The president of the NAACP and the head of the group’s Mobile branch are occupying the Alabama senator’s Mobile office until he withdraws from consideration as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general or the group gets arrested. The protest at Sessions’ Mobile Senate office was among several demonstrations held statewide against Sessions’ nomination.
Sessions was the U.S. attorney in Mobile in the mid-1980s when then-President Ronald Reagan nominated him for a federal judgeship. But the nomination failed amid allegations that Sessions made racist remarks toward a colleague, said the Ku Klux Klan was “O.K.” until he learned that members smoked marijuana and that he called the NAACP and liberal organizations “un-American” and “communist-inspired.”
“As a matter of conscience, the NAACP has chosen not to remain silent on this critical matter,” Birmingham NAACP head Hezekiah Johnson said outside Sessions’ Senate office in Birmingham. “Our main concern is centered around the reality of voter suppression. We have found no evidence of his ability, past or present, to be impartial and unbiased as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America, especially in the areas of civil rights, voting rights and equal protection under the law.”
The sit-in is being live-steamed on the groups FACEBOOK PAGE. Head on over and leave a post of support.
Laura Clawson over at The Daily Kos is reporting that the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), announced today that it is pulling its 2015 women’s conference out of Indianapolis calling it “an embarrassment” that ” cannot be tolerated”
Lee Saunders, the union’s president, said in a statement that “This un-American law allowing businesses to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers sets Indiana and our nation back decades in the struggle for civil rights. It is an embarrassment and cannot be tolerated,” continuing:
“Throughout our proud history, our union has stood up whenever injustice has occurred – be it for striking sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968, or for the victims of apartheid in South Africa in the 1980s. Governor Pence’s law, motivated by ultra-right wing zealots, is an affront to the vast majority of those in our nation who believe that every American deserves equal treatment under the law, no matter whom they love or where they worship.AFSCME will relocate our Women’s Conference to a state to be determined as a sign of our disgust and disappointment with Governor Pence’s discriminatory law. We stand with the ever-growing number of businesses and associations who are taking similar action this week and demanding fairness for all in the state of Indiana.”
Now that’s what solidarity looks like!
We at Back2Stonewall.com will be joining Twitter, Google, The Raw Story and over 7000+ other sites and will join thousands of tech activists, entrepreneurs and corporations on Wednesday in protesting the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA ontomorrow on January 18th by going dark from 8:00 am – 8:00pm EST.
In addition to the Web protests, thousands of New York City tech activists and entrepreneurs are preparing for a Wednesday protest outside the Manhattan offices of Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kristin Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). (BOO Kristen. Hey, don’t you have some pro-LGBT legislation to work on maybe….like ENDA!?) Both Schumer and Gillibrand formally support Protect IP. Increasingly in recent years the Big Apple has become an active hub for tech firms, with many new companies and their venture capital supporters locating there rather than Silicon Valley.
Back2Stonewall.com stand against both SOPA and PIPA has nothing to do with piracy. Whether you think piracy is the worst thing ever or everybody’s right, there are other, far better and fairer ways of preventing it. This argument is about not giving the US government control over the internet, it’s about not letting capitalism and greed poison the genuine freedom of the net
Please stand with us.
Sherre Toler, the director of elections for Harnett County has resigned her position as director of elections for Harnett County because Toler would rather leave her job than be a party to facilitating a bigoted anti-gay same sex ballot initiative set for this May that would allow discrimination under the North Carolina Constitution.
On January 3, 2012 I resigned my position as Director of Elections for Harnett County, NC. I am extremely proud of the progress and accomplishments made to the voting procedures and polling places in Harnett County over the last eleven and a half years. I am especially proud that the Board of Election’s Office has always been operated in a fair, efficient and non-partisan manner during my tenure.
Unfortunately, recent actions of the North Carolina General Assembly made it impossible for me to continue as Director of Elections as speaking publicly about candidates or issues appearing on the ballot is prohibited. In September, the legislature passed a bill requiring a referendum be placed on the May, 2012 primary ballot defining marriage as a “union between a man and a woman”. I cannot and will not be a party to such actions….
This is a wonderful story of growth, solidarity, and standing up to do whats right.
Head on over to wonderful Pam’s House Blend at Fire Dog Lake to read more and Sherre Toller’s full statement
Scottish born and openly “bisexual” actor Alan Cummings who became a a naturalised American citizen just days after Barack Obama took office has always been a storng supportter of the President……until now.
Cummings, who has been a Democratic Party supporter revealed the extent of his disillusionment in a strongly worded statement to Barack Obama and accused him of doing “diddly squat” to improve gay right
“We keep hearing that Obama is an ally, that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will end under his watch, but what do we actually get? Diddly squat thus far on a federal level, and in addition to that some very offensive statements that would have made the Republicans look bad.
When America is full of hatred of all kinds, but especially hatred towards young gay people, what message is the President sending when he repeatedly goes out of his way to spread the message that the gay population is not worthy of the respect that everyone else is?
How can we counsel our children not to bully their gay classmates or mock their gay friends when they see their President, their beloved President Obama, refusing to do the equivalent in regards to troops and other adults?”
Well done Alan Cummings. Now if only MORE celebrities would stabd up come out with statements. George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey Jr, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and the rest of you. WE ARE WAITING.
Today is the day we find out Judge Vaugh Walker’s decision in the Prop 8 Trail – Perry v. Schwarzenegger.
Whatever the outcome, weather we WIN or LOSE, CELEBRATE or PROTEST we must all band together and support each other.
This is a historic day. If we WIN it is not only a win for the Lesbian and gay Community of California but it a win for Lesbians and Gays throughout the United States and sets precident for other challanges and the eventual fight all the way to The Supreme Court. And even if we LOSE this is not over and will never be over until we have the same exact rights as all American Citizens.
We must stand together, in celebtaion or tears and continue fighting..
Here is to HOPE!
The solidarity protest starts at Noon and is slated to run until 2pm. If you’re near midtown, try and swing by on your lunch hour. Tell your friends Gay and Straight to be there if you re in the NYC Area. PASS THE WORD!
In an act of civil disobedience, Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo and Robin McGehee have been arrested at the White House gates on Thursday while protesting the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. We are in solidarity with Choi, Pietrangelo, Robin McGehee and all other protesters nationwide. Join us as we protest the Army Recruitment center in Time Square for not allowing LGBT citizens the right to join the military.
UPDATE: Choi and Pietrangelo are STILL in custody at this hour. And something fishy appears to be going on. Via AmericaBlog
This is increasingly disturbing. It increasingly looks as though someone has decided to play hardball with Dan and James. The Park Police say that Dan is not being released on bail. Dan also has not made his phone call to the person designed to pay his bail – the person’s phone number is written on Dan’s arm, so there’s no chance he doesn’t have it. That means that Dan apparently is not being permitted a phone call, and thus not being permitted to have anyone pay his bail. Why not? We have just learned that Dan is in fact being charged with “failure to obey a lawful order,” yet that charge usually means you get processed, you pay bail, and you leave. Then why are they not letting Dan Choi leave, but instead are holding him to be arraigned? Why are they apparently not permitting Dan his phone call?
This is getting very disturbing……