Queers Fucking Queers (A) Contribution to Oakland Pride

<table><tr><td>Oakland Pride Corporation (OPC) says its mission is to “facilitate leadership and coalition building for the funding and development of the first LGBTQ community center in Oakland for everyone.” The ten dollar mandatory cover and blocks worth of fencing for their LGBTQ Pride Festival prove otherwise. OPC might facilitate a false leadership over Oakland's working class queers but it is hardly welcoming or representative of poor queers.

It was only four months ago when Brandy Martel was shot in an anti-trans attack on the corner of 13th and Franklin, just outside of Oakland Pride's perimeters. Unsurprisingly there is not a single mention of her life or death in 2012 Pride program. Oakland Pride Corporation's list of sponsors tells us OPC is more interested in making bank than resisting hetero-supremacy.

Our struggles in Oakland have made it clear that public space belongs to all of us. The plazas, the streets, the libraries, and schools are as free as we want them to be. Pride, a celebration of resistance to the policing of queer bodies and cultures, will not be exempt from our desire for total freedom. The Oakland Pride Corporation is determined to contain queerness within a four block radius for one day per year. We are committed to queering everywhere. This September 2nd Queers Fucking Queers will take the streets of Oakland. We will throw our own Pride without fences, fees, or politicians. Meet us in Snow Park at 5pm. In pink and black, come dressed for our after party in the streets.</td><td><img title="Is pink & black everywhere sufficient or contingent?" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2009/pinkstorm.jpg"></td></tr></...

The Oakland Pride Corporation is determined to contain queerness within a four block radius for one day per year. We are committed to queering everywhere.

Oakland Pride's list of atrocious sponsors:

The City of Oakland
The City of Oakland has shut down schools and libraries because of a lack of funds yet have spent millions on the police force. The city council is creating initiatives to spur the gentrification of our neighborhoods. The City has contributed to the criminalization of youth via “Gang Injunctions.” They have authorized horrific police violence against the residents of Oakland.

Chevron
Chevron is responsible for thousands of man-made environmental disasters, paramilitary operations in Nigeria, and the Richmond refinery explosions earlier this month which hospitalized hundreds of Bay Area residents.

Wells Fargo
Well it's a bank. This bank has also evicted thousands of Oakland residents from their homes. Wells Fargo funds immigrant detention centers and private prisons, profiting off of racist immigration policies.

Whole Foods Oakland
It is widely known Whole Foods threatened to fire workers for participating in the November 2nd General Strike.

Clear Channel
Right wing media empire

PG&E
The negligence of PG&E contributed to the deaths of 8 people, the hospitalization of countless others and the destruction of nearly 40 homes after a pipeline explosion in San Bruno, CA in 2010. Not to mention our increasingl­y unaffordable energy bills that we dread opening every month.

BART
BART refuses to disband police force after the murders of Charles Hill and Oscar Grant.

Dot Real Estate
Actively gentrifying San Francisco and Oakland.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
WSG&R is a law firm for the same tech giants who have devastated historically queer neighborhoods in San Francisco and Oakland through gentrification.

Jack Daniels
Jack some of that shit for the QFQ party.

Marriot
The Oakland branch recently hosted the H.E.A.T. Conference which brought together politicians and police in an effort to formulate strategies aimed at the further criminalization of sex workers.

Bacardi
Really? That's just tacky.

Rebecca Kaplan (City Council Woman At Large)
Rebecca Kaplan supports putting more Oakland Police on the streets despite Oakland's unified hatred of the OPD. She believes the city should hire private security to patrol the streets of Oakland. Kaplan advocates streamlining the city's permit process to ensure businesses, corporations, and developers invest in “desired locations.” She supports “enforcement actions” against “repeat offenders against blighted property” to remove graffiti and spur gentrification. She stood arm and arm with Jean Quan with her back to the police in face off with protesters during the Oscar Grant Rebellion. Let it be clear, a gay cop-loving politician is still a cop-loving politician.

Comments

worker, nothing is sufficient. this action doesn't claim to be.

have you ever heard the phrase "useful idiot"?

no.

then you are of NO USE.

"Gay Cop Loving" ... do you think perhaps you are simplifying the situation. Gay, Queer, etc. is not a subversive position. "Cop-loving" here serves to discredit someone who would otherwise be seen as an ally (albiet 'not-radical-enough') ... there comes a point when one must say, "a cop-lover" is only someone stupid enough to not 'cop-hate'. Here is where we must insist: "besides cop-loving, cop-hating is the least useful thing to do to a police officer". We must abolish them. If we guilt each other for "loving" or shower affections for "hating" them ... we will fail.

failure is only an option for those who dance. those who run MUST RUN.
ABOLISH YOURSELF.

^Overapplied Existence^

^Overapplied Foundation Powder^

ABOLISH THEIRSELVES.

PURE ACTIVISM. WHO TOLD YOU TO SPEAK?

PRIDE WITHOUT FENCES IS LIKE JAIL WITHOUT WARDENS. THE JOKES DONE CUMD ALL OVER YOU.

Just so everyone is clear and there's no confusion: my testicles are soft and furry and full of win!

Are you planning an actual action at Oakland Pride? I support holding their feet to the fire, but check yourself, if you are a bunch of white anarchists it would be really rude to show up at Oakland Pride doing a street action with no critical race analysis and understanding of the multi layered complexity of the situation.

Leftist identity politics peddling power hungry asshole.

i agree, which is why the axn will hopefully be very blatantly against the sponsors, the planners, and the pigs. this has nothing to do with "identity politics" it has to do with the ways WHITE SUPREMACY LOOKS to folks of color and like everyone. i highly suspect that this isn't "a bunch of white anarchists" and i highly suspect it will still be written as such (only white people wear masks?) - but that shouldn't matter if the politics it puts forth actively subvert white supremacy. like, for instance, actually saying something about racialized violence in oakland, actually say something about pride and white supremacy, actually say something about visibility politics and colonization.

you know.

I really felt the love and support by fifty spoiled white trash boys in black flipping me off from behind a "Queers! Revolt!" banner this evening.

Why?

Because I dared to stand between their hatred and my beloved tribe.

Listen carefully. When you fuck with gay people, you fuck with people who fought for their rights before you were an itch in your daddy's jock.

Get your own party. Stay out of ours. If you could behave yourselves for a few hours, you could have a booth and share your views. Instead you try to not only steal our stage - the stage we paid for in sweat, tears and blood - and when we don't let you, you tell us so colorfully to fuck off?

Fuck you. Actually, don't fuck you. We have standards and your throats are not worthy of our cocks.

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