stephaniekeith:

Drag Queen arrested in front of Stonewall Inn

Just days before Pride March, a dance party in the street in front of the birth place of gay rights, the Stonewall Inn, is broken up by NYPD. Who is the only person the NYPD arrests? A black trans drag queen, one of the most vulnerable members of the group. A contingent of radical queers agitated against the police and successfully mediated to have the arrestee released after only half an hour. People were reminding the police, Stonewall was a riot!

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Shit with OWS looks really shady right now

Dude over at this livestream is filming and people within the movement are coming up to him telling him not to film.

The people who were trying to force this guy to stop filming had their faces covered and were fucking with police vehicles by letting the air out of the tires.

All these people coming up to him were young and white with the exception of one or two young folx of color who looked tired as hale. The white folks looked well rested as fuck.

Dude keeps saying “transparency is a principle of solidarity”.

So at this point this is looking really fucking sketchy that these well rested white folxs are being “anarchist” and being destructive.

While I support that people have different have different methods of dealing with things, it looks real sketch to the community at large.

One guy just walked up to the camera and said that those folx were probably police plants and when he asked them who they were they tried saying they had been there for a while.

Also, what purpose does deflating tires serve? Anarchist tactics should be strategic and serve a purpose. Guess what?! Deflating tires keeps cops on site!!! Stay questioning these white folx motives.

*SIGNAL BOOST* Blind Americans to Protest Subminimum Wages Members of National Federation of the Blind Plan Informational Pickets Across United States

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

cdanielsen@nfb.org

Blind Americans to Protest Subminimum Wages Members of National Federation of the Blind Plan  Informational Pickets Across United States

Baltimore, Maryland (July 20, 2011): The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people, announced today that its members will conduct informational protests across the United States to raise awareness about the practice of paying wages below the federal minimum wage to Americans with disabilities.  The protests will take place on July 26, the twenty-first anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at the primary district office locations of United States Senators serving on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (the HELP Committee).  The HELP Committee is currently considering legislation-the Workforce Investment Act-which would reauthorize the payment of subminimum wages to disabled workers.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Unequal pay for equal work on the basis of disability is unfair, discriminatory, and immoral.  The senators who serve on the HELP Committee must decide whether they stand for the outrageous exploitation of disabled workers, or for true equality for Americans with disabilities.”

On Wednesday, August 3, the HELP Committee is scheduled to vote on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which contains language reauthorizing the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.   The Rehabilitation Act is supposed to provide services to disabled Americans so that they can obtain competitive employment, but Title V, Section 511 of the proposed Rehabilitation Act language references Section 14(c) of the

1938 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which allows certain entities holding special wage certificates to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage.

For more information on the National Federation of the Blind and fair wages for workers with disabilities, please visit www.nfb.org<http://www.nfb.org/>.  Contact the NFB’s Director of Public Relations for the specific time and location of any of these protests.

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About the National Federation of the Blind

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.  The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation’s blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

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The State Senators on the HELP Committee are:

Tom Harkin (IA)
Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
Jeff Bingaman (NM)
Patty Murray (WA)
Bernard Sanders (I) (VT)
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)
Kay R. Hagan (NC)
Jeff Merkley (OR)
Al Franken (MN)
Michael F. Bennet (CO)
Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Richard Blumenthal (CT)

Republicans by Rank

Michael B. Enzi (WY)
Lamar Alexander (TN)
Richard Burr (NC)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
Rand Paul (KY)
Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
John McCain (AZ)
Pat Roberts (KS)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Mark Kirk (IL)

Disappointed there isn’t any in California. If you can’t attend but live in the district of any of the Senators, call the national switchboard and leave them a message.

Time of Arrest: 15:53

What follows is my retelling of the events of Thursday, June 9th, 2011. It takes place in Sacramento, California, in the Capitol Building. It is my story about how I have been involved in rallying for equity to marginalized groups. It is the story that ends with my arrest at 15:53 (military time).

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