How San Francisco Pride is Perpetuating a Scandal By Not Reinstating Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal

How San Francisco Pride is Perpetuating a Scandal By Not Reinstating Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 1:37 pm

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/05/09/how-san-francisco-pride-is-perpetuating-a-scandal-by-not-reinstating-bradley-manning-as-grand-marshal/#

The San Francisco Pride Committee held a meeting on Tuesday night. It was their monthly meeting and the Board of Directors was well aware that there would be individuals from the community that would be attending to express their outrage at the Board’s decision to not allow Pfc. Bradley Manning to be honored as a Grand Marshal at this year’s Pride parade. However, the meeting was held in a small conference room and members of the public and press were kept out of the meeting.

Chief Operating Officer Earl Plante told KTVU that the meeting was held to “really listen to the community, share their concerns and try to move forward in a proactive way.” That is public relations gobbledygook. He also alleged that, since the decision, “Threats have been made to board members and volunteers. That was why access to the meeting was limited.”

No evidence to substantiate this allegation has been made public by Pride. Nobody attending the meeting was informed by the Pride Board of any details related to “threats” and how the Board was concerned for their safety. So, Plante’s statement is disingenuous and malevolent, as it functions as a ploy to destroy the credibility of supporters protesting the decision.

I spoke with four individuals, who were at the meeting. There are also accounts from the meeting online from Rainey Reitman, Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee member; Michael Petrelis, a gay peace and social justice activist; Tommi Avicolli Mecca, a writer, singer, songwriter and activist. What follows is a comprehensive and unabridged presentation of what happened at the meeting and how San Francisco Pride continues to make this controversy worse.

What Led Up to the Scheduled Monthly Meeting

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/05/09/how-san-francisco-pride-is-perpetuating-a-scandal-by-not-reinstating-bradley-manning-as-grand-marshal/#

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English: Bradley Manning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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A Week Of Manning Up To San Francisco Pride

Only a few weeks ago I felt alone in my sense of dread for whatever I had known as gay rights. Lamenting our seemingly increasing association with corporate pedophiles who advance their nefarious causes in the name of our benefit, I wondered if we would even begin to see the problems, let alone work on solutions. I realized that The Castro was purchased sometime shortly after the days of Harvey Milk, but this past year of coming to terms with our civil rights being hijacked by child rapists and corporate thugs has been quite difficult to bear. After the recent actions of San Francisco Pride in regard to Bradley Manning and their corporate boot-licking, I realized that I am in good company. This blog is a roundup of some of the wonderful things that have been said far better than I could. And, why the fuck not?

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Bradley Manning is off limits at SF Gay Pride parade, but corporate sleaze is embraced

A seemingly trivial controversy reveals quite a bit about pervasive political values

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/27/bradley-manning-sf-gay-pride

EXCERPTS:

News reports yesterday indicated that Bradley Manning, widely known to be gay, had been selected to be one of the Grand Marshals of the annual San Francisco gay pride parade, named by the LGBT Pride Celebration Committee. When the predictable backlash instantly ensued, the president of the Board of SF Pride, Lisa L Williams, quickly capitulated, issuing a cowardly, imperious statement that has to be read to be believed…

How Did It Happen So Quickly?:

So apparently, the very high-minded ethical standards of Lisa L Williams and the SF Pride Board apply only to young and powerless Army Privates who engage in an act of conscience against the US war machine, but instantly disappear for large corporations and banks that hand over cash. What we really see here is how the largest and most corrupt corporations own not just the government but also the culture. Even at the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, once an iconic symbol of cultural dissent and disregard for stifling pieties, nothing can happen that might offend AT&T and the Bank of America. The minute something even a bit deviant takes place (as defined by standards imposed by America’s political and corporate class), even the SF Gay Pride Parade must scamper, capitulate, apologize, and take an oath of fealty to their orthodoxies (we adore the military, the state, and your laws). And, as usual, the largest corporate factions are completely exempt from the strictures and standards applied to the marginalized and powerless. Thus, while Bradley Manning is persona non grata at SF Pride, illegal eavesdropping telecoms, scheming banks, and hedge-fund purveryors of the nation’s worst right-wing agitprop are more than welcome.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/27/bradley-manning-sf-gay-pride

This article provided me with a new favorite phrase, as well as further insight in to the problem: “Military Interventionists” –

Bradley Manning, Bayard Rustin, and the perversion of Pride

http://paper-bird.net/2013/04/27/bradley-manning-bayard-rustin-and-the-perversion-of-pride/
I don’t mean to imply that Bradley Manning is Bayard Rustin redivivus, or in any sense his spiritual or political heir. In fact, we know remarkably little about Manning, and a cloud of speculation, much of it absurd, still surrounds his motives. Even that pronoun “his” is questionable. (Speculation persists, supported by chats Manning apparently had with an inquisitive hacker, that she identifies as a trans woman and that advocates and attorneys are suppressing this fact: perhaps to preserve Manning’s “respectability” for the trial. In an attempt to respect the uncertainty, I alternate pronouns.)  The fact that Manning’s been held incommunicado allows everyone to project whatever politics, priorities, or fantasies they like on the mute figure. For homophobes, Manning is a disgruntled and untrustworthy gay man, a living argument for ask, tell, and expel queers from the armed forces. For military interventionists like Dan Choi and Peter Tatchell, he’s an emblem of the kind of inclusive army they’d like, one where all your government secrets will be safe if the officers just welcome the homos with open, loaded arms.

