Pittsburgh is a great city because we are not simply a collection of neighborhoods and communities, but because together, in concert with one another we are greater than the sum of the parts.
All of us, must care about these things, and none of us can pitt one of these things against the others as more or less important. They are all apart of our journey, and all must come to be.
While this act is ceremonial, it truly is far more than that. It is a visible, tangible effort to make LGBTQ issues matter in PA government like few other efforts have.
A Kentucky teacher is being criticized for writing a politically charged statement on the whiteboard in class. South Laurel County High School teacher Kendra Baker is drawing complaints from parents and students after she wrote, “You can’t be a democrat and go to heaven.” Superintendent Doug Bennett told the Sentinel-EchoRead More
The Tea Party folks want to pretend that their efforts are linked back to the Revolutionary War and the rebellion that preceded it. Back when te colonists were taxed with no representation. They originally didn’t so much want to be their own country, but rather, simply wanted self governance, or a voice in the governance. If England had granted them representation, everything may have been different. Today, things are different. Every American has a voice and can vote. From the local level, all the way to the Federal level, each and every American’s voice is represented.
“Well, listen, I think this has been the most misreported story of my two years’ tenure. We don’t have a tea party caucus to speak of in the House.”- Speaker John Boehner, ABC news, November 8, 2012 This quote was highlighted in the Tea Party Patriots newsletter, and brought aRead More
The take-home message must be that a future of Equality won’t come because of how we rally and demand for our President to act. It won’t be created by those who feel they are keeping The President’s feet to the fire to push change. It will only come about with throngs of people of every age bracket, color, race, and every other descriptor doing the ground work and creating cultural change across the country. We must too, work to hold our elected officials accountable, but the real work if the ground work: each and every one of us must be an active participant instead of a passive observer.
One of our greatest weapons in out struggle is free speech, and the ability for LGBTQ and supportive allies to express their ideas, and perspectives. The down-side of the free speech idea however, is that it allows our opponents to do the same. So often, their rhetoric is full of misinformation at best, and outright lies at the worst. We succeed however, not in taking away or stopping their right to free speech, but rather by countering theirs, and hateful misinformation with truth, reason and language that encourages fairness by promoting valid discourse over fear mongering. To lose his voice from that dialogue is a shame.
Service to others is an important concept that is forgotton by too many people today, in our “me-centric” society, yet serving in the military is much much more than simply serving others. Serving in the military is about defending the very essence of our rights as citizens and protecting our democracy. Our service members are willing to die for our country. What similar statement can be made about Mormon missionaries? What are they willing to die to protect? Anything?
So, Ann Romney compares Mormon proselytizing to sacrificing to protect our liberty? Really? An act of inducing someone to convert is the same as risking your life to protect the foundation of our country? Only if our country is a Mormon or Christian theocracy.
Election Protection helps ensure eligible voters are able to participate in our democracy while collecting data for meaningful reform so that our elections are free, fair, and accessible. To be an election protection monitor, you must be trained prior to November 6th at one of the two training sessions scheduled.