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Queer Activists Charged with Felonies for Joining Gay Pride Parade
by Mary Chicago
Monday Jun 30th, 2003 11:16 AM
Queer activists were
Yesterday afternoon, six queer activists were arrested for protesting the inclusion of straight conservative city supervisor Gavin Newsom in the Gay Pride Parade. The activists attempted to join the march carrying a banner that read “Queer Mutiny-Not Consumer Unity,” highlighting the mayoral candidate’s growing track record of preying upon marginalized communities to gain support from wealthy constituents.

These activists are now being held on ludicrous felony charges just two days after publicly decrying Newsom’s policies in the annual Gay Shame Awards. All six activists are being held without bail and are facing felony charges of Threatening a Public Official, Felony Conspiring to Threaten a Public Official, & Felony Conspiracy to commit a Crime, with at least one activist receiving an additional misdemeanor charge of obstructing or resisting a public officer.

This is clearly a gross attempt to demonize peaceful demonstrators, and is ironic in that the only ones to behave violently at all were first Newsom’s staff and then the police themselves. What was intended as a small, peaceful, spontaneous act of expression will quickly become a nightmare of legal fees and bureaucratic wrangling if these absurd charges are not dropped immediately. Gay Shame is asking that everyone call the D.A.’s office and request that he drop all charges, and that the prisoners be released with time served, so that the victims may return to their jobs and friends and families and lives.

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by a word to the wise
Monday Jun 30th, 2003 11:47 AM
Never threaten a public official. You lose the element of surprise.
by editor
Monday Jun 30th, 2003 11:53 AM
"The activists attempted to join the march carrying a banner that read “Queer Mutiny-Not Consumer Unity,” highlighting the mayoral candidate’s growing track record of preying upon marginalized communities to gain support from wealthy constituents."

How does that banner highlight Newsom's record?

With media skills like that, no wonder you have to get arrested to get any press.
by joebsf
Monday Jun 30th, 2003 12:19 PM
"so that the victims may return to their jobs and friends and families and lives. "

they have jobs?
by tillie t.
Monday Jun 30th, 2003 2:28 PM
the D.A.'s office's main # is 553-1752. there's a long voicemail list, but i just hit "0" for the operator and asked to be connected w/ hallinan's office where i left a message.

please call everybody. this is ridiculous. breaking into the parade to carry a banner should be no big deal. years ago some folks ran around the gay cop contingent w/ black flags and "no police brutality" written on them. (after the police had murdered aaron williams and brutally raided an AIDS fundraiser). it was great protest, there were no arrests, and it was not ridiculously prosecuted like the above. and what is pride doing having newsom in the parade, anyway? i wish i'd been up that early to protest, too.

in fact, there shouldn't be barriers at all along the parade route. that was a major disappointment for me when i moved here from ny - you couldn't join and leave the parade easily, unless you were able to get through the crush of the crowd and get over the barricades. makes it more of a spectacle and less of a community march/celebration.

i understand that the pride folks put up the barricades because otherwise the crowd squeezes into the street and it can be hard to get the floats and contingents through, but it does really feel isolating. maybe there could be looser barricades, w/ gaps to get in and out.

but that's all another issue. the important thing is to call and support the gay shame folks.
by K.B.
Monday Jun 30th, 2003 3:46 PM
The government has made a Felon out of many people. They are even doing experiments and medical atrocity on the innocent.

We need a full scale bloody revolution. It will never happen. The best we can hope for is extinction of our species before the elite have figured a way to clone us and use us as reproducable slaves.

