The Canadian Organisation for the Rights of Prostitutes (CORP)
The Canadian Organisation for the Rights of Prostitutes (CORP)
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated.
The night before his assassination, King delivered his last speech at Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee; popularly known as “I’ve Been to the Mountain”, this speech was made in support of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and called upon the United States to ”be true to what you said on paper”.
At around 6 PM, King was standing on the balcony outside his room at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel when he was struck by a single bullet through the cheek, fired from a pump-action rifle wielded by James Earl Ray, who shortly afterward fled north to Canada. After being taken to the hospital, King was pronounced dead five minutes after 7. All across the United States, violent riots in Baltimore, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere broke out during the week following the assassination, though notably not in Indianapolis, where Robert F. Kennedy, who would be assassinated two months later, delivered arguably his speech informing the city’s residents of King’s death.
The funeral, which took place on April 9, was attended by 300,000 people, and a bill to establish a holiday in his honor was presented in Congress not long after. King’s family, and many others besides, maintain that James Earl Ray (a small-time criminal) was the scapegoat of a conspiracy involving the U.S. government and FBI. It is fact that the FBI’s COINTELPRO closely monitored King’s (and other “subversives’) activities intensely often through illegal or dubious means, such as wiretapping and break-ins. The agency also sent King an anonymous letter urging him to commit suicide. In 1999, King’s family won a civil suit in Memphis in which jurors reached the unanimous verdict that “Loyd Jowers [a restaurant owner in 1968] as well as ”others, including governmental agencies’” had been part of a conspiracy to murder King.
'Believe it or not, there are still large portions of the population that are surprised that people with disabilities have babies. They may even be surprised that wheelchair users who have babies want to go on walks or run errands with their babies with them.'
A design made in conversation with wheelchair users, really intuitive. The stroller can be lifted over curbs and stand alone when needed.
Throughout his mayoral campaign, Bill de Blasio promised New York City residents that part of his office’s platform on public health would be ending the incredibly destructive practice of using condoms as evidence. The position showed up on the campaign’s response to PROP’s Voters’ Education Guide; in media inquiries into de Blasio’s positions as Public Advocate; even on de Blasio’s campaign website, billdeblasio.com. Unfortunately the Mayor has not acted on his promise to New Yorkers.
Not only has there been no response from the Mayor’s Office about our request for an immediate executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence, recent arrest records show that as of January 12th the NYPD are still seizing condoms as evidence. While the NYPD still maintains that this practice is either not used or rarely used, on the arrest forms in Kings County there is a section specifically to indicate the number of condoms seized during the arrest.
We ask that all New York City residents tell Mayor de Blasio to keep his promise and protect our city’s public health by issuing an executive order banning the practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses by the police or prosecutors. Here is a script you can use:
"Hi my name is ______________ and I live in (Bronx/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Queens/Staten Island). I am (calling/writing) to ask that Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately issue an executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses. The Mayor listed ending the use of condoms as evidence on his campaign website last year as part of his platform on public health, but your office has failed to act on this critical issue. Using condoms as evidence is detrimental to the health of all New York City residents, and especially those vulnerable to HIV transmission. It also has resulted in the sort of police racial profiling of Black and Latina queer youth and trans women, that the Mayor campaigned against last year. I am asking the Mayor to please stick to his promises to promote public health and end racist policing in New York City by issuing an executive order to end the practice of condoms as evidence. Thank you."
You can email the Mayor’s office at Ewolfe@cityhall.nyc.gov or can participate on our call-in Thursday 27th 12pm-3pm by calling this number (212) 788-3000.
UPDATE: Apparently the staffers are telling people that the office does not take complaints, transferring them to 311, or to use the official complaint form at NYC.gov. Here are some ways to respond:
1. We’re not registering a complaint, we’re requesting the Mayor keep his campaign promise to NYC residents.
2. If they transfer you to 311, hang up and call again.
3. If they tell you to use the official complaint form, tell them that Red UP and others have tried to contact them about this problem multiple times through official channels.
They’ve also been telling people that they don’t record phone calls and therefore we should set up an email form and then they’ll direct to the appropriate place. Diversion tactics 101; but even if it is true that they don’t record phone calls, it still is just as or more effective than having them create an inbox that they can willfully ignore.
The point of direct action is to disrupt the normal procedure of government to pressure them into responding. NYC residents, especially queer youth of color and trans women, have had their lives disrupted and will continue to have their lives disrupted by the seizure of condoms and prostitution arrests using condoms as evidence. Don’t let up and let us know if you have any questions or follow up.