Ouch! and lol on that one. In addition there have been many posts brought to our attention via WikiLeaks and Outright Libertarians, to name just a couple.

Outright Libertarians:

http://www.outrightusa.org/

Outright Libertarians is an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other self-identified “queer” (LGBTQ) Libertarian Party activists and supporters.  We welcome anyone who believes in individual liberty and personal responsibility, and who wishes to actively promote Libertarianism to all those who love differently…

May 2013 Meeting Announcement

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Published on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 06:16
Written by Mike Shipley

May 11, 2013 @ 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern


We will discuss the National Bradley Manning Day of Action on June 1st as well as hear updates from State chapters and discuss direction going forward, including regular monthly meetings.

To attend the meeting, simply return to this Event page at the scheduled time and click “Join Hangout”.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cee74qdvb0l156j5avg3ta504es?authkey=CICal_-p19i_0gE

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Gay Community Outraged: Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill

Gay Community Outraged: Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill

First: Many thanks to Popeye and the team at Unbound Radio for being so responsive and sensitive to this matter.

http://unboundradio.com

[Edit April 4, 2013 – Here is the link to the radio broadcast with Popeye/Down The Rabbit Hole during which I decided I had to do something: http://unboundradio.com/down-the-rabbit-hole-1269/ ]

As a man, first – I am appalled. As a gay man looking at this,  all I see is another effort to associate good people with bad. It is my hope that the gay community (whoever we are) steps forward and calls this for what it is.

“You could say I lost my faith in politicians.” No joke. We have been debating whether or not a criminal class known as our government (mind controllers) should grant us rights to be together under their unjust laws and the entire time they have been undermining our true progress by continually associating  gay men with pedophiles. It is the people making these rules who are known for these horrific acts.

It is going to take the LGBT community – and more importantly – our straight brothers and sisters,  to avert this madness.

This is a difficult subject, but I see it also as a great opportunity to unite people who have been purposely divided for far too long by the controllers in this world.

Please take a moment to read the following article posted by Popeye on Federal Jack. The timing on this was purely synchromystic.

Make some magic out of this. “It’s gonna take a lot of love to change the way things are.”_____________

Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill

April 3, 2013 by
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(RETHINK SOCIETY)   California Congresswoman, Rep. Jackie Speier CA (D), wants to federalize a state law to prohibit counseling to change a person’s sexual orientation. That doesn’t sound that extreme, but pedophilia is a sexual orientation according to this bill as well.

Under the bill’s language, a mental health counselor could be sanctioned if there was an attempt to get a pedophile or gay individual to change his behavior or speak negatively about their behavior as it relates to sexuality.

The bill calls on states to prohibit efforts to change a minor’s sexual orientation, even if the minor requests it, saying that doing so is “dangerous and harmful.”

The text of the legislation doesn’t specifically ban “gay” conversion therapy. Instead, it prohibits attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation change efforts’ means any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation,” the bill says.

Republicans attempted to add an amendment specifying that, “pedophilia is not covered as an orientation.” However, the Democrats defeated the amendment. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) stated that all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected under the law, and accordingly decided that pedophilia is a sexual orientation that should be equally as embraced as homosexuality.

“This language is so broad and vague, it arguably could include all forms of sexual orientation, including pedophilia,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. “It’s not just the orientation that is protected—the conduct associated with the orientation is protected as well.”

Who Cares If Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation?

It also means that, if pedophilia is a sexual orientation, that discrimination laws also apply to pedophiles. That means you cannot block a pedophile from being a preschool teacher or any other high-risk occupation.

Recently, a United States District Court Judge, William Shubb, sided with Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) by granting their plaintiffs a preliminary injunction against the legislation, which is known as California SB 1172.

“Because the court finds that SB 1172 is subject to strict scrutiny and is unlikely to satisfy this standard, the court finds that plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of their claims based on violations of their rights to freedom of speech under the First Amendment,” wrote Judge Shubb.

“This victory sends a clear signal to all those who feel they can stifle religious freedom, free speech, and the rights of parents without being contested,” said PJI President, Brad Dacus. “We at PJI are ready to fight this battle all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.

“This will be a long, grueling battle with tremendous consequences for generations to come. We are grateful to those who are willing to support us in this critical time to preserve our freedoms and protect our children,” he continued.