Art and music and a blueprint to democracy is at the link. Read of the horrors. Kurt Brown is being forced to stay in Los Angeles county, despite his objections, his illness, or his financial condition. America, Land of the free? What a joke. Socialism is as free, communism is as free. America is dead. Would someone put a stake through her heart.

by mary who works her ass off
Friday Jul 4th, 2003 10:14 PM
yeah, fuckwad, we aren't all supported by rich parents, unlike you, perhaps? We are WORKING CLASS; some of us work in foodservice (me, for one), some of us do sex work, some of us know about computers, some of us are teachers. So yeah. We have jobs. We WORK for a living. AND SOMEHOW, WE STILL FIND THE TIME TO GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND US. Proof that it doesn't require a trust fund to resist.
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Veterans Administration, with assistance of Fed and State governments, turned against one of their disabled veterans, acting in conjunction with corrupt Federal Banking Regulators, The Treasury Department, and Federal Banking Insurance agencies. They have crushed the life of a honest and whistle-blowing auditor and disabled veteran, who is being forced to remain separate from his family and subjected to undue injustice by the corrupt Los Angelels Superior Court and their ax-men in their blood-sucking and life-sucking probation and parole departments.

We have some of Kurt Brown's art and music at the website. The latest song, starts with some static and then gets better (poor man's electronics). The title is "My New Orleans Sock Feet"

http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/democracyordeath

Because of the severe injustice and persecution for blowing the whistle on numerous government agencies, including the now PROVEN AND IGNORED theft of jail food funds for starving inmates by a sheriff, who stole Kurt's gun permit after an attempt on Kurt's life and for his reporting it, and for reporting the malnutrition at a jail and the obvious theft by a corrupt sheriff.

It appears we need a new blueprint to democracy. That is provided at the link also. Perhaps one central "Poor Man's" political party is what we need. Whether Socialism or Communism, the poor man needs a voice in government. After all, we are 90% of the population.

The French Revolution showed what to do with those elitist pigs who have gutted our constituion, including the "Right to Free Speech", "Right to Bear Arms", "Guarantee of Reasonable Bails and Bonds."

Corrupt members of the government, which includes most high ranking bureuacrats evidently, have silenced us, the poor. We have nothing, neither material possessions or rights.

IT IS TIME FOR FULL SCALE REVOLUTION, WITH BLOOD IF NECESSARY!!! WE ARE ENTERING THE FUTURE IN SHACKLES OF MIND AND BODY!!!

OUR CHILDREN WILL BEAR THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR INACTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Free Art, Music, a Blueprint to Democracy, and the True Life Story of an Ongoing Horror and Tragedy being waged against just one of many who served this country. Was their service an error? A serving of the Beast(s)? Red, White, and Blue....gone morbid gray and bereft of hope or justice.
by The silent majority
Thursday Jul 10th, 2003 7:06 PM
"So yeah. We have jobs. We WORK for a living. AND SOMEHOW, WE STILL FIND THE TIME TO GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND US. Proof that it doesn't require a trust fund to resist."

We don't assume you have a trust fund. Quite the opposite. We assume that you are a bum who is upset that Gavin is about to cut your drug money. Boo hoo hoo.


by Eddie
Thursday Jul 10th, 2003 7:25 PM
"Whether Socialism or Communism, the poor man needs a voice in government. After all, we are 90% of the population. "

The poor comprise 90% of the population? What is your definition of poor? Unable to afford a new BMW every three years? Spoiled little thing, aren't you.

If you don't like it here, perhaps you should move to Luxembourg -- the only country with a higher average income.

by American consumer
Thursday Jul 10th, 2003 8:12 PM
Most of the rst of the world, the exploitation of whose labor and resources enables us to live in unspeakable luxury while thirty to forty thousand of them a day, almost all children, die of starvation.
by one of the editors
Thursday Jul 10th, 2003 9:47 PM
because it spoke kindly of exploitation. if you want to speak kindly of exploitation, you are going to have to do it somewhere else. Try usenet. You can do anything you want there. Here, you cannot speak kindly of exploitation. We wont let you.
by who elected you TO RUIN THE PARADE??
Friday Jul 11th, 2003 1:03 AM
Whether Socialism or Communism, the poor man needs a voice in government.