20 minutes left to do this, this is important - Rachel
Lauren Chief Elk @ChiefElk
Two-Spirit Is Not For White People - It Is Appropriation
Posted before, will again.
So fucking important.
Writers! Submit to BGD and get paid for your work. More info through the link. Share with QTPOC writers you know!
It’s all too easy to fall into a pattern of only reading white authors. In 2013, I made a conscious effort to read more books by and about POC, but still, only ~30% of the books I read featured main characters of color and only ~22% were by authors of color. Here’s a list of books published in…
This is what i’ve been working my butt off on (and will be doing so for the foreseeable future) - making sure an all-ages, accessible, safer, permanent nonprofit performance venue exists in Chicago. If you have some extra money, we’re fundraising for lighting, sound and construction materials - just discrete but big purchases we need to make (this is going to be a 200cap venue plus office/meeting space and a small shop for local artists, zinesters and labels). We’re on track and have a lot of the groundwork laid, but we need your help to make it happen. Please consider contributing and/or sharing and/or volunteering with us.
my ‘lil bit is doing this thing and we all know how good things like this are.
White privilege is being the #1 consumers of welfare, food stamps, general government aid, and illegal drugs, but STILL blaming POC for all of those things as well as incarcerating them at an exponentially higher rate.
Girl has gone global!
Proud to announce that Redefining Realness is now available in the UK!
Order from your fave bookstore or visit Amazon UK!
i can dig it
Badass Trans Women You Should Know: Cecilia Chung.
Cecilia Chung is a senior advisor to the Transgender Law Center, a San Francisco City Health Commissioner, and a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She was honored last night by the California State Assembly as one of its Women of the Year for her tireless advocacy for trans women’s health access.
The Chicago Zine Fest is THIS WEEKEND! March 14 & 15! Here are some links to all of the info you need to know:
Friday and Saturday Events — all of the locations, times, & descriptions of each day’s events! Don’t forget that Friday is the panel, readings, & dance party, while Saturday is…
Hoax #10 - Feminisms and Embodiments is taking submissions until March 31st, 2014! We ask that you read the following three links before you submit: mission statement, core values, and goals, general hoax faqs, submission faqs.
For this issue, the vast majority of submissions we have received have been memoirs about the embodiment of gender, particularly from cis women and people on the trans masculine spectrum, as well as various forms of poetry. Although we are open to all types of submissions and believe that all experiences are valid / worthy of expressing, we strive to publish material that is stylistically and substantially diverse. We are particularly eager to receive essays (rather than poetry — we enjoy poetry, however it can be excessively difficult to format) on the following topics (and more):
Sex and sexuality: sex work; the impact of sexuality upon one’s relationships; sexual embodiment
Incarceration: the prison industrial complex; physical freedom and embodiment
Science: scientific narratives influence our understanding of morality and “truths”; ways in which science reaffirms scripts of kyriarchy and embodiment
History / culture: mapping how former embodiments affect the present & the future; preservation of traditions & shared traits
Dis/ability: intersections of race, gender, class, and disability; illnesses & how they impact one’s daily life depending on how visible they are to others
If you have other ideas for a piece you would like to write, go ahead! We suggest emailing us with your ideas — we are always happy to work with you at any stage of the writing process.
We also need lots of artwork that will format properly as background designs — this means fitting properly into a vertical 5.5 x 8.5 page and contrasting well in grey scale. We would strongly prefer art that does not just portray thin / white / cis / able-bodied people.
rachel & sari
PS. We are two white female-assigned at birth (FAAB) individuals who identify as a cis woman and a non-binary person, respectively. We would like individuals of similar qualifiers to know that Hoax is absolutely not interested in printing FAAB vaginal-centered or -inspired art. Quite frankly, we find it cissexist and trite, and we are not interested in propping up or reinforcing the tired “vulva art = feminist” mindset that many white FAAB feminists hold.
PPS. Please re-blog.
UPDATE: We can no longer accept poems as submissions for this issue. Poetry has been the overwhelming majority of submissions we have received for Hoax #10, which is one of the reasons why we have had to push back the submission date for over half a year now. It is exceedingly difficult for us to format poetry and we can only print a select number of poems for layout and content reasons. We strongly encourage those who create poetry to submit to future issues of Hoax (like #11, which is also open for submissions) or to resubmit to #10 with essay-style pieces.