A dangerous journey for gay, transgender migrants

There are many gay and transgender migrants trying to make their way to America through Mexico. The journey has turned out to be quite dangerous.

The story in the Atlantic recounts the stories of Julio Campo and other displaced Latin@s. Campo tells of a three night stay in a temporary shelter for migrants, where he was the target of "cold, lingering stares."

I felt like a joke, like I was immediately disliked. It was just very uncomfortable and I wanted to get out quickly.

--Campo, a 30-year-old gay migrant from El Salvador

The free stopovers in Mexico for migrants are run by church officials, who are seeing increasing numbers of gay male and transgender female migrants. Some are considering the possibility of separate shelters for the LGBT population.

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Hellraisers Journal: Copper Miners on Strike in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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

Thursday July 23, 1903
Jersey City, New Jersey - Mother Jones and Industrial Army to march on New York City

The Army reached Jersey City yesterday. An advance committee was sent on ahead to New York City to visit Acting Police Commissioner Ebstein for the purpose of obtaining a parade permit. The permit was denied. It was said that Mother could be arrested should she decide to march her army in New York City without the required permit. The Building Trades Unions affiliated with the Central Federated Union appointed a committee which will meet again this morning with the Acting Commissioner. They intend to get that permit for Mother Jones and her army.

Last evening, Mother spoke at a meeting in Central Hall on Jersey City Heights. She spoke to a packed house, denouncing the capitalists for their employment of little children in the mills. She pointed to the millionaires who ride around in automobiles while little children labor in the mills. She pointed to the Congress that has appropriated $45,000 to entertain Prince Henry, but will do nothing to help child laborers.

Mother said that she has not changed her mind about going to Oyster Bay:

My army and myself will certainly visit Sagamore Hill, and if we don't see the President, we will go to Washington and wait for him there.

Mother Jones and the Army are expected to cross on the Christopher Street ferry into the City this morning. Should Mother be arrested in this city, it could become an issue in the next election.

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Chronic Tonic- Riding The Storm Out

As some of you know, my younger son is on the autism spectrum. One of his big issues is thunderstorms. When he was a toddler, he mostly ignored them, and as he and his brother got older, they would sometimes come sit by me, or come jump in bed with us during a bad storm, but I think most kids do that. Starting last year, Dan started to get really freaked out by storms. He would go into meltdown mode, start worrying a tornado was coming to get him, and there would be hell. I had to figure out a way to get him through the damn things.

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Gender Prison: Transgender Chapter leaves OutServe-SLDN, helps form new organization: SPART*A

Back in June I wrote a piece covering the background of the goings on at OutServe-SLDN. More has gone on since then, with the "resignation" of Allyson Robinson as Executive Director on July 12, the resignation of Josh Seefried as co-Chair of the board on July 8, and the closing of the organization's Wahington office effective July 31 after the declaration that the organization is bankrupt.

The organization did claim that it will continue to exist and offer services in a statement on July 10, a portion of which is included on the inside.

On July 22 a group of transgender veterans and service members announced they were leaving the embattled organization to join a new group that is more explicitly focused on working toward open military service by transgender people.

Since the upheaval at OutServe-SLDN began on June 22, the transgender chapter of the organization has been working to determine where and how we can best fit within the movement. This process has been painful, and strained personal and professional relationships that had previously been strong. The OutServe Transgender Chapter has had to make a clear-eyed assessment of where we stand and what we need.

The deliberations within our 120-member group have been honest, fact-based, and open to all members. The conclusions were reached without animus. The ultimate question we had to answer was where we need to be in order to most effectively move the issue of open service for transgender people forward. Unfortunately, it was the considered opinion of our members that OutServe-SLDN will not be able to represent our interests effectively for the foreseeable future.

--Brynn Tannehill, chapter spokeswoman for the Military Transgender Group

The new group is Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All (SPART*A). The website is still under construction. The group has a Facebook presence here and is on Twitter.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to President: "See these little fellows" on Children's Crusade

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

Wednesday July 22, 1903
West Hoboken, New Jersey - Mother Jones wants President to meet three little boys.

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What do the Important People think of the (possible) end of capitalism?

(crossposted at Firedoglake)

A lot of what I'm getting over the Internet these days is an attitude that, because I'm asking questions, this means that I have some sort of attitude that they don't like. Let me suggest an alternative option, one more suitable to Internet dialogue. Maybe I just don't know the answer, and you can educate me with your opinions?

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Sunday Train: Net Energy Yield and the Steel Interstate Energy Revolution

In the online support for the April, 2013 Scientific American article on Energy Return on Investment (EROI), Scientific American online interviewed Charles Hall, developer of the EROI concept, on whether Fossil Fuels will be able to maintain economic growth. In one of his answers, Charles Hall responds to the question:

What happens when the EROI gets too low? What’s achievable at different EROIs?

He says:

If you've got an EROI of 1.1:1, you can pump the oil out of the ground and look at it. If you've got 1.2:1, you can refine it and look at it. At 1.3:1, you can move it to where you want it and look at it. We looked at the minimum EROI you need to drive a truck, and you need at least 3:1 at the wellhead. Now, if you want to put anything in the truck, like grain, you need to have an EROI of 5:1. And that includes the depreciation for the truck. But if you want to include the depreciation for the truck driver and the oil worker and the farmer, then you've got to support the families. And then you need an EROI of 7:1. And if you want education, you need 8:1 or 9:1. And if you want health care, you need 10:1 or 11:1.

 
Civilization requires a substantial energy return on investment. You can't do it on some kind of crummy fuel like corn-based ethanol [with an EROI of around 1:1].

 
A big problem we have facing the alternatives is they're all so low EROI. We'd all like to go toward renewable fuels, but it's not going to be easy at all. And it may be impossible. We may not be able to sustain our civilization on these alternative fuels. I hope we can, but we've got to deal with it realistically.

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HIV: A disease, not a crime

 photo CriminaliseHate_Badge_Lrg_EN_rgb_zpsa4714945.pngI am not an expert on HIV/AIDS. But there are related stories that come across my desktop. This diary is a sad attempt at pasting some of those stories together. I apologize in advance for the disconnectedness.

 photo hivcrime_zpsf55e10b1.jpgSo what starts out as a discussion of the results of a survey will morph into the criminalization of of people who are HIV+ and then emerge in the need to reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act.

In May findings of the National HIV Criminalization Survey, a product of the Sero Project, were presented at the National Transgender Health Summit.

The survey discovered that 58% of transgender or gender nonconforming people feel it is reasonable to avoid HIV testing, 61% thought it was reasonable to avoid disclosing one's status to sex partners, and 48% thought it was reasonable to avoid accessing HIV treatment, all because of fear of HIV criminalization and/or distrust of the US criminal justice system.

 

 

 

 

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Hellraisers Jounal: Child Labor Continues Today in Our Own Backyard

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

Tuesday July 21, 1903
Passaic, New Jersey - Mother Jones and Her Army Arrived in Passaic in the Rain

Mother Jones at her desk.

Mother Jones arrived in Passaic at about 7 o'clock last evening by buggy. The Army came marching into town about a half-hour later. A hard driving rain caused the cancellation of the open-air meeting which had been planned. The Army camped out at a dance hall in the immigrant section of town, while Mother spent the night in a hotel. The Crusaders head on to West Hoboken today where they will be guests of the Socialists.

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