Advocate Fred Roeder was published in Huffington Post Germany, where he discussed Germany’s recent decision to unilaterally switch to the anti-missile system MEADS instead of updating its NATO-compatible Patriot system.
Read the article here (in German).
Advocate Matthew Tyrmand was published in Super Express, where he discussed pro-government bias in Polish media (specifically the case of Gazeta Wyborcza).
Read the Super Express article here, as well as coverage of the column here (both in Polish).
It’s June, and for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, that means it’s Pride month. All around the world throughout June, pride parades and pride festivals celebrate our identities, our lives, our culture, our progress in smashing stigmas, and our resistance to oppression.
That last part, resistance, is absolutely crucial. Pride is held in June in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. After police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, patrons fought back. At the time, homosexuality and gender non-conformity were overtly criminalized. Police inspected the genitals of bar patrons dressed in feminine attire, and arrested drag queens and cross dressers. The officers also frisked and groped lesbian patrons.
That night, the queer and trans people at the Stonewall Inn did not accept the coercion and abuse they faced from the police. They fought back. Their acts of defiant self-defense against unjust state violence that night sparked the modern gay liberation movement. Every pride festival and pride parade is a celebration of resistance to an unjust criminal justice system.
Read the rest at the Fully Informed Jury Association’s website, here.