Tommi Avicolli Mecca's Blog (113)

The shame and the pride of it all

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

As an organizer of the first pride march in Philadelphia in 1972, I find it difficult to be proud of what passes for pride in the new millennium. It's not that I'm unwilling to change with the times. I just can't believe what's become of those defiant marches we used to stage on the last Sunday of June to commemorate a riot at a bar…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 13, 2015 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Making sense of that which makes no sense

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Nothing lasts forever. That may not be an original thought, but how often do we really think about it? We go about our busy lives, our routines, day after day, year after year, as if they will never end. 

They do. At some point. Sometimes when we least expect it. A sudden heart attack. An accident. It’s all over in the blink of an eye. Or we linger on for months, years, suffering and yet so many times clinging to that desperate hope that we’ll…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on May 13, 2015 at 8:08am — 5 Comments

Kent State 45 years later

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

The slaughter of four students at Kent State 45 years ago made me realize that I could never be proud to be American. Not that I was. 

I grew up with images on our small-screened black and white television, that my aunt bought at a discount at GE where she worked on an assembly line, of black children blown up in churches and civil rights marchers hosed down and beaten by vicious cops in the South. I learned from the news that all men and women…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on April 29, 2015 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Something for my grandfather

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Nonno*

I understand why you came

to america

that bleak winter day

southern Italy was…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on April 19, 2015 at 10:01am — 4 Comments

Easter & the new gay Jesus

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

“We have no need of a god, each of us is his own.”

Those words were sung in the mid-60s by a 16-year-old folksinger whose debut album shocked the nation with a song (“Society’s Child”) about interracial love. If you guessed Janis Ian, you’re right. 

What most people probably don’t remember is her song “New Christ Cardiac Hero,” also on the same Lp, a declaration that her generation and mine were god-free, carefree and, as Sartre had said,…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 31, 2015 at 8:24am — 5 Comments

christian hate marches on

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

For those who thought Christianity had joined the 21st Century or at least the 20th, think again. The Inquisition, pogroms and witch burnings may be centuries in the past, but the hatred that sparked those atrocities is alive and well in the hearts of those who believe in the dead carpenter’s son who supposedly walked on water after turning it into wine, or something like that. Consider recent news stories.

One of the premiere Catholic churches…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 24, 2015 at 7:33am — 91 Comments

SF archbishop goes after queers again

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is asking that language be included in the new contracts and handbooks of teachers in four of his church’s schools (including two in San Francisco) to require them to uphold Catholic teachings in the classroom and in their personal lives.

The right-wing archbishop says that this language already exists, he merely wants to “strengthen” it. 

Have no doubt about it, the language is aimed at…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 25, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Time for more angry mobs

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Activists in Portland are fired up and aren’t going to take it anymore because Mayor Charles Hales has declared war on the city’s homeless encampments, describing them as “lawlessness.”  

According to the Huffington Post, a self proclaimed, non-violent “angry mob” of about 50 (why wasn’t it 5,000?) people marched on Portland City Hall last week carrying torches and pitchforks and setting up a cemetery scene in the surrounding gardens to…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 16, 2015 at 8:04pm — 2 Comments

In SF, terrorists evade bus fares

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I have to say that I’m not surprised by a headline in today’s SF Examiner: “Former MUNI top cop says fare-evasion enforcement is in line with anti-­terrorism efforts.” Terrorists are the new Communists. They’re everywhere -- especially on our buses evading fares. What else do they have to do with their time?

Officials of MUNI, our public transit system, believe that using $1.7 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 10, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

10 things I'd like to see in the new year

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Just rewards: Dick Cheney and company are indicted and tried for their crimes against this country and humanity, including the torture they approved and the lies about weapons of mass destruction that got us embroiled in endless wars in the Middle East, resulting in the loss (and still counting) of so many lives on all sides. They are all found guilty, guilty, guilty.

Law and disorder: Cops across America are stripped…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 30, 2014 at 9:11am — 3 Comments

I hate xmas

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Ten reasons I hate xmas:
 
1. the birth of an imaginary savior whose name is used to justify everything from slavery to sending children off to die in a crusade, not to mention denying women control of their bodies and condemning people for loving whomever they want. December 25 is a date that was chosen for his birth because it was the Roman Saternalia, not because he was actually born on that date. No one knows when he was born…
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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 17, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

One tough mama

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Mama’s birthday is coming up in a few days. If she were alive, she’d be 104.  She died in 1990 after a horrible battle with cancer. 

Before she died, she told me I’d be going on a long journey. At the time I had never been to San Francisco or any place further than Boston to the north or New Jersey to the East. I had never even considered leaving Philly, my hometown. I was born and raised in the working-class streets of…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 15, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

A little something to be thankful for

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

It’s really difficult to feel anything resembling “thankful” this year. What for? Living in a country where cops continue to get away with murdering young black men, and where the poor get poorer and the rich suck up every ounce of air and resources for miles around?

Times are beyond dismal. America the ugly is engaged in endless wars in the middle east over oil that eat up most of the national budget and destroy…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 26, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Apple CEO needs to do more than come out

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I’m glad that Tim Cook has finally come out publicly. Everyone should. Living in the closet is not healthy, even for a giant of the tech industry. The Apple CEO broke open his closet doors in an essay in the latest issue of BusinessWeek

“Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me,” he writes, adding that his company has been in the forefront of…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 30, 2014 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

The most senseless thing in the universe

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Death makes no sense. It’s the end of things. Human, animal or plant, we ultimately all meet the same fate. It doesn't matter who we are or how much money or power we have, the critter with the robes and sickle will claim us at some point in our lives, sometimes after a terrible illness, sometimes in a freak accident or sometimes in war or at the hands of a maniac with a gun.

 It's not how we die, it's the…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 25, 2014 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

America's dirty diapers

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I ran across a great quote about politicians that perfectly sums up my feelings about most elected officials -- and politics in general -- in this country.   

It’s from Portuguese writer José Maria de Eca de Queiroz: “Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.” To which I'd add: "Politics and diapers are filled with the same shit."

With big money deeply…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 1, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Aiding and abetting the criminal injustice system?

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Every time I receive a jury duty notice, as I did last week, I come face to face with my feelings for the criminal justice” system in this country. I have to wonder, by serving on a jury am I aiding and abetting a racist and profit-driven system that needs to be re-thought before it can ever be described as serving justice?

The U.S. has more people in…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on August 6, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

SF pride is right to ban the military

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

SF Pride’s recent decision to ban military recruiters from setting up tables at the fair that follows the annual parade is the right thing to do. The military is not a fit vendor for an event that celebrates all that we can be.

Pride’s rationale for banning the recruiters is threefold: the military may welcome lesbians, gays and bisexuals, but it still discriminates against transgender people; it uses…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 18, 2014 at 8:06am — 4 Comments

I never wanted to be my father's son

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

My father’s birthday is this week. Father’s Day is later this month.

That’s twice I’ll be thinking of him, that larger-than-life, small-statured, conservative southern Italian man who contributed half of my genetic material. The man Mama chose because she said he made her laugh. Mama was a beauty, she had many courters. She always said she could have married men who had an easier time supporting their families.…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 2, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Forget flowers, give Mama housing!

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Flowers are nice, but nothing says love like a place to live or a guarantee that the apartment you rent won’t be pulled out from under you by some greedy (is there any other kind?) speculator or investor looking to make a killing on a sizzling real-estate market.

Like the kind of market you find in San Francisco these days. The picture is pretty bleak: evictions are up, affordable housing is scarce and rents are…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on May 10, 2014 at 2:39pm — 5 Comments

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