Tuesday, May 31, 2011
It would seem that Durham Very Own national Blogger has found the time to actually attend a marriage in Raleigh, She won’t just be attending, she will also be speaking. NC Getequal is get desperate for speakers. a Side note, I would like to know why EqualityNC turn them down when they were ask to speak at this event????
this from Angel Chandler of GetEqual NC,
Rep. Susan Fisher sent a message of regret that she won't be able to make the rally as planned to be our opening speaker, but she will send a message of support we will read at the rally.
Pam Spaulding of Pam's Houseblend, a major LGBT blog based in North Carolina, will be attending and speaking!
Jim Neal, 2008 openly gay US Senate candidate from North Carolina will be speaking!
Someone will be recording the event so we will be able to upload it on YouTube so bring your best posters :)
There are rumors of counter protests, which is to be expected. Lets be civil, calm, and courageous. And let's remember that history is on our side, so we don't need them to be.
Thanks to everyone who is helping make this rally a huge success.
Hope to see you all on Thursday.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
In this piece by Qnotes, this is how important these protester were to Qnotes, only a paragraph, and link and nothing more then that..
See this screen shot of the post.
I guess if the video didn’t exist Qnotes would never ever mention there was a counter protest. However I’m sure if this happen in Charlotte, Greensboro, or Winston Salem they would have gotten full court press coverage,with pictures and comments and reactions from those that were there.
Hell even some of the staff would have been present..
see this post for slideshow of the protest.
A local group has set up are very own Marriage Equality Rally, see this post.
Monday, May 23, 2011
There is an Obit for a teen in this paper as well, since I’m not sure if he is the one I will not post it… Here is the link to the post pdf file if its paper.. teen suicide on page 7 the might be Obit is on page 10. The cause of Death is not publish..
Via The Eastern Shore Post of Virginia
By Dr. Richard J. Bow master Superintendent of Northampton County Public Schools
This week, one of our high school students committed suicide. It is never easy to accept death, and even more difficult when it is a child or adolescent. Often we want to blame someone or something for the suicide. It is our human nature to want an answer to help us cope with such a tragic event.
During the week, I have received many inquiries about the type of bullying program offered in our school district. It is important for the community to know how we handle bullying.
The elementary guidance counselors at each school have an anti-bullying component within their curriculum. The counselors conduct lessons across all grade levels to help children understand: how to deal with teasing and bullying, how to report to an adult when something happens that makes them feel teased or bullied, how to use assertive language to tell the aggressor to back off, to always report physical threats immediately, how to handle emotions, how to avoid listening to rumors, and to know the difference between “snitching” and reporting. The high school handles cases on an individual basis. Our Student Code of Conduct addresses bullying across the district.
At all schools, when a student reports an incident, the principal investigates and talks with students who may be involved or who may be witnesses. The principal may determine if the guidance office can provide interventions to help resolve the situation. Often times, friends may have a disagreement and simply need the assistance of an adult.
In cases where teasing or bullying may be more intensive, the school administrator involves the guardians of the children having the conflict. Often we find a situation that started in the neighborhood carries over to the school. In some severe cases, the principal may suspend the bully or aggressor. All reports are taken seriously and discipline varies according to the age of the child, prior discipline referrals, and the level of teasing or bullying displayed.
The issue of bullying does not lie solely at the schoolhouse door. Through coordinated efforts with our faith community leaders, law enforcement and social service agencies, local clubs and organizations, and our local community leaders, we can provide community outreach programs, conduct parenting classes on anger management and effective communication skills, bring in community speakers and create public service announcements which promote a return to civility.
There are many additional community resources for all of us to use: the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Community Services Board, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and local counselors.
As a school district we will continue to play a vital role in facilitating these activities on behalf of all children on the Eastern Shore.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
However when NOM come to town this is the community at the counter protest.
Now the one where the community all come out for NOM, members for Equality NC showed, even our local national Blogger Pam make it there.. Yet they come find the time when the local bigots come to town to join in the protest..
Here is the community coming to rally to support two lesbians who were ask to leave Cameron Village because the security guard didn’t like them kissing on the sidewalk.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I attended the Rally in 2009 that was hosted by NC4Marriage, as well as this one. I was there as a photographer and a supporter for my LGBT community. At each of these events there was a small counter-protest, which was neither approved nor even acknowledged by our local LGBT Community leaders or local Equality groups. Hell not even our local nationally known blogger could even be bothered attending much less assemble any sort of community support.
