Sunday, September 30, 2007

An Action Alert from Pride At Work

Help Us Raise The Voice Of Working Class LGBT Folks

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by introducing a separate bill covering sexual orientation only, as well as a token bill on gender identity.

The only major LGBT group that has not come out against this betrayal is HRC, which will be holding its 11th Annual Gala next Saturday in Washington, DC. Congresswoman Pelosi is the keynote speaker for the dinner.

Only a few weeks ago, HRC leader Joe Solomonese pledged at a major transgender conference that HRC would outright oppose any federal anti-discrimination legislation that did not include gender identity. You can watch the video here.. Demand that he keep his word!

We've been kicked to the curb. Join us on the curb to picket the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and demand an ENDA covering gender identity. As labor unionists we won't sell out any part of our community.

We call on all LGBT and allied organizations that support gender identity inclusion in ENDA to join us.

Meet at 4:15 p.m.; Picket begins at 4:30 before the Major Donors Reception and continues through the General Reception beginning at 6 PM.

Location:
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
(near 9th St & Mass Ave)
Washington DC

For more information contact:
Jeremy Bishop
Executive Director
Pride At Work, AFL-CIO
202-637-5014
jbishop@aflcio.org

Join us on the streets and ask our friends and allies not to cross the line!

We can make a difference and turn this around. Join us.

Spread the word and fill the streets- tell your friends and family to join us!
Tell-a-friend!

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Pride At Work is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) constituency group of the AFL-CIO.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11th. Looking back, looking ahead, and looking around.

Here is something I wrote in September 2001:
I want to recognize that this is a time when we all are aware of the vulnerability of our country and our people after the attacks on the east coast. I have been reading about people feeling that those acts of terror have stripped away the sense of safety that we as a nation felt. While I acknowledge that is true in some important ways, I would also like to say that it has been a long time - if ever - since many of us felt safe, when so many people in this country and in our world are targeted, harassed, beaten and killed because of bias based on their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, etc. Many of us have been aware that we have lived in a war zone all along. Six years ago my youngest son was beaten because he was bisexual. He committed suicide a month later because he believed he lived in a world filled with hate he could no longer face. When I watched the news and heard that people were throwing themselves from the windows of the World Trade Center as it was being destroyed, I thought of my son Bill. ~ Gabi Clayton.
A lot has changed and a lot remains the same. Many people are still not safe for SO many reasons.

That doesn't mean I think we haven't accomplished anything. I know we have. But our work is still very much cut out for us.

Am I a pessimist or an optimist? No ... Yes ... Neither ... Maybe ... Sometimes ... Of course! ... It depends on which issue and when you ask me.

Its not an either/or thing. Its also not a scale of zero to ten with 0 being totally negative and 10 being totally positive.

The way I see most things the scale is this:


(Click on the scale to see it larger in another window.)

Look at any issue at a specific time, or how you feel or how you are doing in an aspect of your life and put it on that kind of scale with the understanding that its how you see it at that particular moment.

Not that its always that way. Five minutes from now or five years from now you might change where you mark the scale depending on so many things.

The way I see it, nothing is linear. Nothing is permanently fixed. Not politics, not the impact losing Bill has on me, not how I feel about having epilepsy. Nothing. And sometimes thank goodness for that, and sometimes thats too damn bad.

Since I am getting philosophical about all this, thinking about the scale and non-linear thinking, you can draw circles around that scale to represent lots of things, and you can have lines coming out in all different directions. Use a mind map ~ those are cool. I started using them in college as a way of taking notes.
(See Mind Mapping on Wikipedia.)

One more thought ...

Please take the time to listen to the powerful song "if i give your name" by emma's revolution ~ Sandy O (Opatow) & Pat Humphries ~ on thier wonderful album one x 1,000,000 = change.

The song “if i give your name” is about the silent suffering of family members of undocumented workers lost on 9/11 in the World Trade Center. It was the 2003 Grand Prize Winner in the Folk Category of the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Monday, September 10, 2007

I'm endorsing Dennis Kucinich for president and I believe he can win.

I joined the Green Party a while ago because I am not pleased with the Democratic Party in general. SO MANY Democrats are not standing up for what what is right.

I have absolutely nothing against having a woman president, but Hilary Clinton doesn't impress me.

I have absolutely nothing against having a Black person as president but Barack Obama doesn't impress me.

Dennis Kucinich does impress me and he has for a long time.

Want to know why? Read his websites pages on the issues. Then think about who I am and what I believe in.

I believe in voting for the person who best represents me. Dennis Kucinich is the one. And yes, I think he can win.

In spite of what mainstream politicians and mainstream media tell us, we are NOT the minority. Don't let the media ignoring good people like Dennis Kucinich pull you into thinking you shouldn't vote with your heart and mind.

Read this great 5 part series:
"I No Longer Fear The Kucinich Revolution."
by Storm Bear,
creator of Town Called Dobson
Blue Life In Red America.

Please remember what you believe in and continue to act on it.
We can make the change happen that we know we ALL deserve.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

"One Degree" at a.o.c. gallery in Tacoma, WA opens on October 6

Coming up next month at a.o.c. gallery: "One Degree" an exhibition of paintings by Drake Deknatel, Mike George and Alec Clayton.

The title refers to one degree of separation - three artists from three different cities but all connected to the same gallery.

The show will run through Nov. 30.

a.o.c. gallery is located 608 Fawcett, downtown Tacoma, next door to the Grand Cinema.

See more information at One Degree on Alec's blog. And come see the show!

Order "What's the Matter With Henry?" - get a great book and support the Safe Schools Coalition!

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The book is written in the voice of Henry the Cat. Henry's co-author, Cathy Conheim, says, "One of Henry's puzzlements is about the words and labels that humans use that seems to separate them from each other. He knows he has two people he loves, they are Dr. Mom and Mom Cathy. He feels like a lucky guy. Although he clearly wants to teach that hate is learned he does so with the example of my [Cathy's] being taught to hate cats and pointing out you can only hate what you don't understand."

Monday, September 3, 2007

You gotta read this! Clowns KKKick KKK ass!

Knoxville rejects Nazis and Klan.

Saturday May 26th the VNN Vanguard Nazi/KKK group attempted to host a hate rally to try to take advantage of the brutal murder of a white couple for media and recruitment purposes. http://www.volunteertv.com/special

Unfortunately for them the 100th ARA (Anti Racist Action) clown block came and handed them their asses by making them appear like the asses they were.
Read it all at Clowns KKKick KKK ass! Nazi's out of Knoxville!
Monday May 28, 2007