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Transphobes Kara Dansky and Lierre Kieth Get Their Hateful Banners Snatched Away in Oakland

by Dave Id
Some TERFs thought it'd be a good idea to stage an anti-trans "protest" in Oakland and it didn't turn out well for them. They got their two banners snatched, they got pied, and, apparently, they got egged as well.
[Photo: trans-rights activists snatch a banner from TERFs at the Lake Merritt amphitheater in Oakland. More photos below article.]

What's the biggest issue facing cis-gendered women today? Equal pay? Domestic abuse? Theocratic control over women's bodies? Patriarchy? Fascism? If you guessed any of those, you guessed wrong, according to Kara Dansky and Lierre Kieth, who are literally obsessed with punching down to some of the most marginalized folks on the planet. The outstanding threat to cis women, they'd have you believe, is trans women. While they wave their hands around and point to outliers like Dana Rivers, it's the mere existence of any and all trans women that actually bothers them.

Transgender woman Dana Rivers was recently convicted of murdering three people in Oakland in 2016 and her sanity hearings were set to begin on December 5. Transphobes Kara Dansky and Lierre Kieth thought that'd be an opportune time to promote their anti-trans agenda. What's their supposed demand? They want Dana Rivers in a "men's" prison (or a "men's" state mental health facility, presumably).

These TERFs think they have an easy sell in demanding bigotry behind bars, a way to broaden their shrinking appeal. It's become a central focus of theirs. "If you support trans rights, you support murder." That's the reactionary trap, or false dichotomy, they're trying to set up here.

But, this is California, not Arkansas, and trans rights are increasing in the state, not being degraded further by theocrats. California already allows some trans folks to serve time in prison in accordance with their gender identity. So, the TERFs have incredibly long odds in trying to roll that backwards. It's essentially impossible at this point, unless they manage to find a right-wing judge willing to overturning state law.

And so, their event at the René C. Davidson courthouse in Oakland was more of a publicity stunt for an online audience of fellow bigots than a genuine lobbying attempt. They didn't even go inside the courthouse for the hearing itself. They don't actually care about what happens in the case. They are simply staging demagogic theater, to lift themselves up and rake in right-wing dollars on the backs of marginalized folks.

It's possible they may have even wanted to spark a street confrontation in order to drum up public sympathy for themselves, because they posted an announcement for this TERF event on Indybay, which has always been supportive of trans-gender rights.

Their "demonstration," which they livestreamed for god knows who, if anyone, was a bizarre show. There were only ten TERFs present. No one else showed up in support of their cause. They stood in a line on the Alameda County courthouse steps holding two banners, while four of them took turns reading their little scripts in dreadfully monotone voices. It came off like some kind of self-gratifying religious ceremony of hate, without candles or incense. [Not going to transcribe their trans-obsessed fearmongering here.]

After less than 15 minutes on the courthouse steps, the TERFs walked over to Lake Merritt Blvd to display their signs for passersby. Then, they headed over to the amphitheater at the south end of Lake Merritt, for what looked like a scenic photo op. Presumably, they felt they were in the clear as there had been no obvious counter-demonstrator presence.

Strategically, it was a bad move by the TERFs to linger at the lake, away from any possible police state protection near the courthouse. They didn't realize there were 20+ trans-rights activists in the vicinity.

"Get out of Oakland!" was yelled as counter-demonstrators quickly moved in and snatched both of the TERF banners. At least one cream pie was delivered, perhaps two or three. Kara Dansky says she was hit by an egg. It all happened in a matter of seconds. A little tug of war over the second banner and that was it.

Someone noted afterwards that a few of the TERFs were crying about their banners being snatched, poetically remarking, "TERF tears water the garden of resistance.

These TERFs, in particular, are working to create a leftist to fascist pipeline, co-opting the radical rhetoric of "liberation" to guile the unsuspecting. Lierre Kieth's group is called the Women's Liberation Front (WoLF). Kara Dansky founded an organization called Women’s Declaration International (WDI), which has something of a faux-socialist ring to it.

But, these are not radicals. These are not leftists. Dansky, for years, has been a regular guest on Tucker Carlson's reactionary white nationalist TV show, which should tell you all you need to know about their true political alignment.

[Word to the wise: although there are several links in the following paragraph, avoid venturing too deeply into that social media world. It's only for the strong of heart. It's a dark and dank place filled with a never-ending stream of hateful anti-trans bile spewed by the foulest of right-wing fascists. Kara Dansky and Lierre Kieth can't claim ignorance of the shit that swirls around them. It's a sewer they've chosen. It's their milieu. Those are Kara Dansky's and Lierre Kieth's brothers in arms.]

The biggest story online right now expressing sympathy for these TERFs is on Andy Ngo's Post Millennial website, tweeted out by far-right cretins with hundreds of thousands and even millions of followers. Ngo himself, on a roll begging Elon Musk to ban leftist accounts, tried to use the Oakland banner-snatching to get more accounts banned.

Laughably, the Post Millennial story features "exclusive" video of the TERFs at the scene discussing events as if they were being interviewed by a reporter or some other outsider, when it's obviously the TERFs' own video. No right-wing press was present. No one was present, except for the TERFs themselves and about twice as many trans-rights activists. (And two Indybay reporters.)

