Monday, May 05, 2014

The Big Catch UP

Project OneAmerica Descends on Mid South

The Human Rights Campaign has announced the launch of Project One Americaan unprecedented and historic effort to dramatically expand LGBT equality in Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi. According a circulated web piece and some direct contact from HRC surrogates, it seems that HRC and it's leadership has decided that Project One America is the perfect complement to HRC’s existing campaigns and grassroots effortsbuilding on the work of everyone in Arkansas who has courageously stood up over the past few decades to ensure that the LGBT movement in the South is recognized

COP 24/7 has been aware of much chatter about this lavender mothership landing in the Arkansas with a range of reservations to some outright disdain, despite much of what exactly is transpiring has been cloaked in smoke and mirrors. As big tent concept roll out, now comes the edict that a Tele-Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. There source state that this meeting is an exclusive opportunity for HRC members and supporters in Arkansas to learn more about our next steps in this historic campaign. There's much talk about this approach being fueled up to $8 Million dollar in resources that are to be infused into the area.

The media piece states that Project One America’s chief aim is to improve the lived experience of LGBT people living in Arkansas. By changing hearts and minds, advancing legal protections, and building more inclusive institutionsfrom church pews to workplaceswe will make a profound difference in the lives of LGBT Arkansans.
But perhaps the most important thing we will do is raise the visibility of LGBT people in the state. LGBT Arkansans are no different than their neighbors who are holding down jobs, raising families and contributing to their communities, often in the face of discrimination and stigma.
Arkansas has long been one of the least-served states in our nation on LGBT equality. There are no nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people at the state or local level in employment, housing, or public accommodationsand the state constitution expressly prohibits marriage equality.  O.K. HRC, hear this from COP 24/7 your preaching to the is well documented in various community assessments, notable commissioned documents such as the SHARP ( State Health Access Research Project) report and let's not forget the COP 24/7 archives which is a treasure trove of "what's really going on" across the Mid-South and beyond. Believe it or not, as far as we are concerned it's always been about human rights for the last twenty years. Come in, sit a spell, take shoes off and let's see how you vibe...Stay tuned to COP 24/7 as we update about the landing...

What would you do with a day off in Little Rock?

 1. Individuals 18 years of age or older are eligible to submit one entry to the Little Rock Convention and Visitors bureau “Day Off” Video Contest during National Travel and Tourism Week.

2. Entries may be submitted from May 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM until May 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST.

3. In a video that is no more than 60 seconds in length, explain what you would do with a day off in Little Rock.

4. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and send a link to for consideration during the entry period (May 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM until May 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST).

Agreement to the contest terms and conditions gives the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau ownership and repurposing rights to any submitted footage.

5. Following National Travel and Tourism Week, select videos will be featured in an online gallery on this web page (

One winner will be chosen and announced via email by Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The winner will receive a customized Little Rock vacation package. 

Get your VIP Tickets before May 31! Come join COP 24/7!!!


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