**TOMORROW**

laqrcollective:

Tired of living in a culture of nonconsent and gender oppression/repression that reinforces street harassment?!! It feels as though the amount of self-entitlement that, mainly cis/het men, have over spaces and fem bodies in particular is escalating.

Saturday September 13th LAQR will be doing our Gender Violence and Transfeminist Revolt! workshop at the Echo Chamber Creative Headquarters where we’ll discuss systemic/intersectional analyses in terms of descriptive/political categories regarding violence faced within and out Femme and Queer/Trans communtiies and express ways in which we can collectively #REVOLT against our social conditions.

This will be follwed by a Direct Action Against Street Harassment planning meeting to discuss and plan a one time event on LA public transit systems that could turn into a monthly occurance depending on the outcome of the action.(LET’S fEMUP THE TRAINS Y’ALL!)

For folx who are so over feeling like you have to change how you dress or how approachable you are for the sake of protection, let’s do something about it! LAQR is inviting groups, collectives and orgs to come to a strategy/ planning meeting to take the actions to the streets.

We will discuss ways in which we can oppose harassment that womyn, LGBTQIA2S+ folx, and anyone whose body is often in danger under patriarchal culture, face. Let’s begin to dialogue about changing the culture with public art campaigns, spreading anti street harassment literature and stickers, taking surveys of womyn and LGBTQIA2S+ folx to see if those most marginalized under the patriarchy can or will turn to their neighbors or the cops, and share skills/ tactics. These are just a few ideas shared we can use to de-escalate, eradicate, or change this behavior that enculturates us into fear.

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Allies/Accomplices welcome if you can LISTEN & HEAR more than you can speak & tell
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♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
We will have zines available and will be accepting donations for legal defense in the Echo Chamber space for every event for comrades who met with racist vigilanteism and police violence. See info here:
http://koine.la/da-to-press-lynching-charges-against-five-pro-immigration-protesters-attacked-by-murrieta-police/

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#transfeminist revolt #laqr #street harassment #smash the patriarchy #queer workshops #queer #echo chambers 
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#ferguson #racism #ftp 
madeupofnothings:

[The “A” is for asexuals & aromantics- not allies]
Mine, please and thank you

madeupofnothings:

[The “A” is for asexuals & aromantics- not allies]

Mine, please and thank you

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#asexual #aromantic 
Share prices for two of the largest private prison firms have spiked sharply since an influx of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border was reported this summer. And some investors in GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America are seizing on the opportunity for more profit from incarceration, according to recent comments to CNN Money.
“Investors see this as an opportunity. This is a potentially untapped market that will have very strong demand,” activist investor Alex Friedmann told CNN Money.

Both firms, which house prisoners through private sector contracts with the government, have arrangements with federal agencies to detain immigrants. Since July 30, CCA’s stock has increased 8.5 percent, and GEO’s has increased 7 percent. Analyst Brian Ruttenbur added that both companies are “extremely well positioned” to “help with the crisis.”
The spike reinforces the notion that private prison companies like GEO and CCA profit from individuals’ misfortune and incarceration, potentially creating incentives for the companies to lobby against American interests, as the United States faces both an immigration crisis and an epidemic of mass incarceration.
GEO representatives declined to talk to CNN. But during its quarterly investor call in early August, several executives expressed optimism that the influx of migrants at the border would increase the company’s bottom line — and already has.
“Our strong quarterly results and improved outlook reflect improved occupancy at a number of facilities across our real estate portfolio, particularly at the federal level,” GEO Chief Executive Officer George Zoley said on an investors conference call, citing as one of the major projects a repurposed detention center in Texas “to house families as a result of the ongoing crisis along the southern border.”
Fellow GEO executive John Hurley added that GEO has a “fixed price contract” with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house women and children at the Karnes County Residential Center that is expected to generate about $26 million in revenue per year.
Hurley added that GEO has pitched a number of other arrangements to profit from the influx of migrants from Central America. “With the crisis at the southern border continuing, GEO has offered ICE a number of proposals to secure residential care,” he said.
When the Karnes detention center for women and children opened August 1, Immigration advocates were immediately up in arms that GEO was selected — given its reputation for inmate abuse, workplace violence, and fraudulent reporting at its U.S. facilities.
“They have no training in child welfare,” immigration attorney Barbara Hines told KUT News. “They [private prison firms] have run these prisons or detention facilities on a prison incarceration model. If we are going to have them – and I am opposed to them – they should be run by licensed child welfare agencies.”
One ICE official told KUT News that the agency had no choice in picking GEO because they had a contract with the county, which then subcontracted to GEO. Bob Libal of Grassroots Leadership said subcontracting is one of the strategies private prison firms use to keep making money despite their negative reputations.
GEO has faced continuous allegations of malfeasance at its facilities, including legal violations and inmate abuse. One federal judge found that GEO “allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate” at one Mississippi facility for juveniles. Because the firms are profit-driven, they have an incentive to cut corners on the care of their inmates and detainees to save money. They have also lobbied heavily for policies that serve their interests.
Just last month, GEO’s Zoley held a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) at his home, as protesters stood outside to call out Scott’s cozy relationship with what one protester called “extremely questionable corporations.”
Last year, filings showed GEO Group hired a lobbyist to influence federal immigration legislation, despite promises not to do so. And over the past 12 years, GEO has spent at least $4.2 million on direct, reported political contributions, in addition to other contributions by affiliated political action committees, according to data compiled by the National Institute on Money and Politics. A 2012 Associated Press report found that GEO and the two other largest private prison firms had spent $45 million on campaign donations and lobbyists over the course of ten years.
The firm saw a 56-percent spike in profits last year, after adopting a strategy for drastically reducing its taxes. And Zoley has earned more than any other individual in the corrections industry, at $22 million in compensation between 2008 and 2013.

