The Breakfast Club: 4-3-2014 (The Supreme Court, It's The Stupid Edition)

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. 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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"I moved left just by standing still."

In a recent interview with Peter Dreier at The Progressive, Bill Moyers, host of PBS's popular Moyers and Company, was asked:

You seem to have moved steadily to the left in
the past decade-not only in your public comments and articles but also
in your public ties to progressive groups. Is this an accurate
assessment? If so, what inspired this leftward shift?

His answer:



Politics is Uninspiring in the Age of Hopeful Delirium Affecting the Deranged Changed Masses

They forgot what they said about getting involved to help out the lower and even middle classes. Instead, they make asses out of anyone who believed, thinking they achieved, something through the pretense of taking a stand for a brand.





The Day We Fight Back

Today is the day we fight back. It's only the beginning, but at least it's a start. We need to form broad coalitions to push back against the increasingly technologically advanced surveillance state we've let this nation become. Let's discuss some actionable goals each of us could take in order to initiate this push, either individually or together. We must prove that we are more than simply the aggregate of our data. We are also the small initiators of great change, if only we put our minds, bodies, and souls up to it.



Will climate change saints save the Earth?

In writing my last diary on climate change, I was advised that "if you're not working on solutions you're just spinning wheels." I am not going to name the author of this comment -- this is not a call-out diary. But I will say that it is indeed important that we continue our work on climate change. Protests should continue, publicity needs to continue, and we should continue to sway the public and the political class.




Transgender Day of Remembrance, 2013





The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

--Gwendolyn Ann Smith, founder

Normally TDoR is observed on November 20, but I am a worker.

The list is lengthy, as it seems to be every year. And this list is incomplete. I'd estimate that it represents about a quarter of those gender-variant people who were killed for being differently gendered since last November. Transgender Europe will release a more complete number, for the calendar year of 2013, in the future.



We matter!



We shall strive not to forget.



Jeydon only wants his photo in the yearbook Update: It's in!

 photo jeydon2_zps51796b67.jpgLa Feria, TX high school senior Jeydon Loredo just wants to have his picture in his high school yearbook. But La Feria Independent School District Superintendent Rey Villareal has a big problem with that. You see, Jeydon was born and raised to be female. But, like transgender people everywhere, that didn't take.

Villareal has told Jeydon's mother that Jeydon can have his picture in the yearbook only if he wears stereotypically feminine attire, like a blouse or a drape. The superintendent does not take responsibility for this decision, however. Having only been in the job for four months, he says he is deferring to Jeydon's principal. Villareal says the student handbook is clear: the suitability of each photo which appears in the yearbook is subject to the judgement of the principal. Jeydon's family says that in fact Villareal made the decision, not the principal.




Jeydon has everything right in his statement:




I’ve lived here my whole life, and I’ve grown up with the kids here. I’ve seen those in my community go through troubles, and denying my tuxedo photo would be a way for the district to forget me and everything I’ve brought to this community. The yearbook is for the students, not the faculty or the administration. It is a way for us to remember each other.



Protesting Russia's anti-LGBT agenda



I've lived to bury my desires
and see my dreams corrode with rust
now all that's left are fruitless fires
that burn my empty heart to dust.

--Alexander Pushkin




Masha Bast is chair of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights. The association was founded in 2004, but didn't come into fruition until 2007.

Masha has come out as a bisexual transwoman in order to protest the Russian federal ban on "gay propaganda."

The law banning gay propaganda among minors is completely wrong

I remember being 10 and wanting to be a girl and putting on girl's clothes. I didn't understand what was happening to me.

This was in the Soviet Union and there was no information to explain what was happening to me.

--Masha Bast

There is more from Masha on the inside.




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