Paying For Gay Media

The Stirrer | August 21, 2014

Being some more considered thoughts on the crisis at Star Observer.

BnewS & Melbourne Star went out of business. Evolution survived by closing and then rising from the ashes as Evo Media. Now Sydney Star Observer is looking for $75k to save their bacon. Can it be that LGBTI media are just not viable any longer as free offerings? Should we we paying a cover price and subscriptions to the print editions and websites?

Star Observer’s income statement for year ended 30 June 2012 – the most recent I can find – shows:

Rent $63,806

Operating expenses $181,653

Employees $166,298.

$75k won’t even cover a year’s rent. It’s only a tad more than their 2011/12 loss of $67,654.

In 2011/2 sales took a nosedive of almost a quarter of a million dollars, from $1,964,724 the previous year to $1,747,937. Since then, we are told, things have gotten worse. Stories are circulating of problems with staff payments and superannuation.

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LGBT Activists Target Democrats on Civil Rights

Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | August 21, 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 10.49.40 AMNew York, NY (Aug. 21, 2014) – In its ongoing effort to pressure Congressional Democrats to advance comprehensive federal civil rights legislation that will give lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans the same rights and protections that all other Americans have, Queer Nation is targeting 34 House Democrats in a social media campaign called “Which Side of Your Mouth Should We Listen To?”

The House members support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which only bars employment discrimination against LGBT people and has a sweeping religious exemption that would let nearly 200,000 religiously affiliated employers fire or deny jobs to LGBT Americans.

The 34 Democrats wrote “The federal government has a moral responsibility to ensure that all citizens are treated equally and with dignity” in a July 15 letter to Pres. Barack Obama urging him to sign an executive order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors.

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Task Force Disappointed with U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Grant Stay on Virginia Marriage Equality Case



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Task Force Disappointed with U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Grant Stay on Virginia Marriage Equality Case

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 21, 2014 — The United States Supreme Court announced yesterday that it would grant a stay on the lower federal Circuit Court’s decision that struck down a Virginia state law banning same-sex marriages.

“This is an unwelcome setback for marriage equality in Virginia. While we expected this outcome, it is deeply frustrating that justice is further delayed for loving same-sex couples, who deserve the same basic rights, protections, and responsibilities as different sex couples in a loving and committed relationship who choose the option of marriage. While Virginia marriage rights have been delayed, we are confident that in the not too distant future they will not be denied and that we are edging closer to a day when all same-sex couples across our nation will be able to get married if they choose. “

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PFLAG National Policy Matters

Policy Matters from PFLAG National

Thursday, August 21, 2014



It’s Still August: Legislators are Back Home; Visit and Lobby Them This Month!

Want to advocate for yourselves and your loved ones? Your role at home in your congressional district is important! Your legislators are back home with you for these last days in August, home for what is called a recess but generally reserved for people from their District or state to drop by and visit directly–and for town halls nearby you. Make an appointment to meet with your two Senators and one U.S. Representative. Click here to find their local offices nearest you.

Prepare your two-minute family story about the issues that are important to you, such as workplace fairness, student safety and bully-free schools, and equal access to adoption and foster care for LGBTQ parents. If your legislators are already on board with ENDA, SSIA, SNDA and ECDF, then please thank them, and urge them to invite their colleagues to sign on as cosponsors, too. You are the best messenger for these important asks! Summer is rapidly coming to a close, so please act soon!  



Supreme Court of the United States Puts Same-Sex Marriages On Hold In Virginia
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Aug. 20th issued an order that will stop same-sex couples in Virginia from being able to marry starting Aug. 21st. SCOTUS, responding to an application filed with Chief Justice John Roberts that he referred to the whole court, issued a brief that puts on hold the lower court ruling striking down the ban, until the Supreme Court decides whether it will hear an appeal of the case. SCOTUS stated that the stay will “terminate automatically” if it does not take and denies certiorari in the case–which is the process by which the court formally takes cases. If it grants certiorari, then the stay ends when it “send[s] down…the judgment of this Court.” Read more about this developing story by clicking HERE.

