponsored by MassEquality to march in this year's parade. He said allowing gay groups to participate is long overdue.
"It's 2014 — it's far beyond the time where we should be even having this discussion because they're veterans who fought for this country just like any other veteran," Walsh said.
"I made a commitment during the campaign ... that I would fight for equality and that's what this is all about."
But parade planners appeared unwilling to budge.
Lead parade organizer Philip Wuschke Jr. said gay people are not prohibited from marching with other groups. But he said organizers do not want the parade to turn into a demonstration for a particular group.
"The theme of the parade is St. Patrick's Day. It is not a sexually oriented parade," he said. "All we want to do is have a happy parade. The parade is a day of celebration, not demonstration."
In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will skip the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade in Manhattan because participants are not allowed to carry signs or banners identifying themselves as gay.
"I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city," de Blasio said during a press conference earlier this month. "But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade."
The parade dates from 1762, more than a century before the five boroughs linked to form modern New York City. The traditional event draws more than 1 million people every year to watch about 200,000 participants, including marching bands and thousands of uniformed city workers. It has long been a mandatory stop on the city's political trail.
Since the 1990s, the event's ban on pro-gay signs has sparked protests and lawsuits and led to the creation of an alternative, gay-friendly St. Patrick's Day parade in Queens. In recent years, some elected officials — including de Blasio when he was a public advocate — attended the alternative parade and boycotted the traditional parade.
Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio's predecessor, was a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage rights, but still marched in the traditional parade all 12 years he was in office.
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton was asked Thursday at an unrelated press conference in Manhattan if he planned to march in the parade and confirmed that he was. He did not elaborate.
Judges have said the private organizers of New York's parade have a First Amendment right to choose participants in their event. The organizers have ruled that some groups, such as colleges or civic organizations, can identify themselves, but LGBT groups cannot.
The Boston parade, sponsored by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, has had a long and torturous history on the question of whether gay groups can march.
State courts forced the sponsors to allow the Irish-American GayLesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston to march in the parade in 1992 and 1993. In 1994, the sponsors canceled the parade rather than allow the group to participate.
In 1995, the sponsors made participation by invitation only and said the parade would commemorate the role of traditional families in Irish history and protest the earlier court rulings. But several months later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Massachusetts courts had previously violated the parade sponsors' First Amendment rights when they forced them to allow the gay group to participate.
Walsh's predecessor, Mayor Tom Menino, boycotted the parade after the Supreme Court ruling.
The parade has traditionally honored Irish-Americans and also celebrates "Evacuation Day,"George Washington's victory that forced British troops out of Boston in 1776.
In Savannah, Ga., where Irish immigrants and their descendants have been celebrating St. Patrick's Day for 190 years, openly gay groups have long been absent from the city's parade.
Local gay business leaders began lobbying for a slot in the parade in the 1990s, but were told by the private committee that organizes the parade that its applications were denied because they were "pushing a political agenda," said Savannah gay rights activist Kevin Clark.
Clark said the group stopped applying about 10 years ago, deciding that issues such as domestic partner benefits and gay marriage were more important.
"In the big scheme of things, participating in a St. Patrick's Day parade just doesn't rise to the level of being worth exerting a lot of energy," Clark said.
Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire in New York and Russ Bynum in Savannah, Ga., contributed to this report.

December 13, 2012

No Snip Snip keep The Skin

South Florida Intactivists Unite Facebook
Last Thursday morning, drivers motoring down NW 40th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale might have eyeballed an odd sight outside of Plantation Hospital: three protesters waving signs. 

Anyone close enough to make out the fine print would have been surprised to see the group wasn't hawking pro-life slogans or any of the other usual street-corner activism. This message? Keep that scalpel away from Junior's wang. 

The group marching the pavement was South Florida Intactivists Unite. Since forming in October, the anti-circumcision outfit has made up for small numbers by energetically blitzing local hospitals and baby events all over the area. 

