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Mar 27, 2012
A blog post by Kate Raphael was featured

Movement Building: Extraordinary Times and the Rest of the Time

A friend who has been very involved in Occupy SF put on his Facebook status the other day that this movement has changed everything he thought about movement building. I suspect a lot of activists, especially younger ones, are feeling that way.I’m not.This 99% movement is amazing. It’s glorious. It’s so time for it. But it’s not The Movement. I hate to say it, but it’s not going to last.I keep hearing people say it’s been 30 years since there was a movement…See More
Oct 18, 2011
Kate Raphael posted a blog post

Movement Building: Extraordinary Times and the Rest of the Time

A friend who has been very involved in Occupy SF put on his Facebook status the other day that this movement has changed everything he thought about movement building. I suspect a lot of activists, especially younger ones, are feeling that way.I’m not.This 99% movement is amazing. It’s glorious. It’s so time for it. But it’s not The Movement. I hate to say it, but it’s not going to last.I keep hearing people say it’s been 30 years since there was a movement…See More
Oct 18, 2011
A blog post by Kate Raphael was featured

This Day in History - This Day In History: Martial Law in the Castro

Originally published on Democracy SometimesI had my phone on silent last night so I missed the text telling me about the midnight raid (actually, it was about 10:50 pm) on the Occupy SF camp. Otherwise, I would have been very tempted to…See More
Oct 12, 2011
Kate Raphael posted a blog post

This Day in History - This Day In History: Martial Law in the Castro

Originally published on Democracy SometimesI had my phone on silent last night so I missed the text telling me about the midnight raid (actually, it was about 10:50 pm) on the Occupy SF camp. Otherwise, I would have been very tempted to…See More
Oct 7, 2011
A blog post by Kate Raphael was featured

Bradley Manning and the G Word

originally posted at http://democracy-sometime.blogspot.com/I first heard about military whistleblower Bradley Manning on Democracy Now! – where else? shortly after his arrest. Since then, DN! has done at least ten segments on Manning, including an hour-long interview with his friend and prison visitor, David House.…See More
Aug 30, 2011
Kate Raphael posted a blog post

Bradley Manning and the G Word

originally posted at http://democracy-sometime.blogspot.com/I first heard about military whistleblower Bradley Manning on Democracy Now! – where else? shortly after his arrest. Since then, DN! has done at least ten segments on Manning, including an hour-long interview with his friend and prison visitor, David House.…See More
Aug 29, 2011
A blog post by Kate Raphael was featured

Keep your gay marriage, give me my Social Security

I don’t have a partner. Maybe that’s why I’m not excited about President Obama’s endorsement of the Respect for Marriage Act, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.Or maybe it’s because I know that close to half of all marriages end in divorce, a majority of U.S. households are headed by unmarried people, and about a quarter of the adult…See More
Jul 30, 2011
Kate Raphael posted a blog post

Keep your gay marriage, give me my Social Security

I don’t have a partner. Maybe that’s why I’m not excited about President Obama’s endorsement of the Respect for Marriage Act, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.Or maybe it’s because I know that close to half of all marriages end in divorce, a majority of U.S. households are headed by unmarried people, and about a quarter of the adult…See More
Jul 22, 2011
A blog post by Kate Raphael was featured

When Will Radical Gender Activists Get Out of Our Own Way?

A couple Sundays ago, in observance of Corporate LGBT Pride Day, KPFA talk show host Philip Maldari actually devoted an hour to radical queer politics, or more precisely, to a critique of gay marriage. It was not bad. Of course, the two guests didn’t give credit to any of the people who have been making that critique and doing the activism to back it up for years, but they raised important issues. But then…See More
Jul 9, 2011
Kate Raphael posted a blog post

When Will Radical Gender Activists Get Out of Our Own Way?