so your answer is to take it upon your self to ruin this parade FOR ALL OF SAN FRANCISCO.
WHO ELECTED YOU TO SPEAK FOR -OR-TO ACT FOR ANYONE?
you took this upon your self to try to disrupt this parade
now that you have you keep flip flopping on why you did it ( today.......Socialism or Communism, the poor man needs a voice in government ) and this is your idea of politics? (last week it was corporate greed)
(the week before that it was gay rights) the only conclusion any rational person could draw from all of this is that you had NO reason for this other that to disrupt this parade to bring attention to YOUR SELF
THERE IS NO HIGHER REASONING, THERE IS NO POLITICAL CAUSE, JUST A SPOILED LITTLE BRAT THROWING A TANTRUM IN PUBLIC
by I was there
Friday Jul 11th, 2003 7:22 AM
It was inhanced.
by inhanced. MY AUNT "FANNIE"
Friday Jul 11th, 2003 2:08 PM
THERE IS NO POLITICAL CAUSE, JUST A SPOILED LITTLE BRAT THROWING A TANTRUM IN PUBLIC

PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THE DISRUPTION OF THIS EVENT "INHANCED" THE PARADE?

PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THE DISRUPTION OF THIS EVENT "INHANCED" THE PERCEPTION OF SAN FRANCISCO?

AND WHY IS IT THAT THAT PARADE OFFICIALS CALLED FOR YOUR ARREST? MAY-BE A YEAR OR TWO IN JAIL MIGHT "INHANCE" YOUR PERSONALITY
PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THE DISRUPTION OF THIS EVENT "INHANCED" THE PERCEPTION OF THE GAY COMMUNITY?
by Kjoe331
( Kjoe331 [at] hotmail.com ) Friday Jul 18th, 2003 12:27 PM
I'm wondering why this group didn't just register to march in the parade. If this group had walked down the street with there silly banner as, registered members of the parade it would have been no big deal. A Gay Political Action Group would have been welcomed.
But, that would have gotten Zero press coverage.

So, this group stopped the parade for a minute, got themself's arrested and went off to jail. Now, should they go off to the state pen. ? I don't think so. They should get to pay a stiff fine for wasting everyone's time.
And, told if your going to protest something, do it in the right way >> Join The Parade!

kjoe
by Scottie
Friday Jul 18th, 2003 4:46 PM
they should pay the parade organizers for wasting their time and the police for wasting their time too.
by ?
Friday Jul 18th, 2003 7:49 PM
Why dont you pay the parade on their behalf?

Pride started as a left wing political protest/parade. Honoring those arrested at Stonewall by arresting similar activists in SF is pretty ironic but I doubt you even know what happened at Stonewall.... Just to give you some idea, it wasnt a parade sponsored by a Vodka company
by Scottie
Friday Jul 18th, 2003 8:14 PM
There are lots of left wing parades and lots of avenues for you to express left wing feelings. There are even ways to express those feelings from within the marches of other movements such as the gay rights movement. That doesn't mean that you should disrupt them and cause problems for the police etc.

Anyway do you really want to start a tradition where pro and anti marches intentionally march against each other on the streets?

Of course if they had to pay a fine they would need to be related to a breach of some existing law.
by gay shame - on the ropes
Saturday Jul 19th, 2003 2:31 AM
so your answer is to take it upon your self to ruin this parade FOR ALL OF SAN FRANCISCO.
WHO ELECTED YOU TO SPEAK FOR -OR-TO ACT FOR ANYONE?
you took this upon your self to try to disrupt this parade
now that you have you keep flip flopping on why you did it ( today.......Socialism or Communism, the poor man needs a voice in government ) and this is your idea of politics? (last week it was corporate greed)
(the week before that it was gay rights) the only conclusion any rational person could draw from all of this is that you had NO reason for this other that to disrupt this parade to bring attention to YOUR SELF
THERE IS NO HIGHER REASONING, THERE IS NO POLITICAL CAUSE, JUST A SPOILED LITTLE BRAT THROWING A TANTRUM IN PUBLIC
by repost
Saturday Jul 19th, 2003 10:42 AM
By Sandip Roy, Pacific News Service
July 18, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO – The Dallas Morning News has just announced that it will list same-sex unions in its pages. "That's the Dallas Morning News," my friend pointed out. "That's different from the New York Times." With the Supreme Court's verdict on the Texas sodomy case and gay marriage across the border in Canada, it seems all we need are gays in the military and the activists can all go home.