To date they've demonstrated at Memorial West Hospital in Pembroke Pines and Miami's Jackson Memorial. The group also bravely posted up right inside unfriendly territory when they hosted a booth at the Miami Children's Expo on December 1.

Their basic pitch is that many of the health benefits trumpeted regarding  circumcision are bunk, and that babies are best left with the extra kin, or "intact" as the movement calls it, according to Veronica Sebrell, one of the group's organizers.

Because it runs counter to years of conventional wisdom -- not to mention it's a topic hot-wired with emotion due to health and religious considerations -- the theory doesn't sit well with everyone, as we reported in a cover story last February.

Nonetheless, in recent years the anti-snip argument has been upgraded from heterodoxy to serious option. Circumcision rates have actual begun to dip. San Francisco almost put a circumcision ban on the 2011 ballot. And Sebrell says most moms-to-be who brush against the her pitch are receptive. 

"I was particularly surprised at the expo about how many people were approaching us and how many people had already chosen to leave their children intact."

She adds: "The only place where I've encountered people being aggressive has been online."

Intactivistism isn't like to peter out in South Florida any time soon (pun completely intended). Sebrell and her counterparts are planning more demonstrations in the next few weeks. Beyond hospitals and baby shows, they're mapping out other locations where the word can effectively reach new parents.

"We were discussing doing one at a nearby Babies R Us," she says.

November 29, 2012

Naked AIDS Protesters Invade Boehner’s Office

One of the offices of House speaker John Boehner was occupied by seven protestors who decided to remove their clothing during the protest. The incident took place on Tuesday morning and the protestors demanded that budgets for programs involving AIDS not be cut. Three of the protestors were arrested, according to The Advocate.

The office was located in the Longworth House Office building in Washington, D.C. and Boehner was not in the office when the protest occurred. Quite a few of Boehner’s aides were in the office when the protest occurred to see the protestors strip off their clothes to reveal their bodies, which were painted with slogans. Some of those slogans said “AIDS Cuts Kill” and “Fund PEPFAR, Fund Ryan White, Fund Global Fund, Fund Medicaid, Fund HOPWA.” Protestors came from Queerocracy, ACT UP New York and ACT UP Philadelphia.                                    

ACT UP New York’s Eustachia Smith said the following in a press release: “global health programs will lose $689 million, while domestic AIDS programs will lose $538 million.”

Cassie Gardner, from Queerocracy, said, “When you strip away the rhetoric of the fiscal cliff and the grand bargain, you see that these terms are a way to thinly veil draconian budget cuts that will leave millions around the world with absolutely nothing.”

U.S. Capitol Police public information officer Shennell Antrobus confirmed to ABC News that “three females arrested for lewd and indecent acts in the Speaker’s Longworth office. Demonstrators disbursed that area.”

March 20, 2012

Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A) Video

Drag Queens Endorsed anti gay Chick-fil-A
You need to watch this it very well made and self explanatory.  It was made by the Drag Queens of the
Rupaul's Drag Race Show.

$$$$$$$$$ Groupon

December 21, 2011

Cairo } Women Come Out In Force After Police Violence Against Them

Women protest in Cairo after the police brutality.
Women protest in Cairo after the police brutality. Photo: Reuters
Thousands of woman marched through downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening to call for the end of military rule in an extraordinary expression of anger over images of soldiers beating, stripping and kicking a female demonstrator on the pavement of Tahrir Square.
"Drag me, strip me, my brothers' blood will cover me!" they chanted. "Where is the field marshal?" they demanded, referring to Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the military council holding onto power here. "The girls of Egypt are here."
The event may have been the biggest women's demonstration in Egypt's history, and the most significant since a 1919 march led by pioneering Egyptian feminist Huda Shaarawi to protest British rule.

