Friday, June 14, 2024

Squeeze Play

Here in the U.S. the ground that we have gained for our human rights is being threaten and have you notice that around the world far right candidates are winning?
Fighting to prevent an anti-LGBTQ backslide
The Hill
By Brooke Migdon
June 7, 2024

When Naomi Goldberg began working for the Movement Advancement Project, same-sex couples were unable to legally marry in more than half of states — including her home state of California — and LGBTQ Americans were barred from serving openly in the military.


MAP’s second equality-minded project, a campaign called “Open to All,” launched in 2017 as a response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In that case, the court sided with a baker who refused to design a wedding cake for a gay couple, raising alarm bells for MAP and Goldberg, then the director of the organization’s policy and research teams.

“We recognized really early on that the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, while about a gay couple and a wedding cake, really had the potential to carve a huge hole through nondiscrimination laws for many people, including people of color, immigrants and women, as well as LGBTQ people and people who sit at the intersection,” Goldberg said.
You know that the Masterpiece Cakeshop didn’t happen in a vacuum, the far-right think tanks plotted ever legal move in advance and they were backed by billionaire. They picked where to file the case, they knew that district had the most conservative judges.

But the U.S. is not the only nation sliding backward,
For decades, the European Union — which has its roots in the defeat of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy — confined the nationalist far right to the political fringes.

With a strong showing in elections Sunday, far-right forces could now influence or block joint EU-wide policies on migration, security and climate change.


The new parliament’s first session starts in mid-July in Strasbourg, France. Pro-EU conservative parties are expected to have the biggest group. Populist or far-right forces have more seats than ever, but their views diverge on many issues.
This is scary because the conservative governments are all anti-LGBTQ! Many of the EU nations have elected right-wing leaders who have passed or are trying to pass tough anti-LGBTQ+ laws.
Meanwhile, democratic institutions and values have faced growing threats in several EU countries, from political violence in Germany, Slovakia and Denmark, to Hungary’s crackdown on free media, and mistreatment of migrants across the bloc.
Undocumented immigrants are also a problem in Europe and that is one of the forces driving the EU to the right.

It is getting scary around the world for us and for democracy, Russia and China have become even more belligerent, and of course there is also North Korea who’s the little guy who wants to act like a big guy.
Russia is trying a squeeze play on Ukraine
China is trying a squeeze play on Taiwan and the Philippines
Iran is trying a squeeze play on the Middle East
North Korea is dumping their garbage on the South.

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