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MARCH AGAINST TRANSPHOBIA AND SLUT-SHAMING this Saturday!

This Saturday an international group of radical "feminists" (hate group) will descend on Portland to hold what it purports to be a "public forum" on sex workers and on trans folks. Let's show them the door.
This Saturday an international group of radical "feminists" (hate group) will descend on Portland to hold what it purports to be a "public forum" on sex workers and on trans folks. Let's show them the door.

The hate group called WOLF (Womyn's Liberation Front) and Deep Green Resistance's leaders Lierre Keith and Rachel Ivey (plus an "ex-trans" speaker) are main speakers of the "forum" to be held at the Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave) U.S. Bank Room downtown from 11AM to 3PM. We questioned the library administration about allowing a hate group who promotes discrimination and their response is that they cannot kick them out because of freedom of speech. So we also exercise our right to free speech in public space this Saturday to drive the TERFS and RadFems out of OUR library and OUR Portland!

Gather at Director Park (2 blocks away, on Taylor and Park) at 10:30AM, bring signs.

March together to Central Library at 10:45AM and rally on the sidewalk in front of the library entrance to create visibility.

People are also encouraged to infiltrate the "forum" and speak out, call out on the TERF and SWERF bullshit, and filibuster the meeting in general.

On Sunday, a group of TRUSCUMS (self-loathing trans folks who have been brain washed into radical feminism, who are online puppets of Supreme Leader Cathy "Buck" Brennen) are having a secret meeting to establish an ex-trans organization. This location is secret but we are investigating and will inflitrate it.

For people who don't know, DGR and RadFem are people who want trans folks to be outlawed and be executed in prison unless they go back to their birth sex because to them genital is destiny. They claim trans women are rapists simply by existing, AND even petitioned the United Nations to strip all trans and genderqueer people of human rights. This same group of people are also into slut-shaming and against sex workers and also those women who do not become butch lesbians. Funny how they are all white middle class women with masters and doctors degrees, who go after poor trans women of color who experience constant threat of hate crime, denied healthcare, unemployment, homelessness, police violence and just all sorts of oppression. Let's make them check their WHITE, MIDDLE-CLASS, CIS PRIVILEGE!

These hateful FASCISTS do not belong in Oregon! Ya basta!

See Y'all in the streets!!!

"Let us not become the evil deplore" 21.May.2014 17:06

as said Barbara Lee

I am not a member of the Radical Feminists and I was one of the Friends at Multnomah Friends Meeting who spoke out AGAINST Meeting's hosting the Radical Feminist event at the Meeting House. The Radical Feminists' political stance did not seem in keeping with Quaker values. The other issue that arose is that the Meeting House, as a house of worship and not an event center, was under no obligation to accept renters whose values did not seem to agree with their own. The reservation from Radical Fems should never have been accepted by Multnomah Friends Meeting in the first place and probably would never have been accepted had there been some more in-depth research into the prospective renters. When Multnomah Friends Meeting was notified of the potential for conflict and (justifiably and understandably) hurt feelings on the part of other community members, it decided to cancel the reservation.

However, the description of the Rad Fems conference on Saturday, May 24, according to the Rad Fems Facebook page is,
"Free conference open to the public aimed to shed light and open dialogue on controversial aspects of radical feminism."

The Library had the right to accept the reservation. It is indeed a free speech issue. Free speech is free speech. You cannot pick and choose who gets it. The conference appears to meet all the requirements for reservation of library space. It is free and open to all.

Those who are not in agreement with the Rad Fems brand of radical feminism should attend and dialogue with them. Listen and dialogue respectfully and from a position of integrity.

Disturbing and disrupting a public event that is "aimed to shed light and open dialogue on controversial aspects of radical feminism" will only backfire. It will make your group seem like a bunch of fascists who see free speech as something reserved only for select groups who agree with yourselves. A sociology teacher of my college days once remarked, "The further you go to the left and the right, the closer the two groups resemble each other."

There has been too much drama in the activist community lately, most recently at the Law & Disorder Conference.

Let's try to be people of integrity and dialogue honestly with each other.

