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WATCH: The horrific explosion of violence against trans women of color

Catching up to reality, the ABC News program Nightline has investigated the epidemic of American violence unleashed on transgendered people since Trump’s election, especially trans women of color, and the result is nothing less than devastating.

Hosted by reporter Juju Chang, the segment focuses on a group of trans women living in Dallas, doing a deep dive on the story of 22-year-old Muhlaysia Booker. In April, a crowd of bystanders stood and watched as a man attacked and beat Booker following a minor traffic accident. Passers-by filmed the incident, videos of which went viral.

However, onlookers only intervened after the beating had rendered Booker unconscious.

Following the attack, Booker made an eloquent public plea for an end to violence and acceptance of trans people. A few weeks later, she was murdered.


Video at link is GRAPHIC. WATCH IT!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Oct 5, 2019, 08:54 PM (0 replies)

Brooklyn synagogue's windows broken during Rosh Hashanah prayers

The windows of a synagogue in Brooklyn were broken during Rosh Hashanah services.

A video showing people throwing milk crates at the the Rivnitz synagogue in the Williamsburg neighborhood was circulated Wednesday on social media.

Police said that the incident took place on Monday afternoon and they were searching for two females who were seen in the video, according to WPIX-TV.



There has been a spate of attacks in recent months against visibly Orthodox Jewish men in Brooklyn.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:54 PM (7 replies)

Holocaust survivors reunited in Israel after 75 years

Two Holocaust survivors who were separated as children reunited in Israel after 75 years.

Morris Sana, 87, and his cousin and friend Simon Mairowitz, 85, were convinced that the other had been killed by the Nazis, according to People magazine.

They reconnected after their descendants found each other on Facebook. The men had escaped Romania separately following the German invasion in 1940.

Sana lives in Israel, in Raanana, and Mairowitz ended up in the United Kingdom.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Thu Sep 26, 2019, 12:49 AM (0 replies)

Antisemitic graffiti found at Racine synagogue

Antisemitic graffiti was discovered at Racine’s Beth Israel Sinai Congregation on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, as board members arrived for a meeting in the afternoon.

“At first I was very angry that someone would do this,” said congregation President Joyce Placzkowski, who was first to notice the spray-painted swastika and the word “Jude,” along with three symbols that each appear to be a Nazi-style “S.”

Placzkowski said her anger soon shifted to sadness.

“It’s just a very sad feeling because of the baseless hatred that someone has for someone they don’t even know,” she said. “When you do nothing but exist … it’s very sad that someone can have that kind of hatred in their body.”


What was old is new again...
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Sep 23, 2019, 12:44 PM (2 replies)

Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad

She sat there with her legs crossed, the lashes of her mascara-coated eyes beating like the wings of a hummingbird. She was angry. She was so upset she hadn't bothered to shave. A day old stubble was beginning to push through the pancake makeup. She was a he. A queen of Christopher Street.

Last weekend the queens had turned commandos and stood bra strap to bra strap against an invasion of the helmeted Tactical Patrol Force. The elite police squad had shut down one of their private gay clubs, the Stonewall Inn at 57 Christopher St., in the heart of a three-block homosexual community in Greenwich Village. Queen Power reared its bleached blonde head in revolt. New York City experienced its first homosexual riot. "We may have lost the battle, sweets, but the war is far from over," lisped an unofficial lady-in-waiting from the court of the Queens.

"We've had all we can take from the Gestapo," the spokesman, or spokeswoman, continued. "We're putting our foot down once and for all. "The foot wore a spiked heel. According to reports, the Stonewall Inn, a two-story structure with a sand pained brick and opaque glass facade, was a mecca for the homosexual element in the village who wanted nothing but a private little place where they could congregate, drink, dance and do whatever little girls do when they get together.

The thick glass shut out the outside world of the street. Inside, the Stonewall bathed in wild, bright psychedelic lights, while the patrons writhed to the sounds of a juke box on a square dance floor surrounded by booths and table. The bar did a good business and the waiters, or waitresses, were always kept busy, as they snaked their way around the dancing customers to the booths and tables. For nearly two years, peace and tranquility reigned supreme for the Alice in Wonderland clientele.


This is how the riot at Stonewall was relayed to the public. This is how GLBT people were seen. This is the history of the GLBT movement.

Things have changed, with many things becoming much better, but there is a long way to go. Homophobia is still active in our society. Heterosexism is more prevalent than many are will to admit, including our community and those claiming to be allies.

Today, 50 years ago, Queer people said "NO MORE!" People took notice. The road has been long, but the journey is not complete.




Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Jun 28, 2019, 05:42 AM (16 replies)

Clarence Thomas says marriage equality ruling should be overturned 

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas urged the U.S. Supreme Court to feel they are not bound to upholding precedent. The case was about legal double jeopardy, in which you can’t be tried twice for the same crime. By a 7-2 vote, the Court upheld current interpretation of the law, allowing both state and federal governments to pursue the same charges against an Alabama man.

