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EMAIL the Religious Groups Opposing UAFA & LGBT Equality

EMAIL: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

OR CALL: NAE: 202-789-1011
SBC: 202-547-8105
USCCB: 212-371-1000
NHCLC: 916-919-7476

Re: Stop Hurting Gay People

Dear Religious Leaders:

Rev. Leith Anderson, National Association of Evangelicals
Mr. Barrett Duke, Southern Baptist Convention
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Rev. Samuel Rodriquez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

I am writing to ask that your organizations please cease and desist from opposing legislation to end discrimination against gay families in immigration reform and generally stop all efforts against LGBT equality and justice.

As you currently oppose gay couples in immigration reform, our bi-national gay families suffer immeasurable harm and anxiety under existing law, facing forced separation and life uncertainty, despite being legally married and in committed relationships. This harm is man made and can be ended by you.

Moreover, as evidenced by the recent murder of Mark Carson in NYC and anti-gay attacks around the world, cultural and religious advocacy against the LGBT community causes severe psychological and physical suffering for our people. And this must stop.

Neighbors murder and rape us because you tell them to disrespect us. And our children commit suicide because they are taught to hate themselves and are not safe at home or school. Where do the children go to hide from this? Where do our souls go to be safe?

Your position is literally killing us. And your political advocacy blocking our efforts to protect ourselves means that this harm continues unchecked. Division and judgment, not love and compassion, prevail in this context.

With love guiding us all forward, the majority of people of many faiths now support LGBT couples, and all faithful, including your own, increasingly support our equality and dignity as equal human beings and co-habitants of earth. All souls are equal, are they not?

In this spirit, we beseech you to seek the greater goodness in your heart and to end the active persecution and political lobbying against LGBT happiness and safety.

The religious freedom of other faiths dedicated to performing our unions depend upon your standing down. The end of our vast suffering depends on your standing down. And the love of humankind for one another depends on your standing down.

We look forward to a public announcement that your organizations will no longer oppose our political quest for protection from discrimination and equality, so we can all live peacefully and with love, across all faiths and all peoples, in all of our glorious diversity.

Respectfully yours,

(INSERT YOUR NAME)

p.s. Working together, you all could end LGBT persecution around the globe if you chose to do so.

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HRC, NGLTF, GLAAD: HELP Bi-National Couples in the Media War

Last week was a nightmare as Senator Schumer and the gang left bi-national same-sex couples out of the Senate outline. Read my full piece on it in Huffington Post here.

And NOW we need a serious media machine to help get the message out that we have huge faith-based support, and vast support from the main immigration coalitions and campaigns.

We NEED the HRC and others to collectively launch a full media campaign strategy for us, and we need it immediately. The bill is being rushed, drafting is happening behind closed doors, and once filed in the Senate it’ll be tough to amend.

We need UAFA language in the bill as filed – period. And we need this demand out there and loud.

For this, we need a MOVEMENT MEDIA MACHINE that can:

1. Get the message out about our faith based support, which Immigration Equality has so wonderfully secured, but has not adequately promoted. 2,500 clergy from all 50 states and denominations, and a large group of organizations (listed below) Did you know this?

2. Respond to articles like this in the Washington Post & this piece even in the Huffington Post – which glorify the secret letter of a handful of Bishops. A HANDFUL OF BISHOPS and the USCCB media machine (HRC, GLAAD take note please), are dominating this conversation, and we are entirely absent it appears.

3. Get the message out about the support for gay family inclusion from leading immigration coalitions: FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement), New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform, Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian-Pacific Caucus, and the President’s principles. Did you know this?

AND BEYOND MEDIA WE NEED TO:

4. Get the LGBT Caucus organized and speaking on this. Where for example, is our set of principles or advocacy – public visible advocacy – for UAFA? For CIR? Why is Rep. Nadler the only voice on this?

5. We need a strategy to deal with Senator Graham.

6. We need to have rallies organized in New York targeting Senator Schumer. In Florida targeting Senator Rubio. In Nevada targeting Senator Reid. And McCain too. Get out from behind the desk people!

7. We need the Equality Federation to get the state equality groups involved in (a) getting letters from the state and local representatives to their Congressional delegations (one small group is doing this all by themselves, with one volunteer. WHY?); and (b) securing support from ALL THE state-wide immigration campaigns for UAFA inclusion in CIR. Is anyone doing this? Not to my knowledge.

8. As we wait our turn in line for LGBT equality, WE NEEED A MOVEMENT STRATEGY that has an operational goal to get UAFA included in CIR. NGLTF had a whole conference about this, but where is the campaign? An email is not a campaign. A conference is not a coalition. If it’s happening behind the scenes – its so deep – I can’t find it – and it’s too deep.

This is a plea for help from the gay binational couples. We are in deep stress and anxiety. We have worked tirelessly to be part of the immigration team, but our own movement is not present. We are abandoned, and our movement is invisible.

PLEASE HELP.

p.s. Here is the ist of faith based groups and advocacy organizations supporting UAFA from Immigration Equality. Is any group helping to build this list? What is YOUR group doing for gay bi-national couples?

African American Ministers In Action – Equal Justice Taskforce
ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Alliance of Baptists
American Catholic Church in the US
American Jewish Committee
American National Catholic Church
The Ancient Apostolic Communion
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB)
Believe Out Loud
Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests
Call to Action
Catholics for Equality
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Church World Service, Immigration and Refugee Program
Clergy United, Inc
Covenant Network of Presbyterians
DignityUSA
The Episcopal Church
Friends Committee on National Legislation
GLAD Alliance – Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Human Rights Campaign Foundation Religion and Faith Program
Institute for Welcoming Resources
IntegrityUSA
The Jewish Labor Committee
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Justice Action Network
Keshet
Lutherans Concerned of North America
Methodist Federation for Social Action
The United Methodist Inter-Agency Task Force on Immigration
Metropolitan Community Churches
More Light Presbyterians
North American Old Catholic Church
Old Catholic Apostolic Church of the Americas
Presbyterian Voices for Justice
Reconciling Ministries Network (United Methodists)
Union of Black Episcopalians
Union for Reform Judaism
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

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GOTgayV! Where are you? GLAAD help!