A protester holds a picture of one of the victims of the police brutality.
A protester holds a picture of one of the victims of the police brutality. Photo: AP
The women's chants were evidently heard at military headquarters as well. On Tuesday evening, the ruling military council offered an abrupt apology.
"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces expresses its utmost sorrow for the great women of Egypt, for the violations that took place during the recent events," the council said in a statement. "It stresses its great appreciation for the women of Egypt and for their right to protest and to actively, positively participate in political life on the path of democratic transition."
Although no one in the military has been publicly investigated or charged in connection with any misconduct, the statement asserted that the council had already taken "all the legal actions to hold whoever is responsible accountable."
Just two hours before the women massed, a coalition of liberal and human rights groups unveiled a plan to try to break the state media's grip on public opinion by holding screenings around the country of video capturing recent military abuses.
In the most famous of those, a half dozen soldiers beating a woman with batons rip away her abaya to reveal her blue bra before one plants his boot on her chest.
When a core of activists called for a Tuesday march to protest the military's treatment of women few could have expected the magnitude of the response.
By 4 in the afternoon, thousands had gathered in Tahrir Square.
"I am here because of our girls who were stripped in the street," said Sohir Mahmoud, 50, a housewife who said she was demonstrating for the first time. "Men are not going to cover your flesh so we will," she told a younger woman. "We have to come down and call for our rights nobody is going to call for our rights for us."


October 19, 2011

Can A Hipster Cop be like A Brutal PepperHappy Bologna Cop?

"Hipster Cop" Distracts From Police Brutality

By Garth Johnston in 
The so-called "Hipster Cop," earlier this week (Lucy Kafanov's Twitter).
The NYPD and the protestors down at Wall Street might not really be getting along, but there is at least one police officer who most folks (the media at least—Gawker's Adrian Chen has penned a treatise on him) don't seem to mind. Enter the "Hipster Cop," a young man who appears to be a community affairs detective from the 1st Precinct going by the name Rick. Also? He may be gay.
The "Hipster Cop"—who our reporter Chris Robbins says really comes off more as a "Preppy Cop"—drew some attention during that Radiohead mess, and has been hanging around the margins since. He was on the scene again this morning looking slightly more business than usual. So... does the NYPD have other hip young cops hiding around amongst the OWS crowds? Are these the sorts of people who keep busting LES bars for selling to underage drinkers and Facebook parties?
Maybe we don't really want to know the answer though, as the "Hipster Cop" isn't the only plainclothes officer drawing attention down at Zuccotti Park. There has been some speculation that the NYPD (which isn't ashamed to spy) has sent some undercover agents in, and pics like these certainly lend credibility to that theory!

October 18, 2011

Second senior NYPD officers faces investigation {OWS}

Occupy Wall Street protest in New York, Johnny Cardona
Occupy Wall Street: the New York Civilian Complaint Review Board is formally investigating allegations of assault against Johnny Cardona. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA
A second senior New York police officer is being formally investigated over allegations that he assaulted an Occupy Wall Street protester, raising fresh questions over the NYPD's deployment of supervisors on the front line in volatile public order situations.
The officer, who has been named in news reports as deputy inspector Johnny Cardona, was filmed on Friday grabbing the protester from behind, spinning him round and appearing to punch him in the face so hard that he fell to the ground.
The New York Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent mayoral agency that deals with allegations of excessive or unnecessary force against police, is now investigating the incident, along with a number of other complaints over policing of the protests.
This is the second inquiry the board has launched in the last month into an alleged assault by a senior NYPD officer on Occupy Wall Street protesters. It is also investigating the use of pepper spray on peaceful female protesters by another deputy inspector, Anthony Bologna, who is also the subject of an internal NYPD inquiry.
Linda Sachs, a spokeswoman for the CCRB, said she could not comment on individual officers, but confirmed that the alleged assault was among several being investigated.
"We have several ongoing investigations involving police interactions with protesters. That includes events that occurred on Friday. Those events were videotaped," Sachs told the Guardian.
The victim of the alleged assault, Felix Rivera Pitre, has called for an investigation into Cardona's conduct. Over the weekend, new video was released of an earlier demonstration which appears to show him roughly handling a female protester from the same group that was later pepper-sprayed by Bologna.

