Showing posts with label Demonstration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Demonstration. Show all posts

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."

October 16, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg never wanted this fight/never wanted to pick a side

 BY ERIN EINHORN  NY Daily News/local
Protestors march down Broadway from Zuccotti Park to "clean up" other parts of the city.  Owners of Zuccotti Park announced Friday they postponed the cleanup, but that didn't stop Occupy Wall Street protesters from coming into conflict with the NYPD.
James Keivom/News
Protestors march down Broadway from Zuccotti Park to "clean up" other parts of the city. Owners of Zuccotti Park announced Friday they postponed the cleanup, but that didn't stop Occupy Wall Street protesters from coming into conflict with the NYPD.
 Mayor Bloomberg never wanted this fight - and never wanted to pick a side.
Politically and financially he couldn't afford a messy public showdown with hundreds of arrests.
And, personally, he was somewhere in the middle.
The billionaire business mogul is one of Wall Street's staunchest defenders and his advisers say he was becoming increasingly worried the protesters' message could seriously harm one of the city's most important industries.
But Bloomberg has cast himself in his third term as a warrior for civil liberties, lobbying aggressively to legalize gay marriage and leading the fight last summer for the rights of a property owner to put a mosque in a building a few blocks from Ground Zero.
He didn't want to go down in history as the guy who sent baton-wielding cops into a peaceful crowd, arresting hundreds of people while TV and video cameras rolled.
"It was a mess no matter what he did," said one mayoral confidant. "I think Ray Kelly and the Police Department are smart enough not to walk into the trap of being a bunch of heavy-handed thugs, but they understand that the world is watching."
The cost associated with arresting so many, processing them through the courts - not to mention potential lawsuits - would have been monumental.
The damage to Bloomberg's image would have been catastrophic, especially after he hustled to pull off a pitch-perfect response to Hurricane Irene two months back after butchering the day-after-Christmas blizzard.
The mayor insists the decision to hold off on a Zuccotti Park crackdown yesterday was not his to make. The decision came from the property owner, Brookfield Properties. But no one in the mayor's circle was sad to see the battle averted.
"It was purely a wise move," said Kathy Wylde, who heads the Partnership for New York City, a business coalition. "They avoided a confrontation, they avoided violence ...[The protesters] were mobilizing to create a scene that was potentially dangerous and disruptive."
That doesn't mean the city and Brookfield won't try to clear the park eventually - just don't expect them to announce the time and date beforehand.

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