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RandySF's Journal
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July 1, 2019

Virginia Republican Candidate Jokes "Install Your Very Own Concentration Camp"

The following is from the Stafford County Democrats, about Republican/right-wingnut HD28 nominee Paul Milde joking about migrant children “separated from their parents and locked in cages like animals…warehoused in squalid conditions, sick and dying.” Yep, that’s right, this self-proclaimed, 100% “pro-life” Republican is not, actually, supportive of life as soon as it leaves the womb – let alone if the life we’re talking about happens to be an immigrant and/or a person of color. As the Stafford County Dems put it: “This man is unfit to be the next Delegate for the 28th House District. Join us in voting for Joshua Cole for Delegate this November.”

We have a humanitarian crisis on the Southern border and Paul Milde is making jokes. Migrant children, separated from their parents and locked in cages like animals, are being warehoused in squalid conditions, sick and dying, and Paul Milde is making jokes. Well, we’re not laughing. This man is unfit to be the next Delegate for the 28th House District. Join us in voting for Joshua Cole for Delegate this November.


July 1, 2019

Reverend Irene Monroe: The story of Stonewall has been bleached. I know because I was there.

African American and Latinx patrons frequented the Stonewall Inn heavily and thus comprised the largest percentage of protestors on the first night of the riots. For homeless youth and young adults who slept in nearby Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn was a stable domicile – and its being raided was nothing new.

In the 1960s, gay bars in the Village were routinely raided. As one commenter on T-VOX, an LGBTQ+ support forum, noted, “Race is said to have been another factor. The decision by the police to raid the bar in the manner they did may have been influenced by the fact that most of the ‘homosexuals’ they would encounter were of color, and therefore even more objectionable.”

In the ’60s, riots between white police officers and black citizens took place in our neighborhoods, just as they still do today: Ferguson, 2014 (Michael Brown); Baltimore, 2015 (Freddie Gray); Louisiana, 2016 (Alton Sterling); Minnesota, 2016 (Philando Castile), to name a few.

On the first night of Stonewall, many of us who went to the Village did so to retrieve our loved ones and leave. It takes white privilege to fight the police, expect to walk away alive, and create a hagiographical narrative of white heroism.

Roland Emmerich’s 2015 film “Stonewall” spurred both shock and disappointment in moviegoers, historians, and LGBTQ activists, including myself. The film failed to depict an accurate story, and in its place presented a revisionist history. Emmerich apparently felt a more captivating narrative should center around a blond, blue-eyed, “straight-acting” Midwestern protagonist, likely in order to appeal to mainstream audiences.

“I didn’t make this movie only for gay people, I made it also for straight people,” Emmerich told Buzzfeed. “As a director, you have to put yourself in your movies, and I’m white and gay.”

In doing so, Emmerich’s doppelganger, Danny, reinscribes the trope of the white savior and action hero. Danny throws the first brick, setting off the riots while shouting “GAY POWER!”. Even though in real life, the shakers, movers, and brick throwers were poor and working-class black and Latinx LGBTQs.

I was disturbed by Emmerich’s “Stonewall”—not only because of its whitewashing, but also because of the enduring nature of this revisionist history.

Still today, trans communities of color are relegated to the margins of Greenwich Village. Nonetheless, many force their way in to become a visible and influential presence in our lives, leaving indelible imprints despite being confronted with transphobia and “trans-amnesia.”

The white-dominant control of the Stonewall narrative, meanwhile, must relinquish its hold to give way to a broader truth.


July 1, 2019

The Working Families Party has narrowed its list of potential 2020 endorsements.

The Working Families Party, a collective of progressive grassroots organizations and union activists, is launching its national endorsement process early on in the Democratic Party’s presidential primary.

Working Families Party leadership alerted its members in a call Sunday evening that they were opening the endorsement process and have narrowed the field down to six of the 24 candidates — Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Cory Booker, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former Obama administration secretary Julián Castro. The list of considered candidates was determined after campaigns submitted answers to WFP about their visions for the future, how they’d achieve them, and their history with Working Families Party affiliates.

In 2015, the Working Families Party made its first national political endorsement when its membership voted to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders’ underdog campaign against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary. But the group left open the possibility of endorsements in the 2020 primary.

“Bottom line, we’re looking for the best candidate who can look who can defeat Donald Trump and also the best candidate, upon the defeat Donald Trump, to be able to layout and execute a broad agenda that will transform the lives of everyday people,” Maurice Mitchell, the national director of the Working Families Party told BuzzFeed News. “For us, it’s two things: electability and the ability to transform our country and we think those two things are aligned.”


June 30, 2019

Kamala looking great ar San Francisco PRIDE

I'm just sad that tickets to this morning's Alice Tolklas Democratic Club breakfast sold out so quickly.

June 29, 2019

Harris claims Iowa momentum after first Democratic debates

GRINNELL, Iowa — Two prominent Iowa Democratic activists said Friday they will back Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) after she stood out on the Democratic debate stage against higher-polling rivals.

Vergarie Sanford, minister of Mount Zion Refuge Center Church in Council Bluffs, and Tom Fisher, a Des Moines attorney, both joined Harris's team.

"Sen. Harris is a wonderful example of strength, intelligence and grace for all women," Sanford said in a statement. Fisher called the California Democrat a "rockstar."

"She is a joyful warrior," Fisher said.

Harris returns to Iowa for a three-day campaign swing next week, over the Fourth of July weekend.

Some Democratic caucusgoers will be eager to see Harris on the trail. The most common knock on Harris from activists is that she has not yet made the requisite appearances in their home towns.

"She has not been spending a lot of time in Iowa," said Paula Smith, an associate dean at Grinnell College, who watched Thursday's debate with area Democrats at a local brewery. Smith said she had met five of the Democratic candidates running so far, but not Harris.

Still, Harris has built an Iowa campaign team that rivals higher-polling candidates in size.


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