The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fashion Inquiry and LGBT Civil Disobedience

First...

She always has it.


She always had it.


She had it too.



So why doesn't she have it?



That's the question Brits were asking yesterday, as they realized that Michelle does not carry a handbag with her all the time. I'm glad that is the pressing issue of the day, as thousands of British citizens were protesting the G-20 and the European press was trying to assign blame for the global crisis on the US.

But we love Michelle. So do 72% of Americans according to a recent Gallup Poll. Her approval even surpasses her husband's.

I approve of both.
Take It to The Streets
A coalition of prominent activists for gay equality is promoting non-violent civil disobedience in the fight for equality.

Nonviolence4equality.org

"We are tired of defeat, token change, defending ourselves against charges of moral inferiority, and being told to “wait” in the land we love while liberation occurs in other countries. Martin Luther King, Jr. acknowledged that real change takes time; yet he also warned against the “tranquilizing drug of gradualism” and instructed the oppressed to demand equality now – not on the convenient time schedule of those doing the oppressing."


Among those supporting this effort are leaders of Soulforce, who for years have led the fight to combat the Spiritual Violence which targets gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. This type of violence toward the soul of a person drives people away from the love that God offers and contributes to the low self esteem that many LGBT persons harbor.

In a letter, the leaders of the effort said this (emphasis mine):

Efforts to achieve full civil equality - such as the right to marry the person we love, the right to care for our families, the right to nondiscrimination in the workplace, and the right to serve openly in the military - have awakened a sleeping giant within the soul of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) community.

We are tired of agonizing political setbacks, token change, defending ourselves against charges of moral inferiority, and being told to "wait" in the land we love while liberation occurs in other countries. Martin Luther King, Jr. acknowledged that real change takes time; yet he also warned against the "tranquilizing drug of gradualism" and instructed the oppressed to demand equality now - not on the convenient time schedule of those doing the oppressing. Legislative efforts toward equality, while essential, have proven woefully inadequate under current circumstances.

Today, we affirm that nonviolent strategies such as marches, vigils, demonstrations, public protests, and civil disobedience, seek to create what Dr. King called "healthy tension".. This constructive tension forces those who perpetuate injustice, and society as a whole, to pause, reflect, and consider the ugliness of their prejudices and the indecency embodied in their discrimination. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Dr. King wrote: "Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored."

In addition to Dr. King's legacy, we remember that those of Mahatma Gandhi, Bayard Rustin, Oscar Romero, Cesar Chavez, the Velvet Revolution, and countless others are deeply rooted in United States and world history. Nonviolent resistance continues to play a vital role in undermining the power of repressive political regimes.

We call on community organizers, activists, movement leaders, and all LGBTQ people across the nation to begin training the masses in nonviolent direct action. We have prepared a new online resource - www.nonviolence4equality.org - to assist in this vital task. As we resist injustice, we must avoid violence of the fist, tongue, and heart and remember that in truth we are challenging unjust systems, not people. In due course, we seek to be in community with those from whom we currently find ourselves divided.

We, the undersigned, call on LGBTQ and allied people everywhere to act with strength and integrity. Today, we reclaim nonviolent direct action as part of that process. Let's understand that the vision of equality belongs to all of us and we are each responsible for taking action in pursuit of that dream. We all have the faculty to be powerful, influential, and prevailing. Let's reinvest in our movement for social change and believe in our own capacity to effect that change. Let's allow the boldness and hunger for justice to grow and contagiously spread to others.
Let's take it to the streets.

Jeff Lutes, Soulforce
Cleve Jones, UNITE HERE
Willow Witte, Join the Impact
Sara Beth Brooks, San Diego Equality Campaign
David Comfort, Equality Network
Kip Williams, Radical Designs
Jeff Sheng, Fearless Campus Tour
David Valk, UCLA Student
Laura Kanter, Orange County Equality Coalition
Christopher Hubble, Soulforce in Colorado

3 comments:

Joe said...

"Rev." Bill,
You knew your comment would not get posted, but thanks for trying. It reminded me why I monitor them before posting.

First, you would give the Queen sanctity such that no one can touch her, when even Jesus allowed people to touch him. Sort of strange, I believe. And as for your comment about the White House residents, refer to the poll.

Second, you know better than to try to say what you did about gays. But as for Martin Luther King, Jr, he had nothing against gays. In fact, it is well documented that Bayard Rustin, his close assistant and organizer of the March on Washington was gay, and King knew, and had no problem. Frthermore, his wife, Corretta Scott King, was a big supporter of gay rights until her death, and she said that Martin would have been too.

An often used quote from Dr. King is “Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere.” I stand by that.

Joe said...

Robert,
You are not going to tell me how to run my blog.

Dimitri said...

Blog running is as easy as pie.....
how can a person says that you are not able to manage the blog.....such type of people should leave surfing