A couple Sundays ago, in observance of Corporate LGBT Pride Day, KPFA talk show host Philip Maldari actually devoted an hour to radical queer politics, or more precisely, to a critique of gay marriage. It was not bad. Of course, the two guests didn’t give credit to any of the people who have been making that critique and doing the activism to back it up for years, but they raised important issues. But then…See More
Jul 7, 2011
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Israeli Money Out of Our Film Festival! at The Castro

June 17, 2010 from 6pm to 7pm
Dont PINKWASH Israel's CrimesApartheid -- Occupation -- Invasion -- Murder -- Racism -- Ethnic CleansingFor the first time since 2007, the Israeli Consulate is a sponsor of the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival. Queer communities have been targeted by the "Brand Israel" campaign as a receptive audience, and a useful cloak for Israel's oppressive policies. But we are not so desperate for acceptance that we will ally ourselves with racists and murderers.Our community is not for sale! Israeli money…See More
May 27, 2010
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Israeli Money Out of Our Film Festival! at The Castro

June 17, 2010 from 6pm to 7pm
Dont PINKWASH Israel's CrimesApartheid -- Occupation -- Invasion -- Murder -- Racism -- Ethnic CleansingFor the first time since 2007, the Israeli Consulate is a sponsor of the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival. Queer communities have been targeted by the "Brand Israel" campaign as a receptive audience, and a useful cloak for Israel's oppressive policies. But we are not so desperate for acceptance that we will ally ourselves with racists and murderers.Our community is not for sale! Israeli money…See More
May 26, 2010
Kate Raphael posted a blog post

Open Letter to Democracy Now! - Stop Promoting Queer Militarism

Dear Amy and producers of Democracy Now!,As a loyal listener, I have been shocked and appalled at your coverage of the controversy over whether LGBT people should be kicked out of the military.Now, as a lesbian, and as a progressive and a supporter of human rights, of course I support people's right not to be fired from their chosen profession. That goes without saying. It's a civil right to be in the military. But the position of the group I work with, LAGAI - Queer Insurrection, and of most…See More
Feb 9, 2010
A blog post by Kate Raphael was featured

Health Care Activism: Mobilizing to Lose?

I went to two pretty good actions for health care this week. One I was heavily involved in organizing – a blockade of Blue Shield in San Francisco on Wednesday, part of the national mobilization for health care for all. We worked really hard to get about 30 people to risk arrest – I had hoped for 50 but still it was good, and there were about 200 people at the rally, also good but a little disappointing because I’ve been to some very large…See More
Nov 1, 2009

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Who are you? (Creative answers encouraged!)
Creative is a challenge. Radical dyke activist cum writer self-hating Jew loves racquetball, rollerblades and revolution.
Activism & Interests?
Palestine, queer liberation (not to be confused with gay rights), health care for all, anti-war, supporting political prisoners, Sri Lanka, feminism, and anything else that catches my attention. Plus of course movies, writing, hanging out with my friends.

Kate Raphael's Blog

Movement Building: Extraordinary Times and the Rest of the Time

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 2:07am 0 Comments

A friend who has been very involved in Occupy SF put on his Facebook status the other day that this movement has changed everything he thought about movement building. I suspect a lot of activists, especially younger ones, are feeling that way.





I’m not.



This 99% movement is amazing. It’s glorious. It’s so time for it. But it’s not The Movement. I hate to say it, but it’s not going to last.



I keep hearing people say… Continue

This Day in History - This Day In History: Martial Law in the Castro

Posted on October 6, 2011 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Originally published on Democracy Sometimes



I had my phone on silent last night so I missed the text telling me about the midnight raid (actually, it was about 10:50 pm) on the Occupy SF camp. Otherwise, I would have… Continue

Bradley Manning and the G Word

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 10:41pm 1 Comment

originally posted at http://democracy-sometime.blogspot.com/



I first heard about military whistleblower Bradley Manning on Democracy Now! – where else? shortly after his arrest. Since then, DN! has done at least ten segments on Manning, including an hour-long interview with his friend and prison… Continue

Keep your gay marriage, give me my Social Security

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 5:20pm 0 Comments

I don’t have a partner. Maybe that’s why I’m not excited about President Obama’s endorsement of the Respect for… Continue

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