See slideshow of each year.
here is the 2009 rally,
Yes, they are small groups compared to the anti-gay bigots at these rallies. However, our group is more dedicated because we didn't need to be bused in from all over the state. I wonder just how big the Anti-gay marriage rally would have been if they weren't bused in???
While we were outside standing up to these bigots, a group from Equality NC was inside the General Assembly building with groups of religious leaders holding a press conference.
While this Rally was in progress, I found and photographed a small LGBT group behind enemies lines (see slideshow for 2011). There were holding a simple sign which read "Equality for all." Well, they were harassed by the local PD, who only walked away after a reporter stood up for the group. see video and info below:
This Video was taken by LGBTQ resource,The Triangle, www.trianglelgbt.com. It shows State Capital Police trying to intimidate peaceful LGBTQ counter protesters at anti-LGBTQ faith based rally in Downtown Raleigh on May 17, 2011. State Capital Police only back off when local news reporter inquires into what the police are doing. There is also a snippet of the false information the speaker is telling the crowd about the LGBTQ community. The rally was held by Return America in response to a press conference given by pro-LGBTQ faith leaders in the Legislature Building regarding SB 106 earlier that morning. There will be a pro-LGBTQ rally on June 3, 2011 in downtown Raleigh, you can go to http://getequalnc.org/rally-in-raleigh/ for more information.
However the PD DID make it known to those on the street, if they tried to enter the mall grounds with signs, they would be arrested for trespassing. The group on the street were told three different reasons about what would happen if they carried signs on to the grounds of the mall.
Most of those who attended this rally were Baptist, and a few Christian Schools as well. They were Greenville Christian Academy, Beacon Baptist Church, Fellowship Baptist Church, Faith Christian Academy, White Plains Baptist Church, Gospel Light Baptist Church, and I am positive there were many more.
I can only guess that this rally was very important because Bam Bam Labarbra was there.
Now for my comment and opinion about our community,
I just don't get it, you guys in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill all came out when NOM came to town, yet once again you let the local bigot groups get a free pass on bashing the hell out of us?? Why??
I do have a bone to pick with Pam and Equality NC. If they would have called for us to rally, I'm sure more would have shown up to counter protest. Yet again the local LGBT community couldn't be bothered. I can only guess that many were hung over, or at the parks and bookstores on their knees or with their legs in the air. I am sure many had to work, but yet many took off from work or took longer lunches to attend the NOM counter protest and the rally at Cameron Village.
If these religious zealots get their way and do get more of our civil liberties revoked, you have no one to blame but yourselves. Don't stand there and ask "What happened?", I'll tell you what happened... you couldn't be bothered to show up to support your community or your future. Its so much more than the right to get married.
Its the benefits that you lose for insurance, its the child care you get denied because your "partnership" isn't recognized by the state, its the financial instability you face when/if your "partner" passes and you find yourself homeless because you didn't think that those rallies a few years ago could affect you. The time for sitting home and writing letters is over. We, like our counterparts in the church, have got to put faces and head counts to our legislation. Letters can be ignored and worse yet tossed in the oval file cabinet, but actual people can't be ignored. It's time to show them who and how many we are.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Please pass the information along and help get the word out.
Several anti-equality, "pro-marriage" groups gathered in Raleigh this week for a rally of their own. They had several thousand people show up to demand passage of SB106. It is our time to gather in unison for equality.
You've heard the saying "If you are not outraged you're not paying attention". Outrage is easy, action is hard. Are you willing to take action? You've sent in postcards, signed petitions, sent emails to your representatives, now it is time to join together, united, and make a stand. Will you stand with us to let our North Carolina lawmakers know that we refuse to be even further alienated from and discriminated by our government? We are all equal, and it is time our government started treating us as such.
Our message to NC legislators: we are your neighbors, your doctors, your lawyers, your teachers, your child care providers, your mothers, your fathers, your sons, your daughters, your brothers, your sisters. We are your constituents. We are your fellow human beings. We deserve more and will no longer settle for less.
Stay up to date at www.getequalnc.org/rally-in-raleigh/
Jonathan Green, SAGA
Angel Chandler, GetEQUAL NC
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
In total it was over 30 local LGBT members who showed up to counter protest the bigots. Lets hear it for these brave Equality Supporters.
