civil rights

When will we move to impeach certain Supreme Court justices? (Part 2)

"In the Potemkin justice of the Roberts court, the right to vote is under attack, while the power to buy elections is sanctified by law. Corporations are called people under a faux doctrine of free speech, while women are denied standing to combat discrimination." - Brent Budowsky Editorial from The Hill, April 9, 2014.

    Most of us came of age with nearly blind trust in this once-austere body, this third branch of government charged with deciding the most challenging questions of our time. But times have changed, and so has the purpose and direction of the Supreme Court. It's literally gone off the rails, ...

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When will we move to impeach certain Supreme Court justices? (Part 1)

"Five conservative Republican men serving on the Supreme Court, led by a chief justice who has violated 200 years of judicial precedent, despite pledging under oath during his confirmation hearings to respect judicial precedent, are waging a legal war of mass destruction against core principles of American democracy . . ." -- Brent Budowsky Editorial from The Hill, April 9, 2014.

  Every June, I get nervous about the Supreme Court, and the Roberts's court in particular. My knees have been shaking at the very idea that they may rule anyway now to give Hobby Lobby and all corporations/employers' the ...

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Rape Victim Faces Criminal Charges for Tweeting Names of Attackers

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No matter how you look at it, there's something wrong when a rape victim is threatened with fines and jail time for speaking out about her horrible experience. Not only had Savannah Dietrich  endured the hardship brought upon her by attackers, but she now faces a $500 fine and up to 6 months in jail. She showed great courage in breaking her silence but she violated a court order that demanded she not speak out. A brave and defiant Savannah Dietrich explained her outrage, “So many of my rights have been taken away by these boys. I’m at ...

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Lesbian and Gay Rights in the World—Geography of Bigotry and Oppression

This amazing map, developed by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Organization, portrays, as of May 2012, the status of critical LGBT protections and persecutions world wide. We hope all people interested in international issues will examine it and understand where progress is being made and where horrible persecution and enforced neglect endure. It is encouraging to see signs of great progress in areas of South America and most of Western Europe, where a modicum of equality is emerging, in spite of entrenched religious opposition by atheistic religionists deeply embedded in the ...

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Sweden’s “Forcible sterilization” and Creating Change

Sweden: Transgender actress mourns her "forcible sterilization" - "Many countries typically seen as progressive on LGBT rights continue to mandate the practice." “'Forcible sterilization' has been quietly practiced for decades in countries typically cast as progressive on LGBT rights: France, the Netherlands, Australia and a number of U.S. states still require it. Italy and Germany have just recently overturned similar legislation." Having just returned from Creating Change (3000 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender activists and allies, annually), I found this coverage of actress Aleksa Lundberg, a well-known Swedish transwoman, particularly ridiculous. Although Swedish actress Aleksa Lundberg made her complete transition in her late teens, ...

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Sign Our Petition to Stop Harmful Prostitution-Free Zones

Tomorrow in DC we will be delivering testimony, reprinted below, in opposition to  Bill 19-567, a proposed new law that would allow police to designate permanent Prostitution-Free Zones (PFZs), which have been dubbed by local activists as Trans Profiling Zones. If you cannot attend tomorrow, you can watch online. In any case, in the coming two weeks, please join us by signing the change.org petition. Each time someone signs, the DC Council gets email notice. We want to deluge these officials' in boxes and make sure that this legislation is never passed, and that even our current ...

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My Guantánamo Nightmare

(También en Español) My Guantánamo Nightmare On Wednesday, America’s detention camp at Guantánamo Bay will have been open for 10 years. For seven of them, I was held there without explanation or charge. During that time my daughters grew up without me. They were toddlers when I was imprisoned, and were never allowed to visit or speak to me by phone. Most of their letters were returned as “undeliverable,” and the few that I received were so thoroughly and thoughtlessly censored that their messages of love and support were lost. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is too far from the thoughts of ...

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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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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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