At last count, 40-60% of trans people have attempted suicide compared to 1.6% of the general population. Isn't it time you did something to help? Updating the ground-breaking 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, Injustice At Every Turn, conducted jointly by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the new 2015 U.S. Trans Survey is about to launch this month on August 19 (under the aegis of the National Center for Transgender Equality). Using data from 6,400 participants, the meta-findings of the earlier survey, which has been cited by ...Read More›
"Not everything that is faced can be chaged; but nothing can be changed until it is faced." — James Baldwin (1924 – 1987) American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social criticMeditation this weekend on Michael Brown and the birth of the BlackLivesMatter movement led me to re-examine my published thoughts from a year ago.
Follow The Money To Ferguson Institutionalized racism, money, greed, and special interests are what makes brown and black young men primary targets and victims, and it is being financed by your hard-earned tax-dollars. (More . . .)
"[Y]ou’re not able to see somebody else as a human being,"Some may predict that the influence of the religious right is waning as the number of Americans identifying as evangelicals declines, but that misunderstands and underestimates the festering infection of their ideas, already in full flower. You can be an secularist but your world is still affected by the disease of fundamentalist thinking that has made and continues to make a deep impression on our laws and policies. The rubric of religious freedom has been fully distorted to protect racial bigotry and legalize discrimination. President Obama Read More›
"Out of the chaos of this prolonged moment and inside the shell of the old system, a new culture, a new kind of politics, a new kind of governance is being born right before our eyes. Call it what you want. But call it something. Stop pretending it’s not happening." (Tom Engelhardt of The Nation Institute and TomDispatch.com)Below are some highlights from Engehardt's 5 Hallmarks of the New American Order, republished in The Nation magazine, and I urge you to not only read the entire article but print it out and post ... Read More›
Many people I speak to and correspond with are looking for an agenda to #DrawTheLine between church and state. As previously stated, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (au.org) is one of the best organizations setting that agenda and tracking our victories. While most of us tend to focus on national politics more than state politics, and even less on local politics, we have to keep in mind that school board members and city council members grow up to be state lawmakers and national candidates, so the front line for most of this work starts ...Read More›
"[G]ay rights issue has reached an unprecedented 'level of intensity' and put the country on the brink of conflict . . . Talk about a Civil War, we could have another one over this.
. . . If the Supreme Court strikes down the state bans and states across the country fail to convene “a state constitutional convention to re-examine the Constitution . . . we’re going to see a general collapse in the next decade or two.”Part 1, yesterday, I posed the question, ... Read More›
"For some people the future of their faith and of the nation are in danger, threatened by secular forces controlled by Satan himself." -- Christian right's rage problem -- How white fundamentalists are roiling America (Salon.com)When I talk to my friend, Michael Rogers, about how the religious right is guided by a political-religious dominionist philosophy demanding the end of our rule of law in favor of (their version of) god's law, he warns me that they won't stop until they force either (or both) a constitutional convention or civil war, reminding me that ... Read More›
The proposed First Amendment Defense Act is Congress's attempt to legalize LGBT discrimination. Aligning with faith groups to diminish the influence of religion in government was one of the chief strategies we developed while meeting with like-minded activists at the recent Netroots Nation and LGBT Netroots Connect. While this includes tactics such as direct contact with welcoming congregations, the nexus of this alignment right now centers on defeating the passage of the nefarious First Amendment Defense Act, the aim of which is "to prevent discriminatory treatment of any person on the basis of views held with respect to marriage." While the Read More›
Members of the public may send information that raises questions about an exempt organization's compliance with the Internal Revenue Code. (Charities-&-Non-Profits/Political-Organizations/Exemption-Requirements-Political-Organizations)In our efforts to #DrawTheLine between church and state in the conduct of our government and to #VoteOutTheReligiousRight, we have at our disposal a legal way to take some of the wind out of their (financial) sails. This is one of the strategies we developed while meeting with like-minded activists at the recent Netroots Nation and LGBT Netroots Connect. Imagine a nationwide action of non-violent civil disobedience that ... Read More›
Starting at LGBT NetrootsConnect (a pre-conference forum and workshop), I found a group for a morning and afternoon roundtable who, like me and others, self-select the subject of the negative influence of religion in law and policy and the religious right's erasure of church-state separation. This dialog continued in various forms throughout Netroots Nation, helping to identify more people who support the idea of #VoteOutTheReligiousRight. This issue is so big and so important, we remain committed to continuing our discussion and translating talk into real actions for change. Shortly, I will be starting a google+ group ...Read More›