Grassroots

Re-envisioning the future: A personal call to action

No sexism racism homophobia

VenusPlusX re-envisions the future as A New Age of Sexual Freedom because that is a state of being the heralds the end of racism (at its root sexual oppression) and the end of nationalism for the purposes of war (at its root racism)and other forms of inhumane exploitation. In connection with our recent relaunch, a manifesto for this new age was offered up for comment and critique. It included a working formula to bring about peace, and some of the obstacles in our way. Using this tried and true, non-violent formula (systematically replacing coercive systems with humane voluntary ...

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Trevor Project Working for a Better Future for All Youth

The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by the creators of the film "Trevor": James Lecense, Peggy Rajeskim and Randy Stone. The Academy Award-winning film is about a young boy dealing with being bullied while undergoing self-discovery about his sexual identity. The three creators soon found out that there was little (if any) support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth facing the same types of crisis as Trevor. In response to this, the filmmakers founded The Trevor Project., now a leader  in providing crises intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT youth. TREVORSPACE is ...

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Violence against D.C. prostitutes has gone too far

  Violence against local D.C. prostitutes has become alarming. A local transgender woman, "Jane," who wishes to remain anonymous, shared her story with me. As she describes it,"I was beat an inch from my life." She said she was going to work as usual,"clocking in" as it's called -- those few moments that you take to get yourself ready for the long dreadful night to come. For some girls it's a breather, for some it's a drink or a drug and for others it's simply a prayer to get them through the night, but this routine is done among co-working prostitutes ...

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Hairy Politics

Happy No Shave November, everyone! (not sure who came up with this…) Since when is body hair gendered? Doesn’t it just seem logical that people are hairy? Warmth for winter, right? Apparently if you live in mainstream America, the answer is no. From a young age, girls are expected to shave their body hair – it’s been turned into a coming-of-age ritual, a tradition passed on from generation to generation. From armpits, to legs, to toes, to stomachs, to pubic hair – what’s left untouched by the razor? And speaking of the razor, if you shave, do you buy Gillette? Venus? Disposable? Safety guards? ...

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A Second Chance

No one encouraged me to be productive, to make something of my life. Hell, I thought selling drugs and prostituting were careers so naturally when I grew up I followed in those footsteps. I became a prostitute which led to drug addiction and then the cycle began. Nothing good became of my life, each day got harder and harder. The more I lived the more I hated myself. I just didn't understand what I had done to deserve such a horrible life. On a daily basis I would wonder how was it possible for someone to have a child and ...

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International Transgender Day of Remembrance in DC

This month’s official DC Transgender Day of Remembrance honors all of those who have died in the strucggle for equality, and their families, as activists rededicate themselves to help answer today’s community concerns. Celebrated internationally, the Transgender Day of Remembrance in DC will take place at 6 PM, Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at the DC Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW (just north of M Street, near the Green and Yellow Mount Vernon Square Metro Station), and organizers hope the public will attend. Earline Budd, Executive Director of Transgender Health Empowerment (THE), and Day of Remembrance planning ...

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Blow the Whistle on Stop and Frisk Today

  The Stop Mass Incarceration Network will be blowing the whistle on the NYPDs "stop and frisk" program. It is estimated that every day 2,000 New Yorkers 2000 of color get unconstitutionally stopped by police in the war on drugs. Organizers Carl Dix and Cornel West are calling on thousands of people in New York and nationwide to respond to the NYPD's racial profiling by blowing a whistle. On September 13, whistles and palm cards will be distributed with instructions for people to blow whistles when they see the police violating the ...

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Mass Incarceration: Follow The Money (Part 2)

America's unconstitutional militarization of local and state law enforcement, based on racial hatred and racial politics, and the training, munitions, and  financial incentives that support it, has created a new Police State.

Slavery ended, and reactionary Jim Crow laws replaced it, and now Mass Incarceration, called The New Jim Crow by scholars, is imprisoning people of color for minor offenses at a savage rate in reaction to the strides made through civil rights and voting rights legislation passed 50 years ago. The U.S. Constitution bars the government from any militarization of local and state law enforcement (with few exceptions) for good ...

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Mass Incarceration: Follow the Money (Part 1)

Take a walk through America's unconstitutional militarization of local and statelaw enforcement, based on racial hatred and racial politics, and the training, munitions, and financial incentives that support it.

Since we finished reading legal scholar Michelle Alexander's startling book, The New Jim Crow, we decided to speak up more on the toll and tragedy of Mass Incarceration in the United States. More than that, we want to urge everyone to join the grassroots uprising meant to cure America of its addiction to racial politics and end this national scourge.

Your banks' investments and your tax dollars contribute to the ...

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Carrying Condoms Not Only Makes You A Slut, but also a Prostitute

Initiatives in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., allow the police to search and arrest women carrying three or more condoms late at night under prostitution charges. So a woman carrying a few condoms can be arrested under the suspicion of being a prostitute? Does this profiling sound familiar? It's just like the stigmatization that teen girls who carry even one condom receive from their peers whether or not she planned to use it: if a girl carries condoms, she’s automatically a “slut.” This is called “slut shamming,” or as a 13-year-old girl describes it in her video, Slut ...

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