4519 posts categorized "Human Rights"

January 17, 2017

President Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning

President Obama today shaved 28 years off the sentence of Chelsea Manning. Below are items by Lawfare Blog and Jacobin Magazine supporting this decision. My comments follow.

Until the past week I had opposed freeing Manning due to the seriousness of her crime, though I defended her right to appropriate healthcare and criticized the apparent denial of care as a form of punishment. I was persuaded by the Lawfare piece, which makes a good point about the difference between pardon and commutation, and about mitigating circumstances. I agree with the distinction between Manning and Edward Snowden. That Manning's jailers have been at best indifferent to her health, and appear to have gone to considerable lengths to harm her health as an extra-judicial punishment, was perhaps the best argument for clemency.

Further, the disgraceful handling of her incarceration makes a strong case for demanding better training and health-related protocols moving forward. It is no more acceptable to treat trans prisoners this way than to condone prison rape. If the latter is truly what we want, then we should advertise our barbarity by explicitly including it in formal sentencing. Otherwise we should damn well stop it.

Betsy DeVos wants to 'advance God's kingdom'

Women’s March to include LGBT presence

Parents in India seek ‘corrective rape’ for son after finding out he is gay

No matter how bad things get, never say it couldn't get any worse.

Gay Man Has Skull Fractured by Masked Men in Target Parking Lot in Dallas

January 16, 2017

A child's witness to terror

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MLK III has just met at the Trump Tower with Herr Twitler. However that went (and in his exit remarks to the press he bent over backwards to be diplomatic), it cannot dislodge from my mind the photo of him at age two, standing with his father beside a burnt cross on the front lawn of their home in Atlanta. #Remember #Resist

Krugman: Calling Trump illegitimate is positively patriotic.

Paul Krugman gets it exactly right.

"But Mr. Trump — who has never sacrificed anything or taken a risk to help others — seems to have a special animus toward genuine heroes. Maybe he prefers demonstrators who don’t get beaten?

"It would be one thing if the incoming commander in chief showed any hint of humility.... Instead, he’s lashing out at and threatening anyone and everyone who criticizes him, while refusing even to admit that he lost the popular vote. And he’s surrounding himself with people who share his contempt for everything that is best in America."

Defending America against Trump

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This photo, surprisingly enough, is not an advertisement for Haisten's Mattress & Awning Company. It is a news photo of nonviolent protesters being savagely beaten by Alabama state troopers for exercising their constitutional right to peaceable assembly. The young man on his knees in the right foreground holding the back of his head is the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, who at that moment thought he was about to die. We know this because he survived to tell us, including in his autobiography which just sold out at Amazon thanks to a slander against him by the president-elect of the United States.

The young man is now seventy-six and a U.S. congressman whose Atlanta district is not at all the hellhole described by the compulsive liar who is four days away from being sworn in as the most unfit person ever to attain our nation's highest office. John Lewis has done more to serve our country in the past week than the man slandering him has done in his entire life. We must follow the lead of Rep. Lewis and defend our country against Trump and his entire nefarious crew. Either that, or take a crash course in Russian.

January 15, 2017

In a Small Texas Town, a New Private Detention Center for Transgender Migrants Brings Jobs — and Concerns

Sen. Baldwin to vote against Sessions for attorney general

For the fallen

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I wish he could have grown old as we who were left grew old (to borrow a WWI text). His widow and orphans suffered most directly from his death at 39. But he had a calling, and answered the call. We can be forever grateful, however, for the gifts he shared in his brief time here. [image from: http://nation.time.com/2013/01/21/rare-photos-of-martin-luther-king-at-home/]

January 14, 2017

Ben Carson: LGBTQ Americans will not be given 'extra rights' for public housing

If you can think of an "extra right," I'd love to know what it is.

Marlon James on non-racist vs. anti-racist

Jamaican-born gay author Marlon James, whose novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won Britain's Man Booker prize in 2015, discusses the difference between not being a racist and doing something about racism.

(Hat tip: Ayo Magwood)

John Lewis stands his ground

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(Spider Martin/Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York)

In this photo from Sunday, March 7, 1965, the young man in the trenchcoat on the right is leading a group of 600 people, marching two by two. He is unarmed, having nothing but his faith and the heart of a lion, plus an apple and a Bible in his knapsack. A few moments later he is nearly beaten to death by the gentlemen on the left. He experienced something similar four years earlier during the Freedom Rides. Contrary to the current president-elect, this is not a picture of someone who is "all talk," but a picture of immense courage.

