Crackdown on Protests Could Spark More Scrutiny of Police - Andy Humm, Gotham Gazette, 11/2011
Interesting read looking at the dynamics of police response to dissent…how and why things have gotten where they are, and the potential for change…check out the entire article here.
Ob-Gyns: Prepare to Treat Transgender Patients - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 11/21/11
Op-Ed: Equality for Us Means Equality for Everyone - By Tiffani Bishop, Issac Brown, Iana DiBona, and Michael Diviesti, Advocate.com, 11/25/11
- It was hard to pick an excerpt from this article - it’s worth checking out the whole thing.
The historical narrative that surrounds the American Thanksgiving feast is fairly recent.
The purportedly idyllic partnership between the European Pilgrims and New England Indians is actually only about 120 years old. After WWI, the story that we learn in school today became THE story. I believe deeply in the power of re-appropriating racist and sexist traditions, but I do not believe that we can effectively do that if we do not know the history of what we’re re-appropriating. So, today I’m sharing some links that I’ve used as resources over the years that have helped me understand the holiday, the story and get a little closer to the truth. We know that victors write history books, but we also know it’s our job to correct and re-write them.” —
No thanks: A little historical truth-telling about Thanksgiving - Eesha Pandit, Feministing.com, 11/23/11
Check out the full article for excerpts and links to other sources that tell the story of thanksgiving as it is rarely told in school.
…Corporations and countries have used these references for years—familiar symbols understood since grade school to present peace, unity, and power. So perhaps it is appropriate for new movements like Occupy Wall Street and Anonymous to recast these familiar symbols in hopes of resetting our subconscious associations.
A similar formula of aesthetic reclamation happens almost weekly with OWS posters. They pull from 20th century protest poster designs that galvanized movements of people 10,000,000 strong. The original decades-old aesthetics developed out of need, because resources were scarce. Printing and pasting happened as quickly as damaging graffiti and removal. OWS poster aesthetics hark back to powerful movements of the past, tapping into culture’s collective memory in hopes of reawakening the spirit of action….
The most well-funded organizations in the gay and lesbian movement do not provide direct legal services to low-income people, but instead focus their resources on high-profile impact litigation cases and policy efforts. Most of these efforts have traditionally focused on concerns central to the lives of nonpoor lesbian and gay people and have ignored the most pressing issues in the lives of poor people, people of color, and transgender people.
The “gay agenda” has been about passing our apartments to each other when we die, not about increasing affordable housing or opposing illegal eviction. It has been about getting our partnerships recognized so our partners can share our private health benefits, not about defending Medicaid rights or demanding universal health care. It has been about getting our young sons into Boy Scouts, not about advocating for the countless/uncounted queer and trans youth struggling against a growing industry of youth incarceration. It has been about working to put more punishment power in the hands of an overtly racist criminal system with passage of hate crimes laws, not about opposing the mass incarceration of a generation of men of color, or fighting the abuse of queer and trans people in adult and juvenile justice settings.” —
-Dean Spade: Compliance is Gendered (via delisubthefemmecub)
Smart, powerful words from the always insightful Dean Spade.
About time. Sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-new-york-state-legislators-condoms-arent-a-crime
It is not surprising to me that virtually no one is familiar with the name Shelley Hilliard. Shelley’s body was just found on the side of a busy highway in Detroit last week, burned to death. Shelley’s mother, who had reported to police that her much-beloved teen was missing, had to visit the medical examiner’s office to identify her child’s torso — all that remained.
There are many organizations that espouse to support the transgender community, but really what they are doing is splitting hairs. In light of Shelley Hilliard’s charred torso, the actual amount of money and human resources that most LGBT organizations devote to transgender services is insulting. Even in large cities there are only a handful of nonprofits doing substantive work for transgender people. Many argue that there are few funding streams to support programs for this community because no data is collected on transgender individuals, and they are correct. But that didn’t stop them from identifying funders for LGBT and HIV causes in the ’80s and ’90s — where there’s a will, there’s a way, as they say.” —
LGBT Leadership: Split Hairs and Burnt Bodies -Pete Subkoviak, Huffington Post, 11/16/11
Yesterday was International Transgender Day of Remembrance. This piece raises critical issues, calling on LGBT organizations and others to do more in support of the human rights and safety of transgender people. Silence=Death.
hi! yes indeed! blood anywhere…cooker, cotton, water, tie, gauze, alcohol, injecting surfaces, syringe, etc…it’s important to be mindful of blood throughout the entire injection process. this is one of the challenges around messages that are carried over from HIV prevention that only emphasized the syringe. you’re totally right. thanks for the comment.
An international team of investigators showed that infectious quantities of hepatitis C could survive on inanimate surfaces for up to seven days. However, the virus can be rendered inactive by commercially available disinfectants, or heating to a temperature of 65-70°C for approximately 90 seconds.
In a separate study, French investigators detected the virus on 80% of alcohol swabs obtained from injecting drug users. They suggest that the swabs may be shared by users, risking the transmission of hepatitis C.” —I participated in a roundtable about hepatitis C testing and counseling yesterday. One of the needs identified again and again is the need for clear, easy to communicate messages about hepatitis c prevention that also make sense in the daily lives of people who inject drugs. Don’t share syringes is not enough. It’s about the blood.