The Breakfast Club: 6-18-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required.

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Gender Prison: Anti-transgender violence

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has a new report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Hate Violence in 2013.

The report says that 55% of LGBTQ and HIV+ people are assault survivors.

Out of all groups surveyed by NCAVP transgender women (especially transgender women of color) are most likely to be homicide victims. Transgender women and transgender people of color are also the most likely to be victims of police brutality. Transgender women and transgender people of color are six times more likely to experience physical violence from police officers as a general LGBTQ person.

Only 24% of hate violence incidents reported by LGBTQ people were classified by police as bias crimes in 2013. In 2012 77% of hate violence incidents report by LGBTQ people were classified as bias crimes by police.

Immigration status is also an important factor. Immigrant LGBTQ and HIV+ survivors were 3.4 times as likely to experience sexual violence.

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The Breakfast Club: 6-17-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required.

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The Breakfast Club: 6-16-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Sunday Train: California HSR Receives Cap & Trade Funding in Budget Deal

Sunday Train has covered the California HSR project on a number of occasions in the past. However, there was no special attention given to what was widely covered at the time as the "end of California HSR", when a judge ruled that the proposed Business Plan did not meet the terms of the Prop1A(2008) which governed the sale of much of the $9m in state bond authority which had passed in 2008. The Sacramento Bee covered the issue at the time, including the appeal of the ruling to the Supreme Court.

And the reason the Sunday Train did not cover that court judgement is IANDL (I Aint No Dang Lawyer), so I was waiting to see what actually happened with respect to funding for the project. And now it appears to me that funding for the original segment from north of Fresno to the outskirts of Bakersfield has been secured, with the news that part of the Budget deal has secured Cap and Trade funding for the HSR project.

More on what this means, below the fold.

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Hellraisers Journal: General Bell Blames Socialist and W. F. of M. for All Troubles in Colorado

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

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Monday June 13, 1904
From The Indianapolis News: More Union Miners Deported from Cripple Creek District

Cripple Creek Deportations June 1914

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Meanwhile in Europe

 photo Alessandra-Bernaroli_zps3fda90c5.jpgAlessandra Bernaroli has been battling with the Italian government for the past five years to keep her legal marriage in tact.

When I was small I liked to play with little girls, I was looking to understand their femininity. I dreamed of becoming a woman but I had no idea what trans-sexuality was.

--Bernaroli

The 43-year-old bank employee from Bologna was living as a male when she met her wife in the mid-1990s. The couple wed in 2005. It was only after the marriage that Alessandra exposed her transgender feelings to her spouse.

I hid my inner torment from my wife but I felt trapped in a prison, in a body that had become an enemy to me. I suffocated my true identity.

--Bernaroli

After Bernaroli came out to her wife, her wife agreed to stand by her throughout the process. Alessandra underwent a series of operations in Thailand in 2009.

When they returned to Italy and sought to update their national identity cards, they were informed that they would no longer be classified as married.

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The Breakfast Club: 6-13-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Hawaiian transgender woman wins rights after a decade of harassment

 photo kelli-keawe_zpse52380bb.jpgKelli Keawe is a 50-year-old office assistant with the Hawaii Department of Public Safety. She works with the paroling authority. For the past decade she has been restricted to only using the one unmarked restroom in the building in which she works because she is transgender and has not had gender confirmation surgery.

Keawe sued the state alleging discrimination. She also filed a complaint with the EEOC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t want to go in the restroom, then don’t go, but don’t call her mister when it’s obvious that’s not what her choice is. It was important to do this to protect her rights and protect the rights of other transgender people.

--Michael Green, Keawe's attorney

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