Gender Prison: Short stories: District of Columbia, Maine, and Delaware

Being a compendium of three stories with relevance to the transgender people who inhabit the District of Columbia, Maine, Delaware, and the rest of the country.

The JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate Equality Amendment Act has passed through two committees and is on its way to passage by the District of Columbia Council before that body adjourns for the summer.

This coming Wednesday the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will take up the case of Doe v Clenchy, which tests the effectiveness of the Maine Human Rights Act with regard to the rights of transgender people.

And the Delaware Senate has passed the Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act, called the "Bathroom Bill" by its detractors. The bill now moves on to consideration in the Delaware House. The governor has given his full support to the bill.

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Hellraisers Journal: A.F. of L. refuses charter to union on the basis of race.

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

Wednesday June 10, 1903
Oxnard (Ventura County), California - AFL refuses charter on basis of race.

A strike took place here in April which led to the forming of the Sugar Beet and Farm Laborers Union of Oxnard. The strike was fought with a great deal of unity between Mexican and Japanese workers, and they desired to be united together in the same union organization. But when they applied for a charter from the American Federation of Labor, J.M. Larraras, the Mexican secretary of the union, received this reply from Samual Gompers, "Your union must guarantee that it will under no circumstances accept membership of any Chinese or Japanese."

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Kristen Beck -- In her own words

At the urging of some of my readers, I reported about Kristin Beck in Transgender Heroes #3. Since then she was interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN and had excerpts from her book, written with Anne Speckherd, PhD, published in Salon.

 

 

The AC360 interview and excerpts from the Salon article are on the inside.

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Yawn you f**king idiots

I try not to go around picking fights or calling people names but sometimes you just have to call a war criminal a war criminal, a repressive regime a repressive regime or a fucking idiot a fucking idiot.

If you think massive, intrusive government surveillance is not a big fucking deal here in the 'land of the free,' you are a major bonehead. It flies in the face of everything we have stood for as a people for over two-hundred years.

I've seen all the mindless ones running around saying, "why so shocked, we've known this for a long time?" or, even more in the way of lacking awareness, "if you have nothing to hide, why should you care?"

You-are-now-entering-America

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NSA Whistleblower Comes Out of the Shadows

Originally posted at The Stars Hollow Gazette

Despite the risks to his personal safety, the whistleblower who leaked the FISA court order and NSA surveillance programs to The Guardian has revealed himself. Prior to giving the tapes to columnist Glenn Greenwald, the 29 year old Edward Snowden chose to leave the US for Hong Kong because of it long history of respect for freedom of speech. Like six other whistleblowers, he expects that he will be charged by the Obama administration under the 1917 Espionage Act. In the 12 minute video that was produced and copyrighted* by American documentary film director and producer, Laura Poitras, he explains his decision to give the secret warrant and programs to Greenwald and leave the United States.

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

by Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras, The Guardian

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

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Hellraisers Journal: #WalmartStrikers & the Strike as Symbol

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

Tuesday June 9, 1903
Clifton-Morenci, Arizona - Western Federation of Miners on Strike

The strike by the Western Federation of Miners against the Copper Interests is now in its sixth day. In Clifton, there are no reports of trouble. In Morenci, armed deputies prevent the miners from gathering in any part of the town. Yet the strike holds solid. Some of the companies have offered $2.25 for an 8 hour shift. The miners say that they will not go back to work for less than $3.00.

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