no cookies for allies here: young undocumented students aka “dreamers” are always like “this... →
young undocumented students aka “dreamers” are always like “this country is all I know/ I didn’t have a choice to come here/ ect give me citizenship”
but fuck that shit. I don’t owe ANYONE an explanation as to why I’m in this country and why i deserve citizenship. it doesn’t fucking matter if you were born in a different country and lived there for 60 yrs, if you want U.S. to be your new home then that’s what it should be.
until every single u.s. born citizen (this includes POC, cuz you all are fucked up too) gets background checked, questioned and writes a fuckin paper/book as to why they deserve their citizenship, I will NEVER owe anyone a fucking explanation.
"The torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Gharib is neither exceptional nor singular as many would have us believe. We need think only of the fact that so many soldier who faced prosecution for the Iraqi prisoner situation came from prison guard backgrounds (reminding us of the incarceration practices within the US prison industrial complex), let alone the treatment of Palistinian civilians by the Israeli army guards, or even the brutal sodomizing of Abner Louima by the New York City police. Neither has it been possible to normalize the incidents at Abu Gharib as “business as usual” even within the torture industry. As public and governmental rage alike have made clear, a line had been crossed. Why that line is demarcated at the place of so-called sexual torture…and not, for example, at the slow starvation of millions due to UN sanctions against Iraq, the deaths of thousand of Iraqi civilians since the US invasion against Iraq, or the plundering and carnage in Falluja, is indeed a spectacular question"
"I think marriage in general is not a healthy institution in our society. If people want civil rights, then that’s what I feel we should be fighting for. Couples, people who are each other’s kin or primary intimacies, a friend who takes care of a friend for 30 years in the same household—all should have basic civil rights. To bring that whole movement for social justice under the rubric of ‘gay marriage’ seems to me just to reinforce patriarchal notions of who is worthy of care and support. It also lets down the gay people who don’t want to be married.
The movement for gay marriage has had a strong push among very class-privileged people, because they are the people with trusts and with property and with health care. If you’re gay, black, poor and you don’t have any access to insurance, the question of whether your partner can be included on your insurance is not just relevant to the health needs of your life. What would be more relevant is national health care!"
"Critics of Israeli pinkwashing in the United States and Canada have increasingly engaged in comparative critiques of settler colonialism. Queers Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto has invoked this critique for many years. Pinkwatchers across Canada also draw ties between Palestinian and Indigenous solidarity that are heightened by the recent emergence in Canada of the Indigenous people’s movement Idle No More. Today, scholars and activists ask how homonationalism and pinkwashing perform settler colonialism in Palestine, Canada, and the United States, and how settler colonialism in each state impacts their work. I write this piece to encourage such questions, and to invite questioners to address their relationship to Indigenous solidarity. As a white queer critic of United States and Canadian settler colonialism, my experience with Indigenous solidarity in these states informs how I engage Palestinian solidarity. Queer / trans Indigenous critiques and allied work by non-Natives already model a critique of settler colonialism and sexualization in Canada and the United States. Their potential synergy with critiques of Israeli pinkwashing can explain the forms of power we face and can expand and deepen our alliances."
Gizmodo: FBI Pushing Hard for Realtime Email, Gchat, Skype, and Dropbox Spying Powers →
Right now, government agencies can force ISPs and phone companies to install surveillance gear in their networks thanks to a law passsed in 1994 called the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. But that doesn’t include access to email, cloud services, or chat programs, and because of how some services like Google Talk are set up, many can’t be accessed network-side anyway. FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann said in a talk to the American Bar Association last week that the intelligence community has made getting the power to monitor those types of services in real time a “top priority this year.”
The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.
The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot and track down terrorist networks and crime syndicates by bringing together financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence. The plan, which legal experts say is permissible under U.S. law, is nonetheless likely to trigger intense criticism from privacy advocates.