[via Think Progress]

Share prices for two of the largest private prison firms have spiked sharply since an influx of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border was reported this summer. And some investors in GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America are seizing on the opportunity for more profit from incarceration, according to recent comments to CNN Money.

“Investors see this as an opportunity. This is a potentially untapped market that will have very strong demand,” activist investor Alex Friedmann told CNN Money.

Both firms, which house prisoners through private sector contracts with the government, have arrangements with federal agencies to detain immigrants. Since July 30, CCA’s stock has increased 8.5 percent, and GEO’s has increased 7 percent. Analyst Brian Ruttenbur added that both companies are “extremely well positioned” to “help with the crisis.”

The spike reinforces the notion that private prison companies like GEO and CCA profit from individuals’ misfortune and incarceration, potentially creating incentives for the companies to lobby against American interests, as the United States faces both an immigration crisis and an epidemic of mass incarceration.

GEO representatives declined to talk to CNN. But during its quarterly investor call in early August, several executives expressed optimism that the influx of migrants at the border would increase the company’s bottom line — and already has.

“Our strong quarterly results and improved outlook reflect improved occupancy at a number of facilities across our real estate portfolio, particularly at the federal level,” GEO Chief Executive Officer George Zoley said on an investors conference call, citing as one of the major projects a repurposed detention center in Texas “to house families as a result of the ongoing crisis along the southern border.”

Fellow GEO executive John Hurley added that GEO has a “fixed price contract” with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house women and children at the Karnes County Residential Center that is expected to generate about $26 million in revenue per year.

Hurley added that GEO has pitched a number of other arrangements to profit from the influx of migrants from Central America. “With the crisis at the southern border continuing, GEO has offered ICE a number of proposals to secure residential care,” he said.

When the Karnes detention center for women and children opened August 1, Immigration advocates were immediately up in arms that GEO was selected — given its reputation for inmate abuse, workplace violence, and fraudulent reporting at its U.S. facilities.

“They have no training in child welfare,” immigration attorney Barbara Hines told KUT News. “They [private prison firms] have run these prisons or detention facilities on a prison incarceration model. If we are going to have them – and I am opposed to them – they should be run by licensed child welfare agencies.”

One ICE official told KUT News that the agency had no choice in picking GEO because they had a contract with the county, which then subcontracted to GEO. Bob Libal of Grassroots Leadership said subcontracting is one of the strategies private prison firms use to keep making money despite their negative reputations.

GEO has faced continuous allegations of malfeasance at its facilities, including legal violations and inmate abuse. One federal judge found that GEO “allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate” at one Mississippi facility for juveniles. Because the firms are profit-driven, they have an incentive to cut corners on the care of their inmates and detainees to save money. They have also lobbied heavily for policies that serve their interests.

Just last month, GEO’s Zoley held a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) at his home, as protesters stood outside to call out Scott’s cozy relationship with what one protester called “extremely questionable corporations.”

Last year, filings showed GEO Group hired a lobbyist to influence federal immigration legislation, despite promises not to do so. And over the past 12 years, GEO has spent at least $4.2 million on direct, reported political contributions, in addition to other contributions by affiliated political action committees, according to data compiled by the National Institute on Money and Politics. A 2012 Associated Press report found that GEO and the two other largest private prison firms had spent $45 million on campaign donations and lobbyists over the course of ten years.

The firm saw a 56-percent spike in profits last year, after adopting a strategy for drastically reducing its taxes. And Zoley has earned more than any other individual in the corrections industry, at $22 million in compensation between 2008 and 2013.