October 17, 2011

OWS: Citibank Customer Arrested for Closing her Acct,

Yet another super awkward, borderline crazy police-citizen interaction was caught on tape during the Occupy Wall Street protests yesterday. In this video, police are apparently arresting an actual Citibank customer, who is seen wearing a business suit and hootin’ and hollerin’ about how she just wanted to get some banking done and would rather not be arrested, thank you very much.
The video, as Gawker points out, does raise some unanswered questions (Is the woman really a Citi customer? What was she doing prior to being arrested?), so it’s a little unfair to jump to conclusions immediately here.
But this arrest, protest supporters allege, was part of a larger pattern that day — one that involved cops arresting Citibank customers who “occupied” a bank branch in order to close out their bank accounts.
It’s tough to tell for sure whether the incident involving the purportedly legit, non-protesting customer occurred during the other arrests, but it would seem that way. See for yourself.

OWS(NYC): Lawyer demands action on policeman's punch

The alleged rough treatment of a woman during the Occupy Wall Street unrest.
A lawyer acting on behalf of an Occupy Wall Street protester who was allegedly assaulted by a New York police officer on Friday has called for an investigation into the behaviour of the deputy inspector involved after video evidence appeared to show the same officer engaging in the rough handling of a woman protester in an earlier incident.
Ron Kuby, a Manhattan-based criminal defence lawyer who specialises in cases of alleged police brutality, has written to the New York district attorney Cyrus Vance calling for a "full, complete and lengthy investigation" into Friday's incident. He said that his client, Felix Rivera Pitre, would co-operate fully with any such investigation.
Video footage of the scuffle first posted by the Gothamist website appears to show the white-shirted police officer grabbing Rivera from behind, swinging him round and then punching him in the face. Rivera falls to the ground, suggesting that the punch had considerable impact.
The officer has been identified in news reports as deputy inspector Johnny Cardona. Over the weekend, new video evidence emerged relating to an earlier controversy which also appears to have involved Cardona.
During the Occupy Wall Street protests, Felix Rivera Pitre is punched in the face by a policeman.
The video, analysed by a law student in Florida aligned to Occupy Wall Street called Charlie Grapski , shows a white-shirted officer whose badge bears the name Cardona. He reaches over an orange fence that is being used by police to kettle a group of woman protesters.
He then grabs one of the women, pulls her to the ground and drags her forcefully underneath the fence, after which she is arrested.
Soon after that incident, a separate police officer, deputy inspector Anthony Bologna, walked up to the remaining women in the kettle and pepper-sprayed them in the face. That was also caught on camera and has become one of the most notorious images of the policing of Occupy Wall Street.
The NYPD has neither confirmed nor denied the identity of Cardona as the officer involved in both incidents. A senior police spokesman, Paul Browne, said Rivera was wanted for questioning for allegedly having provoked the confrontation in the first place by trying to elbow a police officer, which the officer then responded by deflecting.
Browne said: "Others in the crowd jumped on the officer when he tried to apprehend the suspect. When the officer got to his feet, he was sprayed in the face with an unknown liquid coming from the suspect's direction."
Kuby told the Guardian there was no evidence that his client had done anything wrong. Even if he had made the first move, the lawyer said, nothing could have justified the police officer's response.
"There are a lot of ways to make an arrest that are acceptable in the NYPD's rulebook, and as far as I know sucker-punching someone with a right hook is not one of them."
In his letter to Vance, Kuby urged the New York authorities to leave Rivera alone. "On the off chance they were intending to arrest him for injuring the captain's fist with his jaw, I strongly suggest that you decide not to add insult to injury and avoid such a retaliatory move."

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