Imagine facing that armed phalanx and standing your ground while feeling responsible for those behind you. After suffering severe head trauma, he refused to go to the hospital until he had checked on his brutalized comrades. This is young John Lewis, fighting for the right to vote. Anyone who refuses to respect such a hero is beneath contempt. Mr. Trump, you are not legitimate for the reason given by the gentleman from Georgia, and you will not be my president. Thank you, Congressman Lewis.

January 13, 2017

Bowser and Mendelson slam undemocratic congressional effort to block Death with Dignity Act

Thanks to Mayor Bowser and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson for their strong statements against the undemocratic resolution introduced in Congress to block the District's Death with Dignity Act. The District does not need people we did not elect imposing their views on our local public policy over those of our elected reps. The struggle continues.

Keisling: "A Fight for #Obamacare Is a Fight for #LGBT Lives"

Thanks, Mara!

January 11, 2017

Rep. Chaffetz plans to block D.C. Death with Dignity Act

Our usual congressional bully threatens another GLAA-supported measure. Time to fight!

Rep. John Lewis testifies against Sen. Jeff Sessions

A national hero and longtime pro-LGBT ally who risked his life fighting for voting rights a half century ago steps up to oppose the nomination of a man with a record of opposing voting rights, LGBT rights, and women's rights. Thank you, Congressman.

Sen. Cory Booker Testifies Against Sen. Jeff Sessions

Superb testimony by Sen. Cory Booker. Tom Cotton is unhappy that Cory Booker is testifying against a fellow senator. It's a violation of custom, he says. Well so is drafting a letter from 47 senators to leaders of Iran to undermine POTUS. Such a move might even be called treasonous. So take a seat, Tom. Go Cory!

President Obama's farewell address

A strong, wise, eloquent and moving speech. A friend today said she had never so wanted a speech to continue.

The Grownup Is Leaving the Building

January 09, 2017

Streep quietly, eloquently eviscerates Trump's bullying, xenophobia

Brava, Meryl. Without rancor and without mentioning the president-elect's name, the most celebrated actor of either sex in Hollywood used her moment to raise her voice against bullying and xenophobia.

Trump responded by calling Streep overrated. Here is my response to him.

Donnie Connie, howling husk,
Belched his bile from dawn 'til dusk.
A movie goddess threw him shade,
So Donnie Connie bawled and brayed.


Copyright © 2017 by Richard J. Rosendall. All rights reserved.

Women's March on Washington opens contentious dialogues about race

Air Force upgrades 91-year-old gay veteran’s discharge

White House backs Kerry apology for 1950s era gay firings

January 06, 2017

Kirchick: How Trump Got His Party to Love Russia

Wyss: We must fight Trump’s Muslim registry

Shannon E. Wyss writes at the Blade on Trump's unconstitutional proposal for a Muslim registry.

Church of Scotland minister calls for LGBTI issues to be taught in schools to tackle homophobia

Texas Lt. Gov. Unveils Wide-Reaching Anti-Transgender Legislation

Stop Jeff Sessions

Mesha Caldwell, first reported trans murder victim of 2017

Bigotry kills. The grim evidence continues.

The cynical ploy of blaming Black Lives Matter

Police quickly arrested four suspects in a Chicago hate crime, but racists are gleefully blaming it on Black Lives Matter, which does not advocate hate or violence. Of course it would never occur to these malignant white clowns to take responsibility for the crimes of some random white person, even if their rhetoric helped incite it. This is the poison of racial privilege. But calling them deplorable is the truly unforgivable thing? They can Rot. In. Hell.

The awful risk of Trump's loose talk on torture

January 03, 2017

Deval Patrick testifies to Jeff Sessions' record of opposing voting rights

A smokescreen for bigotry: Disguising anti-Muslim bias with land-use objections

January 01, 2017

Court blocks healthcare nondiscrimination rules: what now?

December 31, 2016

13 transgender pioneers reflect on the state of queer politics today

Gospel Singer Kim Burrell: Gay People are ‘Perverted’ Sinners Who are Going to Die in 2017

Well thanks for sharing, I guess. Did Kim date a gay man? What is her problem? Even if she had some unhappy personal experience that somehow involved a gay person, that was not the entire gay community. So at best she is using lynch mob logic. If your spouse cheats on you, do you go out and attack some random other person's spouse? Who thinks this is even coherent, much less reasonable? And maybe she is just ignorant and hateful. Do something useful and knock this crap off, people.

Judge blocks rule barring anti-trans discrimination in health care

December 26, 2016

J.K. Rowling contributes to ‘Love is Love’ Orlando tribute comic

Never forget our allies.