Soon-to-Retire Tennessee Judge Upholds TN State Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Ninth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons Jr. of Kingston upheld the Tennessee same-sex marriage ban in a seven-page decision issued on Aug. 5th, breaking a string of at least 30 court victories in favor of marriage equality. Simmons upheld both Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage, approved by voters as part of the state constitution in 2006, and the state’s Anti-Recognition Law prohibiting recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. A ruling from an appellate court may come soon now that a three-judge panel on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has heard a federal challenge to Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage. A decision from the court is expected in September or October. According to SCOTUSblog’s Lyle Denniston, the Tennessee ruling marks the first time in the 14 months since the Supreme Court ruled against DOMA that a court has determined a ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. Read more about this decision by clicking HERE. Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, said the loss for supporters of marriage equality in this court is an isolated one. The decision comes several months after Simmons, 70, announced he would retire from the bench after completing his eight-year term this year.

Veterans Administration Sued for Same-Sex Spousal Benefits
Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster LLP filed suit on Aug. 19th against the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on behalf of the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) arguing that the denial of benefits to same-sex spouses of veterans living in states that refuse to recognize their marriages is in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Read more about this lawsuit, and see a copy of the actual petition to the court by clicking here.


PFLAG National Signs Letter of Solidarity with Michael Brown’s Family
The actions and outcomes in Ferguson, Missouri have led LGBT organizations to sign a letter of solidarity with Michael Brown’s family. The letter remains active for national groups’ signatures. The letter in its entirety, including a current list of the organizations that signed on, can be found online here.

Campus Pride Announces 2014 List of 50 Best LGBT-friendly U.S. Colleges and Universities
Campus Pride doubled the number to 50 this year, announcing on Aug. 15th the annual Campus Pride 2014 Top LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way. The list is based on the final responses to the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmarking tool which self-assesses LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices. The tool is free of charge and can be found online at The Campus Pride Index has more than 425 campuses featured online and for the first time ever there are 56 campuses that achieved the highest 5-star-rating overall, the largest number to date. Read more about these top-rated colleges and universities by clicking HERE. Each college listed on the Top 50 has a profile page with more details about the campus ratings online.

ASU’s Edward “Chip” Sarafin is First Openly Gay Active NCAA Division I College Football Player
Arizona State offensive lineman Edward “Chip” Sarafin leads and follows in the footsteps of former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, who informed his teammates of his sexual orientation while still playing at Missouri, but did not come out publicly until after the 2013 season had ended, and before the NFL Draft. Sarafin leads because he is still an active roster-listed football player at Arizona State University (ASU), a NCAA Division I University, and the first to come out as gay in active Division I status as a player. Read more about this historic news by clicking HERE.

Ugandan President Halts Anti-Homosexuality Bill; Signs Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission
Following the African Summit hosted by President Obama in Washington, DC, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni instructed the attorney general to drop its appeal of a ruling to strike down the Anti-Homosexuality bill, but instead signed into law a harmful bill that criminalizes HIV. Read more about this developing story by clicking HERE.


Julian Castro Sworn in As New HUD Secretary by Vice President Joe Biden
On Aug. 18th, Vice President Joe Biden swore in new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julian Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Sec. Castro was joined by his wife, daughter, mother, father-in-law and brother, Congressman Joaquin Castro. HUD has been and remains a leader in idenfitying and addressing housing needs of LGBT people. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development launched a ground-breaking national study of housing discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the sale and rental of housing, led by its Office of Policy Development and Research. In 2012, HUD announced work to address the housing needs of LGBT people and prevent homelessness among members of the LGBT community. Read more about HUD programs for LGBT people by clicking HERE. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans, including LGBT people, have equal access to the housing of their choice.