SDC16520Where is the LGBT movement’s voter registration and GOTV drive? Maybe I’m missing it.

Both HRC and NGLTF have efforts on this, but they are pretty passive. NGLTF is better, has a theme “Queer the Vote” and has the basic functionality of registration and culling probable votes for later outreach it seems. But HRC’s “Take Action” button seems to redirect people to its blog and internal systems. Both are including it on regular newsletters, but there is little campaign, no energy, and no building of enthusiasm, which is what we need now.

Marriage Equality USA has the 20 Million More campaign, and individual states facing ballots have major media campaigns going on, helped by Freedom To Marry, HRC and others. But where is the national effort for the equality vote? For the gay vote?

There are four states with marriage ballots, a whole list of LGBT candidates for Congress, and a President out on a limb on marriage equality. Meanwhile, two reports – one by PBS and one by Gallop – tout that the LGBT vote could make a big difference in this tight race.

We should have a full-out messaging campaign going.

So where is our GOTgayV campaign? It’s not in the gay media.

On the Washington Blade home page, NGLTF is advertising, not to register to vote, but for their annual convention next February. And a quick glance at others – Gay City News (NYC), Bay Windows (New England), Bay Area Reporter (San Fran), The Advocate – reveals no ads to promote the vote (not even RocktheVote.org links).

Of all issues, voting is the most important to building political power. It’s reported that about 74% of LGBT people are registered, but there are more out there. And even with good numbers, a voter drive push is important to building enthusiasm and turn out. 30% of us voted Republican in the 2010 midterms, so a campaign targeting that group this year would have been really smart.

The good news is: IT’S NOT TOO LATE. But we need some star power, and we need it fast.

Come on GLAAD — break out some celebrity friends and get some fast videos together, and then spread them working with NGLTF & HRC, Equality Federation, and Pride Committees, and put it out there ALL together with one big push.

Let’s Get Out The Gay Vote!

GOTgayV 2012:

GET OUT THE GAY VOTE

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Why Gay Republicans Should Vote for Obama

Almost 30 percent of gay people voted Republican in 2010. So here’s why they should vote for Obama this time.

The economics are good. Under Obama, stock prices have soared, the financial industry has been stabilized, student loan interest rates lowered, veterans benefits secured and provided, the American automotive industry saved and flourishing, equal pay for equal work protected, and Bin Laden removed.

These are conservative issues. A stable environment for business and wealth creation, which entails ensuring an educated workforce and an equal playing field for women. A strong foreign policy, and aggressive pursuit of justice for harms against this country, while ensuring international respect among nations, that is now quite strong.

On energy, domestic oil production is at an all time high, and imports at an all time low. The automobile deal set gas efficiency goals, embraced by industry, that will double the mileage on a gallon of gas, essentially cutting prices in 1/2 over the next decade. And he adeptly handled natural disasters after the spill in the Gulf and the Hurricane in the Northeast.

The economic crisis facing health care was also averted. If we did not tackle health care reform, it would have quickly consumed most of our productivity, meaning we would be working about 1/3 of our lives just to pay for health care. This still needs work. But going back is just pandering. It’s not an option because too many people are already benefiting, and the insurance industry just got a huge boost in customers.

Finally, even if you don’t vote on gay issues, it is significant that the United States has declared to the world that gay rights are human rights. You may feel safe and fine, or that no harm has come to you or others because of discrimination in America. But in Africa, people are hunted, raped and killed because they are gay or lesbian. Now Obama and Hillary have made it clear: they are not alone.

So whether moved by religious values of compassion for others, or simple humanity, that all people deserve to live with dignity, President Obama has set a new standard for the voiceless. And by securing the economic stability of our country, has poised the United States to advance the future of human rights, democracy and economic prosperity for all people.

If you are disappointed in Obama for not doing more, then reconsider what any one person can be expected to accomplish in 3 1/2 years. Then think again about what we faced in 2010, when you last voted Republican. Remember that the Republican House purposefully blocked economic recovery bills to undermine the President’s hope of re-election. Remember that Romney will not show you his tax returns or disclose his off shore accounts. And remember that the Republicans intend to amend the Constitution to outlaw your marriage, even if the Supreme Court supports us, as anticipated by June 2013.

Against this, consumer confidence is at a 4 year high, the stock market is booming, the housing market is returning, both wars are ending, unemployment is under 8%, and we are unquestionably on a roll as democracy sprouts new life around the globe. America is poised to be a great leader again, but it’s important that that leadership be principled.

President Obama is a man of principle. His support for LGBT rights and his clear intention to advance our equality under the law at home and abroad demonstrate this. His respect for others is virtually a short-coming as political campaigning goes. So, against the advice of many, he still pronounced his support for marriage equality, a dicey idea by any measure, demonstrating that this man does what is right, not what is politically expedient. Some might say he even acts against his own self-interest, but his self-interest is in doing what is right, that’s how he sees it. He knew he could not face himself if he had run and lost, but had bet against equality.

So if these ideals are to take hold in our politics, we have to pay tribute to principles and reward right action by taking right action ourselves. We have to buttress those who point us forward on justice and equality. Who help Americans when they are down. Who believe in the truth. Believe in community. Who believe in you.