Thankfully, for the time being, this legislation has been blocked, but many questions still remain.

This bill establishes a dangerous precedent for normalizing the behavior of pedophiles while stripping parents of their rights and peace of mind.

One can certainly make the argument that homosexuals are “born that way,” and we generally would not dispute that. However, when we have legislators that want to extend the “born that way” defense to pedophiles, this crosses a very dangerous line.

Whether a pedophile is born that way or not, it still does not make their behavior acceptable in any way.

If so, then you could declare rapists are “born that way.” They can’t help that they need to rape! Poor them!

Let’s be real.

Sex between an adult and a child too young to understand what is going on is not the same thing as sex between two consenting adults.

The operative word here is “consenting.” Children—by both law and basic common sense—cannot “consent.” If Jackie Spier had a son or daughter, and an adult “had consensual sex” with him or her, we do not believe that what she would be so adamant about protecting them.

What liberals conveniently ignore is the fact that all societies who participated in pedophilia—such as the Hittites, Canaanites, Greeks, and Romans—eventually caved in on themselves due to corruption and depravity.

Further, let’s not also forget that their favorite form of entertainment was watching people get torn to shreds by lions, hacked to death, and burned alive.

Recognizing sexual ‘orientation’ is walking a razor’s edge. Unlike gay-oriented legislation, pedophilia has victims who must be protected.

We don’t put pedophiles in prison to make them stop being pedophiles; we put them there because they threaten the safety of the most vulnerable people in a society.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

http://www.rethinksociety.com/government/pedophilia-is-a-sexual-orientation-under-ca-bill/

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Police Murder Man with Down Syndrome

Police Murder Man with Down Syndrome (The article followed by my FB comment)

ELEVEN DOLLARS

On January 14, 2013, a young man with Down Syndrome went with his companion to see Zero Dark Thirty at the Regal Cinema in Frederick, MD. At the end of the movie, apparently because he wanted to see it again, he refused to get out of his seat. A Regal employee, rather than allowing him to stay and dealing with the situation later with his parents and the companion, called not one, not two, but three off duty Frederick County police officers who were working security for the theater at the time.

According to published reports, when the officers/ security guards asked him to leave, he mouthed off at them and “resisted arrest”. Those of you who know my son Landon can visualize what this would look like. In response, the officers wrestled him to the ground where he asphyxiated in handcuffs. The handcuffs were removed and EMS called and according to the police news release he later died at hospital. I don’t know how that reconciles with the coroner’s finding of asphyxiation which I thought was pretty immediate.

The price of a ticket at the cinema is between $9 and $11. The additional cost to Regal of allowing him to watch the movie again was ZERO. But instead a beloved young man died on the floor of a movie theater in his neighborhood at the hands of people he was taught would protect him.

The police officers remain on duty and were allowed to invoke their rights as police officers not to provide statements even though they were not on duty or performing official duties at the time. They were security guards in police uniforms.

The county police are investigating and the story has received local news coverage. Please share this everywhere both to ensure justice but also to raise public awareness.

ELEVEN DOLLARS

Where is our humanity when a young, obviously disabled young man dies for the price of a movie ticket. My son is worth a lot more to me and society than eleven dollars.

SEE ALSO:

Autopsy finds that Md. man with Down syndrome died of asphyxia while in police custody

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This story deserves far more attention than I am giving it here, but for what they are worth, my FB comments on Popeye’s post:

For those who are not aware, I began working for adults living with developmental disabilities when I was 18. With the exception of working in retail for a couple of years, I remained in this line of service for nearly 25 years: Front-line staff for mini-institutions, “programming”, management, writing service plans, and eventually a case manager.

The behavior of the theater employee and the police is appalling: Learning how to interact with people with developmental disabilities should start at home. “Do no harm” should apply to the general public, and the police (public servants) should excel at deescalating a situation, rather than stirring it up.

It turns out that people living with Down Syndrome, Autism… any number of things … well, they are still people. Like most people they get a bit peeved when constantly told what to do, or when their choices are limited, or eliminated.

My employees were always amazed at how far they could get simply by offering choice and giving people the space to work it out.

This type of service is regarded by the general public as something that makes people special. We never saw it that way, because there was too much love. The most difficult part of the job was dealing with the general public.

One of the worst experiences I had was when making minimum wage as a teen. One day an elderly couple pulled off of the road and lectured to me that I was making too much money to be parading “those people” around and that they “knew” we had the resources to keep them locked up (circa 1985).

To be fair, over the years many people showed great love toward my friends, but it required a lot of other folks to remain vigilant, and on occasion, diplomatic (“I am really sorry he came at you with a knife in your garage, but he does not know how to use it”) … uh … (that was autism).

Down Syndrome?: Unconditional Love disguised as a human.

No excuse for this.