Ya basta to street theatre! Viva a struggle to understand where the other is coming from. We don't have to agree. We don't have to work together. We do need to practice the golden rule and show the same respect for others' free speech as we expect for our own. I am choosing to operate on the assumption that the Rad Fems' conference is indeed intended to "shed light and open dialogue." Give them the opportunity to prove their intent.

All else is empty street theatre.

Doubling down? 21.May.2014 21:00

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This sounds like another effort from the Shut Down Kristian Williams brigade. If you folks spent half as much time confronting capitalists, cops, and politicians as you do confronting other activists, you might have some credibility. But aside from your insular clique, no one is going to get near this with a ten foot pole. You've guaranteed your own irrelevance.

Verify this claim 21.May.2014 21:17

questioner

I am not that familiar with DGR and RadFem.

But, in light of the distortions and bullshit thrown around by the witch hunters a couple of weeks ago at the Law and Disorder Conference, I am skeptical about this charge:

"DGR and RadFem are people who want trans folks to be outlawed and be executed in prison unless they go back to their birth sex"

Is this true? Are there quotes or statements that can confirm that DGR and RadFem actually believe that?

WTF is a droplet? 21.May.2014 21:59

shhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Wow. Googled and went to the website.

I was greeted with this -- "A username and password are being requested by  http://womensliberationfront.org. The site says: "Please login to your droplet via SSH for login details.""

They want me to login to my droplet? This is NSA ALL tHe Way..............

RATFEM is Hate 21.May.2014 22:00

GenderAngel

The Library's rules on meeting room use

"All groups, clubs, entities or individuals using a library meeting room must comply with these rules and with the Behavior Rules Governing the Use of Multnomah County Library. Failure to comply with the rules may lead to immediate termination of the meeting, exclusion of individuals from library premises pursuant to the rules, and/or loss of future meeting room use privileges."

The Library's "Behavior Rules Governing the Use of Multnomah Country Library"

Any person who violates rules 1-5 while in or on library premises will be immediately ejected and excluded from all Multnomah County Library premises without first being given a warning. Any person so excluded shall lose all library privileges for a period of up to three years, and the incident will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

1. Committing or attempting to commit any activity that would constitute a violation of any federal, state or local criminal statute or ordinance.

2. Directing a specific threat of physical harm against an individual, group of individuals or property. Violation of this rule will result in a minimum exclusion of one year.



Note on 1. The RATFEM group is violation of Oregon Equality Act because it creates a hostile environment by its hate speech including intentional and deliberate misgendering of trans women and open advocacy of legislation that discriminates against transgender and gender non conforming people. Its presence in a PUBLIC space that's open to everyone interferes with the Library's mission of equal and public space. By allowing RATFEM to use OUR Library for propaganda that encourages Oregonians to violate Oregon Equality Act by denying access to restrooms and so on the Multnomah County government is implicit in violating OUR civil rights.

Note on 2. Websites and blogs owned by prominent RATFEM authors direct threats of physical harm against a group (trans women). They encourage uninformed citizens to think of trans women as rapists, pedophiles, sex offenders, and violent psychopaths. See  http://gendercritical.blogspot.com for a list of such blogs, and Twitter account @GIDwatch (owned by a hate group Gender Identity Watch) for their violent propaganda.



These people come from out of state to Portland (not the first time) to do this because they think Portland is the trans capital of the world thanks to our enlightened citizens and politics. It did not come easy, took decades of sacrificial efforts by trans activists. The RATFEM activists spare no efforts to destroy our progress, even by working with far right Christian Fundamentalist organizations such as Pacific Justice Institute and Mass Resistance which is hypocritical because RATFEM activists are butch lesbians themselves transgressing gender.

Let's show some solidarity and get rid of HATE!

All what u need to know about RATFEM and Deep Hate Resistance 21.May.2014 22:11

bleh

Who are the TERF?  http://theterfs.com/

Who are the DGR?  link to www.decolonizingyoga.com

Featured speakers

LIERRE KEITH (DGR founder)  http://veganideal.mayfirst.org/content/lierre-keith-case-study-anti-trans-hatred

RACHEL IVEY (DGR)  link to rabble.ca
 link to earthfirstjournal.org

SAMANTHA BERG  https://secure.huffingtonpost.com/monica-shores/prostitution-experts-vers_b_756845.html

HEATH ATOM RUSSELL ("ex-trans")

KATHLEEN BARRY

DAWN SCHILLER

A lot of hate speech in original posting 21.May.2014 22:26

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What does TERF mean? What does TRANSCUMS mean?

