4462 posts categorized "Human Rights"

December 04, 2016

The attacks on our ally Rep. Ellison

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Here are my remarks introducing Rep. Keith Ellison as keynote speaker at the ACLU/NCA Bill of Rights Dinner in April 2013. The attacks on him now that he is running for DNC chair are beneath the dignity of responsible advocates.

There Is No "War On Christmas," Unless You Count The Battle For Christian Supremacy

Happy holidays, everyone. I say it that way because my friends embrace a variety of cultural and religious traditions. I wish to be inclusive. You could say that I think All Holidays Matter. If that offends you, it likely means that you are a Christian supremacist, though you probably hadn't thought of it that way because you just took your Christian privilege for granted. With that attitude, you probably also voted for Trump. Well we live in a diverse society, and religious freedom means not just yours but everybody's. So instead of wailing about a nonexistent war on Christmas, kindly shove a good old pagan Yule Log up your backside. Fa la la la la.

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In assessing Trump, don’t forget Bush era

Excellent commentary by Charles Francis of Mattachine Society. Mattachine's "unerasure" activism is sadly more needed than ever.

State Dept. asked to apologize over 'lavender scare' firings

Anti-gay Gambian president loses re-election bid

Good news of an early end to a promised billion-year reign.

November 26, 2016

Sen.Rubio has the gall to slam Castro's anti-gay record

I was no fan of Fidel Castro, who was a brutal despot who impoverished and enslaved his people. But Marco, you hypocrite, you can just take a seat.

November 19, 2016

Oscar Wilde, a Refugee of His Time

Which LGBT rights are on the chopping block?

Would Trump rescind historic status for Stonewall Inn?

George Takei: They interned my family. Don’t let them do it to Muslims.

The post-election liberation of willful ignorance

The dark chapter of America’s history a Trump backer just called "precedent" for registering Muslims

November 17, 2016

Hate on the Rise After Trump's Election

The thought of having to deal with this cascading hatred and ignorance month after month for four years is almost too much to bear. But we must endure, and we must be clear about what is happening, for which there is no legitimate excuse. And we must support one another. The haters are running rampant, but there are more of us than them. Do not let the normalizing media and the lies of cynical people make you forget that.

November 09, 2016

A savage attack on our homeland from within

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(Photo: Getty Images)

Stunning, frightening, heartbreaking.

A country that can make such a destructive decision is not one that I recognize or to which I can be loyal. To go from the best president of my lifetime to the worst in history is such a betrayal, such an act of contempt, that it calls for resistance. Do we accept the disenfranchisement of black voters about which officials openly boasted? Do we accept the staggering misogyny that prefers dynamiting the country's foundations to choosing a highly qualified woman over an ignorant bully? Do we forgive our neighbors and family members for taking part in something this despicable? Do we sit politely and talk of healing as our beloved nation slits its own throat?

This cannot be accepted. We must not accept it. Our nation has been savagely attacked from within, far worse than the attacks of 9/11. Shall we respond placidly to an act of war? I cannot.

I have worked within the system for nearly four decades for change. This morning all of that for which generations have worked faces reversal. I and those I love face erasure. My conscience and my soul cry out for rebellion and resistance. We cannot plaster this over. The rain and storm will come, and down will come the wall. Prepare for the fight of our lives.

November 06, 2016

Couples look to county clerk Kim Davis to pay legal bill

Chelsea Clinton speaks at HRC, Equality NC event in Charlotte

November 02, 2016

Ugandan gays say police use painful exam to "prove" homosexuality

November 01, 2016

Death with Dignity Act passes first reading at DC Council

(That's me, Rick Rosendall, in the yellow shirt at center left in above pic.)

On Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 1) the Death with Dignity Act passed first reading at the DC Council by a vote of 11-2. (Dissenting were CMs Alexander and Nadeau.) Most advocates on both sides (I have testified and lobbied in favor on behalf of GLAA) have been civil toward one another during the process leading up to today's vote. Health Committee Chair Yvette Alexander, for example, held a committee markup on the bill despite her personal opposition.

But one opponent was quite exercised as today's meeting was about to begin, threatening to defeat every Councilmember who supported the bill. (Good luck with that, lady, since most Washingtonians disagree with you.) She even gave a dressing down to bill supporter Romaine Thomas, a beloved local figure who is widow and mother of past council members and a longtime public servant in her own right. The angry woman refused even to shake Romaine's hand; I, as usual, had embraced Mrs. Thomas, asked after her family (her grandson is in college), and said I was glad we were on the same side.

