Category Archives: Oppression

Marriage Trial dot com Re-enacts California’s Proposition 8 Trials

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Day 1: Chapters 1-4 (January 11th, 2010)

Visit Marriage Trial dot com for further exhibits and resources!

ABOUT THE MARRIAGE TRIAL PROJECT (taken from their website):

In its January 13, 2010 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the public broadcast of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a U.S. District Court case challenging the constitutional validity of California’s Proposition 8.

Working from court transcripts and first-hand accounts from bloggers who are present at the trial, we are re-enacting the trial and posting it here for public viewing.

John Ireland and John Ainsworth are co-producing this project under JIP, LLC a production company based in Hollywood.

For more information: email them, follow them on Twitter or subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Production Costs

“If you support what we are doing, please consider contributing, to help us cover costs. All of the actors, producers and others behind the scenes are volunteering our time and our resources are limited. Your gift will help us to complete our work. Thanks!” – Marriage Trial dot com profiled on Bill Moyers Journal

They battled it out as legal adversaries in 2000 before the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. But what’s got these two prominent lawyers – one conservative and one liberal – working together in court now? Theodore Olson, one of the nation’s premier appellate and United States Supreme Court advocates and David Boies, one of the country’s preeminent trial lawyers, argued opposite sides for the fate of the 2000 election but are now teamed up in the fight to overturn California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage. The unexpected pair discusses why they’ve taken on the hot-button issue – even as some gay rights activists objected – and why they don’t believe that same-sex marriage is a right or left issue. Visit for more information.

marriagetrial dot com

It’s about time heterosexual lawmakers are standing up for our civil rights! This is a milestone!


Wait One Cotton-Picking-Minute!

Picture History

Picture History

Thursday Cotton Picking Day at Lillie Burney Elementary (Hattiesburg, MS) – where children were invited to dress as slaves for a plantation reenactment – was cancelled. – Ausetkmt’s POD313 DailyNews Blog

The Last Pariah: Prayers for Bobby; the Pope; Gays in Iran & Ethiopia; & Our Troops Here & Overseas



pa⋅ri⋅ah /pəˈraɪə/ [puh-rahy-uh] –noun

  1. an outcast.
  2. any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.
  3. (initial capital letter) a member of a low caste in southern India and Burma.

1605–15; < Tamil paraiyar, pl. of paraiyan lit., drummer (from a hereditary duty of the caste), deriv. of parai a festival drum

We are the last pariah.

All over the world gays and lesbians are facing the cruel reality that they will never be accepted by their societies in their lifetimes.

  • Gay men and lesbians in Islamic countries face torture and death. Two young gay men were hanged in Iran in 2005.

Gays hanged in Iran in 2005.


The Christmas angel tells us: ”Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy for all people.” The Pope, on the other hand, has been using this Christmas season to spread entirely the opposite message, a message of fear and exclusion that seems more bad news than good.

For, apparently, gay people threaten the planet in a comparable way to the destruction of the rainforest. I guess the idea is that if we all were gay, then we wouldn’t be making any babies. Yes, it’s a bit like saying that if we all were to become celibate priests we wouldn’t be making any babies either. Except that would mean the Catholic church has itself become a threat to the planet. OK, that’s a cheap shot. – Fraser

Ethiopian Flag

Ethiopian Flag

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Religious leaders in Ethiopia on Monday urged lawmakers to amend the country’s constitution to ban homosexuality in a move they argue could further strengthen existing codes.At a meeting in the Ethiopian capital, nearly a dozen religious figures, including heads of Ethiopia’s Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, adopted a resolution against homosexuality, which they termed as “the pinnacle of immorality.”

With the Prop 8 and similar measures passing in other parts of America, many suffered from anti-gay violence in 2008 & statistics show rise in reported hate-based crimes.

Tonight, Prayers for Bobby airs on Lifetime and portrays the true story of Bobby Griffith a young gay man who struggles with his homosexuality and his ultra-religious mother – and ultimately commits suicide. But that’s not how the story ends. I was excited to see my old ACT-UP friend Dan Butler (Friends) play a sympathetic priest who directs Bobby’s mother Mary Griffith (played by Sigourney Weaver) to a P-FLAG group in this TV movie.

Young gays & lesbians are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. If you are a young person who is struggling with their sexuality, you are not alone. If you are a parent of a young LGBT child – love them, don’t shun them. If you are having trouble dealing with your child, seek help. Call P-FLAG. Then once you have “picked yourself up and dusted yourself off” call your local Congressperson or Representative to support LGBT causes. In what our President calls “The New Era of Responsibility,” it is up to us to make homophobia a thing of the past.

Now I need to run to find and scan my pictures of my mother and I marching with P-FLAG from 1979 – 2006. My mom has taken a break from marching since many of her old friends in the organization are now gone or too old to march. I’ll be posting these pics and more ACT-UP pics over the next few days.

Pro-Indian Graffiti – Montréal, Canada – 1991

Freedom for Indians © Frank H. Jump

Freedom for Indians © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Mohawks Free (self-portrait) © Frank H. Jump

Join the Impact dot com – November 15th is a National Day of Protest Against Proposition 8

Join the Impact dot com

Join the Impact dot com

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Stop Child Executions dot com

Stop Child Executions . com

Stop Child Executions . com

Child executions violate international law:
“[No] capital punishment… shall be imposed for offenses committed by persons below eighteen years of age.” – Article 37(a) of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

On arrests of journalists and documentarians at the Republican National Convention

Why we were falsely arrested-  AMY GOODMAN SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Government crackdowns on journalists are a true threat to democracy. As the Republican National Convention meets in St. Paul, Minn., this week, police are systematically targeting journalists. I was arrested with my two colleagues, Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, while reporting on the first day of the RNC. I have been wrongly charged with a misdemeanor. My co-workers, who were simply reporting, may be charged with felony riot. (read more) -Amy Goodman

© David Horsey - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

© David Horsey - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Apartment Building Entrance Disclaimer – San Benigno Canavese, TO – Italia

Anti-Romani Apartment Building Welcome Plaque - San Benigno Canavese, Italy
© Frank H. Jump

Entrance forbidden to itinerants, beggars & gypsies.