U.S. Department of Labor Extends Employment Protections to Transgender Workers
The Department of Labor issued guidance on Aug. 19 stating that transgender federal employees and employees of federal contractors are covered under nondiscrimination protections that apply to sex. It follows an executive order President Obama issued earlier this summer specifically extending employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more about this development by clicking HERE.



Arkansas – Fayetteville Historic LGBT Nondiscrimination Ordinance Passes 6-2
On Aug. 19th, Fayetteville City Council voted 6-2 to pass an historic civil rights ordinance that protects LGBT in the city’s umbrella of employment, housing, and accommodation protections. The history-making proceedings concluded with Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s emotional remarks supporting freedom and equality for all. Read a chronological account by clicking HERE.

Montana – Billings LGBT Non-discrimination Ordinance Bill Fails to Pass over Public Accommodations Inclusion
Billings Mayor Tom Hanel cast the conclusive vote on the City Council which thereby defeated the city’s proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance on a vote of 6-5. Mayor Hanel said he doesn’t believe that Billings is ready for a non-discrimination ordinance, that he was not opposed to a majority of the ordinance, but that he did oppose a section that would have prohibited discrimination in public accommodations, namely, restrooms and locker rooms. Read more about this news story by clicking HERE.

Oregon – Medicare Overseer of Medically Necessary Healthcare Priorities Historically Approves Including Transgender People, Starting in 2015
Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC), which oversees the prioritized list of services in the state’s Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan, voted on August 14 to approve the coverage of medically necessary healthcare for Transgender people, including physician-prescribed hormonal and surgical healthcare, starting in 2015. This marks the first time in Oregon’s history that its state Medicaid plan will provide a comprehensive continuum of care for the treatment of Gender Dysphoria. It will include psychotherapy, puberty suppression (for youth), medical visits, hormones, androgen blockers and gender reassignment surgery (GRS or SRS). Read more about this historic news by clicking HERE.

Tennessee – Chattanooga and Shelby County Fail to Advance LGBT Protections
Chattanooga, TN voters rejected an ordinance on Aug. 8th that would have extended equal protections and benefits to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender city employees. In November, the Chattanooga City Council approved a measure to provide health benefits to city employees in domestic partnerships, including same-sex couples, and to enshrine non-discrimination protections for LGBT workers. Opponents of the measure, however, gathered enough signatures to force a referendum on it in Thursday’s elections.  Read more about this news by clicking HERE.  Separately, on Aug. 18th, Shelby County Commission failed to pass in a vote regarding an anti-discrimination ordinance for LGBT residents by a vote of 6-5. Shelby County LGBT and ally proponents of the anti-discrimination bill vow to continue their work forward.

Texas – Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Will Not Be on November 2014 Ballot
An effort to repeal Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, which bans discrimination against LGBT people, won’t go before voters this year. The ordinance was authored by Houston Mayor Annise Parker and passed in May 2014. On Aug. 15th, a state district judge scheduled a trial for Jan. 19, 2015, to determine whether the petition has enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Judge Robert Schaffer set the trial after opponents of the ordinance agreed to drop their request for an injunction that sought to force a public vote on the ordinance in November 2014, the Houston Chronicle reports. Opponents’ injunction request was also rejected by an appeals court, which said it would only consider the matter after the district court issues a decision. Opponents of the ordinance filed a lawsuit against Mayor Parker and the city after officials announced that the petition to repeal the ordinance didn’t have enough valid signatures. Mayor Parker and City Attorney David Feldman said Aug. 4th that only 15,249 of the signatures were valid — below the threshold of 17,269 needed to qualify to appear on the ballot. Mayor Parker suspended the ordinance’s enforcement pending the lawsuit’s outcome. Read about this news by clicking HERE.



Dear Policy Matters:

I was scheduled to travel to attend a meeting in Washington, DC at a federal office building, and I made sure I had my RMV/DMV operator’s licence ready to present as identification.