There seems to be a lot of misogynistic speech in the original posting -- talking about "butch lesbians" and going on a rant about "white, middle-class, cis gendered females."

The rant about "white, middle-class, cis gendered females," some apparently with masters and doctoral degrees, could probably describe the poster's and most of the protesters' mothers (?!).

What is this emphasis on "cis-female" and "cis-male" about anyway lately? I am okay with identifying by personal pronouns. However, I was born female. I have more privilege than a transgendered person. I have less privilege than a male. No one should have to apologize or feel guilty about being born into a specific gender. To quote Lady Gaga, "I was born this way." I refuse to talk about myself as a cis female married to a cis male. And, frankly, I find it absolutely ridiculous when I hear people ask that people use the gender pronoun "they" to refer to an individual person. Is that like the "royal we"? I also find it ridiculous when people say that, today, I feel like my personal pronoun is a "she" but tomorrow it may be "he." Maybe we should all be "its."

This sounds like it was posted by Westboro Baptist Church 21.May.2014 23:20

concerned

This post would be silly if it wasn't so hateful. The above commenter is right about the hatespeech...is there a way to report this to indymedia? I don't think misogynistic language like this belongs on this site.

The website of this event says it's an open event intended to promote dialogue...and THIS is what you're spending time trying to shut down? There are so many legitimately awful things going on in the world, including in Portland, and you're spending time silencing discussion instead of engaging in it? You're either a bored teenager or a fundamentalist, or both.

Example of TERF hate speech agit prop 22.May.2014 00:50

QuiddityQ

 http://genderidentitywatch.com/transwomen-sexualized-violence/
 https://outofmypantiesnow.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/when-is-90-not-substantially-all/

Like all other hate groups (racist, anti-semite, islamophobic, anti-houseless, homophobic) the TERF propaganda posits all trans women as criminals or potential criminals who are responsible for society's problems.

People such as Lierre Kieth and Rachel Ivey having an "open public forum" facilitated by an obviously biased facilitator Samantha Berg who has a preconceived agenda of promoting their ideology, is no better than letting KKK have an open forum of race or OCA have an open forum on gay rights. All progressive radicals must fight fascists such as these who throw the most oppressed groups of people under the bus in the name of struggle.

The DEATH of Radical Activism 23.May.2014 16:21

D.A.

After reading such a hyperbolic post, I decided to do my own research before chiming in. NOT by clicking on any of the cheap, thrown together, ad-hoc links others have left, but by googling the two groups in question. First off, there is no such thing as "WOLF" or Womyn's(sic) Liberation Front, much less any hate group by that title. Deep Green Resistance is a well-established, global organization. However, further research into DGR turns up NO such evidence of "trans-phobia" nor so-called "slut-shaming". I didn't even waste my time looking up acronyms for "TERF" or "SWERF", as these seem to be completely made-up, aggro-gibberish whose meaning is only known to the person who invented them. "TRUSCUMS" is so obviously derogatory that the use of it all but voids what ever credibility the OP might have been attempting to go for.

What this really looks like, is one group having a personal agenda/chip on their shoulder against another group with whom, ideologies differ either slightly or wildly, depending on how one examines it. This sort of micro-managing and brown-nosing is EXACTLY why Progressive/Radical-Left movements in this country have been in such disarray. This very sort of shouting down and calling out of each others niche politics has done far more to destroy the Left than any FBI/NSA/CIA/Co-INTEL PRO/maniacal govt. program could ever do! It's sad and pathetic. And yet, so damned typical of Portland. This is what I've come to expect from you people.


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"See Y'all in the streets!!!"