President Obama believes in you. And he needs your vote. We all do. If you like Mitt Romney, then hold that thought for four more years. For now, all indications are that we are on the right path. So let’s follow it four more years, and then in 2016, if you’re not happy… roll the dice.

(reposted from Huffington Post Gay Voices: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-fernandez/why-gay-republicans-shoul_b_1968002.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices)

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GAY THE VOTE: House & Senate Races That Need LGBT Support

Hey everyone.
Here is a list of various House, and some Senate races, that are in play. Some tossup, some leaning D or R.
Please check whether your state is listed, and then please help spread the word and encourage involvement in these races.
The prospects of a major LGBT civil rights bill next Congress varies widely on whether Democrats are in charge.
So this is where intention and effort is needed whether you FB it, donate it, or volunteer in person to help Get Out The Vote.
The list of 79 races in 34 states, includes 23 women, and 7 gay/lesbian Democrats, and 1 gay Republican.
Gay candidates are in Arizona, California, Idaho, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and two in Wisconsin.
Toss up Presidential states are indicated where Obama support is needed in particular.
There is geographical info provided for each district listed, but check the Election Guide with your address/zip to find your own district.
Please post on your FB pages links to the candidates in your states that need support.
With LGBT 6% or more of the population, we could be the margin of victory, if we register and vote.
Voting is one of the strongest non-violent direct actions we have available.
So Vote early and help others vote!. And who knows, we could retake the House! Hold the Senate!!! And the Presidency!
Please send any corrections and please share this with local LGBT and other relevant groups.
We can Win 2012! Equality Next!
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ARIZONA
AZ-1: Ann Kirkpatrick (D) vs. Jonathan Paton (R). (open seat; rural areas of northern and eastern Arizona).
AZ-2: Ron Barber (D) vs. Martha McSally (R) (open seat, formerly Gifford; northwestern corner; Phoenix).
AZ-9: Kyrsten KINEMA (D, Gay) vs. Vernon Parker (R). (new: near Tuson)
AZ Candidate Details: http://www.congress.org/election/guide/az

CALIFORNIA
CA-3: John Garamendi (D) vs. Kim Vann (R) (most of Sacramento County, part Solano County, Alpine, Amador and Calaveras counties)
CA-7: Ami Bera (D) vs. Dan Lungren (R) (Contra Costa County; Solano County; Richmond, Pittsburg, Vallejo, Vacaville, Concord)
CA-9: Jerry McNerney (D) vs. Ricky Gill (R) (Stockton and surrounding areas)
CA-10: Jose Hernandez (D) vs. Jeff Denham (R) (the East San Francisco Bay Area region)
CA-21: John Hernandez (D) vs. David Valadao (new: Tulare County eastern half of Fresno County)
CA-24: Lois Capps (D) vs. Abel Mondonado (R) (Ventura and inland Santa Barbara counties)
CA-26: Julia Brownley (D) vs. Tony Strickland (R) (open seat; foothills San Gabriel Valley from La Cañada Flintridge to Rancho Cucamonga)
CA-41: Mark TAKANO (D, Gay) vs. John Tavaglione (R) (Riverside County, Riverside, Jurupa valley, Moreno Valley, Perris)
CA-52: Scott Peters (D) vs. Brian Bilbray (R) (San Diego County, suburbs, Lakeside, Poway, Ramona, La Mesa, and Spring Valley)
CA Candidate Details: http://www.congress.org/election/guide/ca

COLORADO (Toss Up Presidential)
CO-3: Sal Pace II (D) vs. Scott Tipton (R) (western and south central Colorado, rural Western Slope, cities Grand Junction and Durango; southern portions of eastern plains, Pueblo).
CO-6: Joe Miklosi (D) vs. Mike Coffman (R) (central, southern part of Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area, suburbs: Littleton, Centennial, Aurora).
CO Candidate Details: http://www.congress.org/election/guide/co

CONNECTICUT
CT-5: Elizabeth Esty (D) vs. Andrew Roraback (R) (from Meriden and New Britain in central Connecticut, to Waterbury, the Litchfield Hills, and the Farmington River Valley).
CT-SENATE: Christopher Murphy (D) vs. Linda McMahon (R).
CT Candidate Details: http://www.congress.org/election/guide/ct

FLORIDA (Toss Up Presidential)
FL-13: Jessica Ehrlich (D) vs. C.W. Bill Young (R) (Sarasota, DeSoto, and Hardee counties; most Manatee County, some Charlotte county)
FL-16: Keith Fitzgerald (D) vs. Vern Buchanan (R) (Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach counties; Port Charlotte, Port St. Lucie, and Palm Beach)
FL-18: Patrick Murphy (D) vs. Allen West (R) (most of Miami, South Beach, Coral Gables and Coral Terrace)
FL-22: Lois Frankel (D) vs. Adam Hasner (R) (open; coastline northern Broward County, Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Cooper City).
FL-26: Joe Garcia (D) vs. David Rivera (R) (all of Monroe County, portion of Miami-Dade County).
FL-SENATE: Bill Nelson (D) vs. Connie Mack (R).
FL Candidate Details: http://www.congress.org/election/guide/fl

GEORGIA
GA-12: John Barrow (D) vs. Lee Anderson (R) (eastern and southeastern parts, Augusta, Dublin, Douglas, and Statesboro)
GA Candidate Details: http://www.congress.org/election/guide/ga

HAWAII
HI-SENATE: Mazie Hirono (D) vs. Linda Lingle (R)
HI Candidate Details: http://www.congress.org/election/guide/hi

IDAHO
ID-2: Nicole LeFAVOURE (D, Gay) vs. Mike Simpson (R) (longshot; Eastern Idaho and the Magic Valley region)