When we take our kids to our rally, they call it indoctrination, yet when they bring their kids its call a family outing.. or family Support.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Let's turn it out and show them there's more than bigotry in NC!
~See you in the streets,
What: *URGENT!*-*Counter Protest of "Return America"s Anti Gay Rally
When: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 10:00 AM
Where: Halifax Mall
16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
Raleigh, NC 27601
Why: Return America and the North Carolina Family Poliocy Council, two religiously based anti gay groups, will be rallying for the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage in NC. Come out to counter protest.
Return America and the North Carolina Family Policy Council will be rallying in support of the proposed constituional amendment SB106 to ban same sex marriages in NC. Please show your support for equality by counterprotesting.
From Return Americas website:
"Return America is urging pastors to bring their congregations, schools to bring their students, and citizens to bring as many family members and friends as possible to Raleigh for the 'Marriage Amendment Rally' on May 17. 'We are also asking every individual who believes in traditional Biblical marriage to make May 17th a priority day,' Return America states on its website. 'The future of our children and grandchildren may be determined by the outcome of this Rally.'"
Just so we're clear, these Bible-based groups are asking supporters to bring their children to a rally where they'll preach intolerance against GLBT people while they preach tolerance for their anti-LGBT bigotry. Just imagine if even one of these children is GLBT. What will go through his or her mind when a religious leader is talking about the "homosexual scourge?"
As Return America prepares for its rally outside of the North Carolina legislature in the government complex in Raleigh to push the discriminatory anti-LGBT constitutional amendment, Equality NC will be inside at the NC legislature, making sure these hateful and harmful voices aren't the only ones being heard. Not only have we begun mobilizing clergy, faith leaders, and families from across the state to speak out against the anti-GLBT amendment that day, we're empowering other fair-minded citizens from every corner of North Carolina to add to the thousands of messages, calls, emails, and visits GLBT supporters have already made to their local legislators demanding they oppose this discriminatory legislation. Please stay tuned to the action alerts of Equality N C to make sure you receive information next week on how you can get involved with our act-in against bigotry to let your legislators know that fair-minded folks in their districts oppose this bigoted amendment . . . AND we vote.
See the Return America organization poster below which is also posted on their web site at: http://www.returnamerica.org/
Sometime we as a community have to come out to let the people who attempt to sway our political representatives against us that we are here also and we matter and that we are not going to be pushed around any longer by hate and ignorance. Let's come out Tuesday and protest this event in our community. Contact Equality North Carolina to discover times and means of being involved in this. Now is also a good time to discover who your North Carolina Senate and House Representatives are and to contact them to let them know how you feel about the proposal to amend the North Carolina Constitution to codify that it will be illegal for Gay and Lesbian people to marry in North Carolina.
Please show your support with rainbow flags and signs!
Equality NCCheck it out!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Senators Reintroduce the DREAM Act
May 11, 2011
Washington, D.C. - Today,
Senators Richard Durbin, Harry Reid, and Robert Menendez re-introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Last fall, the DREAM Act passed the House of Representatives, and garnered the support of a majority in the Senate, but was ultimately defeated when the Senate failed to invoke cloture and proceed to debate. The sponsors of the DREAM Act hope to build on last year's momentum and continue to highlight the importance of fully utilizing the talent and potential of thousands of young people who are Americans in every way but their birth certificates.
First introduced in 2001, the DREAM Act would address the plight of young immigrants who have been raised in the U.S. and managed to succeed despite the challenges of being brought here without proper documentation.
The proposal would offer a path to legal status to those who have graduated from high school, stayed out of trouble, and plan to attend college or serve in the U.S. military for at least two years.
Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school, many at the top of their classes, but cannot go on to college, join the military, work, or otherwise pursue their dreams.
They belong to the 1.5
generation: immigrants brought to the United States at a young age who were largely raised in this country and therefore share much in common with second-generation Americans. These students are culturally American and fluent in English, growing up here and often having little attachment to their country of birth.
The moral, intellectual and practical rationale for the DREAM Act is overwhelming. The White House supports it. The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice, entrusted with enforcing and implementing our immigration laws, support it. The Department of Education and America's academic and faith community support it, as well as state legislators, community groups, and the American public. The DREAM Act is even part of the Department of Defense's 2010-2012 Strategic Plan to assist the military in its recruiting efforts.
