Sunday, November 9, 2008

NO EXCUSES

Whatever your plans for Saturday, November 15, 2008 are, cancel them.  I don't care what they are, how long they have been planned, you NEED to reschedule or cancel.  No excuses.  There is a nationwide protest being held throughout the country to protest the passing of Proposition 8 of California, Amendment 2 of Florida and Amendment 102 of Arizona.  Here is the link to find your protest location http://www.jointheimpact.com .  If you think this doesn't affect you because you don't live in one of those three states, think again.  Why will other states try to fight for equal rights for all people when the "popular" vote states otherwise?  (I put popular in quotes because Prop.8 only passed by 400,000 votes...again another case where your vote actually does matter.)  

If you fall anywhere in the queer spectrum you HAVE to be at a protest, you just have to.  It's not an issue, it's the issue.  It's bigger than marriage, it's bigger than California, it's bigger than religion...it's openly allowing the majority to determine the civil liberties of the minority, and it's wrong.  

If you are a straight ally, you HAVE to be a protest.  We need you, we need your visibility, we need your solidarity to our community, we need you to speak to other straight people about how me gaining the same rights doesn't somehow negate your rights.  We need the community to come together across the nation, stop being okay with being tolerated, and demand to be respected as equals.  We're not asking to be treated special, we're demanding to be treated the same.  
You have one week to reschedule your plans for Saturday and drive your gay ass to a protest.  No excuses.  It's my nephew's first birthday.  Trust me, he won't remember you weren't there.  It's my best friend's baby shower.  Send a second gift.  It's my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, we've been planning it for 2 years.  Well, if they don't understand why you aren't there then they probably don't understand you.  It's a 3 1/2 hour drive, have you seen the cost of gas lately?  If that's your excuse you must be content being a second class citizen...and don't even think of bitching when you have no legal grounds with the person you love.  

Tell everyone you know, be there, be proud, stand your ground and don't act a damn fool.  We need to be seen and heard, and we need to do it with decorum, because if we don't the media will have a hay-day and we will not get anywhere.  Take pictures, take video, upload and show your solidarity to the community.

I leave you with Declaration of Guilt by Pastor Martin Niemoller (October 1945):

In Germany, the Nazis first came for the Communists,
And I did not speak up
Because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
And I did not speak up
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists,
And I did not speak up
Because I was not a Trade Unionists.
Then they came for the Catholics,
And I was a Protestant
So I did not speak up.
Then they came for ME...
By that time
There was no one to speak up for anyone.
To make sure this doesn't happen again, the injustice
To anyone
Anywhere
Must be the concern of
Everyone
Everywhere.

There.  I am off of my soapbox...but I'm carrying it with me on Saturday.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."--Edmund Burke.

7 comments:

sheA said...

no excuses- i am getting my protest clothes on and getting my gay ass to a PROTEST!!!

The Surprise Dyke said...

Thank you Shea...and bring everyone you know...I've already gotten a multi-car caravan driving with me, all filled with angry lesbians (stereotype anyone?) and I only called one person so far!

Carolyn said...

I *think* I have my shift covered at work, if not I'll freakin close if I have to. The protest is two freakin blocks from my house, definitely no excuse not to be there!

The Surprise Dyke said...

Carolyn--rock on girl...get your gay posse (and/or straight ally posse) together too! See my above response to Shea about the power of one phone call....oh, and fun fact...jointheimpact has had so many hits it shut down the server....that's right...shut down the m.f. server, no worries they got it all fixed, but hot damn y'all, that's impressive!

Carolyn said...

Yeah, there will be a bunch of people I know going, the wonders of facebook I suppose. As annoying as that site can be it sure is great for organizing protests. heehee.

Tom Greene said...

Yes, please stay up-to-date, because we are working the permit with the city of Raleigh!

Today is national holiday- so we must wait until tomorrow. We are putting together an awesome bill of speakers and bring signs! (yipee)

gaysouth.blogspot.com

mewi said...

I live in Vermont so protesting might be difficult... The only nearest protest here seems to be completely unorganized... The other protest is like... 4-5 hours away @__@ which is not an option since my license expired awhile ago and there would be no one to take me that far lol.

So I'll just have to try to contact these so called protest holders in hopes that I can find whoever it is that is organizing it... Else I may not go if I can't get more info... I'd organize one myself but I don't have the resources for my state.