However, when I read the identity document requirements for my meeting, I noticed a new paragraph of instructions–not one I had seen before for my DC meetings in federal government buildings–that said my state’s driver’s license is no longer sufficient to enter a federal government building, effective July 21, 2014, in accordance with the REAL ID Act of 2005. Fortunately, I read the instructions and was able to bring my U.S. Passport, listed among accepted documents for entry. What is this about? What if I didn’t have a U.S. Passport?

ID Change Questioner


Dear IDCQ:

This topic is particularly important to us in our everyday lives, especially as citizen lobbyists for PFLAG. The changed requirement for identify documents affects EVERYONE–LGBTQ and allies–with identity documents from particular areas noted below.

To answer your first question, effective July 21, 2014, all visitors to federal government buildings in any location requiring definitive identity documents now require something different than a driver’s license. This is a result of the July 21 enactment date of part of The REAL ID Act of 2005. It requires that the residents of 11 states and American Samoa produce an identity document in lieu of a state driver’s license. These states and U.S. localities are:

  • Alaska

  • American Samoa

  • Arizona

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Massachusetts

  • Minnesota

  • Montana

  • New York

  • Oklahoma

  • Washington (state, not the District of Columbia)

Acceptable alternative forms of identification includes a Federal employee badge, passport, or military identification card. Individuals without acceptable forms of identification will be denied access to the building.

The REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed in the 109th Congress and became public law: P.L. 109-13 on May 11, 2005, moved swiftly through Congress after being introduced in January of that year as H.R. 418. You can read more about that bill, eventually linked to a military funding bill as it passed, by clicking HERE. You can read a more in-depth policy paper on The REAL ID Act of 2005 from The Cato Institute by clicking HERE.

To answer your second question, if someone does not have a passport or needs to renew it, we can help. As the most readily available document to replace driver’s licenses in previously noted states in order to be granted admittance in federal government buildings, a U.S. Passport is optimal. If someone doesn’t have one, they should consider getting one. If someone has one that’s expired, we suggest getting it renewed.

Each U.S. Representative has an expert staffer to help constituents process U.S. Passport applications and renewals, and these experts are usually located in the legislator’s back-home office.

Fortunately, in January 2011, The U.S. State Department issued a new policy that improved its former one issued in June 2010. Effective in 2011, transgender or gender non-conforming people can obtain a full 10-year passport with an updated gender if CLINICAL TREATMENT is determined by a doctor to be appropriate in the person’s case to facilitate gender transition.

Ttransgender or gender nonconforming people can learn details of the policy and how to secure proper documentation by reading this synopsis from The National Center for Transgender Equality.

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Giovanni’s Room and Philly AIDS Thrift are excited to announce the creation of Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room.

Giovanni’s Room and Philly AIDS Thrift are excited to announce the creation of Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room.
Giovanni’s Room and Philly AIDS Thrift are excited to announce the creation of Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room! Our new store will continue to offer the newest and lightly used books in LGBT*Q literature.  We will also be expanding the store’s selection by offering MUCH more than the books, magazines and cards of previous years.  We’ll build on that base and fill the rest of the store with the widest assortment gay, hipster, pop-culture, camp, punk, underground, high-brow, mid-brow, low-brow and just plain COOL STUFF you ever saw — all of course generously priced for all you bargain hunters out there!  With a grand opening planned for the weekend of OutFest (October 10th – 12th), we will be open during special sneak preview days during September and early October so keep an eye on your email and Facebook for those announcements — you don’t want to miss our best deals ever!

For those of you who don’t know, Philly AIDS Thrift is a non-profit thrift store dedicated to raising funds for AIDS organizations in the Philadelphia area.  Located at 710 South 5th St. (right below Bainbridge St.), we are entering our ninth year, and continue to enjoy explosive growth while contributing $20,000 a month to the AIDS Fund.