Despite broad support for the legislative proposal, the divisive political environment around immigration poses an enormous challenge for the DREAM Act. If Congress fails to act, the Administration can and should take more decisive steps to ensure that the values driving their legislative agenda are reflected in their implementation and interpretation of current law. DHS should ensure that its officers use their prosecutorial discretion to defer the removal of any eligible student caught up in the broken immigration system.
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Monday, May 9, 2011
Return America, a Wallburg, N.C.-based group headed by Dr. Ron Beaty of Davidson County’s Berean Baptist Church, is planning the event. It will be held on Hallifax Mall at the North Carolina Legislative Building on May 17. Attorney and Christian Law Association founder David Gibbs, Jr. is scheduled to speak at the rally.
The Davidson County religious advocacy group will be encouraging congregations across the state to attend.
“We are also asking every individual who believes in traditional Biblical marriage to make May 17th a priority day,” Return America states on its website. “The future of our children and grand children may be determined by the outcome of this Rally.”
The North Carolina Family Policy Council, a state affiliate of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Center, is also promoting the event.
Yes this is their first time here. They were here in 2009, March 1st, there was still snow on the ground when many of their supporters were bused in..
I did my parts, 1 as a local photographer covering the rallies, and Yes there was a small counter-protest there. After, I took my photographers 2, I joined my fellow LGBT members in their counter-protest..
I made my photos of this event able to few folks, and Qnotes was one of them, I wrote a few lines about the event, nothing happen.
So there are back in NC, not surprising really, but what is, is that our local equality group and a few national known bloggers still don’t want us to counter-protest. Fine,I suggest holding our very own Marriage Equality Rallies on the same lawn, ever that was stop down. I was told just call, write your local Representative in the NCGA. Please if your Rep is one of the co-signer or a GOP member who support the Anti-marriage bill, then what good will it do????
Here is the Slide show of the 2009, NC4Marriage Rally and the counter-protest..
Some in NC also had the same ideal of our own Rally, From my Twitter timeline,
finally someone is willing to have a NC Marriage rally, no matter what our so-call leaders say http://on.fb.me/jGpfbr
Friday, May 6, 2011
I tweet the following,
Which Pam Reply with this
Ok then I tweet back this
and Pam tweet back
So its OK for us to Rally to show support for CA, when Prop8 happen, It was OK for us to rally against NOM when they came to town. Yet, We can't rally against a bunch of local bigots from our own state. Our Local LGBT leaders and Community Activists only want us to visit our state Rep in Raleigh, and talk what this anti-marriage bill would do to us.
Where the GOP is in power and trying hardness to return us back the fifties.
I want to know why we can’t have a Marriage Equality Rally, or a Rally to protest this Anti-marriage bill??
Yes we should speak with our elected officials in Raleigh, but if your elected official is one of the many co-signer of this bill, what good will it do.
Equality NC whom have been leading this fight for the last 7 or 8 years now, is doing a post card campaign which I hope will do a lot of good. If we can gather 30, 000 thousand signatures on paper, guess what 30 thousand people showing up at your place or work would look like.
to me 30 thousand in the flesh live people could do and say a hell of a lot more then just 30 thousand pieces of paper..
Thursday, May 5, 2011
5 May 2011
Contact: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137
Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700
Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair, email@example.com
RE-SEGREGATE THE BLACK VOTE
Racist Tricks of Extreme Ultra-Conservative Republican Tea Party
"The extreme right-wing, ultra-conservative tea party that has apparently captured the North Carolina Republican Party has gotten so cocky, it now brags in public about its plans to use tactics rooted in racism and political segregation in order to gain and control political power," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), recently bragged to the Washington media:
"It's politically probable that there will be a new minority influence district. Republicans should pick up three seats under any fair and legal [redistricting] map. That is huge. No other state in the nation would gain as many Republican seats. This would be in a state that Barack Obama won in 2008 and where we have had a Democratic governor since 1992 - the longest such period in the nation. A 9-4 [Republican majority] delegation is pretty good and would attempt to avoid the risk of a bad year for Republicans. Clearly, Reps. Kissell and Miller are serving their final term."
"Let us look at the racist implications of McHenry's statement," Rev. Barber said. "When he says 'minority influence district' he means the tea party wants to draw new lines around Black areas, and lump us all into a third segregated voting District. Their aim is to remove progressive black voters out of surrounding areas, where we can create a strong voting majority with the growing number of white and brown progressives to get our anti-racism, anti-poverty agenda passed. McHenry and the extreme ultra-conservative Tea Party Republicans want to defeat our progressive agenda, and take us back to their good old days. John Tedesco wants to keep us in our 'neighborhoods.' Ron Margiotta wants to keep 'the animals' in our 'cages.' McHenry wants to resegregate our voting districts so the tea party can win 9 out of 13 of North Carolina's congressional seats and pass their regressive agenda.