ILLINOIS
IL-8: Tammy Duckworth (D) vs. Joe Walsh (R) (northern suburbs of Chicago, Lake, McHenry and Cook counties; northwestern suburbs, such as Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Gurnee, Palatine, Mundelein, Zion, Barrington, Cook County portion of Elgin, McHenry, and Woodstock)
IL-10: Brad Schneider (D) vs. Robert Dold (R) (northern suburbs of Chicago)
IL-11: Bill Foster (D) vs. Judy Biggert (R) (Joliet, Bloomington, Normal, Kankakee, LaSalle, Ottawa and Streator, Will, Kankakee, Grundy, LaSalle, Bureau, Woodford and McLean counties)
IL-12: William Enyart (D) vs. Jason Plummer (R) (open; Madison county, Alexander, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Clair, Union and Williamson counties, Belleville, Cahokia, Carbondale, Collinsville, Granite City,Herrin, Marion, Mt. Vernon, O’Fallon, Shiloh and Swansea)
IL-17: Cheri Bustos (D) vs. Bobby Schilling (R) (much of west central Illinois)
IL Candidates: http://www.congress.org/election/guide/il

INDIANA
IN-2: Brendan Mullen (D) vs. Jackie Walorski (R) (in South Bend, north-central, Indiana portion of the Michiana region, Elkhart)
IN-8: Dave Crooks (D) vs. Larry Bucshon (R) ( in Southwest and west central, Evansville, Terre Haute, Vincennes and Washington)
IN-SENATE: Joe Donnelly (D) vs. Richard Murdock (R-Tea Party)
IN Candidates: http://www.congress.org/election/guide/in

IOWA (Toss up Presidential)
IA-2: Dave Loebsack (D) vs. John Archer (R) (southeastern part, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids)
IA-3: Leonard Boswell (D) vs. Tom Latham (R) (Des Moines to Cedar Falls-Waterloo Metropolitan Area, outskirts Cedar Rapids, to Lucas and Monroe counties).
IA-4: Christie Vilsack (D) vs. Steve King (R) (north-central, Ames and Fort Dodge)
Candidate Info: http://www.congress.org/election/guide/ia

KENTUCKY
KY-6: Ben Chandler (D) vs. Garland Barr IV (R) (Central Kentucky, Lexington, Richmond, and Frankfort, the state capital)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/ky

MARYLAND
MD-6: John Delaney (D) vs. Roscoe Bartlett (R) (northwest, Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll Counties, Montgomery, Baltimore, and Harford Counties)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/md

MASSACHUSETTS
MA-6: John Tierney (D) vs. Richard TISEI (R, Gay) (most of Essex County, North Shore and Cape Ann)
MA-SENATE: Elizabeth Warren (D) vs. Scott Brown (Polling 48-48)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/ma

MICHIGAN
MI-1: Gary McDowell (D) vs. Dan Benishek (R) (entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan and part of the Lower Peninsula)
MI-3: Steve Pestka (D) vs. Justin Amash (R-TeaParty) (counties of Barry, Ionia, Kent)
MI-11: Syed Taj (D) vs. Kerry Bentivolio (R-TeaParty) (northwest of Detroit, northwestern Wayne and southwestern Oakland counties)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/mi

MINNESOTA
MN-8: Richard Nolan (Democratic Farmer Labor) vs. Chip Cravaack (R) (Duluth, Mesabi and Vermilion iron ranges)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/mn

MISSOURI
MO-SENATE: Claire McCaskill (D) vs. Akin (R) (Polling: D-39; R-37)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/mo

MONTANA
MT-SENATE: Jon Tester (D) vs. Denny Rehberg (R)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/mt

NEVADA (Toss up Presidential)
NV-3: John Oceguera (D) vs. Joe Heck (R) (suburbs of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Summerlin, Clark County)
NV-SENATE: Shelley Berkley (D) vs. Dean Heller (R)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/nv

NEW HAMPSHIRE (Toss up Presidential)
NH-1: Carol Shea Porter (D) vs. Frank Guinta (R) (Greater Manchester, the Seacoast and the Lakes Region)
NH-2: Ann Custer (D) vs. Charles Bass (R) (western and northern parts, Nashua, Concord)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/nh

NEW JERSEY
NJ-3: Shelley Adler (D) vs. Jon Runyan (R) (Burlington County, Ocean County, Camden County (Cherry Hill Township))
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/nj

NEW MEXICO
NM-SENATE: Martin Heinrich (D) vs. Heather Wilson (R)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/nm

NEW YORK
NY-1: Timothy Bishop (D) vs. Randy Altschuler (R) (Central and Eastern Suffolk County, Smithtown, Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold,Southampton, East Hampton, and Shelter Island)
NY-11: Mark Murphy (D) vs. Michael Grimm (R) (Brooklyn, neighborhoods Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Prospect Park)
NY-18: Sean MALONEY (D, GAY) vs. Nan Hayworth (R, freshman) (Westchester County, Rockland County, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Ossining, the Town of Pelham,Scarsdale, Tarrytown, White Plains, New City and Yonkers)
NY-19: Julian Schreibman (D) vs. Chris Gibson (R, freshman) (north of NYC, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Westchester Counties, Putnam County)
NY-21: Bill Owens (D) vs. Matt Doheny (R) (Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties; Schenectady, Troy, Amsterdam, Cohoes, Watervliet, Gloversville and Johnstown)
NY-24: Dan Maffei (D) vs. Ann Marie Buerkle (R) (Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Oneida, Ontario, Otsego, Seneca,Tioga and Tompkins counties)
NY-27: Kathy Hochul (D) vs. Chris Collins (R) (Chautauqua County, Erie County, Buffalo, Jamestown)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/ny

