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Dec. 8th, 2004 @ 11:34 am "Light up, light up - as if you had a choice...Louder - and we'll run for our lives..."
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Newbie to the community! And of course I thought I'd just dive right in with a dirrty Dem's issue/anti-Bush sentiment that I hope you'll all appreciate :)

Recently, Action California (a group addressing civil rights issues) wanted to come to campus for an educational workshop regarding the upcoming gay marriage ban currently in the works @ la casa blanca. Apparently, such an issue does not mesh well with the "Catholic Tradition" or our bullshit "Mission Statement," and thus, the group was denied access to the campus.

Again, this was an *educational* workshop - not an advocacy meeting for gay rights, a mass marriage ceremony, or an orgie with every 'mo in town. It would have simply been an opportunity to *educate* students and staff on campus, and, hopefully, members of the community on just what this ammendment is all about, and whom it will affect. Believe it or not, this proposal will impact more than just the LGBT community: it will also prohibit (heterosexual) civil unions and cohabitation benefits, which will in turn severely decrease the legal and insurance benefits of people involved - which also includes the businesses who offer such benefits to their employees.

We feel that the administration's denying AC's access to our students is a serious violation of our rights as paying students, and also members of a community seeking education and involvement with things that matter to us as US citizens.

That said, I know most of you reading this are not on campus, or even remotely close to campus...but if you could, perhaps give me your thoughts about this - ideally supporting Action Cali's return and the promotion of civil rights ed - I would really appreciate it. If you truly feel as passionate as we do about this, perhaps you could spread the word to your peers as well - we need all the support we can get!
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Date:January 12th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
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I know you wrote this forever ago, but I just happened to find it while roaming around lj. Anyway, here's my thoughts. I went to a small private religious based liberal arts college. I was a member of the gay/straight alliance there and we hosted events. They were open to the community at large for a small fee and we were able to bring in gay preachers and religious members sensitive to gay rights. It caused quite the uproar in this conservative community, but we knew that would happen. So, here's what I was thinking. Do you have a loophole you could exploit? For us, having it hosted by a student group on campus worked. All we had to have was our faculty sponser's approval and a little money. All the speakers gave us discounts and agreed to be housed at a professor's house or drive in themselves. I think if you look for something similar, you may be able to invite them on campus in a different manner. Bring it up with your campus activity board as well. You might have to invite a group the college finds more "appropriate" but you can screen them to make sure they aren't bashers. Find a professor you trust and ask them for advice. Seriously, that worked wonders for us. Without the help of our professor, "Homosexuality and the Bible" might not have ever happened. In my opinion, it was one of the best events ever hosted on campus. Look into it. :)