CBS: Stop Covering Up Racism

I am a long-time fan of CBS's summer reality TV show Big Brother. In fact, I subscribe to the live internet feeds and read several Big Brother blogs in order to get the back story on the events that CBS does not air on the TV show. This TV show is no stranger to controversies about racism and homophobia. And I've encountered a lot of intolerant fans on Twitter and the blogs, most especially misogynistic comments and derogatory comments made about contestants who are anything less than model beautiful.

But I have never seen the level of racism, homophobia, and misogyny that has appeared this summer. Although CBS has usually not aired these comments, they tend to selectively edit the events in the house to fit their preferred storyline, this season is different. What is happening inside the Big Brother house is ugly and it needs wider exposure than the coverage its received on primary entertainment and left-wing blogs and websites.

Warning: The language in the clips and quotes below is extremely offensive.

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Canadian Conservative Senate leadership refuses to allow a vote on transgender equality

At a June 10 Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights hearing on Bill C-279 testimony was overwhelmingly supportive of the passage of the bill, which would add protections on the basis of gender identity to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the hate crimes section of the Criminal Code.

There was only one dissenting voice, Diane Watts of REAL Women of Canada. As usual Watts argued that transgender Canadians were already covered, that the definitions used in C-279 are vague, and that the bill would harm transgender Canadians rather than help them.

Trans individuals should be given “compassionate counseling rather than be encouraged in their dissatisfaction with a gender engrained in their DNA,” she concluded, urging the Senate not to give trans Canadians “special rights.”

--Xtra!, Canada

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This bill is about equality for everybody. 

The washroom issue is a very minor fear that has been raised by some. There has been and continues to be possibilities and options for reasonable accommodation. I think we can comfortably put those fears to rest.

--Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

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Hellraisers Journal: Hotel Workers Win Right to Union Recognition after Fight Four Years Long

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

Saturday July 4, 1903
Colorado City, Colorado - The Smeltermen Strike for the Right to Join a Union
First and foremost, the smeltermen are fighting for the right to belong to a union. They want the reinstatement of their fellows workers fired for joining the Colorado City Smeltermen's Union Local 125 of the Western Federation of Miners. As Big Bill Haywood has put it:

I don't believe the company has any right to discharge men for joining the Masonic Lodge or the Knights of Pythias or any church or smeltermen's union if they so desire. I thought that was a right that was accorded to them as American Citizens.

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The Declaration of Political Independence

(This is poligirl writing on behalf of Voices on the Square, with my apologies to Thomas Jefferson)

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the citizen long guaranteed by our Constitution, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to that separation.

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all humans are created equal, and that the People of the United States of America are endowed not only with certain unalienable rights, but also with certain rights and liberties given to them by the Founding Fathers via the Constitution of the country adopted at the birth of these United States, as well as via laws passed throughout the past 237 years. That to secure these rights and liberties, the Government has been instituted among people, deriving their power from the consent of the governed, and that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or abolish it.

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Happy 1st Anniversary Voices on the Square.

The following is a reposting of the first article published here one year ago today.

NEW BLOG ‘VOICES ON THE SQUARE’ LAUNCHES JULY 4TH 2012

Voices on the Square – www.VoicesontheSquare.com - was conceived by a small group of left-leaning bloggers for whom the political and policy issues of the day are most important. Realizing that our voices were being increasingly marginalized in the cacophony of election and party-centric dialogues that are prevalent on most political blogs, we decided to create a space where the issues are the primary focus, rather than the horserace. Our motto is “principles before parties, always”.

Voices on the Square is a virtual town square where everyone can have a voice to discuss the issues that matter to them, share news and information they care about, and find out about various actions across the country.

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Hellraisers Journal: 22-year-old Elizabeth Gurley Flynn speaks to the Paterson Jury

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

Friday June 3, 1903
Colorado City, Colorado - Smeltermen Resume Strike

More than a two months ago, Charles H. Moyer, President of the Western Federation of Miners, agreed to call off the strike of the smeltermen at the Standard Mill. Moyer then agreed to give MacNeill until May 18 to rehire the smeltermen who had been fired for joining the Western Federation of Miners. MacNeil continues to ignore the agreement, and today the smeltermen resumed their strike. It remains to be seen whether or not the metal miners will strike once more in support of the smeltermen.

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Granite Mountain Hotshots: Updated

I saw some questions yesterday about where it was possible to donate funds for the hotshots who died this weekend. This is one option. All of the proceeds will be donated the 100 Club is giving the families cto the Wildlife Firefighter Foundation. I have no connection to either of these organizations.

Click through to see how YOU can help >>>>

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Where is Edward Waldo Snowden? w/ BONUS Forced Landing of Bolivia President's Jet by US Allies.

*** Reprinted with permission from Pluto. Thank you.

At some point in time, Edward Snowden presumably passed into the Transit Zone of Sheremetyevo Airport, which serves connecting passengers traveling via Moscow to onward destinations. It also serves passengers departing from Moscow who have already passed through security checks.

Just like any other international airport terminal.

The Sheremetyevo Transit and Departure Zone is essentially a long corridor. On one side are the boarding gates. The other side is lined with duty free shops, boutiques, souvenir stores, lounges, and restaurants.

Exiting the Transit Zone would either require boarding a plane or passing through border control. Both exits require a valid passport or other documentation.

The Transit Zone also has dozens of plain doors, most labeled “authorized personnel only.” A person could be whisked through these doors and removed from the area through back doors or corridors.

Just like any other international airport terminal.

Could Edward Snowden still be in the Transit Zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport?

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hashtag morethanmarriage

Yesterday's diary ended with a link to information about transgender advocates one might try to emulate. Today's diary will continue in that vein.

The Transgender Law Center has a new campaign, called #morethanmarriage, which calls attention to the issues of youth, violence, racial justice, immigration, health care, and economic justice.

Sometimes we get accused of being narrowly focused when we write about transgender issues. But issues of gender affect us all and connect with an astounding number other issues.

Freedom to marry is important. Many people, including transgender people, are impacted by the legal recognition of our relationships and families. And, our community needs more than marriage to survive. #morethanmarriage is a community-based campaign to amplify the voices of our community and raise awareness of the critical issues we need to address in order to thrive - including marriage, immigration, bullying, health care access, family rights, employment, and more.

You can join the campaign here.

Come inside for more heroes.

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Tahrir II: Neoliberal Harder

Remember September 11, 2012 and the embassy attacks?

I'm not talking about the aftermath and controversies over its handling.  I'm talking specifically about September 11, 2012, as events unfolded.

Do you remember what was happening in Egypt?  Do you remember the protests, and reports of people climbing the embassy walls, pulling down an American flag?

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