"In 1898, the racist red shirts murdered scores of Black people who had created a fusion alliance with progressive white people in Wilmington and were building a world-class port city.
For the next 67 years, the red shirts, with their white friends in high places, disenfranchised one-third of Southern voters--all of us with black skins. In 1965, after many courageous anti-racism fighters--Black and White and Jewish--were murdered, beaten and jailed, the Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. This set the stage for the long struggle to insure the safety and protection of our voting rights. Five years ago, Congress found that white supremacists still use voter suppression and dilution tricks, and re-authorized the VRA for another 25 years. Now, the virtually all-white tea party ultra-conservative wing of the Republican Party is trying an end run of the VRA. The NAACP will continue to fight to guarantee the right of every voter of color to cast her ballot against the tricks of the tea party and, at the same time, build a new progressive fusion alliance that can usher in a society of human beings of all colors, a beautiful diverse society--One North Carolina."
"We're sick and tired of the tea party's politics of yesterday. Black people can count too, Mr. McHenry. We understand your racist game. This is 2011. It's our agenda of tomorrow vs. your agenda of yesterday. The new fusion of Black, Brown and White voters who want to move North Carolina forward is forming. The Tea Party wants to segregate our Congressional Districts--three Black and 10 White. We say No to Re-Segregating our Schools and our Voting Districts. Yes to One North Carolina."
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information, call the State Office at 866-626-2227 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. ###
Monday, May 2, 2011
That Right Qnotes has intentionally has left Eastern NC out, more to the point, Greenville, NC. Greenville has all the following for the Local Ballot section Yet as you can see the local Ballot is for Charlotte, Raleigh/Triangle,and the Triad (Greensboro area).
Proving once again that the Owner of Qnotes and the Editor truly do believe we are a waste of time and resources..
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Sent this email account is close now I first thought it might be Matt or someone else from Qnotes defending themselves on this matter. I had a friend to a trace for me, by providing him the header info from the email. He told me that email was from yahoo, and that it came from the DC metro area. That it was also from a public wifi service.
For those few whom have read my opinion about Qnotes already know what I'm talking about. Those, whom don't let me tell you what it is all about.
North Carolina LGBT community back in the 90's had three LGBT papers, two being Qnotes, and the FrontPage, for some reason I can't remember the third to save my life. Then in 2000 Qnotes and FrontPage merged. Since the merge I personally fell that Qnotes has chosen to cut Eastern NC from the Community.
Now back the email, the emailer told me that they have cover events and other items in the East many times. Ok, it is them they have many times in 2008, this is how I know this, and simply put I downloaded every pdf edition of the paper for that year. Yes events from the East do show up a lot. Like, them asking the community to help support a local Greenville business that is great ally of our. They also listed events for a Bulling Town hall meeting, Aids events and a few report of hate crimes as well.
Qnotes did do the Eastern NC a great in their July 25th, 2009 issue, for new comers to the area. Qnotes list our local organizations, for Aids, faith, and nightlife. Sadly this was the last fully item on the East they did.
When the housing market fell, Qnotes did a great piece that is if you lived in Charlotte, Raleigh or Greensboro. No one in the office could be bother picking up the phone, or faxing, or emailing any Real Estate offices in the Eastern NC to see how bad we were hit in this crisis. Nor were we good enough to be mention in there March 20th 2010 edition as well concern the gay census, true no one city/town in the East has the number seen in Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro or Winston-Salam. I went to Gaydemograhics, and counted those counties in East and as a whole we are just as large as Raleigh in numbers. Then again that piece was solely aim at Charlotte like so many pieces in each edition of Qnotes. That is why I comment that they should Change their name back to Queen City Notes that way one will know that Charlotte is all that matter, all others don't.
We are in there latest edition simply because of the OBX first ever LGBT Pride event. They know, they can't ignore this event. If they did it would prove that they simply don't care about us here in Eastern NC. However they didn't list it as Eastern, no they listed as Coastal I wonder why?? That little piece which is more like an ad then again else was done by Lainey Millen, LM has my thanks.
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