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Dave Cullen
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An expanded paperback edition of my book COLUMBINE came out March 1, 2010. Links to the book and my bio below: http://www.davecullen.com/columbine.htm

NOVEMBER 11, 2008 6:50PM

We are not inferior--Why gays need you Saturday, nationwide

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We need gays and straights, across the country Saturday. First the basics, then why:

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WHAT: Nationwide protests are happening simultaneously at every city hall across America:

WHEN: This Saturday (Nov. 15) 10:3o a.m. West Coast, 11:3o a.m. Mountain, 12:3o p.m. Central, 1:3o p.m. East Coast.

WHERE: Your city hall.

MORE INFO: Go to jointheimpact.com or Facebook's page, linking to the same organizing site.

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WHY we need you, nationwide:

We are not inferior. Over three dozen states have said we are. Last Tuesday, the largest state in the nation repeated the rebuke. Prop 8 was the last straw.

Voters have told us repeatedly that we are so disgusting that the mere presence of us would soil the institution of marriage.

Enough.

We are not disgusting. We are equal. It is time to respond.

Not state by state, collectively, as a nation. Gay people are part of this culture, and degrading us has got to stop.

We love each other, just like the rest of you. We will marry each other regardless. Some of us will choose to marry, others will not. But laws that say we are unfit to marry are an abomination and will not stand.

Saturday's protest is not about one ballot initiative in one state. It is a signal that we have had enough.

We need masses of gay people and straight supporters to show up and be counted on our side.

Anyone in America who believes in equality, we ask you to stand with us this Saturday.

Stand up for what's right.

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We especially need people in the interior. We need the public to notice, this in not just an uprising on the coasts.

Denver/Colorado: I am helping organize in Denver. Please contact me through here or facebook if you can help locally, or email dave@davecullen.com RSVP for the Denver event at this Facebook page. Please spread the link. 

The rally will be at the city/county building, 1437 Bannock Street (2 blocks west of the capitol).

Other states: Feel free to use the comments to share links/info on organizing in your city.

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Thursday Update:
We've had big Denver press coverage, including this in the Rocky Mountain News today.

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It distresses me that black Californians voted against this civil rights issue in the numbers that they did. I have heard the arguments, and I see the perspective, but it is so very absurd for any member of a minority to not support civil rights of any other. Oh, and civil rights are not special rights. People first, government after. All people. No exceptions.
Thanks, Bill. Agreed.

But that is past now, and this is not about one proposition or one state, much less one voting demographic.

This has gone on across America, and this is about the future. We are equal, we will be treated equally, and we intend to say so.
Here's a direct link to Chicago's
I will be there (unless I get engulfed by a wave of agoraphobia)
Thanks for the link and for coming, Hy.
Dave,
If I could be there in Denver this Saturday, I would be, but I'm running a 10k race on Sat.
Hoping many show up for the rally.
Good luck and take care.

Margie
Good deal Dave. I'm with you all. It was a sad day on top of a happy day. We still have a long way to go in this country toward tolerance.
Peace,
Greg
Hi Dave,

I'll be in Miami on Saturday but will ask my friend if 1:30 a.m. at the City Hall there is doable. I imagine there will be a serious group effort in Miami.
Dave.. I have always supported the fight for equal rights. My wife and I even owned a GLBT welcome/friendly nightclub (in a very close minded county) only to be told gays would not support it because we were straight.

However, I am in full support of everyone participating in something that God sanctions and fails over 50% of the time.
Dave, I posted a comment a couple of hours and it's gone. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have deleted it. A comment of great support. I have been incensed about the outcome of Prop 8. Ridiculous and moronic beyond intellectual belief. I'm going to check out what may be happening in Boulder...if not, I'll give you a call about the Denver rally.
Thanks for this!
Best of luck to you Dave for this Saturday and beyond. I'm going to try to make it down to our city hall too, show my support and see if I can get some decent photos.
It feels more than pointless to protest in SF, but I've sent this to friends in Colorado, and urged them to forward it on.

Here's to a good turnout.
It is an axiom that only when majority voices are joined with minority voices does the message get heard!

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Dave,
There's a gathering on the Commons in Ithaca NY at 1:30 on Saturday.
Lorraine
Dave, here's the direct info page for PHILADELPHIA. My brother's working on the one in DC, I'll be back to post that link too.

