California Inmate Hunger Strike Against Inhumane Conditions- Sign the Petition!!!

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity | amplifying the voices of CA prisoners on hunger strike

The penal system in California has been long overdue for reform. Prisoners have been denied constitutional rights and have been subjected to dehumanization, abuse, and stigmatized “racial” segregation. We need to work together to rebuild the “justice” system from the ground up- from biased police profiling and brutality, inadequate court processes, and inhumane jails/prisons that vilify as well exacerbate inmates’ problems- instead of using social programs to help the PEOPLE (not assumed criminals) forced to be there.

http://www.change.org/petitions/support-pelican-bay-shu-prisoners-five-core-demands-hunger-strike

Phil Matier: Oakland Police Accused Of Drawing Guns Too Often On Black Suspects

Phil Matier: Oakland Police Accused Of Drawing Guns Too Often On Black Suspects « CBS San Francisco.

So here it is in black and white, so to speak. These scared police officers need rigorous psychological training to prepare them to work these streets. They obviously  by into the ignorance promoted on shows such as Fox news. It is ridiculous when scared police officers, probably rookies, are thrown on the beat without a sufficient non-discrimination training course or two. It is of dire importance that these cops be trained to overcome their bias and fear. Otherwise, people of color, as well as people of lower class standing, will continue to get abused and killed by the OPD.

OPD Jacks Me, Then Shoots Yet Another Black Man

Witnesses say Oakland police shot man with his hands up | abc7news.com.

What’s up OPD? Living shady, I see. And I thought my experience was bad. Just 2 days ago, I called the police because I was robbed at knifepoint, and they proceeded to run MY information. They realized I had a bench warrant, and subsequently hauled my ass off to jail. Amazing you can’t even call the cops when you are robbed. Guess I should have just chalked it up as a loss. What is the world coming to when you can’t even depend on the cops to protect you? There should be laws to protect the innocent from reporting crimes, and to protect people from getting shot for their ethnicity or social status. It’s straight up bullshit when someone that is supposed to help and make sure you are safe stigmatizes and vilifies you. Still no call about the cell phone that was stolen from me. No surprise.

Economic Empowerment Week for LGBT Oct. 11-15 in San Francisco

http://www.economicempowermentweek.eventbrite.com/

The SF LGBT Center is having their economic empowerment fair, starting October 5th with a pre-job fair expert panel Q&A. October 11th-15th will feature different workshops centered on various aspects of finding a job, such as resume writing and financial counseling; as well as starting your own business and many other positive financial avenues. Get some assistance in these trying times. Thanks, SF LGBT Center! You guys freakin’ rock!

Chaz Bono Goes on Dancing With the Stars and Reps Transgendered People

Chaz Bono: America ‘Really Needs’ Him on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ | Reuters

Blind nationalism and religious zealotry are complete jokes. Get your head out of your ass, small-minded simpletons! What does it matter what someone’s gender preference is? Why is it any of your business? There are more pressing issues you can commit to. Like worrying about the end of the world in 2012. I can only hope that  this “end of the world” signifies an end to this increasing ignorant societal structure. Only then can we move on from pointing fingers and dirt slinging at people who are just trying to live their lives in peace. The gender and sexuality binary needs to be transformed! 

Argentina Legalizes Gay Marriage

Argentina Gay Marriage Law: First Country In Latin America To Approve Same Sex Marriage

The world is starting to change… A pity that the U.S. is behind everyone else, and not leading the way to a free society for all, regardless of sexuality, gender, ethnicity, class, and any other category that is constantly stigmatized. 

 

San Francisco DMV Settles Civil Rights Lawsuit with Transgender Woman

San Francisco DMV Settles Civil Rights Lawsuit with Transgender Woman

Sometimes the law IS on the side of the right person. Gender, sexuality, ethnicity have nothing to do with a person’s worth or right to live in peace. We all should be able to live without fear of retribution for being who we are. Just because you don’t understand where someone is coming from, or who they are, doesn’t mean you can’t accept them. Stop trying to categorize, stigmatize, and brutalize. What people do to their own bodies is no one’s business, especially if it helps them be happy. As we all know, happiness is so hard to find. It is not an easy choice for transfolk to make to change their gender. Gender and sexuality are not dichotomous! 

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