Transgender Life in the US Military

Brynn Tannehill has been a guest author at The New Civil Right Movement this past week, writing about transgender people in the military. She published articles on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tannehill is a former Navy pilot and also writes for the Huffington Post.

On Monday she published the title essay, After DADT: Transgender Life In The United States Military.

Most people, including many within the LGBT community (including some very prominent LGBT leaders), were or still are unaware that the end of DADT did not end the exclusion of transgender people from military service. There is no law preventing transgender individuals from serving. However, being transgender is still grounds for “rejection for military service.”

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Hellraisers Journal: Michigan Western Federation of Miners Publishes First Issue of Miners' Bulletin

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

Sunday August 9, 1903
Oxnard, California - A Summary of the Sugar Beet Workers' Strike

In summary, then, this strike began in February of this year, and was led by the Japanese-Mexican Labor Association, the first agricultural union in the state of California to achieve Solidarity across the color line. The alliance began with 500 Japanese workers and 200 Mexican workers.

On February 11th the union was founded with Kosaburo Baba as President, Y. Yamaguchi as Secretary of the Japanese branch, and J.M. Lizarras (we find various spellings for the name of this fellow worker) as Secretary of the Mexican branch. The union soon grew to include 1200 members, nearly 90% of the beet workers in Ventura County.

The strike was over working conditions and wages. The men were being cheated by the Western Agricultural Contracting Company which was being used by the sugar beet industry in that area...

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Hellraisers Journal: Solidarity! Better to go to hell with your family than to heaven by yourself.

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

Saturday August 8, 1903
From The International Socialist Review: Solidarity in Oxnard, California, Part IV

This story went mostly uncovered last spring. And, therefore, we were happy to find this good account of the struggle by John Murray Jr. which was published this month in the Review. Part IV completes the series.

Part IV - "Better go to hell with your family than to heaven by your self."

Frightened at the turn things had now taken, Major Driffel, of the Beet Sugar Company, asked for a joint meeting of committees from the unions, the farmers and the company. The first day's conference came to nothing, but at the second meeting the employers realized that they were facing a labor trust that had cornered all the available labor power in the valley, and so the men's scale of prices was agreed to, with an additional pledge that all the idle union men would be immediately employed. Twice, after this, the company tried to import a carload of scabs from Los Angeles — even going so far as to lock the last shipment in its car and receive them at the station with armed guards — but each time the new men joined the union as soon as they reached Oxnard — the last lot escaping from the car windows...

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Fashion Writer B. Scott sues BET and Viacom for gender discrimination

B. Scott accepts the descriptor "transgender."

Transgender is the state of one’s gender identity (self-identification as woman, man, neither or both) not matching one’s assigned sex (identification by others as male, female or intersex based on physical/genetic sex).

--Wikipedia

It is by that definition that I accept and welcome the ‘transgender’ label with open arms.

--B. Scott

Scott is suing BET and Viacom for the treatment received while Scott was serving as Style Stage Correspondent for the 2013 BET Awards Pre-Show. Scott refers to the event as an "unfortunate incident."

It is also by that definition that BET and Viacom willingly and wrongfully discriminated against my gender identity during the 2013 BET Awards Pre-Show.

Let’s be clear — I’m suing BET and Viacom for a true public apology and to be fairly remunerated for the time lost, humiliation and emotional distress this entire situation has put me through.

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Hellraisers Journal: "The red flag was the first flag hoisted at Lexingington!" Mother Jones

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

Friday August 7, 1903
From The International Socialist Review: Solidarity in Oxnard, California, Part III

This story went mostly uncovered last spring. And, therefore, we were happy to find this good account of the struggle by John Murray Jr. which was published this month in the Review. Part IV will complete the series and will be presented tomorrow.

Part III- Striking Beet Workers horrified but unafraid.

