Nov 15, 2008

EQUALITY FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER U.S. CITIZENS! A Call To Action, Now is the time...read/sign below:






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CALL TO TAKE ACTION NOW!


We call on all supporters of equality to sustain and intensify the nationwide campaign of mass protests and non-violent civil disobedience, for seven weeks, starting on November 27, 2008, the thirtieth anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk, and to then gather together in mass, from all corners of our country, in Washington, DC on the morning of Tuesday, January 20, 2009, to honor the inauguration of our President, Barack Obama. Read on and act:

NOW IS THE TIME

By Cleve Jones and Dustin Lance Black

On November 27, 1978, gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk was assassinated in San Francisco City Hall. Thirty years later, his struggle continues.

On November 4, 2008, millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans of all races proudly cast their ballots for Barack Obama, helping to elect the first African-American President of the United States.

On that same day voters in Arizona, Arkansas, California and Florida approved initiatives denying basic civil rights to GLBT citizens.

Like other Americans who voted for Barack Obama, gay people of all backgrounds supported our President-elect because we share his vision of a united America and want to move forward to address the critical challenges facing our country and our planet.

We have always been willing to serve our country: in our armed forces, even as we were threatened with courts-martial and dishonor; as teachers, even as we were slandered and libeled; as parents and foster parents struggling to support our children; as doctors and nurses caring for patients in a broken health care system; as artists, writers and musicians; as workers in factories and hotels, on farms and in office buildings; we have always served and loved our country.


We have loved our country even as we have been subjected to discrimination, harassment and violence at the hands of our countrymen. We have loved God, even as we were rejected and abandoned by religious leaders, our churches, synagogues and mosques. We have loved democracy, even as we witnessed the ballot box used to deny us our rights.

Like Barack Obama, we never abandoned hope in the American dream of equality and freedom. We never stopped believing that the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights included us.

We have always kept faith with the American people, our neighbors, co-workers, friends and families. But today that faith is tested and we find ourselves at a crossroad in history.

Will we move forward together? Will we affirm that the American dream is alive and real? Will we finally guarantee full equality under the law for all Americans? Or will we surrender to the worst, most divisive appeals to bigotry, ignorance and fear?

It has been thirty years since Harvey Milk gave his life in our struggle for equality. We will not wait thirty years more. We demand that the Federal Government act immediately, decisively and unequivocally to ensure equal protection under law throughout the United States of America.


We can accept no compromise.

Speaker of The House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi
Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid

We call on President-Elect Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to draft and submit to the Congress comprehensive legislation protecting the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens in all areas including civil marriage, military service, adoption, social security, taxation, immigration, employment, housing and access to health care, social services and education.

We can wait no longer.

We call on President-Elect Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to speak out against the escalating campaign of harassment, violence and murder directed against our communities and pass legislation extending hate-crime protections to GLBT citizens.

Now is the time.

We call on President-Elect Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to take personal responsibility for involving our nation’s religious leaders and the GLBT community in a national dialogue to encourage understanding and reconciliation.

We also call on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to heed the call of Harvey Milk, when he spoke thirty years ago on the steps of San Francisco City Hall: “You must come out, my brothers and sisters, you must come out!”

We call on gay people everywhere to seize this moment, to understand that freedom will not come until we are willing to commit the full strength of our own voices, minds and bodies to the struggle. We must personally introduce ourselves to those who would discriminate against us. We must make ourselves visible.

We call on all supporters of equality to sustain and intensify the nationwide campaign of mass protests and non-violent civil disobedience, for seven weeks, starting on November 27, 2008, the thirtieth anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk, and to then gather together in mass, from all corners of our country, in Washington, DC on the morning of Tuesday, January 20, 2009, to honor the inauguration of our President, Barack Obama.

We call on all our people and all our allies to carry this message of hope and equality to every corner of our nation, to every place of worship, to every school and factory and shopping center, every city, suburb and farming town. We call on you to march together, demonstrate together, pray together and dream together of a future America where, finally, all are free.

There are rare moments in human history when, suddenly and unexpectedly, the opportunity for great change and progress becomes possible. Barack Obama has shown us the power of hope and the urgency of seizing that moment. Harvey Milk has shown us the power we possess when we make our voices heard.

We can accept no compromise.
We can wait no longer.
Now is the time.
We are equal.

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6 comments:

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Just wondering...Majority Leader Harry Reid is a Mormon, would that impact his ability to get legislation moving pro LGBT citizens in the Senate? Has he had a opinion on the results of Prop 8 or any of the other failed LGBT equality measures?

Bonnie said...

Hi Leonardo--Our diocesian (sp?) convention ended yesterday and here is the resolution that was passed:

"Resolved, that the Eighty-Seventh Convention of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, believing that our commitment to the Anglican Communion and our commitment to dismantling structures of discrimination are expressions of the same inexhaustible love, call upon the 76th General Convention to enact legislation to insure that sexual orientation cease to be a barrier for full inclusion in The Episcopal Church."


This resolution was written by the "Resolution 10 committee" following a year of meeting plus providing "A Call to Listen" diocesan workshop in June. Details, including committee members, can be found at www.wncdiocese.blogspot.com

I was there and it was really awesome to see how many people voted for the resolution. My husband was a delegate and, of course, he voted for the resolution along with our rector and our other delegate. We both wore rainbow buttons, which we bought on site, and meet a lot of really beautiful people. That's the good news.

The bad news is that there might be a sub-text in the reconcillation message on the Anglican Communion level. If I am correct about this, we need to start making an effort now to be sure that B033 (I think that's correct) gets flushed.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Thanks Bonnie, It´s been nothing but GOOD NEWS from North Carolina these past two weeks! Wonderful. It seems that every victory is part of a huge moral breakthrough that will help everyone in the long run...it´s the feardriven and those who have secret reasons to hate LGBT people who will have some adjusting to do...it´s time we all started facing reality, all means all...then, let the chips fall where they may.

Love to all!

Bonnie said...

Hi Leonardo--YES! I feel the same way about NC. Finally bigots and naysayers are not holding the reins here anymore.

Also, Leonardo prayers for our cany. The fires in Orange County are very, very grim.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Yes, horrible in SoCal...prayers for them all from trailers to mansions and all the animals in and around.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Bonnie, check out my new post on your Convention and please let me know if there is anything to add. Thanks for your headsup!