The new Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room will continue to present author readings throughout the year, all while providing space for reading groups and other LGBT*Q organizations.  We will also continue to maintain our online presence at  To keep up with developments, sign yourself up to receive announcements of events at  You don’t want to miss any news about the bigger and better Giovanni’s Room!

PS: For a completely history of how all of this came out, check out Philly AIDS Thrift’s facebook!

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Federal Court Rules that Florida Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples is Unconstitutional

AUGUST 21, 2014


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Federal Court Rules that Florida Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples is Unconstitutional

Lawsuit filed by ACLU of Florida on behalf of 8 couples, Ft. Myers widow and SAVE challenged ban; Judge holds that ban violates due process and equal protection

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TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, a federal district court judge in Tallahassee held that Florida’s discriminatory marriage ban cannot be enforced in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. The ruling applies both to the granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Florida and the recognition of the marriages of same-sex couples performed outside of the state.

The judge’s ruling comes as a result of two separate lawsuits including one brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida. The ACLU of Florida’s lawsuit challenges the ban on marriage recognition on behalf of eight married same-sex couples, a Ft. Myers woman whose wife recently passed away, and SAVE, the largest LGBT-rights organization in South Florida. The lawsuit with which the ACLU of Florida’s lawsuit has been consolidated was filed by Jacksonville attorneys William Sheppard and Samuel Jacobson on behalf of two couples—one seeking to get married and another seeking to have their marriage recognized in Florida.

“I am overjoyed that the state we made our home in will soon recognize that what Carol and I had was marriage,” stated Arlene Goldberg of Ft. Myers, a plaintiff whose wife and partner of 47 years, Carol Goldwasser, passed away.

In his decision, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle held that by denying the plaintiffs fundamental right to marry, Florida’s marriage ban violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. He also held that the state’s rationale for denying recognition of the marriages not only had no rational basis, but would fail even a higher level of scrutiny, stating that “[t]he undeniable truth is that the Florida ban on same-sex marriage stems entirely, or almost entirely, from moral disapproval of the practice,” and that “moral disapproval alone cannot sustain” a ban restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples.

From the judge’s decision:

“Liberty, tolerance, and respect are not zero-sum concepts. Those who enter opposite-sex marriages are harmed not at all when others, including these plaintiffs, are given the liberty to choose their own life partners and are shown the respect that comes with formal marriage.”

“We are thrilled that these loving and committed couples will soon have the same protections and security for their families that other married couples have,” stated Daniel Tilley, the ACLU of Florida’s staff attorney for LGBT rights. “Florida’s refusal to recognize their marriages serves no legitimate purpose and is hurtful to Florida families. We’re very pleased to see the ban held unconstitutional in such unequivocal terms so that all Florida families will soon finally have the same protections.”

“SAVE is pleased as a plaintiff in the ACLU’s marriage recognition lawsuit to have received a favorable ruling in court today,” stated SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “While we are overjoyed that the judge erred on the side of fairness by ordering the state of Florida recognize the legal marriages of the plaintiffs, we will continue to make the case that it is Florida’s responsibility to recognize the legal marriages of ALL same-sex couples, and not only those named as plaintiffs in our suit. SAVE will continue to advocate for a pro-equality ruling as the court examines the case further in the weeks and months ahead.”

The case was brought against Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and other state officials. Florida is now the 16th state in which a federal court has struck down a marriage ban as unconstitutional since the ACLU’s victory in U.S. v. Windsor, in which the Supreme Court struck down the main provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The plaintiffs in the ACLU of Florida’s case are represented by attorneys for the ACLU and the ACLU of Florida, as well as Stephen Rosenthal of the Podhurst Orseck law firm.

Representatives from the ACLU of Florida and SAVE as well as plaintiff couples in the case are available to speak with press at 4:15pm at the ACLU of Florida’s Main Office at 4500 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL, 33137.

