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Philadelphia: Massive protests erupt against Trump’s appearance at “Republican Retreat,” January 26, 2017.

Protesters took the Philadelphia Center City streets on Jan 26 in two large demonstrations as Trump and the GOP met to plan their attacks on the working class in the coming year.

Photos by Joe Piette

Since there really was no highlight for me in the #VPdebate, I thought I would instead share this tweet from Grindr in response to the discussion on immigration.

Instead of pointing to trauma caused by deportation, the US policies in Latin America and the rest of the world that contribute to migration, or the ways that anti-immigrant rhetoric contributes to the continued exploitation of LGBT immigrants, the (assumedly) white gay man who runs the grindr twitter account is worried about where he is going to get his next booty call if Trump deports undocumented immigrants.

Don’t be fooled into believing they see us as part of their community. For many white gay men, we are only as good as our dick size and asses. The sooner we realize that the sooner we can stop striving for their approval and create our own spaces where we support and love one another.

And if you are white gay man who rejects this type of racial fetishization, then this post isn’t about you. But I am going to need you to call out this racist BS when you come across it in the gay community. Otherwise, this post is about you.

Nelson Flores, Philadelphia 

Twitter: @nelsonflores 

1973: White cis gays boo a trans woman of color for defending queer detainees.

2015: White cis gays in suits boo a trans woman of color for defending queer detainees.

Progress?

(kutekweer and efemmeralmedia in the photograph)

#TDOA #TDOA15 #TDOA2015 #transdayofaction #sylviarivera #jennicetgutiérrez #StopTransMurders #BlackTransLivesMatter #Not1More

FOLLOWING TODAY’S DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS, THE MOVEMENT MUST ESCALATE TO A GENERAL STRIKE ON MAY 1ST

By Voces de la Frontera

February 16: Today, tens of thousands of immigrant workers and business owners have gone on strike and closed their businesses in resistance to Trump’s immigration raids. Today’s nationwide strike follows Wisconsin’s Day without Latinos, Immigrants, and Refugees on Monday, led by Voces de la Frontera, which has inspired immigrant workers and their supporters to rise up. Following Trump’s executive orders on immigration, ICE agents have targeted some of society’s most vulnerable members. In El Paso, a transgender domestic violence survivor was arrested by ICE at a courthouse after testifying against her abuser. ICE has arrested DACA recipients and people staying at homeless shelters.

Voces de la Frontera joins the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Movimiento Cosecha and others in calling for a national general strike on May 1st to demand Trump rescind his executive orders on immigration.

“Following Monday’s Day Without Latinos, Immigrants, and Refugees in Wisconsin, we are witnessing a spontaneous groundswell of immigrant workers, small business owners, and our supporters taking similar bold action to demand an end to Trump’s deportation raids,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. “We applaud the leadership of immigrant workers and business owners around the country in using their economic power, and we call on community organizations to follow their lead. We invite organizations and the public to join us in coordinated, escalated actions nationwide leading up to a mass general strike on May 1st. Monday, May 1st, 2017, must be a national Day Without Latinos, Immigrants, and Refugees to demand Trump rescind all of his executive orders on immigration.”

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Angela Davis' Women's March speech: 'this country’s history cannot be deleted'
Read the full transcript of her powerful address made on Saturday in Washington DC
By Angela Davis

At a challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans people, men and youth who are here at the Women’s March, we represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again.

We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this afternoon on indigenous land and we follow the lead of the first peoples who despite massive genocidal violence have never relinquished the struggle for land, water, culture, their people. We especially salute today the Standing Rock Sioux.

The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country’s history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement. Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.

No human being is illegal.

The struggle to save the planet, to stop climate change, to guarantee the accessibility of water from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux, to Flint, Michigan, to the West Bank and Gaza. The struggle to save our flora and fauna, to save the air – this is ground zero of the struggle for social justice.

This is a women’s march and this women’s march represents the promise of feminism as against the pernicious powers of state violence. An inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to antisemitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.

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DREAMers Erika Andiola & Cesar Vargas confront Steve King in Okoboji, Iowa for trying to end DACA.

Bad-ass Dreamers have awkward confrontation with evil, condescending devil, Iowan Congressman Steve King.

“You are very good at English.” He tells to someone who was raised in the United States. “You came from a lawless country. Do not import your lawlesslness into America.”

It takes courage to share your story @CaitlynJenner… but not in my house. Shame on you, get out @JennicetGutiérrez.
—  President Obama when an undocumented trans woman of color calls for an end to LGBTQ detention/deportation and trans violence.  
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Trump plans to deport people for being poor
Two draft orders, obtained by The Washington Post, would target immigrants in need and would shake up the U.S. visa system.
By https://www.facebook.com/janell.ross.549

Washington Post: Trump administration circulates more draft immigration restrictions, focusing on protecting U.S. jobs [sic]

The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living in the United States who depend on taxpayer help, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Washington Post.

A second draft order under consideration calls for a substantial shake-up in the system through which the United States administers immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, with the aim of tightly controlling who enters the country and who can enter the workforce, and reducing the social services burden on U.S. taxpayers.

The drafts are circulating among administration officials, and it is unclear whether President Trump has decided to move forward with them or when he might sign them if he does decide to put them in place. The White House would not confirm or deny the authenticity of the orders, and White House officials did not respond to requests for comment about the drafts Monday and Tuesday.

Trump plans to deport immigrants for being poor. To countries impoverished by U.S. imperialism and torn apart by U.S. wars.

LISTEN UP XICAN@S:

#Chicanos #Chicanas #Xicanas #Xicanos:

August 29th help make #ChicanoMoratorium a huge trend wherever you are active.

Do it for our elders who died on that day - like Reies Tijerina, like the Xican@ soldiers killed in Vietnam. Do it for our own liberation that we still have to demand and have yet to win many years later. 

I wanna see Chicano Moratorium trending on August 29th - just like when our Black brothers and sisters have #Juneteenth trending on June 15th, we must fight and hold on tight to our own victories and fights throughout history.  

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An amazing, passionate message to President Obama from the child of an undocumented immigrant

This is important and really moving. Please listen and share. #Not1More #2Million2Many