NORTH CAROLINA (Toss Up Presidential)
NC-7: Mike McIntyre (D) vs. David Rouzer (R) (Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland,Duplin, New Hanover, Pender, Robeson, and Sampson counties)
NC-8: Larry Kissell (D) vs. Richard Hudson (R) (from Charlotte to Fayetteville, Concord, Albemarle, Monroe, Wadesboro, Troy, Rockingham, Laurinburg, and Raeford, Anson, Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond, Scotland, and Stanly counties, Cabarrus, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, and Union counties).
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/nc

NORTH DAKOTA
ND-SENATE: Heidi Heitkamp (D) vs. Rick Berg (R)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/nd

OHIO (Toss up Presidential)
OH-6: Charlie Wilson (D) vs. Bill Johnson (R) (southeast, Lucasville, Athens, several Ohio River industrial towns)
OH-16: Betty Sutton (D) vs. James Renacci (R) (Stark County, Canton area, Wayne County, Medina and Ashland counties)
OH-SENATE: Sherrod Brown (D) vs. John Mandel (R)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/oh

OKLAHOMA
OK-2: Rob Wallace (D) vs. Markwayne Mullen (R) (some of Rogers County; Adair, Nowata, Craig, Ottawa, Mayes, Delaware, Cherokee, Okmulgee, Muskogee, Sequoyah, Okfuskee, McIntosh, Haskell,LeFlore, Hughes, Pittsburg, Latimer, Coal, Atoka, Pushmataha, McCurtain, Choctaw, Bryan, and Johnston)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/ok

PENNSYLVANIA
PA-8: Kathy Boockvar (D) vs. Michel Fitzpatrick (R) (Bucks County, portion Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia)
PA-12: Mark Critz (D) vs. Keith Rothfus (R) (Greene County, Allegheny, Armstrong, Cambria, Fayette,Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/pa

RHODE ISLAND
RI-1: David CICILLINE (D, Gay) vs. Brendan Doherty (R) (Providence Count, Burrillvile, Central Falls, Cumberland, East Providence, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield, Woonsocket; Bristol Count, Newport County)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/ri

TEXAS
TX-14: Nick Lampsen (D) vs. Randy Weber (R) (south/southwest Greater Houston region, Galveston)
TX-23: Pete Gallego (D) vs. Francisco Canseco (R) (across southwestern Texas)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/tx

UTAH
UT-4: Jim Matheson (D) vs. Mia Love (R) (parts of Utah County and Salt Lake County)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/ut

VIRGINIA (Toss up Presidential)
VA-2: Paul Hirschbiel (D) vs. Scott Riggell (R) (Accomack and Northampton Counties, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton)
VA-SENATE: Tim Kaine (D) vs. George Allen (R) (statistical match 44-44)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/va

WASHINGTON
WA-1: Susan Delbene (D) vs. John Koster (R) (north and east of Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Bainbridge Island, Kitsap Peninsula).

WISCONSIN (Toss up Presidential)
WI-2: Mark POCAN (D, Gay) vs. Chad Lee (R) (southern; Dane County, Green County; Columbia County, portions Jefferson County, Sauk County, Rock County, Walworth County)
WI-7: Pat Kreitlow (D) vs. Sean Duffy (R) (counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark (partial), Douglas, Iron, Langlade (partial), Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida (partial), Polk,Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn and Wood)
WI-8: Jamie Wall (D) vs. Reid Ribble (R) (northeast, Green Bay and Appleton)
WI-SENATE: Tammy BALDWIN (D, Gay) vs. Tommy Thompson (R)
http://www.congress.org/election/guide/wi

SOURCES:
House: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/race-ratings/214115-house-ratings-gop-favored-to-keep-majority
House: http://atr.rollcall.com/race-ratings-changes-indiana-senate-moves-to-tossup-mix-of-house-moves/
Senate: http://www.rollcall.com/politics/2012_race_rating_map.html?pos=opol
Senate: http://www.dscc.org/races
Gay Candidates: http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/record-number-of-out-gay-candidates-run-for-congre
Power of the LGBT Vote! http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/07/how-important-is-the-gay-and-lesbian-vote.html

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Gay Civil Rights Walk Across America – Grand Finish in Florida

575762_367525256634089_1526056282_nphotoUshering in Pride Month, on Saturday, June 9th, 2012, activist Richard Noble completed his historic “Civil RIghts Walk Across America” to a hero’s welcome in Jacksonville as reported in the Florida Times-Union. Setting out from San Francisco last March, he had crossed 10 states and journeyed 2700 miles, carrying the Rainbow Flag and promoting The American Equality Bill, a one-bill strategy for equal LGBT civil rights.

The finish line ceremony perfectly captured the spirit of this strategy, which seeks to unite the vast LGBT movement into a common force for change. The local LGBT community center, The Rainbow House and RCN Magazine rolled out the red carpet, joining forces with the local ACLU, PFLAG, Tampa Pride, South Georgia Pride, Jacksonville Pride, Black Pride, and around 200 local activists, musicians and candidates.

Organizing for America, the Obama campaign, was on site registering voters and Raymond Paultre, the regional OFA director, offered rousing remarks to a strong reception. Dwight Eubanks, of the Atlantic Housewives brought his unique flare, and local diva, Dorothy Bishop, concluded the ceremony singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

While many of the speakers spoke of marriage, the star of the event was clearly Richard Noble and the pursuit of non-discrimination protections, both at the local level in Jacksonville where the City Council is facing strong pressure to add sexual orientation and gender identity to local laws, and the federal goal. Introducing Mr. Noble, Todd Fernandez, of The AEB Project, explained the possibilities of thousands of LGBT groups united in common cause and painted the vision of President Obama in a second term signing the equality bill into law on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a sea of rainbow flags.