Additional information about the case, including bios of the plaintiffs, is available here:

A copy of the judge’s order is available here:

About SAVE:  SAVE’s mission is to promote, protect and defend equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.  Established in 1993, SAVE accomplishes this mission through education initiatives, outreach, grassroots organizing, and advocacy.  Starting with the landmark passage of Miami’s Human Rights Ordinance in 1998 to recent enactments of domestic partner benefit policies, SAVE continues to lead the fight for LGBT equality through grassroots action focused on civil rights, parental rights, and relationship recognition through political advocacy, community outreach, candidate endorsements. For additional information, visit our web site at:

About the ACLU of Florida: The ACLU of Florida is freedom’s watchdog, working daily in the courts, legislature and throughout Florida to defend individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the United States and Florida Constitutions and the Bill of Rights.  For additional information, visit our web site at:

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Cyber Bullying Higher For LGBT Youth

Between the Lines | Pride Source | August 18, 2014 reports that a new Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network study found that LGBT youth faced three times as much cyber bullying than their non-LGBT peers. The findings, which note that LGBT adolescents living in rural areas experience an elevated level of online harassment, show that 42 percent of LGBT youth face more online bullying as compared to 15 percent of straight, cisgender youth. Text message harassment was also included in the study, which found LGBT youth twice as likely to report the intimidation.

Results came from a national survey of 5,680 students in middle and high school. The study, titled “Out Online: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth on the Internet,” found that youth affected by bullying had lowered self-esteem, lower grade point averages and a higher likelihood of depression.

Despite the disheartening evidence, the survey did find that LGBT youth on the Internet are also more likely to garner increased peer support, access to health information and opportunities for civic engagement. The study found that LGBT youth were actually twice as likely to research medical information online than their non-LGBT peers, with transgender youth making up a large portion of that number.

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Police Continue to Violate Press Freedom In Ferguson


JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.

Six more journalists have been arrested in Ferguson since Monday, bringing the total number to 11. Here are some of their faces. This includes journalists from The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Sports Illustrated. Journalists are reporting being harassed by police, who say police are attempting to restrict their movement by corralling them into press zones.

Some examples of clashes involved in Al Jazeera America camera crew that could tear gassed. Look at this clip. You can actually see the reporters running away, and soon after, police officers come and smash their cameras.

Even CNN anchor Don Lemon got pushed by the police. Take a look at this clip.


POLICE OFFICER: Let’s go! Come on, let’s go!

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Why the People of Ferguson Can’t Trust the Cops

Mike Ludwig | Truthout | August 21, 2014

2014 821 trust fwProtesters hold hands during demonstrations on Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, the night of Aug. 19, 2014. (Photo: Eric Thayer / The New York Times)

Several African-American men share with Truthout their stories of abuse at the hands of police, and after 12 days of continuous demonstrations against the shooting of an unarmed teen, Michael Brown, it appears that the community is in it for the long haul.

After hours of peacefully marching up and down the sidewalks on Ferguson’s now-infamous South Florissant Avenue on Tuesday night, several dozen protesters formed a thick circle in a parking lot to conclude their demonstration with a prayer lead by a local minister. It was getting late, and it seemed that, after several nights of unrest and police crackdowns, the protest might end in peace.

I sat down on a curb to jot down some notes, and a young man with dreadlocks asked me if I was a reporter. He called to his friends, and soon several young black men from Ferguson joined us, each with his own story to tell.

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Cop barred from Ferguson protests after telling reporter, ‘I’m going to f*cking kill you’

Arturo Garcia | Raw Story | August 21, 2014

A police officer in Ferguson, Missouri was removed from duty on Wednesday after being caught on video threatening to kill a reporter during the latest demonstration in the city.

The Missouri branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on its website that the officer’s removal followed a letter sent to state Highway Patrol Superintendent Cpl. Ron Repogle questioning his behavior.

CNN reported that the officer was relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely.

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