I just want to say that the Why section of your post is articulate, rational, spot on and totally reasonable -- and shouldn't have to be said at all! Which is why we all need to get out there and push the ignorant cave dwellers back into their 19th Century holes forever.
Dave:
I am the most senior sitting Council Person for the tiny town of China Texas.
Prompted by your post I called City Hall to find out our official hiring discrimination policy. We simply work under the Federal EEO guidelines, I was told.
I chased down these guidelines and they state that there shall be no discrimination in the hiring process as it relates to "race, color, religion, or national origin."
I called city hall back and had the EEO clause added to this month's agenda. I intend to advocate that we add the phrase "sexual orientation" to the city's non-discriminatory clause.

Even though this seems like a no-brainer it will not be an easy battle to win. It may, in fact, get rather ugly.

I know that this is a small action and that China is a very small town. I am also aware that the impact of such an action will be largely symbolic rather than practical. But as my grandmother would have said, "Better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness."

The council meeting will be the night of the 18th of Nov. I'll let you know how it goes.

I also want you to know that my actions are being taken as a direct result of your words and of the person I have come to know you to be.

Wish me luck.

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Thanks for the links. Keep them coming.

We really need a turnout across America that will get noticed and heard.

Good luck in China, John.
Meanwhile, good news.

Front page of the NY Times site this morning is featuring a big happy picture of two lesbians holding up their marriage certificate in Connecticut, where it became legal this morning:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/13/nyregion/13marriage.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
There's more info on Chicago here:

http://jointheimpact.wetpaint.com/page/Illinois

One group is planning a rally, and another is planning to meet on Halsted earlier to march and meet up with the first.
Dave,

Saw the picture on the NY Times this morning---but also came across a sad editorial about a law passed in Arkansas prohibiting adoption or fostering by any cohabitants who are not married.

Did you see that? Or has someone bogged/commented on it and I missed it. The gist was that "unmarried" couples were not "fit" parents and the question of fitness, based on that criteria, could possibly extent to the natural children of couples in a lesbian relationship.

Really, what the f**k is the matter with this world? Let's try, just freaking try, a little Live and Let Live.
MAH, yes, that was perhaps the saddest of all last week, though less impact nationally. (Dan Savage had an op-ed about it in NYT. I'll look for the link.)

Meanwhile, we're getting lots of local press for the Denver event, hoping to ensure a big turnout. Rocky Mountain News story today here:

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/12/denver-join-gay-rights-protest-california-ban/
That link got cut off. Here it is in two pieces; paste them together. I'll put it into the main post:

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/12/
denver-join-gay-rights-protest-california-ban/
The people have sent a mandate against gay marriage, Obama was elected running against gay marriage and propositions passed across the country with solid majorities. The temper tantrums have to stop.
dual diagnosis- may I be the first on this happy day to tell you to fuck off (insert middle finger icon here)
Demanding our rights is a temper tantrum?

I've seen that phrase on a few blogs now, so it's not original, but does seem to be the latest tactic of anti-gays.

I don't care how many times the people send me a "mandate" that I'm inferior, I'm not going to accept it.

Is this what they called marchers for the women's movement, black civil rights, the Vietnam War, and Gandhi's movement in India and on and on through time?

Probably. I was too young to know.

Luckily, it didn't deter the marchers.
The temper tantrums are the physical assault on elderly women carrying crosses, invading religious services and terrorizing congregations, and vandalizing public and private property.
Dual, if any of those things are actually happening, of course they have to stop. Most of those are not tantrums, they're crimes.

Do you have any reporting on these from legit news sources? Links, please.
Palm Springs- Gay activists rip cross out of elderly woman's hands and trample it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_ZvPR09N4Q

Gay rights protesters disrupt Sunday service
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20081112/NEWS01

A Carlsbad man accused of punching an elderly couple because they had Yes On Prop 8 signs in their yard says he's innocent.

Thursday, Lawrence Pizzicara pleaded not guilty to attacking his neighbors on Monday allegedly during an argument over Prop 8 signs.

The couple suffered numerous injuries.

Pizzicara is being held on $200,000 bail.
http://www.cbs8.com/stories/story.145603.html

The N-bomb is dropped on black passersby at Prop 8 protests
http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=8077
Those aren't temper tantrums any more than fighting any war is a temper tantrum. At least gays are 99.9% nonviolent in their efforts, which is more than you can say for heteros.
The last one was gay on gay hate- why do you even care about that one, since you do not see us as people?
Dual, those are mostly accusations, and amount to very little regardless.

Neighbors arguing and supposedly getting into a scuffle? Seriously? I'm sure that happened across America many times this week. That's not evidence of much more than neighbors arguing and scuffling. And some bozo did stomp a cross in that video, but did not physically assault the woman.

Your characterizations are frankly dishonest.