Transsexual surgery “could be likened to political psychiatry in the Soviet Union. Cristan Williams writes about the hate group hiding in our own community.
While I am not a fan of framing anyone as a “hate group,” it is imperative that Trans Exclusive Radical Feminism be challenged. This prejudice-masquerading-as-anti-oppression-politics nonsense is increasing the harm done to an already vulnerable and marginalized population. This article provides a short history of TERF actions against transgender women, shows how they created and popularized the anti-trans memes now used by the religious right in the United States, and names the worst offenders.
“Today, as you see whitewashed images of a post-prison, unarmed, grandfatherly Mandela, please remember that he was someone who had the pride and courage to take up arms against his oppressor. Mandela fought in a guerilla war against white supremacy in South Africa, as did many others all across the world. Our own CIA alerted the SA authorities to Mandela’s location, which is what led to his 27 years behind bars and the medical condition which felled him today. Our government was responsible for that crime, and still holds our own anti-apartheid militants behind bars. So when you see Obama crying his crocodile tears later today remember that he would imprison a modern Mandela, that he arms the apartheid government of Israel, that he refuses to pardon those who fought against the corporations propping up the South African government here in the US, and that he has done everything he can to crush the kind of dissent that Mandela stood for.”—
“People believe that little white kids in the suburbs have the right to live. They have the right to be happy. They have the right to peace. When it comes to black babies in urban neighborhoods, people don’t believe these children deserve to have similar rights. When people say things like ‘I can’t believe this would happen here,’ they are effectively saying that there are some neighborhoods where these tragic outcomes are far more acceptable. I reject this notion entirely, and it is reflective of both white supremacy and classism.”—The World Cries for Newtown’s Children, but Few of Us Think About Dead Brown Babies, Dr. Boyce Watkins (via maarnayeri)
“If all the white people who claim they don’t hate us would ever get together and do something to the whites who claim they hate us, we’d see some action. Talk is cheap, if white people didn’t want to have a South African situation … there’d be none. If white people in America didn’t want segregation, there’d be none … it is the man who allows him to lynch who is never seen.”—
Taken from Hakim Jamal’s book “From the Dead Level: Malcolm X and Me” (page 180)
Private prisons sue states for millions if they don’t stay full
State run prisons are no better. When they get too empty the unions representing guards start getting nervous, and with just a few phone calls, probation officers start kicking in doors and giving felons violations on bullshit like having an unauthorized savings account or “possession of a weapon” for having kitchen knives. I did time with men who got caught up in these round ups, their stories are always ignored by these pieces about “private” prisons. The next time someone talks to you about “prisons for profit” remind them that ALL prisons are for profit, and all of them need to be closed down.
“Each attack by police that passes unchallenged is a step toward more total repression - toward a culture where police violence is routinized and dissent appears impossible. Against repression, solidarity is our weapon.”—Would You Rather Die from 1,000 Paper Cuts or a Single Blow to the Head? (via ninjabikeslut)
“And while we are at it- a t-shirt peddler in the 70’s created that Emma Goldman quote about dancing, and a veterinarian turned non-profit president made up that Abe Lincoln one about animal rights. We are living in the age of internet search people, check those sources!”—
“I usually don’t mention that I’m vegan but that has evolved… I think it’s the right moment to talk about it because it is part of a revolutionary perspective- how can we not only discover more compassionate relations with human beings but how can we develop compassionate relations with the other creatures with whom we share this planet and that would mean challenging the whole capitalist industrial form of food production. It would mean being aware driving up the interstates or driving down the 5, driving down to LA seeing all the cows on the ranches. Most of people don’t think about the fact they’re eating animals. When they’re eating a steak or eating chicken, most people don’t think about the tremendous suffering that those animals endure simply to become food products to be consumed by human beings. I think the lack of critical engagement with the food that we eat demonstrates the extent to which the commodity form has become the primary way in which we perceive the world. We don’t go further than what Marx called the exchange value of the actual object- we don’t think about the relations that that object embodies- and were important to the production of that object whether it’s our food or our clothes or our I-pads or all the materials we use to acquire an education at an institution like this. That would really be revolutionary to develop a habit of imagining the human relations and non human relations behind all of the objects that constitute our environment.”—Angela Davis [x] (via emexvx)
The following is a partial transcript of an interview with Ray Luc Levasseur, a former political prisoner who spent over fifteen years in solitary confinement, primarily at USP Marion and ADX Florence. Levasseur was raised in Maine, born to a working-class family of Quebecois origin. He became politically radicalized about race and class at a &
On Sept. 15, a report from German magazine Der Spiegel alleged that an NSA program has been collecting global financial data, including credit card transactions and SWIFT data. The program is called “Follow the Money” and it feeds the financial information into a system called “Tracfin,” according to Der Spiegel, which based its story on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The Belgian and Dutch Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) said Wednesday that they will investigate the security of SWIFT, which runs an international bank-messaging system, following allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency unlawfully accessed SWIFT data.
The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is member-owned and exchanges millions of standardized financial messages for more than 10,000 financial institutions in 212 countries each day. SWIFT is based in La Hulpe, Belgium, a municipality close to Brussels, and has an operating center in the Netherlands, where traffic is processed and stored.
Beginning in June, documents leaked by Snowden to several news organizations have unleashed a series of disclosures about NSA spying internationally, setting off debate about the surveillance programs.
After publication of the report, SWIFT officials testified before the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on Sept. 24. During that testimony, officials said it had no evidence to suggest that there has ever been any unauthorized access to the system or its data.
“There is in itself no reason to doubt this internal audit,” said Lysette Rutgers, a spokeswoman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP), which will be conducting the investigation together with the Belgian Data Protection Authority (CPP). “But we are a supervisory authority and we will not depend on what an organization says,” she said.
The DPAs will be conducting an investigation on whether third parties could have gained unauthorized or unlawful access to European citizens’ bank data, they said in a news release.
If the U.S. indeed has gained direct access to that data, it could have handled the information in a manner contrary to the privacy terms in the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program II Agreement (TFTP agreement) that SWIFT is subject to, they said. This agreement between the European Union and the U.S. enables the U.S. to request data on bank transactions through a special procedure in order to fight terrorism.
However, the European Parliament though voted in October to suspend the TFTP because of the allegations that the NSA had spied on SWIFT data without going through legal channels. The Parliament has no formal powers to suspend an international agreement. However, the European Commission, the E.U.’s executive body, must take under advisement Parliament’s votes on such deals.
The TFTP agreement includes strictures on how SWIFT data may be used as well as on external oversight of this use, the DPAs said.
Rutgers declined to comment on possible sanctions SWIFT could face or on how long the inquiry would take.