Category Archives: Protest
The Westboro Baptists Church has been in California lately, and luckily, Californians have been waiting. At a Santa Monica High School, students retaliated by forming their own protest which ultimately led Wetboro members to bow their heads and retreat from the scene. Now we have another video coming from the protest at the Malibu Presbyterian Church and Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church the morning of Feb. 24th 2013. Brick Stone (comic Dave Sirus) was there to ruin their day and entertain us as well
If you aren’t already familiar with Uganda’s anti-gay bill, I urge you to become informed. The bill mandates death for some gay acts and will become law this year. Ultimately, the people of Uganda have stated that they would like anyone who is living a gay lifestyle, murdered. The death penalty for loving someone of the same sex?! There are people out there who murder, rape, steal, cheat, lie, etc. and are given second chances, but because someone may love another who is not idealistic in their minds, they should be put to death?! I thought we had advanced enough to never see something like this actually pass. True, it is in Uganda and they are much more traditional, but I would have thought murdering someone for something so frivolous wouldn’t be approved by the majority.
Hate to admit, but this next bit of information is coming from Fox News:
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told The Associated Press that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year.
Ugandans “are demanding it,” she said, reiterating a promise she made before a meeting on Friday of anti-gay activists who spoke of “the serious threat” posed by homosexuals to Uganda’s children. Some Christian clerics at the meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, asked the speaker to pass the law as “a Christmas gift.”
“Speaker, we cannot sit back while such (a) destructive phenomenon is taking place in our nation,” the activists said in a petition. “We therefore, as responsible citizens, feel duty-bound to bring this matter to your attention as the leader of Parliament … so that lawmakers can do something to quickly address the deteriorating situation in our nation.”
The anti-gay activists paraded in front of Kadaga, with parents and schoolchildren holding up signs saying homosexuality is “an abomination.” The speaker then promised to consider the bill within two weeks, declaring that “the power is in our hands.”
“Who are we not to do what they have told us? These people should not be begging us,” Kadaga said of activists who want the bill to become law.
Uganda’s penal code criminalizes homosexuality, but in 2009 a lawmaker with the ruling party said a stronger law was needed to protect Uganda’s children from homosexuals. Parliamentarian David Bahati charged at the time that wealthy homosexuals from the West were “recruiting” poor children into gay lifestyles with promises of money and a better life. Bahati believes his bill is sufficiently popular among lawmakers to pass without difficulty.
Some gay activists in Uganda are happy that so much light has been shed on this situation, because like Uganda, many African countries have criminalized homosexuality. It’s amazing that there are even gay activists out there fighting for their rights when there are such harsh consequences. Even here in California homosexuals can not legally be married, and we’re a liberal state.
The President, Barack Obama, has described this bill as “odious”, and many other European countries have threaded to cut aid to Uganda. I hope that many of these countries follow through and show Uganda that hate and their immoral decision to kill because of sexuality will not go unnoticed. I could never imagine living in a country with such disdain for who I was. Luckily, I live in America, where we’re still not equal, but getting closer everyday.
I didn’t know much about Leah-Lynn Plante’s story until this morning and was quite intrigued. Miss Plante resisted the government, and while that may seem like she did something wrong, the resistance came from what they had done to her and her housemates. I want to share my support for this brave person and hope that you will too.
It seems odd that the news here in the US shares the story of a 14-year-old girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban (a mutual enemy), but happens to leave out the 24-year-old American girl who has been sent to prison by her own government because she’s standing up for her rights. Both stories are awful, and both victims are heroic. Malala Yousafzai and Leah-Lynn Plante are both standing up against something that they feel is wrong, yet, the girl in Afghanistan has been the victim of our enemy.
Leah-Lynn Plante and the other two people who were arrested, Matthew Kyle Duran and Katherine “KteeO” Olejnik, had no connection with the crimes that were committed, the reason that the FBI had bombarded their home. After knowing that there was no involvement, these three people were still subpoenaed to testify and had personal property (books, etc.) taken as evidence. Seems unnecessary, in my opinion. Hear her story below.
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Vimeo: Leah is a 24 year old political prisoner currently serving time at FDC Seatac. Leah was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury three times, refused three times and was thrown into prison for civil contempt on October 10th, 2012.
For more information about this young anarchist, you can check out her website. This has journal entries that she is writing from prison, contact information, news stories, and much more. Here is a little more about her, as told on her ‘About Me’ section:
Leah Plante is a 24 year old anarchist prisoner who is currently being held in FDC Seatac. She has lived in Portland, OR for the last five years. In that time she has been involved in numerous radical projects and collectives.
