A Lot of Leftover Cake…
For weeks and weeks the wedding was planned. The venue was grand, the facility brand new. This was likely the first event to be held on the grounds. It was a convenient location and such a great deal. Now we were waiting only for the announcement by the Supremes.
Finally, the call came. The time previously set, now the date was confirmed, only a few detail still loomed. Security was verified and the minister confirmed. The only thing left to do, remind the guest to bring signs.
The family coordinated on who would do what. By email, txt, twitter, blog and phone calls the word went out. The media was alerted and politicians reminded,this is a must attend event.
Of 1,200 members, over 400 bailed, nearly 200 said maybe but over 300 never replied. Even of those who confirmed some never showed.
Sigh! Lets just say there would have been enough cake left over (if there had been a cake) for 1,160.
There is a facebook group called Gay Marriage Killed the Dinosaurs. I am a member along with 55,137 others. Its just for fun and to p**s off the Christian Dominionists
We knew going into DOD that 1,200 members wasn’t a real number for potential participants, but how reasonable is it for the community to be so unpredictable that the estimates I gave to the Richmond Police, the US Marshalls, Gibson’s and the media was- ‘somewhere between 10 and 1,000’. Yeah, we’ve got our s**t together.
Some members are people or groups across the country that are following what is going on with the JTI Richmond group or Richmond is their home town. Even politicians follow what we are doing. They need to know if GLBT issues have traction in Richmond. Now, for those of you who live here, let me repeat you are a member of an ACTION GROUP, and CALL TO ACTION doesn’t mean scratch your a**.
A member posted, he would just be getting out of work and could not make it. HE WAS THERE. Someone told me it was regular date night with his partner so he could not make it. HE WAS THERE. A 19 year old not out to his parents WAS THERE, and by the time the news broadcast was over, he was without a home or transportation.
So, if you were not there it is OK. DOD is behind us. However, there are literally a hundred other things you can do to advance the cause of GLBTQ equality. If, however, you do not intend to respond to any CALL TO ACTION emails, PLEASE LEAVE THE GROUP.
Just in case it isn’t clear, even this is a CALL TO ACTION.
I am not Harvey Milk, but I am here to recruit you.
Here are your assignments.
1. Read The Dallas Principles thedallasprinciples.org
2. Load these numbers in your cell phone
White House 202-456-1414
Senator Warner 202-224-2023
Senator Webb 202-224-4024
Senator Harry Reid 202-224-3542
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (202) 225-4965
If you don’t know who your representative is find out and load his or her number also.
While you are there, paste the email addresses of your representatives to your contact list.
3. Make regular calls asking what the president, senator, congressman, etc has done that week to advance legislation overturning DOMA and DADT.
4. Attend the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network meeting at the Gay Community Center on May 31 at 5 pm. If you cannot make it, follow up by checking SLDN.org, gayrichmond.com, or gayRva.com to see what you can do next. Whether you know it or not, we all know someone GLBT who is or was in the military.
5. Pick a candidate running for governor or lieutenant governor and volunteer on their campaign.
6. Contact Equality Virginia and volunteer to help with the petition drive. There is a push for signatures on primary day, but you can gather signatures anytime and anywhere equalityvirginia.org
7. Vote on June 9
8. Make a facebook friend request of Donald McEachin, Then post a thank you to the Senator for attending and addressing the DOD rally (even if you were not there).
We are very appreciative of you, but expect to be held accountable.
If you don’t care enough to work for Equality. Who do you think will?
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