Activism

The Declaration of Political Independence

(This is poligirl writing on behalf of Voices on the Square, with my apologies to Thomas Jefferson)

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the citizen long guaranteed by our Constitution, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to that separation.

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all humans are created equal, and that the People of the United States of America are endowed not only with certain unalienable rights, but also with certain rights and liberties given to them by the Founding Fathers via the Constitution of the country adopted at the birth of these United States, as well as via laws passed throughout the past 237 years. That to secure these rights and liberties, the Government has been instituted among people, deriving their power from the consent of the governed, and that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or abolish it.

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Economic Populist: A Long View on the Third Party Debate

A Voices on the Square Exclusive

This essay is prompted by an exchange between two commentators at Agent Orange, aka "The Great Orange Satan", a part of the Democratic party establishment that emerged from the online activism of the Bush Years to play its current role as volunteer activist campaign recruitment site and protective buffer against more radical policy advocates infecting the activist base of the safe "Veal Pen" of co-opted, "moderate progressive" organizations.

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For The Record


I wish to stress that nothing I write under the BruceMcF moniker should in any way be taken as representative of the National Progressive Populist party organization, the Ohio Progressive Populist party or the Portage County branch. And while I agree with some things some people say, I also disagree with other things some of the same people and also some other people say.

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Transgender Heroes #4: Ruby Corado

 

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Ruby Corado was 16 when her parents sent her to the United States to escape the civil war in El Salvador. When she arrived in Washington DC, she found very few resources for Latinos and none for LGBT Latinos.

When she was 20, she was working in real estate management and also entered into the world of social justice by volunteering at a hospice.

I saw that the nuns that were there didn’t have any shoes and they were looking to help these people. They would hug them and they would kiss them and would give them so much love. And this was a point in my life when I’m trying to make it in society, I’m trying to pretty much achieve the American dream, and here I am very young, 20 years old, and I see that these women were really giving.

--Corado

When she moved to DuPont Circle, she began welcoming LGBT Latinos into her home. Many of them were immigrants like her.

I kept seeing some of these kids– they were rejected by their family, they were having a hard time in school. I was like a big sister to them. I just didn’t understand why people would be so mean. I didn’t understand why they would reject their kids. I realized that I could be there for them.

--Corado

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Gender Prison: Transgender Heroes #3: Kristin Beck

 photo warrior2-0604-web_zps46ab12cc.jpgAmidst all the celebration of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the recent past, most people were completely unaware that the prohibition of transpeople serving in the ranks remains inviolate.

Well, it remains sacrosanct except for the fact we have served and do serve and probably shall continue to serve…and try to take care of our transitions in the future.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 transpeople have served, do serve or will serve in the military. That is twice the rate of cis-gendered people.

Such was the case for Kristin Beck. Beck served as an enlisted petty officer in the Navy Seals for 20 years, including a tour with the renowned Seal Team Six. That was not under the name Kristin, of course.

Beck retired as an E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer, having deployed 13 times, during which she earned both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Beck's biggest battle came after she retired. It was the battle to become herself.

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Transgender Hero #2: Audrey Mbugua

Audrey Mbugua is a 26-year-old Kenyan transwoman. She is currently suing both the Kenya National Examinations Council and the Attorney General for failing to recognizing her gender identity.

Audrey is seeking to have her name changed on the certificates she earned and her identity cards and to have those reflect her new gender. She says she has suffered prejudice and discrimination because of the reactions of potential employers to the disparity between her appearance and the data on her identification.

We realise that the matter is tricky... We may have to liaise with the registrar of births and deaths for the necessary procedures to be followed before we can put in a proper reply.

--lawyer for the State

Judge Weldon Korir refused to grant a 30-day period sought by the state, saying the case was of urgent nature. Then he gave he respondents three weeks to reply instead.

The parties are to meet again in court on August 6.

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Transgender Hero #1: Jacob Rostovsky

I'm starting a new series which will be added to periodically, which I shall call Transgender Heroes. I will add people to the list as I encounter them and personally judge them to be heroic.

Now there are plenty of people I've known about for years who qualify, but I shall endeavor to shine the light on those who I deem will be helping to carry us forward.

First up is Jake Rostovsky. I invite you inside to hear Jake's story.

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