The Walk Across America showed how this dream is possible by harnessing Mayoral Proclamations and City Council Resolutions from a diverse array of cities including West Hollywood, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Boulder, Austin, Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Biloxi, Birmingham and Tallahassee. Representing millions of Americans, these elected officials are now leading the call on Congress to act, as a matter of urgent public welfare, to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination under federal law.

Inspired by spiritual reflection and moved by a rash of suicides, Mr. Noble, set out last March 2011, sleeping his first night on the sidewalk outside The Harvey Milk Library in San Francisco. “I carried the Rainbow Flag through the deserts of Nevada and across the Rockies, to Matthew Shepard’s fence and Wounded Knee, to gay groups and elected officials, all to help light a fire for full equality and to talk about the insidious psychological and physical harm LGBT Americans suffer from discrimination.”

His route passed from Northwest to Southeast, when winter came. He visited with the Oglala Sioux and Paiute Native Americans, where he received blessings and was given the name “Poo’e’ta’gwena”, Paiute for “Rainbow”, fitting because his walk made history by carrying the Rainbow Flag across America. All tolled he has spent 15 months on the road, aided one town at a time by locals he met on the road or via Facebook and new friends. Hundreds of small and large gestures sustained him, as canvassed in his his travel blog.

Along the journey, local LGBT groups offered loving support including the Metropolitan Community Church, New Orleans Pride, Out Boulder, the Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages, openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, and others who opened doors and hosted events, several issuing their own Resolutions in support. All it took was to ask in most cases, and support flowed forth as local activists embraced the idea of seeking full federal equality.

This vanguard strategy first emerged with fanfare at the National Equality March, attended by hundreds of thousands in October 2009, and has since continued to build with actions like the Grand Central “Homo/Transphobia Kills” Die-In, and most recently, with The Pledge for Full LGBT Equality now supported by over 35 leading grassroots groups demanding equality by 2014 – the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

So far, however, the corporate entities, HRC & NGLTF, have not yet embraced a call for full equality, but with new HRC President Chad Griffin at the helm, there is new hope that they will hear the call of the grassroots and step up and lead. “If a few volunteer activists can deliver what the Walk has, imagine what a concerted national coalition focused on one-goal could drum up,” said Mr. Fernandez. “The possibilities are endless, but we have to give the grassroots a bill to organize around, and so far the LGBT Congressional Caucus and HRC are our main obstacles to even filing a bill.”

From Florida, Richard will head to New York to march in Gay Pride with Occupy Wall Street, which is marching in solidarity in OccuPride 2012 under the banner “Occupy Loves You”. “I can’t wait to join the visionary activists breaking ranks with the establishment to demand full equality,” said Richard. “Happy Pride!”

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Photos:
Photos of the Jacksonville Finish Line Event are available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58863199@N03/7359035324
Photos of the Walk are available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rchardnoble/7096445451/in/set-72157629952270806/

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GAY ACTIVIST – RICHARD NOBLE – TO COMPLETE SOLO WALK ACROSS AMERICA WITH 11 MAYORAL PROCLAMATIONS CALLING FOR FEDERAL LGBT CIVIL RIGHTS

photoHaving walked across ten states and over 2700 miles, Richard Noble, a 46 year old gay rights activist, will arrive in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, June 9th to a hero’s welcome for completing a historic “Civil Rights Walk Across America” carrying the Rainbow Flag and a bill seeking full federal equality for LGBT Americans – The American Equality Bill.

Eleven Mayors and three City Councils from a diverse array of cities, including Salt Lake City, Birmingham, Biloxi, Baton Rouge, Mobile, Austin, Houston, Oakland, Boulder, West Hollywood, Tallahassee and New Orleans issued official Proclamations in support of the Walk and demand that Congress add “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and related laws, as a matter of urgent public health and welfare.

At the finish line in Jacksonville, where the City Council will soon vote on a local civil rights ordinance, the Rainbow House GLBT Community Center and River City News Magazine will host a welcoming event starting at 1 p.m at the Rainbow House, 2857 Myra Street.

Dwight Eubanks of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and local leader Audry Morman will join representatives from LGBT Prides across the region, the ACLU, PFLAG, The American Equality Bill (AEB) Project and Obama for America in honoring Richard Noble and the Walk.

“I was overwhelmed by the rash of suicides, and so I walked,” said Richard Noble, who put his life in storage and started out from San Francisco last March, 2011. “I carried the Rainbow Flag through the desert and across the Rockies, to Matthew Shepard’s fence and Wounded Knee, to gay groups and elected officials, all to help light a fire for full equality and to talk about the insidious psychological and physical harm LGBT Americans suffer from discrimination.”

His route passed from Northwest to Southeast, when winter came. He visited with the Oglala Sioux and Paiute Native Americans, where he received blessings and was given the name “Poo’e’ta’gwena”, Paiute for rainbow, fitting because his walk made history by carrying the Rainbow Flag across America.

All tolled he has spent 15 months on the road, aided one town at a time by locals he met on the road or via Facebook and new friends. Hundreds of small and large gestures sustained him.  photo-1

In Nevada, Lauren Scott, a transgender activist, buried food and water every twelve miles in the desert. While kids on the Sioux land in South Dakota offered him a soda, a mother driving by in Orange Texas gave all the change in her ashtray.

Along the way, he adopted a dog, Trinity, who walked over 700 miles, two of his supporters developed breast cancer, and one 23 year old, who had given up his room to Richard, thereafter died in a car accident. The stories captured in his travel blog are too many to canvass.

The Walk helped amplify The American Equality Bill (AEB) Project, a grassroots initiative with EqualityGiving.org designed to change the strategy of the modern LGBT movement from piecemeal issues to full federal equality via a one-bill solution outlawing discrimination categorically.

