On Monday 21 March (International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), three Italian LGBT organizations presented a campaign to defeat the prejudices related to ethnic and religious differences and to inform LGBT migrants and asylum seekers about their rights. But a few minutes later, Facebook censored the campaign: a drawing of a bare-chested man… More Facebook Banned Italian LGBT Campaign Against Racism
When Uganda passed its Anti-Homosexuality Act back in December 2013, several religious leaders pushed hard for the Ugandan President to assent to the Bill, which came to be known as The Kill the Gays Bill. Two such religious leaders include a certain married couple, Dr. Joseph Serwadda and Pastor Freda Serwadda, from the Victory Christian… More Ugandan Hate Preacher Given Visa to Speak in the UK
While much of the world is vocal with the rejections of Syrian refugees, civilians – children are under relentless attack in Syria’s five-year-old conflict, with 1.9 million people under siege, borders closed to refugees, and rampant bombings of medical facilities and heavily populated areas. Those of you who are noisily complaing about refugees are you noisy… More Halt the Carnage | MSF Calls for UN Security Council States to Abide Resolutions
South Africa’s Film and Publications Board, headed by Sipho Risibia, has seen it fit to align itself with Kenya’s homophobic publications board, which regularly attacks the LGBTI community and the right to freedom of speech. Thanks to our friends at Mamba Online for alerting us to the story about the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB)… More South Africa Aligns with LGBTI Censorship
When I heard Trump was going to be speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference (AIPAC ) I was mad as hell. I could not understand why Jews, conservative or liberal, would allow the venom spewing monster, who has mostly attracted low life KKK Nazi types as supporters, to speak at their annual… More Jews to Stage A Trump Walk Out at AIPAC
New York- The man accused of fatally beating Islan Nettles, a 21 year old transgender woman, turned down a plea deal today in a Manhattan criminal court, and will now face a jury trial scheduled for March 30, 2016. Judge Robert Stolz offered James Dixon only 12 years behind bars in exchange for pleading guilty… More Trans Woman’s Confessed Killer Refuses Plea Deal
Did you know that all major fast-food chains have signed on to treat farmworkers fairly — except for Wendy’s? That’s why I’m joining the boycott led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Thousands of farmworkers and consumers are demanding that Wendy’s join the Fair Food Program. Learn more and sign on — even if you… More UUSC Calling for Wendy’s Boycott
Do you recall the Pope’s visit to the United States and the huge yarn that Kim Davis legal team spun around her so called “meeting” with the Pope, in a manner that attempted to convey the Pope’s ‘support’ for Davis’s refusal to do her job to marry people equally, as a County employee? Well the… More Pope Fires Vatican Ambassador Who Stirred Kim Davis Controversy
President Obama has just appointed DC Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to take deceased Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The President delivered a powerful speech introducing the Judge and invoked his and the Senate’s constitutional duty, challenging the already asserted obstructionist Republican stance to deny this… More President Obama Appoints Merrick Garland for SCOTUS
SUPER TUESDAY – SAN FRANCISCO ANTI- TRUMP VIOLENCE PROTEST Today is Super Tuesday: Trump has a 30% share in the old Bank of America Building. Several activists stood outside the building and put Donald Trump on notice. The police must have been warned by the landlords or management of the building about our impending presence,… More Protesting Trump in San Francisco
” I have been fighting for my life since Reagan was in office. I remember the conversation about AIDS Nancy Reagan started–I remember the dark black wind of nothingness,” Matt Ebert Democratic candidate for the United States presidency, former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton praised Nancy Reagan for “starting the conversation… More ACT UP AIDS Activist’s Letter To Hillary Clinton
In an interview conducted at Nancy Reagan’s funeral today, Hillary Clinton praised her for “starting the conversation on AIDS” and then later, after an outcry by the Gay community, retracted her comment, saying she misspoke. Today we are reminded that some of our politicians have stood up against those who wish to the rewrite history… More California State Senator Speaks out Against Reagan on AIDS
Just when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thought he was infallible, and that he could get away with racist violence at his rallies, Americans in Chicago responded to his bigotry and his calls for violence with a protest the likes of which has not been seen at a political rally in American history. Protesters succeeded… More Protesters Win in Shutting Down Trump Rally
