Once she gets past the rape thing, she'll be a queen

Mansfield Frazier says he is a former convict. He served his detention in a federal prison, according to him. He has written an opinion essay about what life will be like for Chelsea Manning in prison, which the Daily Beast has published, adding the following disclaimer:

This article is an opinion piece written by a former convict and based on his perceptions of life in federal prison. In its original version, it suggested that prison rape is rare. In fact, according to the advocacy group Just Detention International, 200,000 adults and children are sexually abused in American detention facilities every year. This trauma can carry serious emotional and physical consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted infections.

I'm going to respond to Mr. Frazier, not form the point of view of a prisoner in a federal facility, but from the point of view I personally have. I'm a transgender woman who formerly worked at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, the facility that Manning will probably get to call home for the next substantial number of years.

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The Lameness of the Progressive Lambs

I read an interesting piece by Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism the other day (which I encourage people short of time to read in its entirety rather than reading the blockquote below and my modest addendum), entitled Why Progressives Are Lame. A few blockquotes do not do the piece justice, I did particularly like:

Reviewing the summary above, it will be evident that progressives are ill-equipped by objective and inclination both to succeed in bare-knuckle political strife. One could say unflatteringly that the goal of ‘progressives’ in activism is to raise their personal karma by standing up for what is right. “Sinners repent,” is the substance of their message, and their best dream would be to have those in the wrong do just that, to embrace progressive issues and implement them. More cynically, one wonders whether progressives would be entirely pleased if all of their reforms were implemented, leaving nothing to inveigh against.

How did a great swathe of Americans sit back and let these hard-gotten gains be rescinded? While there are no doubt many causes, let me posit a few. One was that the middle class chose not to identify much with radical goals. The whole point of being middle class was to leave all of that behind, not just the poverty but the opposition to authority. Another was that it seemed inconceivable, at least for the post-war and Boomer generations, that these economics rights would be withdrawn....

So that takes us full circle to McKibben’s post, on leadership. I’d hazard that he’s wrong, that the only thing that might rouse downtrodden formerly-middle-class-in-denial Americans from their stupor is in fact the sort of charismatic leader he renounces as anachronistic and outré, say 21st century Huey Long or Jean Jaurès (or less ill-starred, David Lloyd George). The sort of distributed leadership that has become fashionable of late is well suited for local action or loosely coordinated movements. But the entrenched elites will require a visible show of force for them to cede any ground. That means key figures need to serve as lenses to concentrate the energy of ordinary citizens who no longer have outlets for their grievances.

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Hellraisers Journal: The Gunthugs of the El Paso Mine

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Saturday August 22, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - The Gunthugs of the El Paso Mine

We have already seen how the El Paso has hired on criminals paroled from the state prison expressly to replace the union men who, through years of toil, brought great wealth to the mine owners. At this time there are seventeen men of this sort working as armed guards around the mine. They take it upon themselves to enforce the company's law upon the citizens of this state whose business takes them anywhere near to company property. They are not deputized by the sheriff, nor under the supervision of any elected official.

And while enforcing the Company Law on and off company property, they show little respect for the laws of the county or state in which they now reside. There are reports of these guards brawling amongst themselves. They stand accused of theft and of even more barbaric acts, such as indecent exposure before the children of the area. Brother Dennison, proud member of the West Federation of Miners, is unfortunate enough to live nearby to the mine with his family, They suffer daily the taunts, jeers, threats and indecent acts of these company gunthugs.

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Respecting Gender

Awkward. That's about the only way I can explain the New York Times article by Emmarie Huetteman and Brian Stelter, After Sentencing, Manning Says, "I am Female".

It's almost like the writers didn't even read Chelsea Manning's statement. which is somewhat odd since the last paragraph indicated that they were aware of the issue.

And what was the issue? Chelsea Manning had asked that people refer to her by using feminine pronouns. The Times writers managed to write about that while referring to her only with male pronouns.

