You 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.
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:
Organizing meeting for Equality Across America – Texas Regional Conference,
May 21-23, 2010
This Monday, April 5, 7:00 p.m.
University of Texas-Austin, Mezes Hall room 1.204. Map here
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.
Please forward this information to members of every potentially interested organization and activist and urge them to get involved.
EAA Regional Conference–Texas Statewide Organizing Committee
Join the Impact-Austin
Equality Across America-Houston
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