Thomas wrote a separate concurring opinion, however, that the Supreme Court should reconsider how it respects legal precedent (or stare decisis). He said the justices should not uphold precedents that are “demonstrably erroneous,” and the case he suggested to make his argument was Oberfell v. Hodges, the case that made marriage equality a national right in 2015.

“I write separately to address the proper role of the doctrine of stare decisis,” Thomas said in his opinion. “In my view, the Court’s typical formulation of the stare decisis standard does not comport with our judicial duty under Article III because it elevates demonstrably erroneous decisions—meaning decisions outside the realm of permissible interpretation—over the text of the Constitution and other duly enacted federal law.”

He cited Chief Justice Roberts’ dissent in the marriage equality case.


Just remember, after they come for my marriage, yours may not be far behind. Speak out!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Jun 18, 2019, 08:59 PM (47 replies)

(Jewish Group)Most Jews Weren't Murdered In Death Camps. It's Time To Talk About The Other Holocaust


It was the tiny tallit that knocked the breath out of me. Slightly crumpled along the crease lines, as if just taken out of a closet where a loving mother had put it away after washing, it hung alone in its exhibit case at the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s new exhibit Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away. The specificity of the single life evoked by this toddler-size garment conveyed more about the tragedy of the millions than words ever could. It was as if it had traveled through time and space to bear witness on behalf of the little boy who once wore it.

My experience at the Auschwitz exhibit was a powerful one. But it was actually a familiar one. We are used to experiencing the horror of the Holocaust through the lens of Auschwitz. When we talk about the six million, we picture concentration camps, ghettos, cattle cars.

And yet, the members of my family who were murdered during the Holocaust did not die at Auschwitz. They were killed at Babi Yar. And I cannot imagine an exhibit like this honoring their memory.

In part, this inability stems from the fact that after decades of silence and intentional forgetting, the material evidence of their lives and deaths is long gone — unlike the thousands of artifacts left behind by the Nazi concentration camps. But the main reason I can’t imagine an exhibit dedicated to the memory of my family is that their story as a whole is not part of our collective memory of the Holocaust.

The story of the Jews murdered not in death camps but by bullets, burning, gas wagons, intentional starvation, drowning, and hanging all over the former Soviet Union — an estimated 2.7 million — has been casually subsumed in the death camp-centered Holocaust collective memory.


Wonderful for Jews to do, but for more than a few non-Jews, they don't even know the fucking basics!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 02:33 AM (2 replies)

'Hitler Is Coming' Note Posted At Jewish Children's Museum

A Post-It note reading “Hitler Is Coming” was plastered onto a billboard designed for visitors to leave positive messages at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights on Tuesday night.

The disturbing anti-Semitic display in an area where children congregate has many in the neighborhood rattled and angry, reports CBSN New York’s Scott Rapoport.

Devorah Halberstam, the museum’s co-founder who’s son was killed in a terrorist attack on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994, is appalled.

“It’s extremely, extremely horrible,” she said. “It’s devastating to the museum I represent.”

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:52 AM (7 replies)

TN county votes to censure judge; posted article saying Jews should 'get the f**k over the Holocaust

A Tennessee county commission has voted in favor of censuring a judge who posted racist and anti-Semitic articles on his Facebook page.

Prior to the Monday evening hearing, Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey wrote a letter to the Shelby County Commission to say the article he linked to saying the Jews should “get the f**k over the Holocaust” and called Muslim immigrants “foreign mud” was not written by a Holocaust denier, as had been widely reported, but by a Jewish writer, David Cole, the Commercial Appeal reported.

“The local newspaper’s initial dramatic heading, tying me to a Holocaust denier, and accompanying article was all based on a falsehood,” the letter said. “This is character assassination at its best.”

Cole, who also has gone by the name of David Stein, is considered by historians to be a Holocaust denier. He has claimed that Auschwitz was not an extermination camp and that there was no genocidal plan against the Jews, but rather a plan to use them as slave labor. He also has disputed the 6 million Jews killed figure as too high. He says he prefers to be called a Holocaust revisionist.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed May 15, 2019, 04:21 PM (11 replies)

Thousands mark Holocaust Remembrance Day with annual March of the Living

Thousands of young Jews from around the world gathered in Oswiecim, Poland, on Thursday to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. They marched alongside Holocaust survivors and international politicians at the site of the former Auschwitz death camp run by Nazi Germany.

Some 10,000 marchers, who walked along a 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) route between two sites at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, waved Israeli flags and banners highlighting the issue of rising anti-Semitism.

The March of the Living has been held annually since 1988, when it began as part of an education program for young Jews.

It is estimated that 1.1 million of the 6 million Jews executed by the Nazis during World War II died at Auschwitz.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Thu May 2, 2019, 04:51 PM (1 replies)
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