Burroughs Adding Machine

Social justice, arts and politics, life in New York City

Rounding Up the Illegal (European) Immigrants

Cops: Racial Profiling Edition.

The provocateurs at Joshonthestreet.com created this mockumentary to arrest illegal immigrants, in what looks like a suburban shopping mall somewhere in southern Cali. Props to these folks, and let’s hope the satire goes viral.

What do you think? Send all the Europeans, who are here illegally, back to their native land?

Filed under: history, immigration, social justice, , , , , , ,

Stonewall for Beginners

There’s a Tagalog proverb that goes, “Kung hindi mo alam kung saan ka nanggaling, hindi mo alam kung saan ka makakarating.”

Translation?

“If you do not know where you come from, you do not know where you’re going.”

The first time I heard this, I thought, “What a ridiculous saying.” But the more I considered it, the more I realized the wisdom. Know your roots, the saying seems to imply. Remember that knowledge is power.

I learned of the incredible, spontaneous–viscerally and physically defiant–Stonewall riots nearly two decades ago, after I first came out. The coming out process is, of course, for many of us such an arduous, painful process that the history of all those who came before us is clouded by self-interest. How can a collective movement matter much when you’re struggling to your individual identity?

Once the door is opened, however, it’s important to recognize the past. That’s the best part of the Filipino proverb: How can you move forward, if you never look back?

The Stonewall Riots–and its defiant men and women–initiated a revolution. Pre-1969, homosexuality was illegal; the American Psychiatry Association categorized homosexuality as a mental disorder. The list of social injustices burdening lesbians and gay men were endless.

I’m excited to support the new documentary “Stonewall Uprising.” It contains black-and-white historical footage and interviews with the now-senior citizens who defied police, social scientists, and the political establishment; as one participant says, “It was the Rosa Parks moment.”

Filed under: gay rights, history, , , , , , ,

Publications

BIOGRAPHY

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
December 2019
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  

Twitter

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

Visitor Map

Locations of Site Visitors

RSS Recent Posts from Towleroad

  • Pete Buttigieg Bothered to Be in Trump’s Dreams: ‘I Want Absolutely Nothing to Do With Them’ — WATCH
    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg sat down for a Washington Post Live event on Friday during which he was asked about the impeachment vote by the House Judiciary Committee and how he would deal with Trump’s attacks. Said Buttigieg: “I’m not that worried [about Trump’s attacks and hostility] First of all, I’m gay and I […] The post Pete Buttigi […]
  • Impeachment Vote, Dua Lipa, Human Rainbow, Annette Bening, Danny Aiello, Baseball, Elizabeth Warren: HOT LINKS
    IMPEACHMENT. House Judiciary Committee votes 23-17 along party lines to impeach Trump, moves two articles to full House vote. “The full House is expected to hold a floor vote on the impeachment articles, mostly likely on Wednesday, before lawmakers leave for their holiday break. If approved, a trial about whether to convict Trump and remove […] The post Impe […]
  • Fishermen Save Bald Eagle Caught in the Grip of a Giant Octopus: WATCH
    Fishermen off of Canada’s Vancouver Island saved a bald eagle this week as it struggled in the clutches of a giant octopus. The fishermen worked at Mowi Canada West, the leading salmon aquaculture company in British Columbia. Wrote Mowi: “Our staff at our Mahatta West farm in Quatsino rescued an eagle that had bitten off […] The post Fishermen Save Bald Eagl […]
  • Gabon Bans Gay Sex, Penalizes it with 6 Month Prison Term
    The African nation of Gabon has criminalized gay sex, joining at least 70 other countries with similar draconian laws. Reuters reports: “The central African country banned ‘sexual relations between people of the same sex’ in a new penal code earlier this year, according to copies of the law online. A government official who declined to […] The post Gabon Ban […]
  • Ridiculous Michael Bloomberg Campaign Dance Goes Viral: WATCH
    A group of Michael Bloomberg supporters in a group campaign dance set to Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” went viral on social media Friday morning. There are differing reports on the video’s origin, and whether it’s actually connected to the campaign or the work of a comedy troupe. Whatever its origin, it’s not something that […] The post Ridiculous Michael B […]

Polls

RSS Breaking News from The Daily Beast

Pics from Africa 2010

About Me

https://rsiasoco.wordpress.com/about/

About Me

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

Top Posts

Top Clicks

  • None

Categories