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I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but I do have three suggestions to make this election day.

1) VOTE! - If you are a U.S. citizen who is registered, you have an obligation to vote. People have fought and died for 236 years to get us that right in the first place, to expand it beyond white property owning men, and to it keep from being taken away from those who already had it. Make your voice heard! Even if you feel your vote won't make a difference to the presidential election, depending on where you live there are state and local races, initiatives, and constitutional amendments on the ballot.

2) If you can't vote because you aren't registered, today would be a good day to fix that so you'll be able to vote next time around. This site has information on how to register. If you live here but aren't a citizen, spend a few minutes thinking about whether you want to become one.

3) Consider voting for candidates from parties other than the Democrats or the Republicans, especially in county and city elections. I think adding more voices to the political conversation is a good idea, and at the local level they can actually make a difference.
jennythereader: (* I Don't Want Your Morals: I Have My Ow)
I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but I do have three suggestions to make this election day.

1) VOTE! - If you are a U.S. citizen who is registered, you have an obligation to vote. People have fought and died for 236 years to get us that right in the first place, to expand it beyond white property owning men, and to it keep from being taken away from those who already had it. Make your voice heard! Even if you feel your vote won't make a difference to the presidential election, depending on where you live there are state and local races, initiatives, and constitutional amendments on the ballot.

2) If you can't vote because you aren't registered, today would be a good day to fix that so you'll be able to vote next time around. This site has information on how to register. If you live here but aren't a citizen, spend a few minutes thinking about whether you want to become one.

3) Consider voting for candidates from parties other than the Democrats or the Republicans, especially in county and city elections. I think adding more voices to the political conversation is a good idea, and at the local level they can actually make a difference.
jennythereader: (* I Don't Want Your Morals: I Have My Ow)
Boy Scouts of America: Reinstate Cub Scout leader who was removed for being gay.

The Boy Scouts are generally a good organization. The lessons and skills my husband, my brothers, and many of my friends learned through scouting helped to make them the wonderful men they are today. I would love for my potential future sons to have the same opportunities.

But if I were considering signing a little boy up for an extracurricular activity today the Boy Scouts wouldn't be on the list. It would take some work to find a place (or more likely, multiple places) that would teach the same range of outdoors skills, day-to-day life skills, and good citizenship, but right now it would be worth the effort. The problem with the Scouts is that just as I wouldn't want my children fed a spoonful of poison along with a plateful of healthy food, I don't want them taught intolerance along with all the valuable lessons.

I wouldn't sign a child up for a program that barred people from participating because of their ethnicity, and I don't feel that discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation is any better.

(For now, I'm not worrying about the fact that it's a single gender organization. I'd prefer that the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts would merge into a single organization as has happened in some European countries, but I accept that there are also good arguments to be made for staying single gender. I'm also not worrying too much about the requirement that Boy Scouts be monotheistic. Again, I'd prefer more openness, but it seems like a battle for another day.)
jennythereader: (* I Don't Want Your Morals: I Have My Ow)
Boy Scouts of America: Reinstate Cub Scout leader who was removed for being gay.

The Boy Scouts are generally a good organization. The lessons and skills my husband, my brothers, and many of my friends learned through scouting helped to make them the wonderful men they are today. I would love for my potential future sons to have the same opportunities.

But if I were considering signing a little boy up for an extracurricular activity today the Boy Scouts wouldn't be on the list. It would take some work to find a place (or more likely, multiple places) that would teach the same range of outdoors skills, day-to-day life skills, and good citizenship, but right now it would be worth the effort. The problem with the Scouts is that just as I wouldn't want my children fed a spoonful of poison along with a plateful of healthy food, I don't want them taught intolerance along with all the valuable lessons.

I wouldn't sign a child up for a program that barred people from participating because of their ethnicity, and I don't feel that discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation is any better.

(For now, I'm not worrying about the fact that it's a single gender organization. I'd prefer that the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts would merge into a single organization as has happened in some European countries, but I accept that there are also good arguments to be made for staying single gender. I'm also not worrying too much about the requirement that Boy Scouts be monotheistic. Again, I'd prefer more openness, but it seems like a battle for another day.)
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First, in case you missed the news, Obama's statement on ABC news.

