One more reminder that we are not done. This is just a temporary hold, not a ruling on the merits. But we have so much work left to do.
A smart presentation on how to get things done instead of just talking about it.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's testimony on the Opportunity Scholarship program can be found here.
[Dale Carpenter] Israeli academic shouted down in lecture at University of Minnesota: On Tuesday afternoon an ... https://t.co/k2VyV6DhHf— Volokh Conspiracy (@VolokhC) November 4, 2015
Superb article by Dale Carpenter on the latest assault on free speech and academic discourse at a public university because the speaker was Israeli. I myself am critical of Israel (I am a longstanding supporter of Israel horrified by the policies of Netanyahu), but shouting down an academic lecture in this way is wrong and inimical to the mission of a university. Such illiberal behavior in the name of justice should be punished and rebuked.
As The Hill says of this, "Passage represents a swan song for the outgoing Speaker." We are very much opposed to this program. Here's a link to the letter from D.C. Council members opposing the program. We were pleased to take part in persuading members to sign the letter.
Congressional imposition of private school vouchers on the District is not just being done by Republicans. Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Cory Booker back the program as well. Former Mayor Anthony Williams is a longtime proponent of the program. We at GLAA think it is inappropriate to spend public tax dollars to subsidize faith-based education when such schools are free to discriminate against us. There are other reasons as well, including studies that show the programs don't work, and the lack of accountability. Read the letter from D.C. Council members opposing vouchers.
I am digging way back in my closet to find something purple to wear this evening to show my support for ending bullying. Here's to all who are struggling against it.
GLAA is proud to be part of the coalition that lobbied D.C. Councilmembers on this. Thanks to Councilmembers Grosso, Bonds, Allen, Alexander, May, Nadeau, Silverman, and Evans for their signatures and their support. GLAA signed a joint letter with other organizations on the same issue in May. Notorious congressional homophobe Jason Chaffetz is planning to mark up the continuation of the program on Friday.
I was going to just say buh-bye, but the fact is that this will hurt kids and help no one. A lovely approach to religion.
It's only a partial victory, because church-affiliated chapters can still choose to discriminate. The contrast between welcoming and non-welcoming chapters will continue to be a thorn in BSA's side.
Cardozo High School's first ever LGBTQ Pride Day was a momentous occasion. https://t.co/6P8SwaIjAd— Metro Weekly (@metroweekly) June 11, 2015
This Metro Weekly story about Pride Day at Cardozo High School also features students from the GSA at School Without Walls, who indicate they were inspired to attend by their teacher, Charles Butler. Charles is GLAA's VP for Political Affairs. Way to go, Mr. Butler!
My latest Blade column looks at auspicious signs of #LGBT progress, including today's youth who are unfazed by apocalyptic prophecies by Republican politicians.