Give me a fucking break, I have not seen any real action in the streets here in years! And given the track record of most of you, it's surprising to see anyone make an appearance at all these days. All I see are chickenshit bully tactics and intimidation/smear campaigns waged exclusively online and NOWHERE ELSE! The hugely discredited ANTIFA are a prime, glaring example of this. Phoning in death threats to a venue in order to [try] and get a concert shut down, only yo NOT make any physical presence at venue in question has been ANTIFA's m.o. for several years now. Such is becoming the norm for Portland "radicals". If a single opponent shows up at the library tomorrow, I'd be shocked.

Q'all want to talk about hate speech 23.May.2014 16:58

just a guy

 http://radfemsrespond.wordpress.com/recent-anti-feminist-hate-speech/

Just take a gander at the words thrown at these women for having the gall to host a open public discussion on Prostitution and Gender. Q are you and your nonviolent buddies gonna call these people out?

But this all started with exclusion. Women wanting to have discussions without the presence of men. Not Extermination, this is a strawperson's argument to further vilify radical feminist and ideas you don't agree with. So now there's an event that isn't exclusionary and y'all don't like it which goes to show you'll never be pleased with anything they do.

I've been following this conflict for a number of years and in all the discussions I have witnessed, I have NEVER seen radical feminists respond with the visceral hatred that I've seen from folks who allegedly "support" trans people. It's no wonder they want to have meeting without you around. I as a dood wouldn't want to be in the same room with you.

I didn't plan on going until I saw this post. Now I am, to support Radical Feminism and this very important open discussion.

Dialog is only dialog... 23.May.2014 18:30

Not about to let the TERFs dox me.

Dialog is great. I love dialog. I love the concept of peace talks after the never ending assault TERFs have spearheaded against trans women and sex workers.

But, there's a problem with Radfems Respond. This isn't dialog. It's not peace talks. It's one side having the mic and dictating the terms of engagement while
everyone else gets to ask preapproved questions.

Yeah, sorry, if that's your idea of peacetalks, then you are doing it very very wrong.

The sex industry is a global industry that has created much 23.May.2014 19:55

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suffering for mostly women and children. I have not seen those who politically question the sex industry vilify sex workers. But I have seen them talk about the social harm done to women by both the messages in most porn, and the harm done to prostituted women directly.

The unqualified acceptance of the sex industry and calling anyone who questions it hateful is extremely unthoughtful. In some misguided effort to align with sex workers, you end up aligning with their pimps. In my experience as a social worker helping women to leave prostitution, none felt that it was a meaningful free choice, and they escaped with lifelong trauma. There are some women for whom this is not the case, but by and large, the sex workers rights folks seem to be those who are either more privileged sex workers (higher end strippers/escorts), and those who have nothing to do with sex work but consuming it.

Have some more nuance in your perspective. You are not aligning yourself with the real victims.

I am not this body. 23.May.2014 21:50

Asexual

I am not this body, and therefore I am ungendered. Remove the genitals and change the chemistry, and I am still me. When I die, my body will decay and then what will I be? Always and forever, only me, ungendered and free. Gender is a trap for your mind; don't hold it in your lap, or it will make you go blind.

Same old anti-feminist shit 24.May.2014 05:38

Woman

This is misogyny. Nothing more. People alleging "support" of transgendered folks - by peppering their speech with angry hate-rhetoric against feminists - are just the new misogyny. The version that seems to be "acceptable" to the four or five people still going around claiming to speak for the radical "community." And it DOES sound just like the tiny little in-group crew who recently disrupted Law & Disorder. Shame on YOU all. Go home.

Curious to know... 24.May.2014 23:15

D.A.

... how things went today. Did the slut-shaming, shout-down, call-out gestapo - fronting as Trans supporters - succeed in "filibustering" the event? Did anyone even bother showing up?

Nobody I saw 25.May.2014 00:01

dood that waz there

It was a very successful event. Hopefully the talks will be available on the internets in the not too distant future. Other then anti monsanto signs, there wasn't much out there. 10:30 at director park was empty.

Guess it was too early for these folks to stop by. Even with an open forum, it was still a majority of women. Here was your chance and you blew it.

Dawn Schiller was AWESOME and Rachel Ivey and Heath Russell's talk will be worth seeking out.