Leah identifies as queer, vegan and straight edge. Friends describe her as genuine, compassionate, and as someone who stands out in a crowd as a fun and outgoing individual. She is very silly and awkward.
When she is not looking at pictures of space or cats, she is often found sorting through her rare anarcho-punk records or playing Magic: The Gathering with her beloved housemates. When she gets ouut, Leah looks forward to riding her bike, seeing her friends and loved ones, eating burritos and going on epic adventures. She is a screen printer, graphic designer, web designer and bicycle mechanic.
Leah would love it if people would write to her about their pets, their travels, Lord of the Rings, space, ancient civilizations, paleontology, herbal medicine, DIY, crafting, bad 90’s movies, pop culture, their kombucha brewing techniques, gardening, or whatever else comes to mind.
A friend of mine brought this story to my attention and asked that I share it with all of you. Obviously, the mistreatment of homosexuals is something that I am particularly interested in changing, and this mother’s plea is rather touching. Ryan’s mother, Karen Andresen, is looking for people to help her son acquire his Eagle award, which he has earned. Below is Mrs. Andersen’s letter and a link to sign the petition. Please read and I urge you to help this young man by showing him the compassion of his peers is stronger than the hate of those who disagree with who he is.
My son Ryan needs your help.
Ryan joined the Boy Scouts when he was just six years old, and since then, he’s dreamed of earning his Eagle award — the highest rank in the Boy Scouts.
Ryan is now a senior in high school, and just completed the final requirements to earn his Eagle Award. He’s an honor student with great SAT scores, who’s hoping to attend the University of San Francisco. But because he recently came out to his friends and family as gay, leaders from our local Boy Scout troop say they won’t approve his Eagle award.
A Boy Scout gets his Eagle by earning many badges, completing all lower Scout rank requirements, and carrying out an approved final project. So Ryan decided to build a “Tolerance Wall” for his school, to show bully victims — like Ryan — that they are not alone. Ryan worked countless hours with elementary students to amass a wall of 288 unique tiles, all illustrating acts of kindness.
But when leadership in Troop 212 (San Francisco Bay Area) found out that Ryan was gay, the Scoutmaster said he refused to sign the official paperwork designating Ryan as an Eagle Scout, despite the fact that Ryan completed all of the requirements.
Many troops around the country are standing up, choosing to reject the Boy Scouts’ discriminatory policy. I sincerely hope that Ryan’s troop will become one of them. And with your help, they just might.
It hurts me so much to watch Ryan suffer for being who he is, because to me, he’s perfect. Ryan has worked for nearly 12 years to become an Eagle Scout, and nothing would make him more proud than earning that well-deserved distinction. I hope that if enough people come together, we can convince my son’s troop leaders to help him feel proud of who he is and all he’s accomplished.
“Citizenship in the Community,” a merit badge earned, means standing up for what is right, and I am proud of Ryan for doing just that. Will you stand with him too, and join this campaign?
Ryan joined the Boy Scouts when he was just six years old, and since then, he’s dreamed of earning his Eagle award — the highest rank in the Boy Scouts.
Ryan is now a senior in high school, and just completed the final requirements to earn his Eagle Award. He’s an honor student with great SAT scores, who’s hoping to attend the University of San Francisco. But because he recently came out to his friends and family as gay, leaders from your troop say they won’t approve his Eagle award.
This is unfair and wrong.
A Scout earns his Eagle by earning many badges, completing all lower Scout rank requirements, and carrying out an approved final project. So Ryan decided to build a “Tolerance Wall” for his school, to show bully victims — like Ryan — that they are not alone. Ryan worked countless hours with elementary students to amass a wall of 288 unique tiles, all illustrating acts of kindness.
Many troops around the country are standing up, choosing to reject the Boy Scouts’ discriminatory policy. I sincerely hope that Ryan’s troop — Troop 212 — will become one of them.
“Citizenship in the Community,” a merit badge earned, means standing up for what is right, and I am proud of Ryan for doing just that. Will you stand with him, too?
As many of you may already know, I am an Atheist. This doesn’t mean I dislike people who are religious, the same as I don’t dislike Conservatives (Republicans), just disagree with some of their opinions. I have many friends and family members who believe in religion and although I think it’s harmful to society, I would never disrespect them for coming to a different conclusion than I have come to on my own. But, seeing as I am a passionate person, I like to share what I believe with others, urge them to think differently and open their minds. I encourage myself to do the same, which just so happens to be the reason I have come to this conclusion.
