Human rights

Rallies for Gay Marriage in 300+ US cities Sat 11/15

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in rallies around the country! And a huge thank you to all of our straight-allies who are now stepping forward in solidarity with us! What can YOU DO today to make a difference? Talk to your neighbors, talk to your family, talk to your child's teachers, and your coworkers about why this issue means something to you. When things become personal, opinions change......

Protesters turned out is scores of cities across America to protest the unprecedented stripping of rights from gays and lesbians with the passage of California’s Proposition 8, as well as the passage of anti-marriage amendments in Arizona and Florida.

Voices from the Edge

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Thu, 11/20/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A Compact for Racial Justice: Building on the Election of Barack Obama

How do we end racial disparity and move towards greater social equity in the wake of the election of the nation's first black president? Jo Ann and Dave discuss the Compact for Racial Justice, a proactive plan that was unveiled at the Facing Race Conference in Oakland California last week. How do we create equaity in our communities, our economy and our laws? How do we make our society more inclusive and our government and institutions more accountable in matters of racial equity? Join us in this important conversation.

Sat 11/15 National Rally against Prop 8 - Oregon details

Message from the Democratic Party of Oregon, LGBTQ caucus:

November 4th election night has come and passed.  As Democrats, as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Oregonians and Americans we have much to celebrate.

Flashpoints

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Flashpoints
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Thu, 11/13/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Topics include a report from occupied Gaza, the crisis of displaced refugees in Congo, and former Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney reflects on the election and the future of President-Elect Obama.

Radiozine

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Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 11/14/2008 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Marianne Barisonek speaks with Corvallis writer Michele Ulrickson about Reform at Victory, her non-fiction memoir about her experience as a teen in a locked-down unlicensed/unregulated fundamentalist Baptist reform school

National Rally Against Prop 8 Sat 11/15 in PDX

We're presented with a rare opportunity to be a positive force in the history of our country, to stand in solidarity with a minority group fighting for its civil rights.  On Saturday, November 15th, protestors will gather in cities across the country to speak out against the anti-gay politics and sentiment of our recent elections, including California's Prop 8.  Please check out the following link:
 
http://jointheimpact.com/
 
As a lesbian, I'm personally moved by the words of Joe Solmonese, President of Human Rights Campaign:
 

Mumia updates from Suzanne Ross

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Prison Pipeline
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Sun, 11/09/2008

Suzanne Ross of the New York City Free Mumia organization provided updates on Mumia’s case. The prosecution  is trying to reinstate the death penalty and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. December 9 is the anniversary of the death of Officer Faulkner so demonstrations and rallies will take place all over the world. Saturday Dec. 6, there will be events in Philadelphia and New York City, and Monday, December 9, Portland will gather at the PSU Multicultural Center, for a rally.

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The Decider

 Apropos of my post below, Obama is planning to review the plethora of onerous executive orders issued by President Bush:

President-elect Barack Obama is poised to move swiftly to reverse actions that President Bush took using executive authority, and his transition team is reviewing limits on stem-cell research and the expansion of oil and gas drilling, among other issues, members of the team said Sunday.

Clearly, much more needs to be reviewed besides the issues mentioned above, but for a guy who's more than a month from taking office, this is a very encouraging start.

-A

Back from the brink

 While I'm still processing the full import of Obama's win -- I'll blog about it more later -- one very, very encouraging item that's popped up is his intention to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. From Spencer Ackerman:

 

Less than a week after his election, and more than two months before he takes office, Barack Obama is signaling that this monstrosity is coming to an end. This, I submit -- to my uncle and anyone else --  is change you can believe in. The AP, via Time:

"President-elect Obama's advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but could require creation of a controversial new system of justice."

 

The news that the Guantanamo prisioners will come to the United States to stand trial is, by any measure, outstanding news. The illegal dentention of War on Terra prisoners has been a long-standing affront to our collective humanity, it's beneath us, and it's high time that it comes to an end. The "creation of a controversial new system of justice" referenced above is, I think, a bit of hyperbole from the AP -- the judicial power of the United States, after all, is "vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

So the Constitution already provides for the establishment of courts as necessary, and really, U.S. law already provides ground on which to deal with the people in Guantanamo and the crimes for which they are accused might eventually be accused. That they have been detained as they are, and that they have yet to be chanrged with crimes, is one of the Bush administration's more egregious legacies. Good on Obama for already signaling that Guantanamo will be closed.

-A

End of the Republican era

 The always-excellent Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian:

Today's election is poised to end the Republican era in American politics - an era that began in reaction to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam war and the civil rights revolution, was pioneered by Richard Nixon, consolidated by Ronald Reagan, and wrecked by George W Bush.

Almost every aspect of the Republican ascendancy has been discredited and lies in tatters - its policies, politics, and even its version of patriotism - down to the rock-bottom notion that progressive taxation itself, initiated by a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who John McCain hails as his personal icon, is unpatriotic.

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Now, certain factors that have dominated US politics for 40 years seem destined to recede to the far corners. In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalise banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.

Really, read the whole thing. It hits both the macro level of decades of history, and the micro level of the campaign itself.

-A

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