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Fellow Californians this Thursday March 5th the CA Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the validity of Prop 8.  On March 4th, the Eve of Justice, 27 cities across CA will march in support of the arguments and against Prop 8.  Please take notice, support your LGBT community and stand up for equal rights.  Find out about events in yoru city here.

In Los Angeles:

In Los Angeles, we are starting at 5:30PM at historic Olvera St. Join Co-hosts Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) and Lisa Powell (Courage Campaign) for an evening that includes:

– Jenny Pizer of Lambda Legal who will give an update on the case before flying to San Francisco to a! rgue before the Supreme Court in the morning.
– A recommi! tment ce remony officiated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. All married couples and couples wanting to get married are welcome to join in. This includes same sex and opposite sex couples.
– Musical entertainment by Tony Sweet, Nita Whittaker and Mandy Steckelberg.
– A Candlelight pledge to promote love, tolerance and equality in the future and the promise we will not stop until we our work is finished.

The event will finish with a candlelight march to the Supreme Court building. 

Already the Yes on 8 people are sending out the word to mobilize at the event. Let your voices by heard!

 

Eve of Justice: Lighting The Way For The Supreme Court
Wednesday, March 4th – 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Olvera Street, Downtown LA

(South of Cesar Chavez Ave, between N. Main St and N Alameda St) map

2 blocks West of Union Station, providing easy Metro access from Hollywood, San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, East LA and Long Beach

To join the event go to Los Angeles Facebook Event

-Koop

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badge250x250At the Oscars yesterday evening several celebrities including the entire cast of Milk and Anne Hathaway’s father all wore a white knot.  Why you ask?  To show their support for marriage equality.  You can find more information here.  If you make a donation the organization will send you a white knot free.  Otherwise send a self-addressed stamped envelope to this address and they will send a white knot back free of charge.

White Knot For Equality

P.O Box 691517  

West Hollywood, CA 90069

The White Knot is the symbol for marriage equality. Wear it every day to show your support and to create conversation. Use it to tell someone today that equal rights are important to everyone. Share the White Knot and spread the word that all loving couples deserve the same legal rights, benefits, and respect that civil marriage bestows.

Visibility is the goal. See where White Knots are appearing.

Whether you are gay, straight, or otherwise, please show your support by wearing the Knot and telling people why you are wearing it. Wear your White Knot to work, to school, to your place of worship. Together, we will keep the topic at the top of people’s minds and keep the conversation going.

 Things You Can Say…
when someone asks you why you are wearing a White Knot
or when you have the opportunity to talk about Marriage Equality.

 

1 I wear a White Knot because I support Marriage Equality. Everyone should have the right to tie the knot.
2 Marriage is about committed couples—all committed couples—who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other. This can only strengthen family and society.
3 Denying committed couples the security and legal protections of marriage hurts them; it’s wrong to make it harder for committed couples to take care of and be responsible for each other.
4 People can have different beliefs and still treat everyone fairly. That’s why our constitution exists to protect everyone equally, including minorities.
5 What if you were told that you couldn’t marry the person you loved? What would that do to you? And what if you got married, and someone tried to take it away?
  Get more conversation starters at Freedom to MarryGLAAD (PDF), and Let California Ring.

-Koop

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Tomorrow is that fantastic day of the year only certain people enjoy celebrating.  Yes, those people.  Couples.  Personally I will not be celebrating this holiday.  Instead I’ve chosen two other options.  One is exclusively for us single people and the other is open to all and should be celebrated by everyone.  

Your first option:  Happy Single Awareness Day!  I thought this was thought up exclusively by Mr. Ryan Seacrest who’s always single.  But according to wikipedia and the official website that’s not quite true.  Honestly who cares?  Just go celebrate that you’ll not be spending hundreds of dollars on someone during the recession.  Personally I’ve never required much to make me happy.  Single rose and a home cooked meal and I’d be happy.  So if you’re out spending your entire paycheck on some girl then maybe you should have chosen to date someone like me.  HA!

Second Option:  celebrate Freedom to Marry Day 2009.  There’s a week of events which yes even I have missed out on but you can join in now and celebrate all year long.  Freedom to Marry simply believes that everyone deserves the rights to marry who they want and to receive the same federal rights.  You can find more info here.

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-Koop

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Please sign this online letter to stop the Supreme Court from nullifying the 18,000 same sex marriages which were granted before the passing of Proposition 8.  Check out the video of happy couples being married and asking to not be forced into divorce. 

Letter From Courage Campaign:

 

We, the undersigned, share President Barack Obama’s view that “for too long, issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It’s time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect.”

Yet, on December 19, 2008, Ken Starr and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund filed legal briefs defending the constitutionality of Prop 8 and seeking to nullify the marriages of 18,000 devoted same-sex couples solemnized before Prop 8 passed.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case on March 5, with a decision expected within 90 days. We, the undersigned, ask that the Court enforce the equality promised to each of us by our constitution and invalidate Prop 8. So doing will protect all loving, committed couples in California -– including the 18,000 who said “I do” last year –- and prevent the initiative process from being a tool for stripping vulnerable minorities of precious constitutional rights.