[via Think Progress]

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#prison-industrial complex #prison stocks #geo group #corrections corporations of america #pic and wall street #immigrant detention #capitalism 
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#laqr #los angeles queer resistance #queer workshops #queer events #queer 'zines #laqr issue 7 

lastuli:

Illustrated poetry: ‘Oh rascal children of Gaza’

Rafah-born author and poet Khaled Juma wrote a heartbreaking tribute to the children of the Gaza Strip amidst the missiles striking his hometown. At least 506 Palestinian children have been killed since Israel commenced its latest invasion of Gaza on July 8, 2014

Photograph #1: A Palestinian boy, who fled with his family from their home during Israeli air strikes, bathes his brother at a United Nations-run school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014. The school is a designated shelter for Palestinians who were displaced by Israel’s offensive. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

Photograph #2: A Palestinian girl reacts at the scene of an explosion carried out by the Israeli military that killed at least eight children and wounded 40 more in a public garden in Gaza City on July 28, 2014. Photo credit: Finbarr O’Reilly

Photograph #3: A traumatized Palestinian child is comforted by a man arranging care for him in a hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014. Photo credit: Momen Faiz

Photograph #4: A Palestinian child pulls out toys from a box at a local market in Gaza City during a temporary ceasefire on August 6, 2014. Palestinian and Israeli delegations met in Cairo with Hamas demanding an end to the siege on Gaza and Israel demanding a demilitarization of the territory. Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis

Photograph #5: A Palestinian boy sleeps at a United Nations-run school in Gaza City on July 14, 2014, after fleeing with his family from their home in Beit Lahya. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

Photograph #6: Doctors tend to injured children while a young girl sitting on her mother’s lap cries at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 4, 2014. Photo credit: Eyad El Baba

Photograph #7: A Palestinian girl cries while being treated at a hospital in Beit Lahya following after sustaining injuries from an Israeli air strike on a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp on July 30, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

Photograph #8: Two Palestinians girls celebrate the first day of Eid Al-Fitr on the grounds of a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. Their families are among the dozens that have fled their homes and sought refuge in the school. Normally, Muslim families in Palestine celebrate Eid Al-Fitr by visiting one another and gifting children with new clothes and shoes. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

Photograph #9: One-and-a-half year old Razel Netzlream was killed after she was fatally hit by shrapnel from an Israeli air strike on an adjacent home the previous day. Her father carries her body to the funeral in Khan Younis on July 18, 2014. Photo credit: Alessio Romenzi

Photograph 10: A portrait of Shahed Quishta, 8, is fixed to a pillar in her home in Beit Lahya on August 16, 2014, after an Israeli tank fired a shell into the living room. She was killed on July 22, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

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#palestine #solidarity with palestine #illustrated poetry #gaza #khaled juma #oh rascal children of gaza 
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LAQR CONSENT & QUEER BODIES WORKSHOP
Monday, September 8th 1:00pm
Echo Chambers, 1519 Sunset Blvd
**Join us as we QUEER UP & SMASH the outdated cishet and body normative consent workshop.** We’ll expand the topic of consent to include queer n trans bodies n discuss why consent MUST EXIST IN EVERYDAY LIFE ———————————————————————————————————— (((((((CONSENT AIN’T SEXY, IT’S MANDATORY))))))) ———————————————————————————————————— +Once the workshop is done we’ll be working on assembling LAQR’s 7th ‘zine, THE SPACE ISSUE. So if you are unable to email or message ur contributions, definitely bring ‘em with ya. (our ‘zine pages are 8.5x5.5, the size of a ppr folded n half) *Accomplices/Allies welcome to the workshop *QUEERS ONLY for submission of content for the zine

LAQR CONSENT & QUEER BODIES WORKSHOP

Monday, September 8th 1:00pm

Echo Chambers, 1519 Sunset Blvd

**Join us as we QUEER UP & SMASH the outdated cishet and body normative consent workshop.**

We’ll expand the topic of consent to include queer n trans bodies n discuss why consent MUST EXIST IN EVERYDAY LIFE

————————————————————————————————————
(((((((CONSENT AIN’T SEXY, IT’S MANDATORY)))))))
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+Once the workshop is done we’ll be working on assembling LAQR’s 7th ‘zine, THE SPACE ISSUE. So if you are unable to email or message ur contributions, definitely bring ‘em with ya. (our ‘zine pages are 8.5x5.5, the size of a ppr folded n half)

*Accomplices/Allies welcome to the workshop
*QUEERS ONLY for submission of content for the zine

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#laqr workshop #consent #consent & queer bodies #consent workshop #echo chambers #queer workshops 
Privileged group:how would YOU like it if we did this to you
Privileged group:*has been doing this to you for years*
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#privilege #oppression