Unlike the “Whites Only” and “No Jews” signs from our past, these plaques have not become a public embarrassment nor disgrace.

Remembrance of Our Dead – The War With AIDS Isn’t Over

“The History Of AIDS In America
Has Been One Of Denial & Suppression…”

Silence = Death/David Wojnarowicz
Remembrance of Our Dead

Wallace Shawn reads from Vito Russo’s Celluloid Closet

AIDSGATE Commemorative Stamp

Memorial Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. I don’t know many veterans since many of my friends are gay or lesbian and cannot openly serve in the military. The only legitimate and significant war I have personally experienced been the War Against AIDS. From this day forward, Memorial Day will be a day I will remember those I’ve lost in this war and I invite everyone else to join me.

Sitting and trying to think of the countless people I have encountered in my life who have died from this still stigmatizing disease is a daunting task. Above are some of the names of friends and acquaintances who have touched our lives (Vincenzo and myself) in some way. [I’ve gotten up out of bed and updated the list twice already. I don’t think this is a realistic task for one day.]

This April I have been HIV+ for 24 years – half of my life. Through the years I have begun to have days when I think of the disease only perhaps once or twice a day, but not a single day goes by that I’m not reminded of my mortality at least once – probably due to my adherence to my meds. Then I remember those I’ve lost. I encourage people to share names of their loved ones who have died of AIDS- reminding America of the indignities and indifference they had experienced.

Image citings:

Silence = Death & AIDSGATE – Gran Fury
David Wojnarowicz
Vito Russo

Other similar postings:

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The Ban on HIV/AIDS Immigration

Gays & Lesbians Still Missing from Obama’s “Inclusive” Victory Speeches

Obama Logo

Again I missed the words “gays and lesbians” in Obama’s North Carolina’s Victory Speech. Are we that much of a liability to an already shaky public stance on gay and lesbian inclusion? And where are we represented on the Obama Website?

See: Obama’s Hollow Pride
Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish
The Black Commentator

Anne Frank in Kufiya – Sixth Avenue & 47th Street, NYC

Anne Frank in Kufiya
© Frank H. Jump

Kufiya Spotting

CBC: Liberation of Concentration Camps- April 23, 1945

Canadian Broadcasting Company: CBC- On This Day May 7th, 1945
Canada celebrates victory in Europe

Broadcast Date: May 7, 1945
Victory flags are flying high, church bells are ringing, and people are celebrating in the streets. It’s May 7, 1945, and the Allies have secured victory in Europe — 2,076 days after the start of the Second World War. Following a long series of hard-fought battles against Nazi aggression, the Allies get the news that German troops have finally conceded unconditional surrender. But for many this victory is somewhat bittersweet.

June 25, 2008 will mark 61 years since the publishing of Anne Frank’s Het Achterhuis. References FAB

Open Media dot org – Wikimedia

“Monitoring media projects that use wiki methods.”

Anita Bryant Pie in the Eye & the End of a Crusade

Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Trailer 2007

What ever happened to Anita?

Free Tibet

Tibetan Flag
Save Tibet

Tibetan Uprising

Boycott Made in China

After the Maoist takeover of Tibet, is Nepal next?

On Suffragettes & the Sisterhood of the Struggle for Gender Equity (or America’s Ten Toughest Broads)

Library of Congress, Suffragettes
Library of Congress (American Memory) Penn[sylvania] on the picket line– 1917.
Photographer: Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C. Created/Published: 1917

Summary: Photograph of fourteen suffragists in overcoats on picket line, holding suffrage banners in front of the White House. One banner reads: “Mr. President How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty”. White House visible in background. Library of Congress
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Below is the introduction from the Official Election Site of San Mateo County, CA. It is an excellent resource of the history of the suffrage movement, providing biographical profiles of the women who dedicated and risked their lives in the struggle for gender equality.

Reduced to its simplest definition and elevated to its highest ideal, democracy is the power of the people. The ability to vote, however, has not always been a reality for everyone in our country. It was not until 1920 (a mere 85 years ago) that the passage of the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. This breakthrough for social equality was the result of more than 50 years of activism by the early suffragettes. Vigils, protests, speeches, essays, civil disobedience, hunger strikes, lobbying, organizing, andevery other form of activism imaginable was used by these remarkable women; their unconventional, avant-garde, and sometimes shocking actions successfully convinced the United States Congress that our Constitution should be amended to allow women to vote. The women who made it their life’s ambition to ensure both genders the right to vote changed our country forever. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Every time we exercise our right to vote, we honor their lives, their sacrifices, and their mission to strengthen our democracy. – The Shape of the – Women’s Suffrage – San Mateo County

Lucretia Mott Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)

Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)

Susan B. Anthony Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

Carrie Chapman Catt Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947)

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931)

Maud Younger Maud Younger (1870-1936)

Jeanette Rankin Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)

Mabel Vernon Mabel Vernon (1883-1975)

Alice Paul Alice Paul (1885-1977)

The Women’s Museum 19th Amendment Lesson Plan (PDF)

Suffrage Images on flickr