Breaking News from E-NC

We just achieved unprecedented success on our anti-bullying bill! The House Education Committee voted down by a wide margin the egregious Hilton Amendement seeking to remove not only LGBT youth but also other always-bullied groups from protection through our anti-bullying bill. The unamended bill then passed the committee, taking us one step closer to protecting our young people.

This is a huge victory for Equality North Carolina and we couldn't have done it without our online activists--thank you! Special thanks go to our legislative allies and especially to Representative Rick Glazier for his courageous sponsorship.

If you haven't already, please support us as we work to achieve victories on all our legislative fronts. We've raised $1,863 since April 30 and we need to raise an additional $8,137 by the legislative crossover date on May 24th. Please click here right now to help us meet this goal!

We have victory #1, but we continue to reel from the shock of yesterday's news that a group of right-wing legislators are going to try to force the anti-LGBT, anti-marriage state constitutional amendment to a vote on Tuesday in the NC House. We're taking all steps necessary to make sure this doesn't happen and will continue to keep you informed on all key developments.

Please click here right now so we can keep building momentum! Don't let right-wing zealots darken our bright future! Your gift of $50, $100, or $250 right now will truly make a difference!

Well done, ENC. Thanks, my BlueNC friends for pitching in.

Comments

It's about time!

A little too late for the bully-in-chief and his staff of bigots and bullies though.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Don't forget to donate

if this is important to you!

Click the link in HillWilliam's post, and match the $25 I just donated. It won't hurt you, and it helps a good cause. (Don't have $25? Go for $10. or $5)

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Bless you, Dear One

For matching my donation first! I can fast over a few lunches -- this is so important. Not just for GLBT people -- the terrifying question is "who's next".

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

Rev, meet my friend Lcloud

I am proud to introduce you to my good friend the Rev, Lcloud ;)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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We've gotten acquainted

Now, it's party time in Caswell County! Coffee's always hot, the swaytay is always cold. I'm blessed with a beautiful spot on earth to hang out. Y'all come!

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

Told hubby of your invite

He's up for a road trip. Maybe I can talk Lcloud and gcloud into joining us....Road Trip!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Ah-ite!

Good things happen when good Progressives hang out and plan scheme. How do I get you my phone #'s? Y'orta have them anyway. You should have my new gmail addy. Failing that, leave me a PM on my Heaven on the Hill site.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

You have a site?

Will you share? I would like to see this. :)
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Welcome

to my world :-) My other endeavors are Cemetery Surveys and genealogy.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

who is next?

First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left
to speak up for me.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

I heard this performed

by Whoopi Goldberg and Bobby McFerrin. Gave me chills - absolute chills.

Orientation doesn't matter, humanity does. Stand up against the small minded, stand up against the hate.
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Love that Blue

makes me think of Jen, wish she would come over and join in too.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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I HATE these people

Makes me want to bully someone

But Catawba Rep. Mark Hilton argued that the schools shouldn't offer special protection for gay and lesbian kids because homosexuality is an immoral lifestyle choice.

Thankfully the commentary added a little bit of sanity.

(Hilton didn't go on to explain what an elementary student would know about a "lifestyle choice," or why any self-respecting 10 year old kid would choose to make him or herself a pariah. And what about the all the kids who get beaten up for "being gay," even though they aren't? But I digress.)

If you follow the link you get an mp3 link to the floor statements.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

I pity them, actually

since they don't have a life and can only imagine a life style. Science has given us a preponderance of evidence that sexuality is determined in the womb. No "choice" to it.

Oh, that's right, they don't believe in science...

Now OTOH I despise willful stupidity... such an individual has no business in the school system nor in government.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

You know,

when someone actually advocates for hassassment and violence against elementary school children, I believe that charges should be brought against them. We nearly pulled my son out of 4th grade because of bullying. Teachers were complicit in it, as well as other parents. It was not a "lifestyle choice", but believe it or not, a haircut choice. (or his choice not to cut his hair.)

I had to escalate my complaints to the administrative level and pull in mental health professionals to speak to the teachers involved to get the behavior stopped. It shouldn't happen that way.

And I can't pity the adults. I've tried. I have succeeded in not hating them, and that's as far as I can go.
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Wonder if Hilton knows how much of a

hateful jerk he sounds like. Don't mean to jump to conclusions about someone I don't know, but he's the one who said that hateful thing, nobody twisted his arm and made him do it. I can only conclude that he feels beating up on gay kids is a perfectly acceptable thing for another kid to do. Wonder if he goes to church wearing that unchristlike attitude?

I heard a response to Hiltion on the radio (I forget by whom) that it was exactly his sort of lovely accepting attitude that made keeping gay and transgendered kids in the bill's language important because there were teachers and administrators in schools with exactly that attitude and they needed to be reminded that those kids need to be protected, too.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

the big thing is

These are little kids. They should be protected at all costs no matter what. You want to talk about the destruction of society and civilization? Civilization will collapse if we allow ourselves to ever be happy about children being beat up or bullied.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Bullies

Someone ought to call out the fundies pushing the anti-marriage amendment in the NC legislature as the bullies that they are.

Bullying gays into fighting just to retain a law that already works against them. Bullying Christians into intolerance. Bullying minorities is what some Republicans do best.

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