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Equality Across America – Texas Conference. Are “Ya’ll” Ready to Rumble?

April 01, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Featured, LGBT Action Alerts

Harvey Milk Day - May 22, 2010 - EAA Call to Action and Texas ConferenceYou can stop asking what you can do to help further equality in the United States (and beyond) now.  As previously discussed on Closet Talk with Tanner Efinger, Equality Across America has made a call to action for the week of Harvey Milk Day (May 22).  In response, grassroots organizations and activists have been popping up all over the country.

Organizing of the EAA – Texas conference is well underway, with most of the logistics already worked out.  Now, we get to do the fun stuff.  Remember though, even if you can’t help organize, you can start planning to attend.  Here’s a chance for you to help from the Equality Across America – Texas team.

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Regional conferences organized under the banner of Equality Across America, the network that has emerged out of 300,000-strong National Equality March on Washington last October, have drawn hundreds of people in Chicago and Boston, with more to come.

We are going to build a conference here in Austin, and you should be part of the process! We have selected the dates May 21-23 to coincide with the holiday honoring Harvey Milk, and we will have a march and vigil in his honor as part of the weekend’s events.  The Texas regional conference will feature plenary talks and workshops about the history and future of our movement.

The ultimate goal is to establish long-lasting regional and national networks of grassroots activists who want to fight for full equality for LGBTQ persons at the federal level.

We have learned that we can’t rely on politicians to give us equality.  Throughout history, fighters for justice have had to mobilize intense public pressure on elected officials.  This kind of activism pushed the system to institute reforms like the right for labor to organize, desegregation, the right of Black citizens to vote, rights for immigrants, and the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons in our society.

Today thousands of new activists are ready to fight for LGBTQ equality. They are feeling the frustration with decades of mostly fruitless lobbying and electoral campaigning.  People are realizing that it will take energized and coordinated activism to win, and we are on the move again!  We must get together to educate ourselves and strategize for the future–and the Texas conference aims to be a forum to do just that.

An Invitation to an EAA Organizing Meeting:

WHAT

Organizing meeting for Equality Across America – Texas Regional Conference,

May 21-23, 2010

WHEN

This Monday, April 5, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE

University of Texas-Austin, Mezes Hall room 1.204.  Map here

WHO

Any individual or LGBTQ and allied activist groups are invited.

We want to build a broad, inclusive movement that welcomes diverse political orientations and open discussions about where to go from here.

WHY?

Please forward this information to members of every potentially interested organization and activist and urge them to get involved.

Sincerely,

EAA Regional Conference–Texas Statewide Organizing Committee

Join the Impact-Austin

Equality Now-Austin

Equality Across America-Houston

Queer LiberAction-Denton

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Add your name to this list of endorsers by sending an email dcloud@mail.utexas.edu

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Gearing up for the National Equality March: 11 Things You Can Do.

September 28, 2009 By: geekgirl Category: Commentary, Featured, iQreport, Thought of the Gay

NEmThe  National Equality March is just around the calendar corner, Sunday, October 11, 2009, in Washington D.C. Actually, there are events planned all weekend.

We know that there are many people who are going to the march. We also know that there are many people who would like to go to the Equality March but can’t. Either the timing is bad, they can’t afford it, or it’s too difficult to make the trip.

There are still ways that you can help. This message is for everyone, gay or straight. In honor of the eleventh of October, which is also Coming Out day, we have eleven ideas for you. Because ten ideas is so straight.

  1. Send a donation to Equality Across America where your donation is tax-deductible.  or your local Equality Now group.
  2. Subsidize a friend who wants to go. We at Jaysays have supported three people. Don’t know anyone? Donate to “Give Up Your Morning Coffee for LGBT Equality”
  3. If money is a problem, there are many groups offering low cost transportation and lodging. Look at the Equality Across America webpage. Find a friend to share a room with.  Get a group together and drive to Washington DC.  Check out Priceline, Hotwire or other sites known for cheap rates.
  4. If you live near a university or in a larger city, check out your local LGBT groups. In Madison, Wisconsin, for example, students can take a bus round trip to Washington, DC for $60.
  5. Save money by being more frugal. You can do it! Bring a lunch, give up your latte, don’t go out to dinner or the movies, no new CDs or video games, take those unused items to a consignment shop, or sell things on Craigslist or eBay.
  6. Tell your parents, significant other or friends, including your Facebook friends, that going to the Equality March is what you would like for Christmas or your birthday instead of a present. What better present can you get than the kind that gives all people equality?
  7. If you are going, offer to put the name of someone who cannot go on your sign. Represent others who cannot attend. Better yet, wear a White Knot for each person you are representing.
  8. Write to the president, your Senators and Congressional Representatives before the March, telling them what equal rights means to you.  You can do this by email and it is free. Also contact your state and local representative asking for equal rights in your state.
  9. Write to your local news stations and national news stations and ask them to cover the March.  Most networks have a website with a contact button.
  10. If you are at a college campus, participate in the Chalk Messages Project. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper before the march. Yes, people do read newspapers, especially people who do not read the Internet.
  11. Speak up whenever you hear someone make a degrading comment about LGBT individuals. Not just for this march. Do it year round. Because silence equals agreement. It’s really easy to say, in a nice voice, “I’m sure you don’t mean that because it could hurt someone. I have gay friends and it hurts me.”  You may not be able to change the world. But you can change the world within your reach.

We hope to see you at the march, but even if you can’t go, you can make a difference.