In light of Senator Forrester's refusal to meet with us, PFLAG and many African American constituents who have contacted me remain steadfast in our effort to reach out to the Senator. We would like to extend an invitation one more time to the Senator and ask him to join his minority constituents in a meeting or forum to discuss diversity and minority sensitivity. See the blog link on Pamshouseblend for the complete story. It's also in the Gaston Gazette.
I have also set up the following Facebook page: "Tell Senator Forrester to meet with minority constituents or step aside". I feel strongly that if the Senator can not meet with minority constituents and explain his recent comments than he needs to step aside and give some one else the opportunity to represent the people in his district. Part of the responsibility of being an elected official is to hear the concerns and needs of ALL your constituents even the ones you don't like, understand or agree with. Working for the people as a government employee is not a free enterprise position where you can pick and choose who you can do business with. We the people demand equal representation and access to our government, that includes the ability to meet with elected officials and seek accountability for their words and actions.
Furthermore the group, "Tell Senator Forrester to meet with minority constituents or step aside", is hosting a week long email and phone campaign to the Senators office. For more information please join the group on Facebook.
Martin Luther King stated, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to freedom everywhere". I speak for my self when I say that good people everywhere in Senator Forrester's district need to speak up and out against his bigoted comments and his refusal to meet with certain constituents. Silence on all sides of the human and political spectrum is an endorsement of his behavior. Let the African American community as well as the LGBT community know that you support them in their quest to, "Tell Senator Forrester to meet with minority constituents or step aside".