Fight This Hate: A Weekly Roundup

Fight this Hate shows a small selection of hate crimes and/or harassment that has taken place recently in the United States. Southern Poverty Law Center keeps detailed accounts of hate crimes. Colorlines tracks all manner of topics related to race and publishes them daily. The following incidents are only a small sample, and each includes a form of direct action.


Alabama Makes it Legal to Turn Away Gays from Adoption Agencies

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill Wednesday making it legal for private faith-based adoption agencies to turn away gay couples. The bill was approved last month by the state Senate in a vote of 23-9. All eight Senate Democrats voted against the bill, along with one Republican senator, Steve Livingston. At the time, Senator Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham said the bill would “sanction discrimination.” Representative Patricia Todd, who is openly gay, shared a similar view, calling the bill “bigotry in the first degree.”

Governor Ivey says “This bill is not about discrimination, but instead protects the ability of religious agencies to place vulnerable children in a permanent home.”

If you believe her… Just don’t believe her. This is discrimination against the LGBTQQIA community, pure and simple.

In Kentucky, a judge recused himself on all adoption cases involving “homosexual parties.” Judge W. Mitchell Nance said in his order issued Thursday and sent to all lawyers in Barren and Metcalfe counties that he does so “as a matter of conscience” because and “under no circumstance” would “the best interest of the child be promoted by the adoption by a practicing homosexual.”

This is similar to the Kim Davis case. But in that case, there was good news recently. A same-sex couple denied a marriage license by infamous Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis can now legally sue her, a federal appeals court ruled.

FIGHT THIS HATE

Donate to the ACLU. Stand up for your LGBTQQIA friends, neighbors, and family members.


A Radical Anti-Immigration Group Infiltrated the GOP

A radical fringe group called FAIR began in the 1980s in an old house in Washington, DC, where rats ran in the ceiling. They numbered about ten members.

And now they are in the White House.

Julie Kirchner, who served as FAIR’s executive director for 10 years until 2015, recently was named the new ombudsman of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She will report directly to the deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security and will be in charge of helping immigrants navigate the green-card and citizenship-application process.

Besides Kirchner, at least five other key advisers to President Trump on immigration have ties to FAIR: Jeff Sessions, Kris Kobach, Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Miller, and Lou Barletta. Among them, they acted as legal counsel, board members, and longtime allies of the group.

FIGHT THIS HATE

Work to oust any and all Republicans in office, whether local, state, or federal. Consider joining Swing Left or any group working to oust Republicans.


GOOD NEWS

Stephen Hawking has moved up the deadline for escaping Earth. That may not sound like good news on the face of it, but it’s bound to mean scientists and innovators will get serious about finding the where and how for our escape.


Sandra de Helen, author of the lesbian thriller Till Darkness Comes also pens the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series. She is a poet, journalist, and a playwright. Her plays have been produced in the Philippines, Ireland and Canada, Chicago, New York City, and in thirteen states. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild. Her books are available online, at Another Read Through Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Samples of her work are available on her website.

 

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