[Poll #1839440]

Edit To Add: If you guys feel like spreading this link around, I'd be interested to see how a wider pool votes.
jennythereader: (Default)
First, in case you missed the news, Obama's statement on ABC news.

[Poll #1839440]

Edit To Add: If you guys feel like spreading this link around, I'd be interested to see how a wider pool votes.
jennythereader: (Wherever they burn books they will in th)
I've been trying to get down to New York City more often lately. My goal has been once a month, and I think I'm actually managing about every 6 weeks. Normally I pick a neighborhood and explore it, including whatever museums/tourist sites are there.

My next visit has been planned for this Saturday for a while, but this time I'll be doing something a little less trivial.

I'll be attending the Unite Women NY march and rally in lower Manhattan.

From the site:
  • "On Saturday, April 28, 2012, women and men across the United States will converge in state capitols and cities to give voice to our opposition to the oppression of women’s access to health care and women’s rights. Politicians in Washington and in legislatures across the country have been trying, and in some cases succeeding, to legislate away the rights that women have fought for and won over 40 years ago. We will not let them turn back the calendar to the middle of the last century.
  • Join us as we march united against the war on women in New York City and celebrate the history of women in the United States. The march and rally will also provide a platform to honor national and local organizations struggling to support women and to advocate for equal rights as well as local and state government officials who stand with us in opposition to the current social agenda aimed at reducing women’s rights.
The national site: Unite Women
Other events around the country
jennythereader: (Wherever they burn books they will in th)
I've been trying to get down to New York City more often lately. My goal has been once a month, and I think I'm actually managing about every 6 weeks. Normally I pick a neighborhood and explore it, including whatever museums/tourist sites are there.

My next visit has been planned for this Saturday for a while, but this time I'll be doing something a little less trivial.

I'll be attending the Unite Women NY march and rally in lower Manhattan.

From the site:
  • "On Saturday, April 28, 2012, women and men across the United States will converge in state capitols and cities to give voice to our opposition to the oppression of women’s access to health care and women’s rights. Politicians in Washington and in legislatures across the country have been trying, and in some cases succeeding, to legislate away the rights that women have fought for and won over 40 years ago. We will not let them turn back the calendar to the middle of the last century.
  • Join us as we march united against the war on women in New York City and celebrate the history of women in the United States. The march and rally will also provide a platform to honor national and local organizations struggling to support women and to advocate for equal rights as well as local and state government officials who stand with us in opposition to the current social agenda aimed at reducing women’s rights.
The national site: Unite Women
Other events around the country
jennythereader: (* Jesus Was A Liberal 001)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


jennythereader: (* Jesus Was A Liberal 001)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


Spirit Day

Oct. 3rd, 2010 11:19 pm
jennythereader: (* I Don't Want Your Morals: I Have My Ow)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


Spirit Day

Oct. 3rd, 2010 11:19 pm
jennythereader: (* I Don't Want Your Morals: I Have My Ow)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


jennythereader: (* Jesus Was A Liberal 001)
Copy this sentence into your blog if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.
jennythereader: (* Jesus Was A Liberal 001)
Copy this sentence into your blog if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.
jennythereader: (* LJ: Opinions Coming Out My Ears)
I would like to measure the support in the LiveJournal community for equality for all, regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation. There is no bribe of a miracle or anything like that. If you believe in equality for all and want to show your support, then simply add ‘equality for all’ to your interests. As of October 6th, 2006, the interest ‘equality for all’ lists 61 users. Let’s see if we can hit 100,000. If you’d like to help spread the idea, then repost this text.
jennythereader: (* LJ: Opinions Coming Out My Ears)
I would like to measure the support in the LiveJournal community for equality for all, regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation. There is no bribe of a miracle or anything like that. If you believe in equality for all and want to show your support, then simply add ‘equality for all’ to your interests. As of October 6th, 2006, the interest ‘equality for all’ lists 61 users. Let’s see if we can hit 100,000. If you’d like to help spread the idea, then repost this text.

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