From many of our perspectives, Donald Trump is promoting a series of hate fests at his Presidential campaign rallies. San Francisco activists are getting together to protest Trump and his underlying message which is serving to promote violence, corporate greed, homophobia, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment. PLEASE JOIN US TO EXPRESS OUTRAGE – Here is the… More San Francisco Groups to Protest Trump Hate Fest and Violence
San Francisco Pride has announced two of the winners for Community Grand Marshal and the organizational Grand Marshal for 2016 Pride Celebration and Parade to take place on the last weekend of June, 2016. The 2016 Public and Member’s choice vote for Community and Organizational Grand Marshals for the 2016 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration… More San Francisco Pride Announces 2016 Community and Organizational Grand Marshals
A South African court ruled Thursday that a Polish immigrant Janusz Walus, 63, who shot and killed the South African anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani in 1993, should be released on parole after 23 years behind bars. Many South Africans, including the ruling ANC party are outraged by this decision. Walus is serving a life sentence… More Outrage as South African Court Grants Parole to Killer of Anti-Apartheid Hero
NC, March 9, 2016 – Led by Campus Pride and Soulforce, a coalition of more than 80 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ), sports, religious and youth advocacy groups signed on to a letter issued publicly today calling on NCAA to divest from all religious-based institutions who have made Title IX requests to discriminate against… More LGBTQ Discrimination Leads to Call for NCAA to Divest
On Monday morning of this week, employees of the San Leandro Unified School District apparently arrived at work to see a disgusting and frightening display of racism, hate and bigotry. I am not sure if this was reported to police or FBI, but it seems a source is concerned that nothing is going to be… More Racist Vandalism at San Leandro Unified School District
Prize-winning Honduran environmental activist murdered WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last night assailants attacked and killed Berta Cáceres, an indigenous activist who earned the Goldman Prize in 2015 for her work stopping a dam project in Honduras. Cáceres co-founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, known as COPINH. She won a fight of many years… More Environmental Activist Murdered
Legislature to clarify controversial measure and simply reaffirm current law
Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 8.35.45 AMTallahassee – Avoiding the disastrous route of their Georgia colleagues, the Florida House of Representatives today is expected to pass an amended version of the so-called Pastor Protection bill (HB 43) to limit its scope and send the message that controversial amendments allowing discrimination would not be entertained.
The bill had been widely criticized as a vaguely worded and unnecessary duplication of existing laws that served as a Trojan Horse for more nefarious measures to be added. That was the route Georgia lawmakers took by amending their pastor protection bill last month to allow any individual or faith-based business, for-profit entity, or taxpayer-funded organization to ignore nondiscrimination protections or any law that conflicts with their religious beliefs about marriage. The state is roiling from the public outrage and the economic backlash that has been strong enough to draw the threat of a veto from the Georgia governor.… More Florida House & Senate Avert Disaster of Expanded Pastor Protection Bill
New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund applauds South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard for vetoing a bill that would have singled out transgender students for discrimination by prohibiting them from using bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they are as boys and girls. In February, South Dakota lawmakers passed House Bill 1008. The bill would have restricted facility access to students of the “same biological sex,” and defined that to mean “the physical condition of being male or female as determined by a person’s chromosomes and identified at birth by a person’s anatomy.”
Last week the governor met with transgender students who explained how harmful it would be to their health and well being to deny them use of bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with who they are. Thousands of activists across the nation joined them in urging the Governor to reject the legislation. Today the Governor did just that. Had the bill been enacted, it would have been the first law in the nation targeting transgender students for bias.… More TLDEF Applauds SD Governor for Vetoing Bill That Targeted Transgender Students for Discrimination
Several Ugandan journalists were arrested today while attempting to report on events unfolding after the controversial Ugandan presidential elections. The journalists went to the home of Dr. Kizza Besigye, who is under house arrest by the Museveni regime, after an election controversy where Besigye is claiming that the elections were rigged. Three journalist were arrested and falsely accused of obstructing the police in their duties. A video has emerged showing the actual arrest of one of the journalists, proving the police account of events to be a blatant lie.