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October 30, 2016

Here's exactly why a vote for Trump is vote against LGBTQ rights

October 22, 2016

Turing's Law 'still on track' as government scuppers rival bill in Parliament

Colombia ambassador downplays anti-LGBT opposition to peace deal

Captain Khan

As powerful a political ad as I have ever seen.

October 11, 2016

Australia national marriage vote blocked

Good. Your right to marry should not be subject to approval by your neighbors.

John Oliver on Guantánamo, Trump

John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, among other things, points out that the would-be strongman who is the Republican nominee for president wants to fill Guantánamo with prisoners and doesn't care about questions of constitutionality.

October 09, 2016

Ben Carson: Same-Sex Marriage Will Bring "Mass Killings"

In case you hadn't seen enough craziness today.

Homophobic hate crimes in the UK are spiking after Brexit vote

Consider hosting an LGBT asylum seeker

Ten Times Mike Pence Worked to Defeat the LGBT Community

October 05, 2016

Health Committee sends Death with Dignity Act to full D.C. Council

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(Photo by Rick Rosendall)

The D.C. Council Committee on Health and Human Services held a markup of Bill 21-38, the Death with Dignity Act, on Wednesday, October 5 at 2 pm. I was there with fellow supporters of the bill.

Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), the committee chair, spoke against the bill. She insisted that the matter should be decided by voter initiative. No. We elect representatives to deal with difficult matters. But to give her due credit, she did bring the bill up for a vote, keeping her word. That was honorable.

Committee members David Grosso (I-At-Large) and LaRuby May (D-Ward 8) spoke in support, as did the bill's author, Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3). Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1) joined Alexander in speaking against. The bill was then passed by the committee without amendments. It is expected to get its first reading by the full Council at an additional legislative meeting later in October.

After the vote, one woman who opposed the bill, gave a dressing down to May, saying that she had no right to vote for the bill, she had overstepped her authority, and that such a controversial measure should be put before the voters. May, the duly elected legislator representing Ward 8 (though she was defeated in the June 14 primary by Trayon White), stood her ground. She had said that poor residents of her ward could not afford to move to Oregon to take advantage of that state's Death with Dignity statute, which was passed twenty years ago and was the model for the District bill.

The same demand for a plebiscite was made in 2009 and 2010 by opponents of civil marriage equality. They lost before the Board of Elections and Ethics, in the Court of Appeals, and were denied cert by the Supreme Court. If B21-38 passes, opponents can try to do a referendum. Such a course is unlikely to succeed. The opponents inadvertently helped the bill by making eye-stretching arguments. Stating that council members had no right to vote for the bill, preposterous as it was, nicely demonstrated the failure by opponents to grasp the separation of church and state.

Thanks to Councilmembers Cheh, Grosso, and May for voting for the bill, and to committee chair Alexander for bringing it up for a vote.

September 29, 2016

Gov. Brown signs most inclusive restroom access law in U.S.

Protests in Philadelphia after video shows gay bar owner using racial epithet

Gingrich seeks unity with gay Republicans against "Islamic supremacism"

September 23, 2016

Obama celebrates opening of National Museum of African American History and Culture

President Obama speaks at a reception for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture at the White House.

Olbermann on Kathy ‘No Racism Before Obama’ Miller: ‘She IS the Trump Campaign’

For instant refutation of Mr. Miller, google "lynching" and click on Images. Warning: you will see horrifying photos of America's past.

See no evil

Wake up, Coach.

White Tulsa officer charged with manslaughter in death of unarmed black man

Eugene Robinson: In America, gun rights are for whites only

Eugene Robinson is right. This is intolerable and insane.

A fearless wife records police use of deadly force

The video taken by Keith Scott's wife Rakeyia of his fatal encounter with police is hard to watch and to listen to. MSNBC was just analyzing the video. I do not begrudge their doing that, but I had to mute the TV. I've had too much. One thing that shines through in the painful recording is this woman's fearlessness in confronting her husband's killers. She is not the first. If there is one ray of hope in all this, it may be that.

American Skin

No other songwriter has equaled the power of Bruce Springsteen's searing ballad of a black mother giving her son The Talk. As timely as when it was written after the police killing of Amadou Diallo, it ends on the plaintive notes of a saxophone played by Bruce's dear friend, the late, great Clarence Clemons. Sadly, those who most needed to receive its message reflexively hardened themselves against it. I ask forgiveness for the hatred their cold and heartless reaction stirs in me still. #BlackLivesMatter

September 21, 2016

Protests erupt in Charlotte after police kill a black man