24-year-old social worker, soon to be law student. I'm socialist, I like guys, and I'm all about fightin' for full equality for everyone and making…
(Mean to say that I can only hope that CeCe McDonald soon goes free. She certainly did defend herself.)
Thebadsteed presents a good example of why anti-gay bigots have to be confronted head-on; as long as those views are acceptable within their own social group, they're allowed to flourish. And views like that pose a direct threat to the health and safety of LGBTQ Americans and Americans who are HIV-positive. We have a right to defend ourselves - and I can only hope that CeCe McDonald in Minneapolis did.
Um...as someone with HIV, I've gotta say I don't really understand this piece. Are straight people ultra-traumatized by minor STDs or something? Must suck to be straight. I can't imagine how much MORE immature this writer would be if she actually had something serious. Ugh.
Hmmm....you gotta wonder if the commentators above are from Portland or Lake Oswego's upper-crust. They certainly seem to have a disdain for people who work for a living in this country.
It's great to see local elected officials taking a stand about such an important issue. No human being is illegal - period. America is a country built on immigration (and slavery and the disenfranchisement of indigenous people) - large-scale immigration is at least one thing that's always been a positive characteristic of the United States. It's part of why we're a diverse country. And under Obama, ICE is deporting more immigrants than they did under Bush. Immigrants who are hard-working people who just want to make a better life for themselves. And it has to stop. I'm so glad Multnomah is at least beginning to take a stand on this issue.
Oh, and frankieb? All those civil rights activists in the South who sat-in at whites-only lunch counters? They were criminals breaking the law. Workers who went on strike to fight for the 8-hour day? Criminals violating injunctions, breaking the law. The law doesn't mean shit when the law is meant to keep people oppressed. Sometimes it needs to be broken.
Do banks normally board up their windows when they shut down for the afternoon? Ha, I didn't say we closed them permanently - just for the duration of the protest. We shook up business as usual. That's how you begin to change things in society. Now, I'm also all for shutting them down permanently or re-opening them under worker control - but hey, we've still got a little ways to go before then.
Thanks for the photos and the reporting. I was at the protest today, and it was great. The weather was TERRIBLE in the beginning, but it got a bit better over the course of the march, and we had a turn-out of 500-1000. The "confrontations" really weren't a big deal - they just meant that most of the demonstrators stopped walking for 10 minutes and had a chance to rest, cause it was a long march. But otherwise, we took the streets, closed down some corporate branches, made our point, and looked fabulous while doing so.
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