“When the Walk began this strategy was cutting edge, but now the politics and conversation are catching up,” said Todd Fernandez, the Campaign Facilitator for The AEB Project. “President Obama and the NAACP are now out front on this, and over 35 leading grassroots groups have joined together in demanding Congress enact full LGBT equality by 2014 – the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.”

Along the journey, local LGBT groups offered loving support including the Metropolitan Community Church, New Orleans Pride, Out Boulder, the Gay & Lesbian Yellow Pages, openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, and others who opened doors and hosted events, several issuing their own Resolutions in support.

“We’ll now deliver the bundle in D.C. to the LGBT Congressional Caucus and the Human Rights Campaign, which have yet to demand full federal equality, and President Obama who seems charged to make our equality a reality,” said Richard. “Having visited roughly 200 cities and towns, it’s obvious we can’t do this one at a time and it’s time for the federal government to take action.”

All are invited to attend the Walk Finish Line event, June 9, 2012, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rainbow House, 2857 Myra Street, Jacksonville, FL.

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Media Contacts.
Finish Line Event Media: David Vandygriff, [email protected]; 904 614 7838.
The AEB Project: Brad Richard, [email protected]; Todd Fernandez, 646-351-6498.
Richard Noble: [email protected], 760-992-4172.
Photos of the journey are available here.

Finish Line Event Speaker Lineup:
12:45 James Eddy
12:55 Interfaith prayer
1:10 Pastor Val- St Lukes Church
1:15 Pator Harvey Carr = Christ Church of Peace
1:20 Cheryle Rupp Calandar of Events/ Rainbow League
1:25 Mikeal Audebert- Coming Out with Pride Orlando
1:30 Wayne Parker-Blackburn PFLAG
1:35 Raynae Williams – South Ga Pride
1:40 Tracey Montione – Oasis NE Florida Community Center
1:45 Will Kelly – Black Pride Jacksonville
1:50 Natisha Y. Stevens – ACLU
1:55 Scott Hall – American Hero Fund
2:00 Amber Junkins – Lake City Pride
Will inform people if they want to meet Richard on the side walks on McDuff
hand out rainbow flags to the crowd
2:05 Terry Jones – Jacksonville Young Democrats
2:10 Kerri Kidder – Marriage Equality
2:15 Taz – First Coast Leather
2:20 Mike Silva- Holiday Helpers
2:25 Awilda Steven Dillon-Alvarado- Pride on 7th Tampa Pride
2:30 Ruth Ann Hepler – Running for Duval County Court Judge *
2:40 Karen Morian – Running state Rep distric 12 *
2:50 Richard Noble enters metro parking area leadsing to the stage area
Have Kai do the chant at this time as Richard comes in
3:15 Obama for America speaker *
3:25 Dwayne Eubanks real House wives Atlanta *
3:35 James Eddymy Midyette and Dan Merkin -Jacksonville Committee for Equality *
3:45 Audrey Moran – Jacksonville City leader and GLBT Allie *
3:55 Todd Tif Fernandez – the American Equality Bill *
4:05 Richard Noble – Rainbow Walk Across America for Equality

Ohio, TAKE ACTION for equality now

OHIO Activists Counter Protest Family Research Council Bus Tour at Every Stop! GO OHIO.

Here’s a list of counter-protests by GetEqual Ohio & Freedom to Marry-Ohio to the Family Research Council’s “Values Bus Tour”.   Go grassroots!!!

COLUMBUS: Tuesday, April 10 — 12:00pm until 1:00pm
Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/275962982484168?

FAIRFIELD: Wednesday, April 11 — 3:00pm until 5:30pm
6320 South Gilmore Road, Fairfield, OH 45014
Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/241422822619718/

FINDLAY: Friday, April 13 — 5:30pm until 6:30pm
1031 Interstate Court, Findlay, OH 45840
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/274631955948213/

TOLEDO: Saturday, April 14 — 9:00am until 11:00am
105 Front Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/104685046330770/

WESTLAKE: Sunday, April 15 — 8:30am until 1:30pm
Church on the Rise, 3550 Crocker Road, Westlake, OH 44145
Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/370178013021717/

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Sunday, April 15 — 3:00pm until 6:00PM
River Square (Rockin’ on the River), Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/327960333929970/

Thank you to GetEqual OH and the Freedom to Marry Ohio Coalition and other groups and individuals WILLING TO TAKE A STAND !!!

https://www.facebook.com/GetEQUALOH
https://freedomohio.com/

FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION on the Family Research Council which is A DESIGNATED HATE GROUP by the Southern Poverty Law Center, see: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/family-research-council

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BAYARD RUSTIN Centennial Birthday – March 17, 1912 – Celebrations & Protests in NY & LA

277098_240493105992033_1420421_nTODAY EVERYWHERE:
BAYARD RUSTIN Centennial Birthday Celebrations & PROTESTS – YAY!

LIST OF LOCAL EVENTS: http://rustin.org/100
FB TRIBUTE & TOAST AT NOON: http://on.fb.me/Rustin100

Mr. Rustin: Born March 17, 1912. Pacifist, Conscientious Objector, Prison Reform Activist, Civil Rights Visionary, Arrested 23 times, Organized 3 Marches on Washington (including the ‘63 March), Steered the Career of Dr. MLK, Jr., Teacher and Practitioner of Gandhian Non-violence, and Out & Proud Gay Man in a Homophobic world. 1912 to 1987.

Today MARCH 17th is his Centennial & WE PAY TRIBUTE to an Activist and Organizer Unparalleled in Modern American History to whom much is owed. THANK YOU BAYARD RUSTIN!!

Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday dear Bayard Rustin!!
Happy birthday to you!

TODAY we commit to COMPLETING HIS LEGACY – by adding Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity to the 1964 Civil Rights Act he helped manifest. Please one and all – join in silent and loud commitment to this goal. WE SHALL OVER COME!