In a way, it's what I dreamed of growing up in India, where gay sex is still illegal. I dreamed of a place where it wouldn't be a big deal to be gay – and now here I am. The Supreme Court is OK with it. The Dallas Morning News is OK with it. Maybe we will even have some kind of gay marriage in Massachusetts. Activists on both sides of the debate, major periodicals are all speculating that the Supreme Court decision has opened the gates to the ultimate gay Shangri La: marriage.

But some gay men are not so sure if that's what they are looking for. "I have no particular ambition to mimic my brother's marriage, with a ceremony in a bad hotel with poached salmon," says Richard Rodriguez. The author of books such as "Days of Obligation" and "Brown," which won the 2003 California Book Award, Rodriguez once wrote about the irony of gay men gentrifying San Francisco by converting and redecorating rows of old Victorians. After all, Victorians were the ultimate symbols of strait-laced family life. At that time, Rodriguez had written, "In these same Victorian homes homosexuals were leading rebellious lives to challenge the foundations of domesticity."

But in the end, perhaps the Victorians had the last laugh as they domesticated the gays.

Traditionally gays were the outcasts, the outsiders. "Centuries of being an outlaw did teach us other ways of imagining society," Rodriguez says. "Knowing you did not belong was sometimes an asset for young men growing up in desperate towns where you got married at 17 and where your horizon was otherwise limited to the local plant where your father and grandfather worked."

As I watched crowds in San Francisco's Castro, the city's famously gay neighborhood, down half-price cocktails to celebrate "the Supremes," I couldn't help wondering what happens to gay rebellion when there is nothing to rebel against? So much of being gay has been about all the things I couldn't have that my sister took for granted – the wedding sari, the kids, my brother-in-law's place in the family album. Can I face getting what I thought I always wanted? Am I ready to be a soccer mom?

It's a bittersweet victory, this laying claim to being ordinary, to being "normal." I remember as a young man coming out in India, I longed for my own apartment that I could just bring a lover home to. I dreamed of a gay bar where I could meet men like me without cruising in shadowy parks while cops prowled.

I have all that now. Yet every now and then in the midst of the non-stop party whirl of gay life in San Francisco, where shirtless men dance in large warehouses with fog machines, where the mayor shows up at a street fair for leather men, gay life can feel almost too legitimate. Sometimes I get the oddest hankering for the fillip of danger that went with being gay, when it was still forbidden fruit.

Every year it seems the gay community is up in arms about one issue or the other – the right to serve in the military, the right to visit our partners in hospital, the right to get married. These fights appear discrete, but their common thread is a much more basic yearning that exists outside the ambit of legislative change – the need for society to acknowledge that we are not perverse.

Rodriguez sees the Supreme Court less as making history than acknowledging a reality on the ground. When the vice president's daughter does not deny she is a lesbian, it means "the issue of whether or not we can join the American family is following the fact that we already are part of that family." Being gay is no longer the shadowy preserve of the night. The love that once dared not speak its name is part of daytime talk shows, Republican conventions and softball leagues.

Rodriguez thinks our outlaw tradition might survive our newfound legal status. "We are using the words privacy, sodomy, even marriage in this debate. But no one wants to use the word that gets to the central issue – love." According to him, it's not sex or even marriage with its poached salmon that we are really after. "Society might give us the right to sex in private. But when the Pope gives me the word 'love,' then I'll break out the bottle of champagne.

Roy (sandiproy [at] hotmail.com) is host of "Upfront" – the Pacific News Service weekly radio program on KALW-FM, San Francisco.
by activists can all go home.
Sunday Jul 20th, 2003 1:00 AM
all we need are gays in the military and the activists can all go home.

and we can cut funding to radical art and music!
by tomboy
Sunday Jul 20th, 2003 7:59 AM


Doesn't anal sex hurt? If you're on the receiving end?
by Kjoe
Monday Jul 21st, 2003 3:09 PM
Well Tom, if your really that curious, you'll just have to find out for yourself.