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News Break: Five Arrested In Williamsburg Beating Of Gay Black Man

[UPDATE BELOW] Four members of Williamsburg's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community have been arrested in connection with the beating of a gay black man in Williamsburg last December, an incident that has been investigated as a possible hate crime.
The suspects, who allegedly attacked 22-year-old Taj Patterson as he was walking along Flushing Avenue near Spencer Street early December 1, were rounded up by law enforcement officials this week, police said. Two of the suspects were apparently plucked from Israel, where they fled following the attack, the Daily News reports. They are expected to be arraigned later today, and more arrests are likely.
Patterson was walking home alone from a party when he was attacked by a horde of roughly 20 Orthodox Jewish men, who beat him while yelling anti-gay slurs, including, "Stay down, f----t!" Witnesses said the men all appeared to wearing similar uniforms, leading to speculation that they may have been members of Williamsburg Shomrim, a Jewish neighborhood watch group that patrols the area.
Patterson said at the time that his assailants "came up behind me, they grabbed me, they punched me in the face, kicked me down, knocked me out." The assault was stopped by an MTA bus driver who pulled over and intervened. "I get out of the bus and all these men were standing up straight around him,” bus driver Evelyn Keys said. "Taj is laying down on his back. I went up to him and he was in so much pain. He says, ‘I can’t see . . . I can’t breathe."
He was taken to Woodhull Hospital, where he was treated for a broken eye socket, a torn retina, bruises and blood clotting.
“I was alone. I was an easy target. I’m black. I’m gay, a whole slew of reasons," Patterson said following the assault.
Update, 5:04 p.m.: The Kings County District Attorney has released the names of the now five men arrested for Patterson's attack. Aharon Hollender, 28, Abraham Winkler, 39, Mayer Herskovic, 21, Pinchas Braver, 19 and Joseph Fried, 25, have all been charged with several counts of assault, though no hate crime charges have been filed. All five were associated with the Williamsburg Safety Patrol Unit, a civilian neighborhood watch group.
“We simply cannot allow anyone walking on the streets of Brooklyn to be knocked to the ground, stomped and brutally beaten," said Kings County DA Ken Thompson said in a statement. "Our streets must be free of such violence and everyone must adhere to the rule of law, including these defendants.”
If convicted, each could face up to 25 years in prison.

Art: Stewart Uoo “No Tears in Rain” at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin

On his way to Europe, there are moments when Stewart Uoo imagines himself a character in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, followed by moments when that sentimental image dissolves under the influence of more violent and real abstractions, and the only possible identification is with the pants and their money-like movement that infects everything. For his first exhibition at Galerie Buchholz, Uoo presents new sculptures that take their forms from security gates commonly used to protect ghetto properties in New York.
While these welded armatures may channel the mutation of Soho Minimalism into late-80s squatter style under the effects of economic crisis, harder drugs and other contagions, most of us are of course seeing them on screens, where their urban hardness poses like a selfie: they don’t want to be only hard, they want to be rampant. Uoo has applied a sort of sci-fi horror make-up to the window gates, using silicone, paint, tufts of human hair and stains of trompe l’oeil rust, and there is something Paul Thek-like in the oozing of simulated flesh and slime within formalist iron maidens. Sculptural special effects mimic and travesty the disciplinary rhythms of the metropolitan infrastructure, which becomes – as in a Cronenberg film – yet another vector for erotic communication.
In addition to the sculptures, Uoo has produced a new series of photographs shot with Heji Shin. Seeking an intimate atmosphere Uoo invited Shin, an artists known for her editorial photography, who has also worked illustrating sex education manuals for teenagers in the past. These images are modeled by Juliana Huxtable, Dese Escobar and Eliot Glass, figures and shapers of the current New York club/social media/art/fashion context. Counter-normative desires converge around the living-death of the fashion image, whose waning powers are at least good for a troubling moment of transmission and transit.
While “expand or die” has become the New York art world mantra for today, expand and die is closer to the truth: blowing-up, whether on the market or on Instagram, can also be a way of exploding identity within the orgasmic cycles of crisis capitalism. Here, gender, race, beauty and success are also special effects, or the hallucinatory flashbacks of a world that may have already ended. Constructing abstract bodies or avatars to people the ruins, transgender desire is now moving in the same channel as science fiction. Special thanks to Heji Shin, Julien Alleyne, Michael Anthony, Marcus Chang, Joey George, James Giles, Erin Grant, Alex Gvojic, Rian Hart, Kana, Edward Lowrenz, Sherry Matthews, Michael Potvin, John Kelsey.
until 23 April 2014
Above – Huxtable Effect, 2014
Security Window Grill I, 2014
No Secrets, 2014
You Can Come And Get It, 2014
Out Here, 2014
When It Rains, 2014
Trust No One, 2014
Security Window Grill III, 2014
Wet Wonder, 2014
Under My Cover, 2014
Save It For Later, 2014

