The Election Season: The Cisarchal Agenda

The transphobic hate group Family Policy Institute of Washington has announced that their intervention into elections will include organizing events in the end of September and beginning of October. These events will be referred to under the campaign names “Defending Freedom” and “Equipping The Saints”.

“Defending Freedom” events are free public events in the evening. “Equipping The Saints” are lunch time events aimed at “pastors and church leaders”; an admission fee will be charged. All events require online registration.

The events will promote a broad agenda of hate. Included among the Christian fundamentalist rhetoric, misogyny and homophobia is the latest transphobic bile that has become the Institute’s stock in trade. The Institute seeks to use state power to advance their agenda. Laws are to be passed; elections are to be won.

So far locations announced are: Bothell, Buena, Federal Way, Kennewick, Tacoma and Vancouver. More may come. The details thus far are as follows:

  • Monday, September 26th, Noon-1:30pm at Life Center Tacoma (upper room), 1717 South Union Ave, Tacoma, 98405
  • Monday, September 26th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at Our Savior’s Baptist Church, 701 S 320th St, Federal Way, 98003
  • Wednesday, September 28th, 6pm-8pm at Keewaydin Park Library, 405 S Dayton St, Kennewick, 99336
  • Monday, October 3rd, Noon-1:30pm at the Friendship Room of Cedar Park Christian Church, 16300 112th Ave NE, Bothell, 98011
  • Monday, October 3rd, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Chapel of Cedar Park Christian Church, 16300 112th Ave NE, Bothell, 98011
  • Tuesday, October 4th, 11:30am-1pm at U.S. Digital, 1400 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, 98684
  • Tuesday, October 4th, 6pm-8pm at Grace Baptist Church, 9400 NE 50th Ave, Vancouver, 98665
  • Thursday, October 6th, Noon-1:30pm at Monte de Sion, 820 Buena Rd, Buena, 98921
  • Thursday, October 6th, 6pm-8pm at Monte de Sion, 820 Buena Rd, Buena, 98921

Cedar Park Christian Church in Bothell had previously served as a “regional petition center” for Initiative 1515.

Keewaydin Park Library is a public library. Their phone number is (509)-586-3156. Call them and tell them not to give hatred a platform!

206 Trans Liberation calls for action at all of these events. Find your affinities, determine your analysis, and act! The popular struggle can defeat these antagonists! For materials to develop your actions, click here: http://206transliberation.org/analysis/

Election Season: The Cisarchy Ticket

The Family Policy Institute of Washington has announced that it will intervene into elections this season. The Institute is a Christian fundamentalist hate group that seeks to exercise ideology through state power. The Institute has previously created the Just Want Privacy campaign organization. In the winter and spring it supported the so called “Bathroom Bills” in the legislature. This summer it created Initiative 1515. So far all of the Institute’s efforts have been defeated by the popular struggle for trans liberation. We have, time and again, come together to defeat specific machinations like Initiative 1515, and in general reduce the harmful impact of the state. The time is once again upon us. Let’s make sure some politicians lose their jobs! The Institute has drawn special attention to these elections:

  • 5th District (State Senate)
  • 5th District, Seat 2 (State House)
  • 6th District, Seat 1 (State House)
  • 10th District (State Senate)
  • 17th District (State Senate)
  • 17th District, Seat 1 (State House)
  • 26th District, Seat 1 (State House)
  • 28th District, Seat 2 (State House)
  • 30th District, Seat 1 (State House)
  • 30th District, Seat 2 (State House)
  • 41st District (State Senate)
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Position 5 (State Supreme Court)

Block The Bunker Community Meeting (July 19th)

From Seattle Black Book Club:

“RSVP to this event and invite your friends

A block the bunker meeting is taking place July 19th at 7pm

The city of Seattle is attempting to spend 160 million dollars of our taxpayer money for a bullet proof, bomb proof new police department. The most expensive in the country!

We have no money for affordable housing or the houseless but we have money to fund a police state!

Show up ready for resistance!
‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬

Tuesday, July 19th @ 7pm-9pm @ IntraSpace, 3100 Airport Way South Set 24-108, 98134

“Come join us in planning out actions against the proposed 160 million dollar bunker.”

