Saturday, November 29, 2008

Get thee... or family and friends to San Francisco for this!

Check it out!
Music as an alternative to violence
and this
S.F. Gay Men's Chorus marks 30 years

I am going with Alec. Leaving today and staying with my sister.

If you can get to this I recommend it. If you know others near there... tell them.

Okay, I am off the machine to sync it for the trip.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Why we are going to be in San Francisco on December 1st

In his blog post Bay Area Reporter on "'New World Waking!" today Steve Schalchlin wrote:
Just posted: A terrific article by Richard Dodds in the Bay Area Reporter on New World Waking! When we did the interview I wasn't sure I was making any sense at all. It was my first time to discuss the piece and I felt completely inarticulate. But, happily, Richard managed to make sense of my ramblings and actually made me sound like I knew what the hell I was talking about.
Please read:
Music as an alternative to violence - 'New World Waking' premieres in a World AIDS Day concert
by Richard Dodds - 11/27/2008 - Bay Area Reporter - San Francisco.

The article mentions Alec and I and Bill and the Lennon's piano being here at our house with Steve.

And we get to visit with my sister and brother too. Thanks to my sis for letting us stay with her! She is going with us to the concert.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

the party of money, guns and sex

Helen Philpot wrote:
Has it occurred to anyone else that the Republican party has become the party of money, guns and sex? It seems to be the only things they think about. Who is having sex with who? How much are my taxes? Keep your hands off my guns. I really think they would explode if a gay couple used their tax refund to purchase an AKA assault rifle. They wouldn’t know whether to hate the sinner or compliment the sin.
Read all of Money, Guns and Sex
in Margaret and Helen - Best Friends for Sixty Years and Counting...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Today's "Join the Impact" Rally in Olympia WA

Wow! It was a great event. Thanks to Anna and Alec for organizing, and to all the speakers and folks who came out today!

See the photos of the rally in Olympia, Washington event via our flickr account here: Join the Impact Nov 15. (opens in a new tab or window)

I caught almost all of this great speech by Olympia, Washington City Councilmember Jeff Kingsbury this sunny morning at our local Join the Impact rally. Listen to it here:

More information: Join the Impact

For a great essay on why this is so important, please read
Let them eat cake? I'm sick o' cake!

by my good friend Beth Reis in her new blog
Time for a More Perfect Union

Saturday, November 15, 2008.

And news:
About 300 gather in Olympia to protest gay-marriage ban

by Rolf Boone
The Olympian • Published November 15, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Old Fat Naked Women for Peace

On 10/16/2008 The Righteous Mothers (based in Olympia, Washington) wrote:
The Righteous Mothers are excited to have made a music video of Old Fat Naked Women for Peace.

You can see it two ways. On our website: under Look/Listen or on You Tube:
And you can watch that YouTube version right here:

Thanks Marla, Beth, Lisa, Clare, Wendy and Lynn!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rebecca Riots - A Thousand Hands (Wedding Song '08)

One of my favorite bands, Rebecca Riots, sent out this message:
Subject: [Rebecca Riots] New Song For You and Us
Date: 11/6/2008

Dear Friends,

While it is awesome and inspiring that we have elected an African-American to the White House, we still haven't managed to commit ourselves fully to the concept of equality. Provisional results suggest that California proposition 8 may have passed, making same sex marriage illegal once more. For more info, visit In this painful time of sadness and waiting we want to reach out to all of you who supported marriage equality with our gratitude and our hope for a better future - and to give you a gift to thank you for standing up for marriage equality.

As we said in our last email, "A Thousand Hands (Wedding Song '08)" is a love song written for Eve's wedding 8 years ago and revived in order to sing it at some of the historic same-sex weddings that have been happening here in California since it was made legal. Since then, we have played it at shows and plan to include it on our forthcoming CD. But as the campaign heated up we were so appalled by the scare tactics and lies by proposition 8 proponents - and so inspired by record-breaking marriage equality volunteerism, that we wanted to give something back to you, the people who are willing to stand up for what is right. So please come and download the song at

So thank you, and let's not give up this fight for justice. The forces of reaction have not won because we will continue to get married and we will continue to be who we are, and continue to live our lives in the light of day and in the midst of healthy community. We offer this song to all people who love equality, regardless of gender or orientation.

Feel free to share our song with friends in your email address book, your facebook or other networking sites, via your email groups, websites and blogs? If you have any resources or suggestions from reporters to leaders of organizations that would want to know about this, we would be very grateful for your help. There are also opportunities to get more involved - if you'd like to volunteer on this project please email and let us know.

Again thank you for standing up for what's right!

Eve, Andrea & Lisa
Rebecca Riots

Thank you (again) Eve, Andrea & Lisa. Its a beautiful song, and a sweet gift.

Keith Olbermann on Marriage Equality and Prop 8

Adam R wrote today on a PFLAG National Blog post Olbermann on Marriage Equality:
Keith Olbermann of MSNBC commented on his show recently about the passing of Proposition 8 in California, and his dismay and disappointment with the results. He wonders why anyone would want to deny another person the right to the same things that they enjoy. Be sure to watch this clip...
Keith Olbermann is thoughtful, powerful, and wonderful. He said:

You are asked now, by your country, and perhaps by your creator, to stand on one side or another. You are asked now to stand, not on a question of politics, not on a question of religion, not on a question of gay or straight. You are asked now to stand, on a question All you need do is stand, and let the tiny ember of love meet its own fate. You don't have to help it, you don't have it applaud it, you don't have to fight for it. Just don't put it out.

Please watch & listen to the whole commentary.

Thank you, Keith Olbermann.


Please stand with us in Olympia on Saturday.
Olympia is joining in a nationwide protest of the passage of Proposition 8 in California, the citizens' initiative that took away the hard-earned right of gays and lesbians to get married.

Please join in the rally at City Hall, 8th Avenue and Plum Street, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 15. Bring signs and umbrellas. There will be guest speakers. We'll meet on the south side of City Hall on the steps to Council Chambers.

Please help spread the word.

If you have any questions, local contacts in Olympia are Alec Clayton at and Anna Schlecht at

You can find posters, signs, and more information at

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

short and sweet schalchlin

Steve Schalchlin wrote today:
Asking for the right to marry does not change society except in one way: It makes it more just.
Read the post Steve ended with that quote... Why SoulForce Marches.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Daring to Dream of a Black President

With Obama on the brink of victory, America's leading black voices share what it means to them.
Maya Angelou, novelist:
What it means if Mr Obama is voted in, is that my country has agreed to grow up, and move beyond the childish idea that human beings are different.
Samuel L Jackson, actor:
It actually means that the lie that they told us all these years -- that you can grow up to be anything you want to be in America, even the president -- might actually be true now.
Jay-Z, rapper:
Rosa Parks sat so that Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so that Obama could run. Obama's running so that we all can fly. I can't wait until 5 November and I'm going to say 'Hello, Brother President'.
There is more from each of them, and there are also statements from Toni Morrison, novelist; Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader; Spike Lee, director; Tiger Woods, golfer; Alonzo Mourning, basketball player; Stevie Wonder, musician; and James Blake, tennis player.

Read all of:
Daring to Dream of a Black President
The Independent. November 4, 2008.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Songs for tomorrow

Les Misbarack


A thank you to the campaign.

Wow! Thank you for these to

Created by a small comedy/improv theater in Los Angeles, Ca.