by Marcinho Savant
FULL DISCLOSURE: I have been in this office since 8am. I got off this webinar an hour and a half ago (9:30PM). This new site isn't ready to launch yet, but I HAD to post about this powerful meeting, and I've no other blog outlet! I'm tired! But I'm THRILLED to have been part of this historic teleconference! That. is. all! :-P (10:50PM)
Something's afoot! And it "ain't" your Grandpappy's Activism!
What I experienced this evening was heaven in comparison! #bestcallever!
So what's going on!?
He is spearheading,with dozens of other formidable activists, in an effort to bring forth full federal equality. And he, and his battalion, mean "NOW"! RIGHT NOW! Which, in evidently realistic parlance, translates to 2016, if not sooner!
Fernandez clarifies: "..."2016 or sooner, for nationwide marriage equality, and soon there after for full federal civil rights equality."
On the call, among myriad, salient, bullet points, in a pristinely organized presentation--- came the order that the goal was to do something powerful about the patchwork of inconsistent, sporadic pockets of equality in the nation. "NATIONWIDE LGBT ORGANIZING. It has been great talking to organizers all over the country and hearing how fired-up folks are! Everyone feels our time has come! Some have just defeated anti-LGBT "religious freedom bills" and others report having full equality completed! Now it's time for us to group together and circle back for the states left behind! Come join the movement for full FEDERAL equality Now!"
And a full-throated, yet silent, "amen"pulsed through the connection. And this writer was among that hopeful chorus.
"NATIONWIDE LGBT ORGANIZING. It has been great talking to organizers all over the country and hearing how fired-up folks are! Everyone feels our time has come! Some have just defeated anti-LGBT "religious freedom bills" and others report having full equality completed!
Now it's time for us to group together and circle back for the states left behind!
Come join the movement for full FEDERAL equality Now!"
- TODD "Tif" FERNANDEZ
"... in that the people are rising up all over the world. It may not translate immediately into policy change. But it, I believe, is altering the social fabric and awakening a collective dynamic of people-participation - or at least - a peoples' voice.
I think the big shift from OWS - was a worldwide collective awareness about wealth and income inequality - that is structural. Time will tell of course, whether anything actually changes anytime soon. Because the powers-that-be have rigged the system for sure, and they're not letting go anytime soon. That said, street protests are a tactic - not a strategy, and that is lost on most activists.
So what's the plan!?
But, alas, there really is a fantastic plan!
Lawyers, and parents, and allies: Oh my!
One dad on the call quipped that HE was "the straight father that keeps making the gay kids!" His son, one referenced on the call, happens to be gay.
Why Does it Even Matter!? A little something called "Minority Stress"!
Imagine how this affects the youth.
Mr. Fernandez says of "Minority Stress": "We'll have a full report outlining the international law and minority stress information with citations etc. soon."
"FORCED TO LIE. It breaks my heart to hear young gay/queer kids talking about how they are essentially forced to lie outright - or through omission - to hide their natural sexual orientation or gender identity (SO/GI).
They are innocent souls - trapped in an unwelcoming world - so fearful - that they have to lie and hide - just to be safe. What toll does this take? And do we ever recover from this spiritual chasm that separates us from self and truth? From our own internal integrity?
To repair this, we must outlaw SO/GI discrimination to reverse the stigma, to free us from this harm, to end the array of psychological abuses we endure. Equality = Safety. Equality = Freedom from Lies. Equality NOW."
- Todd "Tif" Fernandez
So here's PART of the plan!
Come discuss plans to build:
1. A Network of State Pledge Coalitions in all 50 states.
2. A Grassroots campaign in all 435 House Districts.
3. A Core Campaign for Full Equality.
4. A Nationwide Media Network.
That's right. All 50 states! REALLY!
And THAT'S where they got me pumped! Well... ONE of the ways! You see, If I'm going to make a dessert, I'm not going to bake one cupcake! It's the SAME amount of work... so IIIIIIIIIIIIII'm baking the whole fecking cake! And their national tidal wave of equality makes me misty, rebellious, excited, and humbled all at once.
With the way that rulings, one after another, are beginning to find that blatant lack of protection under the law is, in fact, entirely unconstitutional on its face! ERGO... Bitchy, smug, arrogant, deluded, tin- soldiers, and bigoted relics--- refusing to evolve into The New Patriotism of this new century--- are going the way of the Titanic! And they're hell-bound, and determined, to go down with the ship!
But I know two things!
- There is no gray area in equality! Either it's EQUAL... or it "AIN'T"!
- It is IMPOSSIBLE to un-spill milk. In this case, the milk of humaneness, justice, and simple, governmentally-assured, equality under the law!
What can you do TODAY!?
"Please join the planning discussion, and let's mobilize for Full LGBT Equality. It is our human right, and it's time to claim it. Equality Now. Let's do it. Take the Pledge Now:
Well!?!?!?! You heard the man! Take the pledge! It's so easy! Fast! And it hurts less than a haircut! It doesn't come anywhere NEAR the sucking SUCKINESS in SUCKDOM of helping someone MOVE! C'monnnnnnnn! Sign the pledge! I did, so I know what i'm talking about!
Stay Tuned, Angel-Puddins!!!!!!!!!!!
#fullequalityundertheLAW #LGBTActivists #thetimeisnow #overdue #outlawingdiscriminationcategorically
#60YEARSinBATTLE! #===! #equalequalsequal #Equal =Equal!