Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016
Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Avenue 2nd Fl
Jackson Heights, Queens
Once again, the toxic bigotry pervasive in the US political mainstream, in a society with easy access to the most deadly of weapons, has resulted in violence.
But before we could even begin to process and grieve over the monumental loss of life in Orlando, a struggle began to define the meaning of this latest atrocity.
One could point to numerous symptoms of anti-LGBT bigotry. As hundreds of pieces of legislation are considered across the United States, discussing which rights to deny LGBT people sends a clear message that their lives are worthless.
But instead, the supposed “left” side of the national discussion in the aftermath of Orlando was dominated by leading voices of the Democratic Party.
At worst, they were indistinguishable from Republicans in their bloodthirsty cries for vengeance against innocent people in the Middle East. At best, they tried to deflect the discussion away from the roots of this violence–often onto the issue of guns and gun control.
Focusing on the how of American violence rather than the why might seem pragmatic, but it actually leads our side to abdicate the fight over the meaning of the Pulse massacre, ceding the ground to reactionary explanations like Islamophobia.
In the face of a campaign to turn a hate-filled massacre of LGBTQ Latinx into future hate-filled violence directed at Muslims, there’s a crying need to build awareness about the terrible toll of war, and of racial and gender violence.
Join the Queens Branch of the International Socialist Organization for a discussion of the roots and implications of this tragedy, and how we can continue to organize locally to stand up to homophobia and racism.
** To welcome those celebrating Ramadan, water, dates, and snacks will be made available at the event. **
Articles to read
Homophobia, Islamophobia, and War on Terror
“They Want to Use Orlando for “The War on Terror,” Socialist Worker, 6/15/2016
“Don’t Turn Homophobia Into Islamophobia,” Socialist Worker, 6/13/2016
“How ‘Bathroom Bills’ Feed Bigotry,” Socialist Worker, 6/16/2016
“The Myth of the Progressive Capitalist” Jacobin, 4/13/16
Gun Control Debate
“The Orlando Massacre Can’t Be Reduced to Guns,” Socialist Worker, 6/16/2016
“Ignoring the Real Roots of American Violence,” Socialist Worker, 6/25/2015
“The Secret History of Guns,” Atlantic, 9/2011
LGBT Political History
“The Sexual Revolution,” International Socialist Review, Chistopher Phelp’s Review of Sherry Wolf’s Sexuality and Socialism
“LGBT Struggle: Where Do We Go From Here,” International Socialist Review, Sherry Wolf