#NotOneDime: Black Friday Boycotts Planned To Protest Ferguson Decision

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” croons Andy Williams in his instantly recognizable holiday classic, accompanied by soothing ding-donging and jingle-belling, at the start of Blackout For Human Rights’ recent YouTube video (warning: it’s graphic).

Then the beatings begin…

Activist group Blackout For Human Rights is hoping this video and accompanying social media campaign will encourage Americans to sit out the most rampantly consumerist day of this holiday week, Black Friday, to protest the latest in a long line of unjust killings.

Continue reading at Forbes.

On Ferguson Protests, the Destruction of Things, and What Violence Really Is (And Isn’t)

This piece isn’t about the narratives surrounding the murders of Black people by police, which I wrote about back in August when Michael Brown was first killed. This is specifically about narratives around violence.

In the wake of the Darren Wilson decision and the ensuing protests, I’ve been hearing the word “violence” thrown around by journalists and social media commentators alike. It’s strange to me, because when these people use the term violence, they’re not talking about what happened to any of the people named above. The brutal and unnecessary killing of unarmed Black women, children and men by police officers isn’t called “violence” by any of these people. They’re also not talking about protestors of this police violence being tear-gassed or shot with rubber bullets by police for exercising their right to peaceably assemble. That, to these journalists and Twitter trolls, isn’t “violence,” either. What is “violence” to these people? Property damage. Looting. The destruction of things.

Let me say that again, louder, for the people in the cheap seats:

The killing of unarmed Black people, including children, by police: not violence.

The destruction of white people’s things: violence.

I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

Continue reading on Black Girl Dangerous.

Memories of Violence: Family Discusses Why It’s Important to Support Their Transgender Child

As the Youth and Outreach Coordinator at the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP), an organization that supports LGBTQ survivors of violence and trauma in Kansas and Missouri, I have been lucky enough to work with amazing, resilient queer and trans youth who are often overcoming the adversity in their lives. For the past year, I have had the pleasure to work with one such young person, an amazing young woman named Mazy. Mazy is 9 years old, an avid dancer and a recent Brownie in her Girl Scout troop in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also transgender. Last year, Mazy was aware and confident enough in herself, after coping with a lot of self-shame and bullying, to share with her family, second grade class and elementary school that she had always known she was a girl.

Mazy’s Story from SocialScope Productions on Vimeo.

Via Huffington Post.

LGBT Immigrants Slam Obama’s Plan: ‘He’s Not In Support Of Us’

Undocumented LGBT immigrants are criticizing President Barack Obama for excluding them from his immigration plan, even as they are happy to see members of their families and communities freed from the fear of deportation.

The president announced last week that he would grant short-term deferred action and working rights to parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who themselves have been in the country for at least five years. But lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrants say that the plan doesn’t equally value their family relationships. Undocumented LGBT immigrants may be less likely to have U.S. citizen children due to marriage and adoption laws, while they may have critical ties with U.S. citizen nieces and nephews.

More here.

(Photo: Megan Cassidy/The Republic)

(Photo: Megan Cassidy/The Republic)

Phoenix Transgender Activist Continues Prostitution Appeal

Monica Jones, the Phoenix transgender woman convicted in April for manifesting prostitution, never had a chance for a fair trial, her attorney argued Monday morning as part of Jones’ appeal.

Jones’ attorney, Jean-Jacques Cabou, argued that his client had been convicted in a trial full of errors, where the only witnesses who testified were Jones and the arresting officer.

Jones was arrested in May 2013 after accepting a ride from an undercover officer during a prostitution-related sting operation conducted by the Phoenix Police Department.

Continue reading at AZ Central.

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