Friday, January 09, 2009

Roll out Friday

It's rolling like the river. 2009 is starting to pick up steam as well as revving up it's engines for a jam packed new year. Are you ready? I hope so, because we are on board and ready to take you to the next level in links, products, news, coupons, commentary, videos, podcasting and maybe even the kitchen sink. It's COP:24/7 helping you open your mind in 09!

Signatures Please: As usual my e-box gets the latest grass roots organizing campaign and I always want to share this info with as many as possible for the max affect. It's all about participation and speaking to the power about what's on your mind. Therefore, if you are so inclined check this opportunity to jump in from, Join The Impact.

A little under 1 year ago when Barack Obama was running for president he wrote an Open Letter to our community. A community where many members do not have equal protections under the law. A minority community that has felt the sting of discrimination, and held on to love to build bridges in the hope of overcoming. The opening to this letter still chokes me up today: "I'm running for President to build an America that lives up to our founding promise of equality for all ‐ a promise that extends to our gay brothers and sisters. It's wrong to have millions of Americans living as second‐class citizens in this nation. And I ask for your support in this election so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans."In this letter, Barack Obama promised to repeal laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. He vowed to
Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ensure that states treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws
Enact a fully inclusive Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Enact the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes against our community
Confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the stigma surrounding it
Amend the Uniting American Families Act to afford same-sex couples the same rights and obligations as married couples in our immigration system
A letter was crafted in response to Obama to remind him of his promises that we expect him to keep. This is not an online petition. Studies have shown that they are far less effective than the obvious blood sweat and tears that went in to physical signatures. Imagine Barack Obama sitting in the Oval Office with One Million of our voices in his hands. We need Real People, Real Signatures, Real Change.
Signature gathering has already begun. Here's 10 ways you can help get signatures: 1. Gather signatures at your place of work (make sure it doesn't hinder your HR policy) 2. Go out to the bars on Friday and Saturday nights and get signatures 3. Go to your local screening of MILK and get signatures from individuals in line or as they are leaving 4. Go to local stores and ask that they put the signature pages at the counter 5. Grab a friend and canvas your neighborhood asking for signatures 6. Go to a local event to gain signatures (Art Walks, Concerts, etc) 7. Take a copy to class and ask your teacher if you can announce that you're gathering signatures. 8. Attend one of the National Rallies on January 10th to gain signatures (find your rally here) 9. Go to church on Sunday and ask for signatures 10. Use the power of the internet: Email this letter, Blog about it, ping all your friends on Facebook/MySpace, send this message to EVERYONE As always, when on private property be sure to ask for permission. To learn more about Federal DOMA and the rallies this weekend please follow this link: JOIN THE IMPACT ON THE WHITE HOUSE: Print the Open LetterPrint Signature pagesMail all signature pages by January 12th to:Join The Impact PO Box 141491 Columbus, OH 43214

The Unddy Party Returns: Shhhh! Have you heard? It's back. The Undergear Party is scheduled for this Saturday, 1.10.09, at DSRA Cubhouse. Every one is encouraged to get with the theme and come party ready or use their in-house check in. Doors open at 9 p.m. If you want more info, shout out to us( for the details. In the meantime, I was in the place last outing and may show up to the 09 version. You never know what I'll be wearing or not wearing...stay tuned!

Bar Watch: Things seem to be moving along with the latest entertainment venues emerging in the 7Th street area slated for a probable "soft" opening on January 14. I'm still trying to sort out the fact from the fiction. Like exactly what's the concept? The design seems to be in a small pub fashion? Hours? Did you say Alternative Bar? Golly, what does any of this mean? When we get more official confirmations we will pass them on. Until's any body's call!

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