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>Fashion Inquiry and LGBT Civil Disobedience

April 2, 2009

>First…

She always has it.

She always had it.

She had it too.


So why doesn’t she have it?


That’s the question Brits were asking yesterday, as they realized that Michelle does not carry a handbag with her all the time. I’m glad that is the pressing issue of the day, as thousands of British citizens were protesting the G-20 and the European press was trying to assign blame for the global crisis on the US.

But we love Michelle. So do 72% of Americans according to a recent Gallup Poll. Her approval even surpasses her husband’s.

I approve of both.
Take It to The Streets
A coalition of prominent activists for gay equality is promoting non-violent civil disobedience in the fight for equality.

Nonviolence4equality.org

“We are tired of defeat, token change, defending ourselves against charges of moral inferiority, and being told to “wait” in the land we love while liberation occurs in other countries. Martin Luther King, Jr. acknowledged that real change takes time; yet he also warned against the “tranquilizing drug of gradualism” and instructed the oppressed to demand equality now – not on the convenient time schedule of those doing the oppressing.”

Among those supporting this effort are leaders of Soulforce, who for years have led the fight to combat the Spiritual Violence which targets gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. This type of violence toward the soul of a person drives people away from the love that God offers and contributes to the low self esteem that many LGBT persons harbor.

In a letter, the leaders of the effort said this (emphasis mine):

Efforts to achieve full civil equality – such as the right to marry the person we love, the right to care for our families, the right to nondiscrimination in the workplace, and the right to serve openly in the military – have awakened a sleeping giant within the soul of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) community.

We are tired of agonizing political setbacks, token change, defending ourselves against charges of moral inferiority, and being told to “wait” in the land we love while liberation occurs in other countries. Martin Luther King, Jr. acknowledged that real change takes time; yet he also warned against the “tranquilizing drug of gradualism” and instructed the oppressed to demand equality now – not on the convenient time schedule of those doing the oppressing. Legislative efforts toward equality, while essential, have proven woefully inadequate under current circumstances.

Today, we affirm that nonviolent strategies such as marches, vigils, demonstrations, public protests, and civil disobedience, seek to create what Dr. King called “healthy tension”.. This constructive tension forces those who perpetuate injustice, and society as a whole, to pause, reflect, and consider the ugliness of their prejudices and the indecency embodied in their discrimination. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Dr. King wrote: “Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.”

In addition to Dr. King’s legacy, we remember that those of Mahatma Gandhi, Bayard Rustin, Oscar Romero, Cesar Chavez, the Velvet Revolution, and countless others are deeply rooted in United States and world history. Nonviolent resistance continues to play a vital role in undermining the power of repressive political regimes.

We call on community organizers, activists, movement leaders, and all LGBTQ people across the nation to begin training the masses in nonviolent direct action. We have prepared a new online resource – www.nonviolence4equality.org – to assist in this vital task. As we resist injustice, we must avoid violence of the fist, tongue, and heart and remember that in truth we are challenging unjust systems, not people. In due course, we seek to be in community with those from whom we currently find ourselves divided.

We, the undersigned, call on LGBTQ and allied people everywhere to act with strength and integrity. Today, we reclaim nonviolent direct action as part of that process. Let’s understand that the vision of equality belongs to all of us and we are each responsible for taking action in pursuit of that dream. We all have the faculty to be powerful, influential, and prevailing. Let’s reinvest in our movement for social change and believe in our own capacity to effect that change. Let’s allow the boldness and hunger for justice to grow and contagiously spread to others.
Let’s take it to the streets.

Jeff Lutes, Soulforce
Cleve Jones, UNITE HERE
Willow Witte, Join the Impact
Sara Beth Brooks, San Diego Equality Campaign
David Comfort, Equality Network
Kip Williams, Radical Designs
Jeff Sheng, Fearless Campus Tour
David Valk, UCLA Student
Laura Kanter, Orange County Equality Coalition
Christopher Hubble, Soulforce in Colorado

>Bessemer Survives

January 2, 2009

>Bessemer is still here.

Some thought that the city was under attack when the gunfire began as we welcomed the New Year. Where the police were, who knows.

Oh wait, here’s a quote from a message I received, from a neighbor who was coming through town at midnight:

“As the light turns green and I pull away I notice, to my left about8-9 Bessemer police cars sitting in the Alley between the Regions bank and the Bright Star building. There were a few officers standing outside talking and a few of the cars were idling. (I could see the exhaust in the cold night air.) This of course infuriated me! How can the Police, who are expected to protect and serve the citizens of Bessemer be huddled up with their heads in the sand and not even respond to all the gunfire! It is illegal to discharge a firearm in the city of Bessemer.”

This year, a child was injured in Mobile when she was hit by a stray bullet. Who knows how much property damage is done by these fools. Not to mention the danger every one of us is put in, and the anguish it creates.

There has got to be an answer. this problem plagues communities across the state and nation.

For us more peaceful folk, we rang our bell.


This is an old locomotive bell that has been in the family for I don’t know how long. Maybe a relative who reads this knows more.

It’s loud. And heavy.

Then I came back inside and watched a little more of Dick Clark’s New Year, and saw this.

Did somebody squirt the mustard at her when they were dressing their hot dog? I guess that’s the new thing.

I don’t even know her name, but she sings well.

We had a grilled ham roast, collards with a touch of heat, black eyed peas with salt meat, and fresh pecan pie made with family pecans. Yum. What did you have for New Year’s Dinner?