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Piece 42 – A Word on the Marginalized to Commemorate Pride Month 

A Word on the Marginalized to Commemorate Pride Month

By. Raimondo Graziano

This country has a long history of oppression and demonizing minority groups within the nation- historically marginalized groups as we collectively refer to them as. For much of our history this nation has been one ruled by a ruling elite, a political class of individuals – white, straight men. Now there is nothing wrong with being white or with being straight. To the contrary, that’s an okay thing. What is demonstrably wrong, is using ones position of inherent privilege to advance their needs and their wants alone. Using ones considerable advantage, whether it is a realized one or not, to purposely keep power concentrated in the hands of the few for the perpetuation of marginalization of those who cannot fight for themselves. Marginalization of those who are fearful for their lives simply for being born into a world who stigmatizes them as a group and as individuals just for being who they are.

Now, considerable progress has been made both legislatively and socially as well as culturally and economically. But to believe that our hard earned victories are shielded from assault by the powers that still be, is naive. Each day work is done to undermine the advances we have made on civil rights for all Americans including, and especially this month of Pride for the LGBTQ community, the advances made in normalizing the public thought and perception on identifying as a gay, lesbian or any other orientation. The opposition is hard at work on undermining and eroding our progress we have made in the name of peace and justice. Our fight is one for the recognition of the ills we have helped to sow, and righting the wrongs of our storied past. We cannot go it alone, and we cannot rest on our laurels. Rather we must see each day as a ceaseless war in the effort to ensure that justice and liberation is accomplished in full; success denotes progress, but success is not an end. Progress moves ever forward and it it the foot soldiers of this movement not only here in the states but across the world that ensure that our progress continues unfettered by rogue actors, and unfeeling, “moral” parties bent on peddling their false ideologies of tradition.

Their ideology is not one of tradition but one mired in backwards, degenerative policies that work to alienate and keep some of out brightest minds down based on purely racial, sexual, or social prejudices. Those within communities that are marginalized must fight for themselves and for those around them that they would call Brother and sister. Those who would call themselves allies must equally fight for their rights and ensure that our understanding of their trials, translates not into a co-opting of the conversation for our own benefit, but of an amplifier to the fight of those who are, or believe that they may be voiceless. That is why I am an ally. That is why I choose to fight, not only for my sister and for those she calls friend, but for the millions more in bondage who have no champion. We have an obligation to do right, and to do otherwise is to be a true, true coward.

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28 – Utter Scandal and Lies, Exposing Corruption in NYCHA With Louis Flores

Louis is an LGBT activist and data reporter. His activism and writing have been covered by The New York Times, The Advocate, The New York Daily News, and the French magazine Têtu. Louis was the publisher of the online news Web site, Progress Queens.

An advocate for government reform, Louis is working with others to code a transparency reporting app, C’est Vrai, that will be the backbone for Progress New York, a new investigative journalism cooperative in New York.

Tonight he will be talking about his efforts to bring transparency to New York and the corruption that persists in NYCHA, New York City’s Public Housing.


Show Notes

02:09 – The corrupt role of money in politics.

02:16 – Corruption in NYC & NYS.

03:27 – Privatization of NYCHA.

06:02 – Real-Estate contributions to Mayor DeBlasio.

06:17 – The effect of privatization of NYCHA on residents.

12:02 – FIGHT for NYCHA.

12:27 –Normal Siegel.

14:05 – Conditions of residents of NYCHA housing.

14:56 What is a FOIL request?

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26 – A conversation with Kim Ann, an Educator and Activist, of “Real Talk with The Angry Soccer Man” on How White People Can BEST Support Equality

Kim Ann is the host of Real Talk with The Angry Soccer Man where she highlights numerous inequities and inequalities. She is an educator focused on teaching white Americans about the benefit of racial equality and deconstructing the social constructs that guide our lives subconsciously.

Important Links

1. Kim Ann’s Channel where she hosts Real Talk With The Angry Soccer Mom

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCq8hRT0mVms5B7kTpz9KdWg

Show Notes

03:47 – Travelling the world broadens the mind, and understanding of the world.

https://coppellstudentmedia.com/73266/opinions/good-to-go-why-traveling-broadens-the-mind-and-changes-perspective/

07:17 – Anti Racism and Bigotry Instruction

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/07/10/teaching-for-black-lives-a-handbook-to-help-all-educators-fight-racism/

09:25 – Historically Marginalized Communities

http://counselingcenter.syr.edu/social-justice/impact-of-marginalization.html

10:02 – Capitalism & Racism

http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/articles/racism-and-logic-capitalism

10:50 – The Concept of White Priviledge

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_privilege

16:10 – Post-Racial America

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-racial_America

21:05 – Democrats United

https://cookpolitical.com/analysis/national/national-politics/trump-unifying-democrats-instead-consolidating-his-base

38:22 – Medias Role In Dividing People

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/72-percent-say-media-dividing-americans-spreading-hate

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