So I was mucking around on Facebook and was turned onto this by Willow Witte from Join The Impact. It’s a portion of a speech given by President Barack Obama at the NAACP’s Centenial Convention…
Some folks commented on the Facebook some things along the lines of “Why not now?”
I responded with…
“Presidential, or High Court, rulings are meaningless until we can get a clear majority of support across the Nation. Not that it wouldn’t be NICE mind you…. but still…. head to head, heart to hear, one on one until Freedom truly rings for us as well.”
I truly believe that. The struggle for Civil Rights, whether for GLBT rights, or for Freedom of Religion, is not one that will be won solely through the declarations or rulings of law; Civil Rights and Equality will come about when our neighbors and friends and co-workers have an understanding of who and what we really are.
Whether the “we” is Queer or Pagan Truth is our sword and our shield in this struggle.
In looking through the net about Obama’s Speech I have also just found out about the National Equality March
Our One Single Demand:
Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. We will accept no less and will work until it is achieved. Equality Across America exists to support grassroots organizing in all 435 Congressional Districts to achieve full equality.
Equal Protection encompasses many issues, including:
- Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) so that every marriage in every state has the same federal rights.
- Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell so that LGBT persons may serve in the military openly and with the same rights as their straight counterparts.
- An end to workplace discrimination for everyone with an Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that protects everyone.
- The right to adopt children and raise families like any other parents.
- Hate Crimes legislation that includes LGBT people and protects us like any other targeted group.
- Immigration reform that recognizes same-sex couples and ends the needless separation of families.
As members of every race, class, faith, and community, we see the struggle for LGBT equality as part of a larger movement for peace and social justice.
~From the Equality Across America website
Veritas, Justitia, Libertas,
I Invoke You,
Uncle Sam and Columbia,
I Summon, Stir, and Call Ye Forth,
Let Freedom Ring with the words
“Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states.”
So Mote It Be!