Hamilton: Charges Dropped Against 2 Pride Defenders

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After months and months of utter nonsense, it is with great joy we announce today that two of the Pride Defenders have just had their charges DROPPED! While we may never know the reasons for this victory, we know that the public pressure campaign could only have helped so thank you, thank you for your continued support.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate!!!!

But while we’re putting our party hats on, let’s also take a moment to remember that THREE queer comrades are still facing charges. It is important to note that the people still in the courts are the three who are alleged to have defended Pride from the homophobic preachers, while the charges that have been dropped were related to crybaby Fred calling the cops on queers who allegedly delivered him some lawn signs. We are still being criminalized for defending ourselves.

Additionally, while it’s easy to be excited at the dropped charges, it’s important to remember that much of the intended damage has already been done. The cops press charges against folks as punishment all the time. They know that whether or not it gets dropped a few months later, your face and name will still be in the paper and you might lose your job or your housing, along with other social repercussions. They know that if they press charges they can get warrants and bust into your home or ambush you on the street, which is traumatic in itself and serves to scare other queers from taking action. And they know that fighting the trumped up charges in court will cost you and your friends a lot of money.

Never forget that the cops aren’t our friends and the judicial system is a nightmare machine. Justice has never come down through court verdicts and rights have never been given to us by the state. We have fought to keep ourselves safe and we will continue to fight for the freedom to be fabulous until our last days. NO DIALOGUE WITH THE CITY OR THE COPS UNTIL ALL CHARGES ARE DROPPED!

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4 thoughts on “Hamilton: Charges Dropped Against 2 Pride Defenders”

  1. Queer Comrades? That’s not my understanding that that fully represents who is still facing charges. Comrades of queers maybe? Perhaps the upcoming debrief conversation at the Tower can include some dialogue on identity, voice and spokespersonship, who claims queerness when it aligns with their political objectives and how that interacts with people who live the day-to-day violence in an inescapable way. Who does the day-to-day, year-after-year work of fighting for queers. What happens when prominent queer voices act in ways that don’t align to an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian politic. How is the lived brilliance and wisdom of queer and trans folks held in all this. Convergences, alliances and political, strategic and tactical differences between different pockets of radical queerness and anarchism. It’s rad that [assumption removed] got arrested fighting fascists (along with many queers) at Pride, way to step up, but maybe this can be named and unpacked honestly and held for what it is – accompliceship at a particular moment. Flattening out all the defendants in vague terms ignores many of the major struggles queer and trans folks particularly face – including access to financial resources to fight legal battles, among many others, and ignores the value in itself of straight folks stepping up.

    1. I’m personally stoked on two folks getting their charges dropped this month. The lawnsign incident was so glaringly a power move by Freddy, mayor/police service board member to show us that his family, property and comfort were far more valuable than anyone who was threatened, attacked, and fought back when bigots came to shit on our day.

      But I don’t hear anything like that in your comment. I’ve see some heady, gatekeeper assumptions. As someone charged and close to this, I’ve seen queer, trans, enby comrades charged. I seen 100 of queers come out to chant fuck the police and defiantly take the streets. I’ve seen so many brave individuals jump into the fray when the bigots came to pride. I saw people put wedges in between some self-appointed “leaders” and the queer community when they chose to collaborate with the city.

      Like any community brought together by a shared experience, I find friends, enemies, entitled commentators, and inspirations all muddled together and sometimes overlapping in Hamiltons queer community. It’s a messy web and sometimes I’ve had enough of the low key drama.

      But I can certainly say the strongest moment I felt I was pushed by, inspired, apart of, and overflowing with love for this community has been around the autonomous support people have thrown behind our comrades charged and in defiance of a narrative that we need and we’re denied protection. We have shown that we had power together. That we are strong and our history, our bond, our unity hinges on our continued assertion of the principles of our basic dignity and self-worth.

      For me, asserting that I’m deserving to be seen for who I am, with the right pronouns, is a small part of a daily struggle for dignity personified in our struggles this past summer. But I’ll tell you without a doubt, I feel stronger and more able to tackle daily struggles after what I experience.

      This summer made me feel strong, made me feel queer as fuck and made the daily struggles feel apart of something larger.

      But really I think you nit-picking the identities of defendants is just rude, uninformed, and seeks to erase peoples identities. Focusing on some imagined identity of sameness unintentionally sidelines all our queer difference. Broad strokes leave our collective and individual distinctness erased and honestly I think lead to less understand of what makes us unique.

      I got love for the muddy mess that is the queer community. And anyone who’s willing to struggle with us is in the community I want to forge.

  2. I wish u could have made the point about representation without anonymously calling some people out for not being queer enough. Like sure, there’s queer and then queer, people have different experiences of oppression based on how queerness plays out in their lives. Sure, obviously. Don’t need to go calling people straight allies about it when they understand themselves as fighting for their own liberation, that’s fucked. Also, I know things you don’t, so take my word and don’t talk shit, fellow anonymous commenter.

    That said, there is an issue around how the word queer has been thrown around in connection to pride stuff to refer to anyone engaged in that struggle. Not to police the term, but rather because it wasn’t really important a lot of the time. what was important was collective antagonism to systems of oppressions and refusing to be passive victims. For the people charged specifically it was WAY more relevant that they are anarchists than how their gender or sexuality works.

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