Stewart Uoo, “No Tears in Rain” installation view at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, 2014
Courtesy: Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne


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this is the thing - 1 2 or 100 seasons .. if our sisters in the LGBT community are hurting from our words we have a decision to continue to harm with our words or work together to make a better environment for everyone. - its like someone in the past saying "why is everyone so bothered about the word 'nigger' ... we been saying that for years its not a big deal" --- words are tied to culture and culture is always growing and changing -- if the Trans community, as they continue to get more visibility in medi

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Monica Jones Was Arrested for "Walking While Trans." Now Thousands Are Fighting Back

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Monica Jones Was Arrested for "Walking While Trans." Now Thousands Are Fighting Back
Image Credit: Facebook/Support Monica Jones

In the Grand Canyon state, "walking while trans" may very well be a criminal act.
That was the message sent last Friday by the Phoenix judge who convicted transwoman Monica Jones of "manifesting prostitution" following her arrest by undercover police officers in May of 2013.
The law used to convict Jones, Phoenix Municipal Code 23-52, defines prostitution as a public act that "manifests an intent to commit or solicit an act of prostitution." The circumstances that can be used to prove intent include repeatedly beckoning, engaging in conversation with passersby and attempting to stop motorists. But of course, "intent" is determined by authorities, not by the person committing the act. And the Arizona ACLU notes that the difference between "innocent" and "criminal" behavior often comes down to how a person looks.
Jones and her supporters claims she is innocent, guilty of little more than being an outspoken, openly transgender opponent to an overly broad statue that enables officers to arrest woman for no other reason than asking if they are police. The law is used to feed people to Project Rose, a city-wide dragnet that detains individuals in an effort to "help sex workers escape their sordid lifestyle."

Jones, a college student and activist, claims that after she was arrested she was taken not to the police station, but to the basement of a church that partners with Project ROSE. Established in 2011 in collaboration with Arizona State University's School of Social Work — where Monica is a student — Project ROSE is a highly-controversial program that seems to be blurring the divisions between church and state by infusing christian morality into the law.
As described by the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP), Project ROSE sends out police officers to "detain community members that are suspected of being sex workers."
In addition, SWOP alleges that Project ROSE confines detained individuals to a room without access to a defense attorney and threatens them with criminal charges if they don't agree to participate in a diversion program run by Catholic charities that can last as long six months.
A transwoman of color, Jones was almost certainly profiled by the police as a sex worker. SWOP Phoneix and Jones argue that she was specifically targeted because she spoke out about Project ROSE at a protest rally the day before her arrest. 

Image Credit: Facebook
"I'm in that area every weekend, so it's not like no one had ever seen me before," Jones said. "I'm 6'2" and I stick out in a crowd, but nothing like that has ever happened to me. I believe I was targeted for being outspoken about Project ROSE, a program that takes away agency and targets women in poverty. Many sex workers live in poverty and so do many trans women of color, who the police associate with sex work whether it's true or not. So you have two agencies — the police department and diversion programs — working together to target low-income women."
Harassment, targeting both cis and trans women, is a tool that restricts female freedom of movement. So too is the idea that sex workers need to be "saved." 
Jones, who is so far sentenced to serve in a men's facility, will appeal the court's decision. But she is clearly determined not to go down without a fight. Thousands of supporters have signed a petition advocating her case. The Arizona ACLU is still fighting to potentially keep her out of prison, and on social media, the #StandWithMonica hashtag is gaining momentum quickly, helped in no small part by the support of celebrity activists like Janet Mock and Laverne Cox, who spoke about Jones during her acceptance speech at the recent GLAAD Awards.

Gag: The Red Room by Cuneyt Akeroglu | Antidote

Cuneyt Akeroglu photographed Anja Rubik, Anne Verhallen, Arizona Muse, Cameron Russell, Caroline de Maigret, Daisy Lowe, Daphne Groeneveld, Hana Jirickova, Iselin Steiro, Karmen Pedaru, Lara Stone, Lily McMenamy, Mariacarla Boscono, Meghan Collison, Natasha Poly, Ola Rudnicka, Soo Joo Park and Suvi Koponen in the story ‘The Red Room’ for the Spring/Summer 2014 ‘Romance Issue’ of Antidote magazine, with styling and creative direction by Yann Weber.