‘Christian’ Church Halts Woman’s Funeral Midway Because She Was Gay

By: Thursday January 15, 2015 9:00 am

Religion is not about hate. It is not about intolerance. It should never be used to harm innocents. Believers need to be very suspect of those who quote holy words to justify such things. Je suis Vanessa Collier. Hundreds of Vanessa Collier’s friends and family gathered Saturday at New Hope Ministries, sitting before an open [...]


FDL Movie Night: Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

By: Monday November 11, 2013 4:59 pm

With his murder, Matthew Shepard became a public figure, and in Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine Josue shows an intimate portrait of a young man full of promise, conflicts, doubts, and love–a friend whose life impacted everyone who knew him and whose death has impacted millions more.

Tent City Rising: Occupy Austin Attempts New Encampments (#OATX Birthday, UPDATED)

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 5:17 pm

On Saturday, October 6, a week of events and direct action celebrating Occupy Austin’s 1st birthday culminated on its official anniversary with an attempt to reoccupy space; the goal was to create a new transitional encampment for those without homes in a city which has criminalized their existence.

The day began with a March Against Hate to protest a hate crime on Pride weekend (previously mentioned on myFDL). Occupy Austin, in addition to joining the march, lent our portable sound system to the community for use at the Texas State Capitol, then danced along the sidewalks on the way back to Austin City Hall for our Popular Assembly.

Identifying Sikhs

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 12:55 pm

The carnage that erupted over the weekend at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin is the latest stitch in a very long pattern of alienation and hostility that has befallen Sikh Americans. Jeers and harassment, violent attacks, and hateful political rhetoric have all woven a mesh of fear and muted outrage around the country’s burgeoning Sikh community. The explanations for such a targeted and ferocious attack (which have been linked to white supremacist ideology) aren’t rational, can’t easily be boiled down to simple ignorance. But many are delicately rethinking how cultural perception shapes attitudes toward the Other.

George Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder of Trayvon Martin – and Is in Custody

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 5:09 pm

Finally — and he turned himself in. Maybe now people will settle down, check their privilege and paranoia and see if the prosecutor can prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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