The unarmed union men were horrified but not frightened. They pursued and captured the fleeing Arnold, and, after disarming him, handed him over to the police. Sheriff McMartin himself told me that if it were not for the protection afforded by the union leaders, Arnold would have been hung on the spot. In twenty minutes the whole affair was over. No arrests were made, because none but "strike breakers" were guilty of assault, and the next day the daily press all over the country broke out with scare heads telling of the "Riot in Oxnard."

Proof of the complicity of the town and county officials was quick to follow. The place of holding the inquest was twice changed from one town to another — making the summoning of witnesses a most difficult feat — and the dead man's body hurriedly given to the unions on two hours notice in such a decayed condition that immediate burial was necessary, thereby attempting to prevent the public demonstration of a big funeral. But in spite of this most vile scheme, nearly a thousand men escorted the body to its grave. Japanese and Mexicans, side by side, dumb through lack of a common speech, yet eloquent in expressions of fraternity, marched with uncovered heads through the streets of Oxnard. On the hearse was a strange symbol to Western eyes, a huge lotus flower — an offering from the Japanese union...

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DC starts hoped for snowball effect over transgender documentation

 

 

 

 

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray signed the JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act on Tuesday, as well as the Marriage Officiant Amendment Act.

The birth certificate measure is a reform bill aimed at removing obstacles to transgender people changing their birth certificates to reflect their new gender.

By signing the birth certificate equality amendment into law, my administration continues to meet the needs of all of our residents so that they may work, live and thrive in safe communities free from stigma and discrimination, which is a goal shared by all of us.

We know that something such as a birth certificate not only validates the gender identity or expression of transgender individuals but it also provides them the opportunity they should have been guaranteed in the first place – especially around such issues of employment and housing.

--Mayor Gray

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Gender Prison: White House taken to task over LGBT job protections

The Washington Post Editorial Board published an opinion essay on Sunday in favor of employment non-discrimination: How to protect gay workers

Historically...

IN THE politically charged election year of 1996 — the same year the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed both houses of Congress with veto-proof margins — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) reached the Senate floor and was defeated by a single vote.

One might have thought that in the 17 years since then, some sort of progress might have been made on that front. One certainly would have thought it would have progressed faster than marriage equality.

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Chronic Tonic- Prisoner Of Franklin Avenue

My Dad is pissed off.  About what, you ask.  Well, one never knows what out of any number of things will set him off throughout the day.  But believe me, you do not want to be in his path when it happens.  For instance, last week during a seemingly innocuous discussion of Whopper Wednesday, Dad mentioned that each time we partake in this fast food festivity, it cost him 25 bucks.  Now, I don't why, but for some reason a giggle managed to bubble up and escape from me.  Suddenly, I found myself in the room with Joe Pesci: "What? That's funny to you?"
 

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Hellraisers Journal: "All honor to the martydom of Louis Vasquez!" Oxnard Beet Workers' Union

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

Thursday August 6, 1903
From The International Socialist Review: Solidarity in Oxnard, California, Part II

This story went mostly uncovered last spring. And, therefore, we were happy to find this good account of the struggle by John Murray Jr. which was published this month in the Review. Parts III & IV will be presented over the next two days.

Part II- "All honor to the martydom of Louis Vasquez!"

Almost as soon as the union was formed, Major Driffel, manager of the Oxnard sugar factory, asked that a committee confer with him. It was done, and the following significant sample of conversation which took place was opened by the major with this question:

"I want to know the object of your organization?"

"The object," said Secreary Lizarraras, "is to keep the old prices. The Western Agricultural Contracting Company cut prices to control the business and we could not compete."

"You have a perfect right to do so," replied the Major, "but I have heard that you have a scale of prices which is detrimental to the interests of the farmers, and the interests of the farmers are our interests, because if you raise the price of labor to the farmers and they see they cannot raise beets at a profit, we will have to take steps to drive you out of the country and secure help from the outside — even if we have to spend $100,000 in doing it."

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