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November 10th, 2008


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10:20 am - Prop 8?
Gov. Schwarzenegger indicates "We will maybe undo" Prop. 8.

I've been thinking about this Prop, and what it meant, really. And what it has meant to me has really been, "Okay, I've clearly been talking too much and doing too little about this obvious breech of human rights." I've watched things pass for far too long.

I've been looking for ways to get involved locally (though it appears that local options are mostly out: four years of Ohio having discrimination enshrined in our constitution has reduced the options for that, clearly and expectedly). Nationally, I'm not sure *how* to get involved.

So I open it up to the folk on my friends list: Any ideas who I should contact, what groups are available, and what is needed? Where does one start?

I'm tired of being angry about this and not finding any way to do something about it.
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From:niveditavidula
Date:November 10th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
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I don't know what specifically you might be interested in getting involved with, but a person I have taken some inspiration from is Father Geoff Farrow. He's a Catholic Priest who got kicked out of the church because he came out against prop 8. He has a blog at http://fathergeofffarrow.blogspot.com/ that I read from time to time. He seems to respond to emails pretty well (though i have not personally contacted him). He might be a good jumping off point? I like reading his arguments because if I want to effect change in the world, then I have to be able to talk the talk and know what sorts of language is used in the way people talk about these issues. Up to you though.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 10th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Well, there's something wrong if we're able to enshrine casinos in our constitution, to say nothing of discrimination. I remember having responsible, representative democracy defined to me in high school: majority rules, minority rights.

I'll start with the ACLU and go from there. I'm not real good at the activism stuff: I hadn't even thought about them.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 10th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Good call. I'll be there. Thanks for finding that one.
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From:wishesofastar
Date:November 11th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the heads up about the rally; I'll try to make it as well.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 10th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Come down to City Hall with me this Sat. I'm going to see who I can meet down there and try working that way.
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From:qorinda
Date:November 10th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for caring and wanting to get involved! I was just reading an entry from a friend of mine in AZ who is discouraged that people in AZ aren't protesting as strongly as they are in CA. I don't get it myself. However, in the long run, I do believe that this is just another step on the road to eventual strong human rights for all.

And remember, if nothing else, you can make offerings. ;)
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From:dragynphyre
Date:November 10th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
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I second getting involved with the ACLU
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 10th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like no one knows if pre-Prop 8 marriages are valid or not.

I'm fully aware of how conservative the outliers are in CA: Ohio has an odd situation where we're *really* liberal in some parts of the state, and *really* conservative in others. Cincinnati is our local heavily-populated Republican stronghold here.
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From:red_sput
Date:November 11th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
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I think this is common with any state that has a large city as well as lots of lesser populated land. Washington & Oregon are like that as well.

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