Surprise, surprise... 25.May.2014 13:29

D.A.

A complete NO-SHOW by these cowardly anonymous dipshits who claimed to have been standing up against "Transphobia". Not at all surprised! A complete NO-SHOW at a recent Death In June concert, a complete NO-SHOW at this open forum held at a library here in Portland, by a supposed, slut-shaming "hate group". WHAT'S THE MATTER, QuiddityQ, GenderAngel, bleh,
antifa, etc.? You gonna just let some "hate" group come to town, have their way, and walk all over you like that? Couldn't you get your sorry asses out of bed? YOU were the ones who set the meetup time, RIGHT?


"Gather at Director Park (2 blocks away, on Taylor and Park) at 10:30AM, bring signs.
March together to Central Library at 10:45AM and rally on the sidewalk in front of the library entrance to create visibility."


(((QuiddityQ))), did you NOT say this? Are these not YOUR words? Here is what happened: a radical feminist "hate" group (RATFEM, was is?) from outside the state (your claim) who promotes genocide against Trans-women (supposedly, according to YOU) along with assorted "TERFs", "SWERFs", and "TRUSCUMs" or whatever, just held a "public forum" at the largest library in Portland... and YOU did not do a damned thing to stop them, nor your fellow comrades (so much for solidarity) . Not even a single filibuster.


"See Y'all in the streets!!!"

Unless it's too early in the morning. Why, no one can possibly be expected to do battle with "hate" groups at 10:45AM, are you MAD?! THERE WAS E-COLI IN THE WATER AND ALL THE COFFEE SHOPS WERE CLOSED!!!!!

A Statement from the Anti-TERF/SWERF Action Team of Portland Oregon 25.May.2014 16:13

QuiddityQ (Cathy Brennen forgot to misgender me, I am FTM)

The Anti-TERF/SWERF Action Team strongly and unequivocally condemns TERF hate groups WOLF (Womyn's Liberation Front) and DGR (Deep Green Resistance) holding their propaganda rally at one of our finest public institutions, Multnomah County Central Library. This is a 150-year-old library, first in the western United States west of the Mississippi River. Multnomah County has been a champion in Queer rights in Oregon. Given its stellar history, we strongly condemn the Library Administration for allowing hate groups to abuse our cherished Constitutional Rights.

On late Friday night, two of the protest organizers were unlawfully detained by law enforcement for trumped up and unfounded reasons, at two separate location, two separate cities, and two different times. The other remaining organizer was followed around by a masked and hooded "man" (appeared to be a man but can as well be a TERF) early Saturday morning near qis residence. Qe attempted to call 9-1-1 but qis cell phone was inexplicably not working. Qe has PTSD due to history of sexual assault pre and post transition. Qe is still yet to recover from that incident. Give TERFs' standard M.O. to work closely with FBI, CIA, NSA, DHS and state/local police, and their ability to dox anybody on earth thanks to them having access to expensive subscription databases, we are not at all surprised by these attacks against us. We are indeed at war with TERF for our very own survival. TERF oppression of trans and genderqueer people is real but thanks to TERF propaganda we are blamed for being a victim and "asking for it."

We practice super security culture and therefore Director Park was just a pick up point for those who saw our public post, with a look out persyn positioned to direct anyone who looked like protestor. Our actual meet up point was several blocks further, but we did not do a good job at finding out other actions in town. We believe that several of protestors who actually showed up were confused into joining the Monsanto march gathering at Shemansky Park instead.

We stand in solidarity with all trans, genderqueer, and gender non conforming people whose rights are daily undermined by irresponsible and incendiary TERF propaganda. We urge good citizens of Oregon and America not to give them any airtime more than any respectable persyn would allow West Borough Baptist Church or Creationists or Global Warming Deniers to speak and be taken seriously. We also call those who prefer to work within the capitalist democratic system to lobby harder for laws that will make a felony any speech against transgender and genderqueer people. As some of this country's most persecuted population we deserve special legal protection as well as reparation from TERF groups and their leaders.

The City of Roses shall no longer tolerate feminism! You TERFs and SWERFs are not welcome! Do not come back again!

VENCEREMOS!!!!!!