A friend of mine, Anastasia, wrote something the other day that I found to be pretty great. I asked her if I could share it here and would like to know what some of you think, as well as express my support for everything that was said. I have shared it exactly as it was written below:
“I’ll tell you what else is on my mind. I recently watched the episode of “Louie” where, as a child, he attends a Catholic school and the teacher brings in a doctor to explain, from a medical stand point, the process of Jesus’ crucifixion. It’s brutal and horrific, and the best piece of mind-fuckery out there. How in the world does the idea that one man being physically tortured cancels out the “sins” of the world? (more on “sins” later. okay right now- not raping people is not one of the ten commandments. not using the lord’s name in vain is. uhm. what.?) Really think about that. More importantly, think about how many people have been physically/mentally/
I know that many people are getting tired of the political and religious posts that are on Twitter, FaceBook, etc; But personally, I think it’s great that our generation is becoming so involved and choosing to think for ourselves as opposed to just take what was told to us, as truth. Granted, there are definitely many people who still do this, it’s great to know that thanks to the advancement in social media, our generation is able to meet people who share the same views, values, morals, etc. and are open to discussing how they could be right and/or wrong.
Thank you Anastasia for allowing me to share your message and I hope others can see the humanity in your words as opposed to the “religious attack” you made “against” them.
Great News SoCal: Pot Ban Lifted After Impassioned Plea From Cancer Patient, Councilman Bill Rosendahl
Obviously, this doesn’t help the federal crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries, but it does show that Californians are willing to work at a state level and attempt to keep the dispensaries open and the regulations more clear.
In a faint and gravelly voice, Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl delivered an impassioned plea Tuesday asking his colleagues to lift the ban on pot dispensaries, asking them: “Where does anybody go, even a councilman go, to get his medical marijuana?”
Minutes before the council voted 11-2 to rescind its recently passed ban on storefront pot shops, Rosendahl said the council’s decision had created “a very emotional moment” for him. Rosendahl has been battling cancer for the past three months and relying on medical marijuana during that time.
“On the 20th of July, I had an MRI that was very, very serious. And the bottom line on that was, they didn’t give me much time to live. And I said, ‘No, no no no, I’m not ready to go. I certainly want to live a long time,’” said Rosendahl, who has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments and relying on a walker to move around in recent days.
Rosendahl, 67, said he began taking medical marijuana a decade ago to manage his neuropathy, a stinging pain in his feet, taking it “occasionally at night.” But on Tuesday, he put the issue in the context of his battle with cancer, which has made it difficult for him to speak above a whisper.
“If I can’t get marijuana, and it’s medically prescribed, what do I do?” he asked his colleagues.
Rosendahl criticized President Obama’s handling of the issue and spoke against some of the recent federal raids of dispensaries. And he said Los Angeles should work with state lawmakers to make California law regulating medical marijuana clearer.
FCKH8.com has released a video that is encouraging people to take a stand against the homophobic Chick-Fil-A, yet, are worried it may get removed.
Yesterday FCKH8.com received a legal notice from Facebook saying that the Chick-Fil-A legal team has forced them to pull this protest video from Facebook because it used their logo. Use of a copyrighted logo in criticism, commentary, review or news is legally protected free speech. Chick-Fil-A is trying silence protests of their homophobic positions. They may try to get this video pulled from YouTube and Vimeo as well. Share it on Facebook or copy it (from our Vimeo page) & reupload the video to your YouTube or Vimeo account.
This chain has openly encouraged homophobia and refused to acknowledge that their beliefs are outdated and reminiscent of the 1960′s. Boston, Massachusetts Mayor, Tom Menino, has even banned the restaurant from their city to show how they will not support this message of hate. Another big proponent to come out and publicly shame Chick-Fil-A has been the Jim Henson Company, by no longer partnering The Muppets with the gay hating, religious loving, fast food chain.
“The bullies at Big Gay have targeted the ‘Eat Mor Chikin‘ chain because its president, Dan Cathy, has taken an unapologetic public stand on behalf of natural marriage, and rebuked this generation for its “arrogance” in thinking that it knows better than God when it comes to the definition of marriage,” Fischer wrote. “And so the heterophobic bigots at Big Gay have come unhinged and unleashed the dogs of war.”