I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years. Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of support and encouragement have helped keep me strong. I am forever indebted to those who wrote to me, made a donation to defense fund, or came to watch a portion of the trial. I would especially like to thank Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network for their tireless efforts in raising awareness for my case and providing for my legal representation.

As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.

--Chelsea E. Manning

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Gender Prison: Transgender Labor

...and the lack thereof

It was April of 2012 when I first wrote about Mia Macy's case against the ATF, which hired her to be a ballistics technician, pending a background check…then took it back after the check revealed she was transgender. The hiring manager told her the position was eliminated by budget cuts---and then hired someone else. The big news at the time was that the EEOC issued a ruling on the case:

[T]he Commission hereby clarifies that claims of discrimination based on transgender status, also referred to as claims of discrimination based on gender identity, are cognizable under Title VII's sex discrimination prohibition ….

The EEOC referred to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in its ruling.

In early July of this year the DOJ ruled (pdf) that the ATF broke the law by not offering her the job because she was directly discriminated against because of her gender identity. The ruling required the ATF to again offer the job to Macy, pay her back pay and benefits with interest, and cover her legal costs.

Even better, the decision stipulates that the agency must implement its own anti-discrimination policies to be applied to all its other employees and future job applicants.

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Hellraisers Journal: Tensions remain high in Trinidad, Colorado after murder of Brother Lippiatt

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Friday August 21, 1903
Cripple Creek District - The El Paso Mine claims to have enough scabs to resume work.

The El Paso has announced that they now have enough men hired on in order to reopen the mine. The first efforts appear to be concentrated on building a large fence to encircle the property. Reports indicate that the company is being forced to pay the men the amazing sum of $1.00 per hour in order to induce them to scab on their brothers. Seventeen men of the worst sort are employed to guard the twelve men who are building the fence. Despite not being deputized by the sheriff's office, these guards carry rifles, and take it upon themselves to stop anyone who passes by, even those not on company property. The laws of the county and state be damned! The company is the law, for now, in this part of the state.

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Hellraisers Journal: Emma F. Langdon on Heroes and Traitors

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Thursday August 20, 1903
Victor, Colorado - Emma F. Langdon on the those who betray their union brothers.

Emma F. Langdon seemed to suggest, recently, that the word "scab" did not sufficiently describe those who are now betraying the striking miners of the Western Federation of Miners in the Cripple Creek District:

It was good union men who ..made it possible for these men to enjoy the benefits of union hours and wages without contributing to bring them about. The English language does not contain expletives sufficiently strong to express the contempt felt by all true men and women for such persons. The history of the world proves that all momentous occasions have produced their heroes and traitors. The American revolution gave us a Washington and a Benedict Arnold.

Many Benedict Arnolds have appeared early in this fight, and our sister warns that many others will appear on the field of battle before this fight is finished

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Gender Prison: Ally responds to transphobia in Washington Post

Sharon Groves, Director of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Religion and Faith Program, responded yesterday to Russell Moore screed from last week that was published in the Washington Post.

Groves' essay is entitled What transgender people teach us about God, and our humanity.

While it is not quite the same as having an actual transperson provide a response, it is always good to see an ally speak up for us.

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Hellraisers Journal: Educating the President on "Race Suicide"

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday August 19, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: Mrs. Cremier educates the President on "Race Suicide."

President Teddy Roosevelt espouses some interesting theories on the subject of "race suicide." It seems he is greatly disturb by increase in immigration from eastern and southern Europe, and alarmed by the large families that these immigrants bring with them. He recently wrote a letter to Mrs. Van Vorst deploring the insufficient number of babies produced by women of the Anglo-Saxon and Nordic races, referring to this sad lack of reproduction as "race suicide." Learning of this letter, Mrs. Cremier was prompted to write the President and explain her failure to produce more babies. Below are excerpts from her letter which was published in August 15th issue of the Appeal:

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