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/249373658782926/

For the announcement from Seattle Black Book Club, click here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1611054535873086&id=1508678139444060

For more about Block The Bunker, click here: https://www.facebook.com/blockthebunker/

For more about Seattle Black Book Club, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Seattle-Black-Book-Club-1508678139444060/

Initiative 1515 DEFEATED!

Initiative 1515 has officially been DEFEATED! The hate group promoting it came tens of thousands of signatures short of the requirement. On Thursday they cancelled their appointment with the Secretary of State to turn in petitions. Today they officially abandoned the idea. In the midst of horrors, this is news worth celebrating.

This victory was made by popular struggle. The diversity of tactics used was rich enough that even the hate group was forced to recognize their impacts. In self-pitying euphemisms, they noted the impact of people voicing their truths, and isolating those who refused accountability. What part did you play?

RESIST THE PETITIONS TILL THE FINAL MOMENT!

Tomorrow, July 8th, is the due date for all ballot initiative petitions in Washington state. The hate groups promoting I-1515 will be collecting signatures up to the very last minute. All signatures must be turned in to the Secretary of State office in Olympia by 5pm.

Now is the time to make an impact! Resist the petitions till the final moment! The rich diversity of tactics used thus far have decided the outcome of day to day events. Together, we can decide the outcome of this campaign.

In that interest, now is the time also to consider how to respond when the results of the signature gathering drive are announced. For some helpful questions for personal and group reflection, see the analysis page: http://206transliberation.org/analysis/ For a listing of I-1515 centers, click here: http://206transliberation.org/initiative-1515-centers/

Federal Court Blocks Mississippi HB 1523

Mississippi HB 1523, a cornerstone of the current wave of cisarchal legislation, was scheduled to go into effect today. Late last night United States District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves issued a ruling against it. He concluded that “Religious freedom was one of the building blocks of this great nation, and after the nation was torn apart, the guarantee of equal protection under law was used to stitch it back together. But HB 1523 does not honor that tradition of religious freedom, nor does it respect the equal dignity of all of Mississippi’s citizens. It must be enjoined.”

The ruling orders “that the defendants; their officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys; and any other persons who are in active concert or participation with the defendants or their officers, agents, servants, employees, or attorneys; are hereby preliminarily enjoined from enacting or enforcing HB 1523.”

The defendants named in the lawsuit are Governor Phil Bryant, Attorney General Jim Hood, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services John Davis and State Registrar of Vital Records Judy Moulder.

Governor Bryant is quoted in the Clarion-Ledger, responding: “Like I said when I signed House Bill 1523, the law simply provides religious accommodations granted by many other states and federal law… I am disappointed Judge Reeves did not recognize that reality. I look forward to an aggressive appeal.”

For signing HB 1523 and other actions the Family Research Council awarded Bryant with the inaugural “Samuel Adams Religious Freedom Award”. The Family Research Council crafted the strategy of pushing state level “bathroom bills” with the goal of legislating trans people out of existence. In accepting the award, he stated his fanaticism openly: “They don’t know that if it takes crucifixion, we will stand in line before abandoning our faith,”.

State Attorney General Jim Hood issued a statement reading, in part that “Our attorneys will evaluate this decision to determine whether or not to appeal all or parts of Thursday’s ruling.” and later that “I believe in the free exercise of religion and there will be a case in the future in which the U. S. Supreme Court will better define our religious rights.” He warned of the bitter campaign of attrition ahead: “An appeal could cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars… Even if we won and the injunction were set aside on appeal, the case would be remanded and proceed to trial over about two years.”

The forces of state authority may play at their rivalry over our lives for years to come. The time is now to build solidarity with popular struggles in Mississippi, to build towards our shared liberation.

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To read the complete text of Judge Carlton W. Reeve’s order on HB 1523, click here: https://www.scribd.com/document/317206102/Mississippi-House-Bill-1523-Order

To read the complete text & legislative record of Mississippi HB 1523, click here: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2016/pdf/history/HB/HB1523.xml

To read coverage from the Clarion-Ledger, click here: http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2016/07/01/house-bill-1523-struck-down/86587988/ and here: http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2016/05/31/mississippi-governor-secular-world-angry-over-lgbt-law/85208312/

To read the Attorney General’s complete statement, click here: http://www.ago.state.ms.us/attorney-general-jim-hood-issued-the-following-statement-on-judge-carlton-reeves-ruling-regarding-hb-1523/