War? I’m not the one going into OTHER countries and forcing democracy and taking what’s not mine. I am simply asked to be treated as a decent human being who will not be judged based on their sexuality. I don’t want someone with money, influence and power to take advantage and sway others into fucking logic and being ignorant. In the bible there are many ways which show what “natural marriage” is and I can guarantee that we do not live our lives like that today. Jon Stewart read out some bible versus the other night on ‘The Daily Show‘ that I thought were perfect examples:
May 21, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Florida Planned Parenthood affiliate has taken the opportunity of “National Masturbation Month” to highlight the national organization’s promotion of masturbation as part of a “a common and safe kind of sex play” with “many health benefits.”
On Friday, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida tweeted, “Happy Masturbation Month! We’ve got lots of info on masturbation here,” providing a link to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s page on masturbation.
There, Planned Parenthood states that “there are many harmful myths about masturbation that may cause us to feel uncomfortable about it. These myths can cause guilt, shame, and fear. Let’s get the facts straight. Masturbation is a natural and common activity for both women and men.”
Personally, I think this is a great idea. You don’t know how many times while growing up I wanted to know what masturbating was and how to do it. It’s such a touchy subject (get it?) and many people are ashamed or afraid to ask other people what masturbation involves. I seriously thought I was crazy because I enjoyed it so much and never heard anybody else mentioning how amazing masturbation felt, then I started not caring and talking about it. Ironically, once I started talking about it, I came to realize that everyone enjoys it. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy giving themselves the most amazing sensation they’ve ever had and the ability to do it in the comfort of their own home?
“National Masturbation Month” was first announced in 1995 by the San Francisco-based sex-toy shop Good Vibrations. The month-long celebration includes the annual “Masturbate-a-Thon” to raise funds for sex education. Individuals participate in competitions, either by webcam or in person, based on “longest duration spent masturbating and most orgasms.”
Okay, well this isn’t something I think we should share with young people; They just perform sexual acts on themselves and share it with others, a.k.a. porn. Granted, they are raising money for sex education, and that, is a great contribution.
Jim Sedlak of Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP), a project of the American Life League, said that endorsing the “gateway drug” of masturbation was of a piece with Planned Parenthood’s ideology on sex education.
Gateway drug?! Are you fucking kidding me?! Being sexually active is not a crime! Exploring one’s self and knowing how to control your body and your responses to stimulation should not be considered a bad thing. EVERYONE masturbates, and if they don’t, they’ve had their perceptions of masturbation warped by people, such as Jim Sedlak. It’s this very reason that children begin to feel ashamed, guilty, and dirty. We are born with curiosity, and saying that being curious about our bodies is sinful, is stunting the growth of that person.
“Planned Parenthood is an organization that makes its money from people involved in sex,” Sedlak told LifeSiteNews.com in an email. “Although Planned Parenthood pushes masturbation for all, it particularly targets young people with the message. It is a way to get these young kids involved in a sexual lifestyle.”
Sedlak said that youths buy the idea of masturbation as “risk-free” sex but end up “hooked on sexual stimulation as a way to escape their problems.” Especially alarming is how masturbation at an early age has been shown to interfere with a child’s ability to develop compassion and to learn—effects seen in children who regularly masturbate as young as six years old.
The parenting section of Planned Parenthood’s website tells parents to encourage elementary-age children to experiment with masturbation.
If you think this sounds young, you’re forgetting the small things you did as a child to make that good feeling come about. Don’t act like you’ve never humped a pillow, stroked your best friend (penis), or any other variation of masturbating, because I will not believe you in the slightest.
“Kids begin to want additional sexual experiences, and Planned Parenthood is there to sell them products and to make millions from them,” said Sedlak.
Yes, Planned Parenthood’s goal is to become filthy rich with all the whores they’ve encouraged to sleep around. It’s an ingenious plan, really. Sadly, they’ve been around since 1942 and are a non-profit organization so making millions seems rather unfathomable. But, what do I know? I’m just a female who experimented with masturbation at a young age, have a healthy sex life, no venereal diseases, never been pregnant and is politically involved in following what’s been going on with Planned Parenthood and those that oppose the organization.
- Planned Parenthood Wishes You a Happy “Masturbation Month” (limelife.com)
- Planned Parenthood Celebrates ‘Happy Masturbation Month!’ (constitutionclub.org)
- Pennsylvania Lawmakers Attempting To Defund Planned Parenthood (inquisitr.com)
- Pennsylvania Legislature Will Consider Defunding Planned Parenthood (thinkprogress.org)
- The Craziest Anti-Planned Parenthood Ads (blogs.sfweekly.com)
- Masturbation Month (mocha.com.ph)