Saturday, November 8, 2008

Equal rights for LGBT's is not the end point..

Last nights march was amazing. There were thousands of
people and from what I understand late last night, no
arrests were reported. I understand that there is a time
and place for civil disobedience and also believe that
there is a time and place for peaceful protest. I believe
last night's protest was successful and am really glad the
word got around so fast to keep it peaceful.

Now if we could harness that energy for coalition building
among all oppressed groups. Equal rights for LGBTs is not
an end point... How do we use this time and energy to build
bridges without simply using other causes and other
oppressed people for our own benefit?

I know it's happening and that so many of you are already
doing this work.
I would love to hear peoples' thoughts on this.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Spontaneous No on 8 march last night

I went to the candle light vigil at Civic Center tonight. There seemed to be about 2,000 people there. Maybe more. I hung out in the back and couldn't hear much at all, but people were very high spirited and responding very enthusiastically to the different speakers. I couldn't see very well who was speaking. After the rally, a bunch of us (maybe a few hundred) took to the streets and walked with signs and candles to the Castro. We blocked traffic on Market St. We chanted and tried to get folks to march with us. There were definitely more people marching the closer we got to Castro. We ended up in the intersectoin of 18th and Castro and chanted and cheered and eventually dispersed.

Call me greedy, but I wanted more people to follow us. Like in Rocky II. I wanted us to be the homo pied pipers and have everyone drop what they were doing to follow. Spilling out of Martunis with their cocktails, bringing the Mint out to the streets with covers of "I Will Survive" and I wanted us all to end it all with a spiral dance or a sleep in in the middle of 18th and Castro. Although that would have been even cooler at Civic Center. But blocking traffic on Market felt like a really good thing.

Where are all of the queer brujos y brujas? Let's get some street ritual going...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

News Fast

Praying for our next president to be Barack. Wishing him and his family long healthy happy lives. May Barack Hussein Obama live to be a happy healthy old man. May he be the next president of the United States.

In the meantime, I'm taking a break from the news. Even from my new favorite blog: The Kitchen Table: Need to spend time sending out positive messages out to the universe, building strength, grounding and centering for what is next.