As Americans who believe in the rule of law and fundamental civil rights, we know that Ken Starr and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund’s shameful attempt to nullify equal protection and all these bonded unions will be condemned in the eyes of history. We know that, ultimately, love will prevail, no matter how hard they try to fight it.

Sincerely,

-Koop


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aboutpicYesterday while being unemployed I watched a little USA Network and saw an announcement listing their 2008 Character Approved Award Winners.  The videos and statements of the winners I found fascinating and decided I needed to share their inspiring stories. At their site you’ll find videos on each winner along with a complete bio, more video and charity honored by each winner.    

From USA Networks:

 

MISSION

The Character Approved Awards honor the characters of the U.S.A. who are changing the face of American culture. Character Approved honorees are innovators in their field who influence our opinions, our style, and our view of the world. They surprise and inspire us with fresh ideas. They are celebrated by their peers. And they have an authentic style that’s all their own. 

SELECTION CRITERIA

In selecting the honorees, the following criteria was considered. 

  • Cultural Impact of Honoree: Each honoree must be changing the cultural landscape of his or her field through innovation, creativity and ingenuity.
  • Legacy of Honoree: Each honoree must be doing something that will change the face of his or her industry for future generations, whether by breaking records or breaking the mold.
  • Persona of Honoree: Each honoree must be a character in his or her own right, with a distinct voice, personality and style.

HONOREES

We have selected one honoree from the following seven categories: 

WHAT THE HONOREES GET

Each honoree will be bestowed the official “Character” award, designed by renowned sculptor Bruce Gray, as well as a $10,000 honorarium

that will be donated to the charity of his/her choice

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In a recent report by CNN.com President Obama has taken action against the irresponsible money mongers who run the Banks (like citigroup) who received on average (individually) about $45 Billion  to help us pay our loans and mortgages.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think it was also irresponsible of everyday Americans to take out loans that they could not pay back or buy homes that they could not afford, but I also recognize that the banks gave false hope…

President Obama made a pay cap of $500,000/year for executives of large banks until the loan to the government is paid off. THIS IS THE KIND OF GOVERNING I LIKE! I completely reject claims that this is communism or socialism, this is responsibility-ism. There are a few people in our country that have gained a kind of power that is seemingly more joyful than that of the president- Get boats loads of money and a private jet without the accountability of ANYTHING and without having to do much other than push send ( most likely their assistant did all the work). And to be clear the President of the United States of America makes $400,000/ year.

Now,  going past when President Obama had to play principal and scold these executives, there is a mandate that was implemented that states that shareholders in the banks have a “greater say about the salaries paid to company heads.” cnn.com

I must give praise to a Democratic senator from Missouri names Claire McCaskill as she said

“We have a bunch of idiots on Wall Street that are kicking sand in the face of the American taxpayer,” an enraged McCaskill said on the floor of the Senate on Friday. “They don’t get it. These people are idiots. You can’t use taxpayer money to pay out $18 billion in bonuses.” cnn.com

I couldn’t have put it any better.

-Jessi

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I know the film, MILK has been in theaters for a few months now but if you haven’t seen it you really should gomilk_movie_poster now.  I finally got around to watching my screener of it and I was mesmerized.  Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk as this lost man in NYC who at the age of 40 wants to finally do something with his life.  Leaving with his new partner, played by James Franco, the pair move to San Francisco to the Castro district. Harvey opens a camera shop only to immediately be faced with discrimination from the local business association.  Using the power of speech, Harvey organizes the gay community to first rise against Coors Beer then Harvey starts his first of many campaigns for a government seat.  I’ll stop here on the recap because one you can read the history in wikipedia and two you need to see the film.  

With 2008’s elections and the passing of Proposition 8, Milk couldn’t be more relevant.  Many have written about this fact and most choose to focus on the fact that this year the gay community has failed Harvey Milk and his legacy.  Yes, No on 8 did loose. Yes, gay marriage was banned in the state of California.  But as I watched Milk with a friend, she commented that wow gay rights have not come that far since the 1970’s.  At first, I sat almost crying thinking she was correct.  And on the surface it seems my friend is right.  Then I started to really think about it.  In the film a man is murdered, beaten to death, for walking down the sidewalk with his partner. In San Francisco.  Today there is still hatred toward the gay community but now in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis, and many other cities gay couples can walk down the street, holding hands, and the likely hood that they are going to be beaten is slim, very slim.  Overwhelmingly, I believe, 80% of voters under the age of 30 are for gay marriage.  Milk’s message once again is hitting home with the younger generation.

You can find out more about Milk and it’s awards/nominations here.

-Koop

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