So, why are fascists so excited about supporting and defending these "feminists"? Don't fascists typically hate feminists? In every other instance, unequivocally, yes. But, if said feminists are punching down toward a group of people that fascists hate even more than feminists, then those "feminists" become allies.

It's sort of the reverse of the fascist love of police. Fascists cry out "blue lives matter" until the very second that police are perceived as a hindrance to their white nationalist ambitions, as made plain during the January 6 insurrection. At that precise moment, police instantly become an enemy worthy of a medieval pummeling, or even death. Police only deserve reverence when they are seen as brutal enforcers of white supremacy.

There's a huge irony and hypocrisy — and danger — in what TERFs like Kara Dansky and Lierre Kieth are doing as they push courts and legislatures to enshrine anti-trans bigotry into law, to foster a hostile environment where trans folks are shunned and further marginalized. These TERFs pose as defenders of cis-gendered women's and lesbian rights, but they are stoking a fire that will most likely burn them, too.

Throughout this country's history, women were second class citizens with few, if any, rights in the law. Women didn't have the universal right to vote until the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution went into effect in 1920, and even then it was only for women of European descent. Full voting rights didn't come for another half of a century. Indeed, progress has been made, yet the Equal Rights Amendment was never ratified.

It wasn't until the 21st century that homosexuality was effectively decriminalized, when sodomy laws were knocked down across the board, when everyone became entitled to marriage equality. And this legal progress is tenuous at best, with the current reactionary Supreme Court eager to roll back equal rights precedents.

Socially, gay folks continue to face a torrent of hostility across this country, false accusations that they are mentally disturbed, that their orientation is sinful or a reckless lifestyle "choice," that they are somehow more criminal, more harmful to those around them than others. Everywhere you look these days, apart from community-led safe spaces, bigots are screaming "pedo" at anyone who seems different. It's an old trope, newly reinvigorated.

And transphobic groups like WoLF and WDI are running the same hateful game, pushing false narratives about "lifestyle choices" and mental instability, working to make their bigotry the law of the land. Essentially, they want to pull up the ladder behind themselves, to declare that the expansion of human rights is done, that it ends with them, that they are the last ones privileged enough to get on board as equally empowered members of society. But, human rights are never set in stone. They must be constantly defended and reinforced.

And, that's how TERFs are fooling themselves, to think they can freeze in time whatever progress has been made regarding gender and sexual orientation, that if they align with fascists on anti-trans bigotry, that they themselves will be safe. It's not possible to straddle the fence with fascism, to pick and choose favored elements of fascism, to hope that fascists being supportive of you today means they'll be supportive of you tomorrow, especially if you're not a cis-gendered heterosexual white Christian male. The only options are to resist fascism or allow it to grow in strength.

It's obvious to anyone who doesn't have their head stuck up their own hateful ass which way the winds are blowing with fascists in this country, and it's not toward a greater tolerance. They're fucking fascists, after all. And their goal isn't to *merely* take the country back to the first half of the 20th century, before the Civil Rights movement. They want to reinstate the 19th century, the status quo prior to the US Civil War, when claims of democracy were a farce and genocide was effectively legal. And they feel more emboldened about it than they have in a generation.

Kara Dansky and Lierre Kieth claim they are not fascists. Yet, they scapegoat marginalized folks to build their own power, just like fascists do. They use the same cruel gaslighting tactics as fascists. They regularly rub shoulders with fascists and white nationalists. They work with fascist media outlets — and provide them with "exclusive" video — in their common cause of fostering anti-trans hate through disinformation. In short, they willingly and knowingly do the dirty work of fascists, barely masked with a thin veneer of leftist rhetoric.

And Oakland wasn't having it.

Communiqué (posted 12/7/22):

Report Back from Anti-TERF Action in Oakland: Eco-Fascists and Transphobes GTFO
"These are opportunistic vultures who circle and sniff about for tragedies, the fascist ambulance chasers of faux-feminism."

More Photos:

TERFs Have Problems at Oakland Courthouse

Counter-Demonstration Announcements:

TERFs Out of Oakland!

Warning: Transphobes Kara Dansky and Lierre Kieth plan to stage protest in Oakland

Further Reading:

How Transphobia Built a Coalition of Eco-Radicals, White Nationalists and Right-Wing Think Tanks

How the far-right is turning feminists into fascists:
The terrifying confluence of anti-trans thinkers, American evangelicals, anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists and global purveyors of dark money poses a much bigger threat than you might realize

The Environmental Movement Isn’t Ready for Transphobia
§Kara Dansky speaks hateful untruths...
by Dave Id
§As does Lierre Kieth...
by Dave Id
§... to absolutely no one in Oakland
by Dave Id
§"Blah, blah, blah, I'm obsessed with trans folks"
by Dave Id
§Displaying their bigot banners for passersby
by Dave Id
§The TERFs lost both of their ugly banners
by Dave Id
Photo by Leon Kunstenaar
Veg*n Antagonist Lierre Keith Pied in the Face at 2010 SF Anarchist Bookfair
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