Remmy Bahati, a TV reporter for NBS TV, spoke to us after her arrest. She informed us that she was manhandled, beaten and that a police officer had fondled her while she was in the police van. The NBS TV video, reveals the facts: Bahati was standing outside on the street, with a group of about 30 other people. When she walked into the street with her microphone, followed by TV cameras a police officer asked her to move away. She immediately obliged and moved with her crew to a safe area quite a distance away from the police. As she started her report, she was physically attacked from behind by 3 police officers in riot gear. She was given no warning. She continued to speak into the microphone. “Oh God, I’m being arrested.” The video shows that she was in no way being provocative, obstructive or unruly. The video shows her being hauled away, and that she was manhandled by several officers. It was clear that the purpose was to silent the press report. She was causing no harm nor any danger.… More Ugandan Journalist Arrested and Beaten by Police While Covering News
I wonder if the Network for Good, realizes that they have in essence partnered with an organization which uses a convicted terrorist to promote donations through its service? Network for Good is an online fundraising platform for charities and non-profit organizations. The company was founded in 2001 by America Online, Cisco Systems and Yahoo and has processed over $1 billion in donations since inception, charging between 3% to 5% transaction processing fee for donations.
Its seems that Rasmea Odeh (Rasmieh, Rasmeah) still “works” for or is “associated with” The Arab American Action Network (AAAN). On the donation page of AAAN’s website, resides a letter from Odeh, naming her associate director and dated December 18, 2o15, and for the past ten years. She is also listed as staff on the about page of the website.… More Network for Good noted as Partner in Convicted Terrorist Rasmea Odeh’s Fundraise Plea
San Francisco Pride is pleased to announce the first in a series of forums to explore and elucidate the 2016 San Francisco Pride theme, “For Racial and Economic Justice.”
The forum, African American Contributions to LGBTQI Culture in the American Experience, will be held at 6:30 PM, immediately following the 6:00 PM San Francisco Pride monthly membership meeting, where members will vote for one of the 2016 SF Pride community grand marshals.… More San Francisco Pride to Hold Forum on African American LGBTQI Contributions
Rasmea Yousef Odeh , born 1947/1948; also known as Rasmea Yousef, Rasmieh Steve, and Rasmieh Joseph Steve) is a Palestinian woman and former United States citizen. She served as associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, Illinois.
Odeh was convicted in 1970 by an Israeli military court of involvement in fatal terrorist bombings, and in 2014 by a US federal jury of immigration fraud. Odeh was arrested in March 1969, and in 1970 was convicted and sentenced by an Israeli military court to life in prison for her involvement in two terrorist bombings in Jerusalem and involvement in an illegal organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
… More Unrepentant Convicted Palestinian Terrorist Rasmieh Odeh Plays Victim to get U.S. Citizenship
Los Angeles — Equality California today announced the endorsements of 10 strong LGBT allies for office in Congress and the California Legislature. “These candidates represent the length and breadth of the state and come from a variety of backgrounds and experience,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “However, they share a commitment to… More Equality California Endorses 10 Pro-Equality Candidates for State and Federal Office
New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) urges South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard to veto a bill that would bar transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they are as boys and girls. South Dakota lawmakers passed House Bill 1008 last week. The bill restricts facility access to… More TLDEF Urges South Dakota Governor to Veto Bill Targeting Transgender Students for Discrimination
Hillary can bash Bernie for voting against the 2007 immigration bill — a bill that would’ve separated families, left immigrants vulnerable to deportation, and created a new class of exploited workers — if she wants. I would’ve voted against it, too. Despite how wrong it seems on the surface, Bernie did the right thing. He must’ve had his doubts at the time. He must’ve wondered if he was on the right side of justice, or if he’d just buried his long progressive record in politics. Still, that Bernie’s capable of taking an unpopular position for the right reasons says more about him than Hillary would like you to know.… More Hillary Clinton’s Vote for 2007 Immigration Reform Excluded Same-Sex Couples
Warning: Every organization operating in Uganda, in association with organizations in Uganda, sending funds to Uganda, placing resources in the hands of Ugandans must re evaluate their positions considering the new NGO ACT of 2016 – or alternatively immediately support those who will challenge this law before publication and implementation. The window of opportunity is… More Ugandan President Museveni Has Signed the Perilous Anti NGO Bill
While leading a 1993 United Nations peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, Dellaire became convinced that large-scale ethnic violence was imminent. He warned his superiors and pleaded for additional troops and ammunition, but instead, the U.N. ordered him to withdraw. Dellaire believed that leaving would be immoral, and he stayed in Rwanda with around 500 troops (from the original 2,600) to protect as many people as they could. That decision is credited with saving more than 30,000 lives. Roméo Dallaire will Receive Honorary Doctorate at event which is open to the public
… More U.N. Commander Who Tried to Stop Rwanda’s Genocide to Speak AT USF