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The Sexual Freedom Project: Human Trafficking

Today's video comes to us from the Demi & Ashton Foundation (DNA Foundation) and is about human trafficking: the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, or a modern-day form of slavery. Some important facts from their website: Today, more than twelve million people worldwide are enslaved.[1] An estimated two million children are bought and sold in the global commercial sex trade.[2] The sex slavery industry has become an increasingly important revenue source for organized crime because each young girl can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for ...

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A Mission Accomplished

We are pleased to report the DC TLGB Watch's Transgender Day of Action in Washington, DC, was, and continues to be, a notable success by any standard. Even a few days ago, when elected/appointed officials became a little nervous on rumors that street demonstrations and set of demands with deadlines were coming to their doorsteps, the Trans community leaders were offered some coordinated face-time with the Office of Mayor Vincent Gray together with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the US Attorney for Washington, DC (USAO), a fresh approach to replace their usual divide and conquer strategy to make ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Take It Personally…Please

Thursday at 1:00 PM in Washington, DC, the Transgender Day of Action will confront the Metropolitan Police Department, the United States District Attorney for DC, the Mayor, and Members of the City Council about systemic bias against the trans community in our nation's capital. Local activists, members of the LGBT community, and concerned area residents will be participating in this action to bring media and political attention to the serious ongoing problem of neglect and abuse of trans folks in DC. It is in honor of that action that we bring you today's video, "Transgender People In The Workplace." Have ...

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Call to action this Thursday, November 17, Washington, DC

Download Poster Media Advisory Available Goals and Demands This urgent Call to Action for Thursday, November 17 starts at 1 PM in front of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD300 Indiana Avenue NW). Local activists have mobilized on behalf of Trans people in the District who have unfairly suffered police profiling, police bias, police harassment, undertrained police, and, indeed, violence at the hands of police. The disproportionate statistics in our nation’s capital reportedly tower over any other city or state. WHAT: Transgender Day of Action WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2011, starting at 1 PM WHERE: MPD Headquarters (300 Indiana Avenue NW) to the ...

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Nov 17 Transgender Day of Action Poster Available

We hope you will lift this poster and put it up on your website or blog, where you work, play, and live. The direct action planned for November 17 is in conjunction with the DC Transgender Day of Remembrance to follow on November 20. We are getting the word out and hope that anyone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area will come to speak in unison with transgender activists and allies who want to stem the explosive rate of violence and unsolved murders in our nation's capital. The Day of Action is being organized by DC TLGB Police Watch, ...

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Running Out of Time (video)

We were really impressed with this video which brings into sharp relief some of the dissonance and hypocrisy of American politicians' sweeping calls for democracy and equality abroad, through the UN, in the US Congress, and from the White House. They take seriously the populist rebellions in repressive foreign nations, at least the ones that might be useful to the US, but our political leaders dismiss 0r only limply support the successful "Occupy" movement in our midst that is already altering the national conversation of government's role. The effectiveness of this movement is scaring them because it flips the paradigm in ...

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What’s Hot Right Now (10-11-11)

Arse Electronic Wrap-up, Occupy Everything, New National Campaigns, plus  We're back from 2 weeks on the road, participating in and filing blogs on Atlanta's Southern Comfort Conference and then from San Francisco for Arse Elektronika. Arse Elektronika is a production by Monochrom, an Austrian collective of futurist artists describing themselves as "an art-technology-philosophy group" and "an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, context hacking and political activism." They have been producing the European version of AE for many years and are now in their fifth year bringing this parallel one to the United States. This week's ...

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This Revolution Will Not Be Privatized

One of the best signs at the Occupy Wall Street's ongoing protest that is spreading like wildfire across the country right now said, "This revolution will not be privatized." Well, what do we actually mean by that? In the last 24 hours, Occupy Together has increased by almost 200 more cities, up from 749 to 928 cities, including Washington, DC. Wildfire. It's about effin' time. A movement like no other that has been 40 years in the making by my clock. This week, Occupy Wall Street's NYC General Assembly issued an official declaration. This is the American people standing up for the ...

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Whitehouse.gov petitions: What the people really want

Earlier this month Whitehouse.gov (the official site of the White House) launched “We the People”: “Welcome to We the People on WhiteHouse.gov. This tool provides you with a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.” Any petition created within the first 30 days, that reaches at least 5,000 signatures, will receive an “official response”. This has incredible potential. It gives the Internet ...

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Global Sexual Freedom Watch

The struggle for the civil rights for women, sexual minorities, and people who are HIV+ outside of the United States, in hundreds of countries, involves fierce protection against imprisonment, mutilation, violence, and death. The abuse of power is monumental, and first world countries mostly sit idly by while this miscarriage of humanity is put forward by governments, religions, commerce, and often vile social custom. This alone should make every American care about this silent genocide, the systematic "disappearing" of people who are HIV+ or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender-nonconforming (LGBT) and severe restrictions on the rights of women. Read More