Please Take the Pledge for Full LGBT Equality TODAY & EVERYDAY.
www.actonprinciples.org/thepledge/

FITTINGLY:

There are PROTESTS today in NYC with OWS in Liberty Plaza and a six-month’ anniversary 24 hour REOCCUPATION of the Park.
http://occupywallst.org/article/ows-updates-week-march-12/

There are PROTESTS today in Los Angeles of HRC and its failure to demand FULL EQUALITY and its unprincipled union with Goldman Sachs. http://www.facebook.com/events/318568688200137/

There are PROTEST today in New York City – of the homophobic St. Patricks Day Parade.
http://bit.ly/y3kMeY

And the Radical Faeries are Honoring Mr. Rusting too!   http://www.facebook.com/events/347500191954785/

AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
WE SHALL OVER COME!!!

EQUALITY NOW FOR ALL!

Love, Tif

New York, TAKE ACTION for equality now

TAKE ACTION: Protest NYPD and Homophobic Discrimination This Saturday at the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

(RePosted for: Tommy News Thomas and Irish Queers)

“Traditional Family Values”? NO!
This parade is Homophobic Discrimination!

New York City residents should call 311 and register a complaint.

Protest
Sat. March 17 @ 11am to end of Parade, about 4 PM
Fifth Ave. between West 56th and 57th St, New York City

Protest NYPD, Mayor Bloomberg, City and Church sanctioned homophobia
This Saturday!

Take Action: NYC Saint Patricks Day Parade sends Message of Hatred and
Intolerance

Recently, Irish President Mary McAleese turned down an invitation to
be the Grand Marshal of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade. Irish
Central, the Irish Voice’s website, says it was because of the
parade’s explicit anti-gay stance. The parade now represents the same
intolerance and bigotry that the Irish immigrants have fought for over
two centuries.

A 1995 conservative U.S. Supreme Court decision allowed the private
sponsor of the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade to exclude a group of
gays and lesbians.
The 9-0 SCOTUS decision said that parades are a “form of expression”
protected by the First Amendment and that organizers could not be
compelled to include groups whose messages they did not favor. A
second, inclusive parade will take place in Boston, following
a mile behind the first parade.

In New York, gays have again been banned from marching in the parade
on the 17th.
For over 20 years the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and NYC SAINT
PATRICK’S DAY PARADE, Inc. which organizes the
parade, have barred LGBT and Irish gay groups from marching. They
claim the parade is a private, religious procession “Traditional
Family Values”? in
order to to justify keeping LGBT groups out.
New York Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who has compared
homosexuality to alcoholism, has expressed his disapproval of marriage
equality and “homosexuals”. He has pledged to fight Marriage Equality
in New York and in places out of his jurasdiction.

In the parade, public employees such as on duty uniformed police and
firefighters, public school employees and students, and many
secular groups participate in the parade. Public funds are used for
setup, cleanup, security, etc. A private parade, can’t take public
money or allow public employees to participate.

Therefore, we must protest not only the discriminatory exclusion of
LGBT groups from the parade, but also the use of public funds and
public employees. Any event that discriminates against people because of who
they are should not be publicly supported.

The inclusive St. Patrick’s Parade in Queens, held before
St. Patrick’s Day is the only one in the city that allows gay groups
to march openly. The other parades should be boycotted and protested.
Staten Island Pride was banned from the Staten Island St. Pat’s parade
again this year, and gay groups such as Irish Queers are again banned
from marching the big parade on Fifth Avenue this week.

We must protest as long as these homophobic and discriminatory
policies continue. Openly lesbian New York City Speaker Christine
Quinn said: “‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ has been repealed. The military is
no longer
discriminating against LGBT people, but yet parades in New York City
are. It baffles the mind.”

We insist the NYPD, NYFD, public schools, public agencies and
accomodation, sanitation, The Mayor and all New Yorkers immediately stop
participation in the NYC St. Patrick’s Parade and any other such
explicitly anti-gay event. We protest.

From Irish Queers http://irishqueers.blogspot.com/

On Saturday, March 17, the NYPD takes off the mask.
BE THERE TO PROTEST NYPD HOMOPHOBIA!!!
Separate church and state… Separate bigots and public servants!
Sat. March 17 @ 11am to end of Parade, about 4 PM

Fifth Ave. between West 56th and 57th St @ The St. Patrick’s Day parade

This Saturday, tens of thousands of cops will march in an explicitly
anti-gay parade of hate – Mayor Bloomberg, too. The NYC St. Patrick’s
Day parade, once a celebration of Irish New York, is now a “solemn
procession” of the religious right. It was redesigned so that anti-gay
bigots could parade using the church’s special right to discriminate.
The parade officially sends an “anti-gay message” – and the NYPD is
its biggest participant.

How much does the NYPD support religious anti-gay bigots? The NYPD
actively fought to keep Irish queers out of the parade, fought queers’
right to protest the parade, and now sends thousands of officers to
march in NYPD contingents. Most recently, when a dozen queer rights
and immigrant/cultural groups joined forces to tell NYPD Commissioner
Kelly that police endorsement exacerbates anti-queer violence, and to
demand that the NYPD pull out of the parade, Commissioner Kelly didn’t
even bother to respond.

PROTEST NYPD HOMOPHOBIA and ANTI-QUEER VIOLENCE!
Separate church and state… Separate bigots and public servants!
Sat. March 17 @ 11am
Fifth Ave. between West 56th and 57th St

More:

http://irishqueers.blogspot.com/

Write, Email, and Call The Parade Organizers Here:

NYC SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

St Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration Committee

P.O. Box 295 Woodlawn Station,

Bronx, NY 10470

Phone Number: 718-231-4400 718-231-4400

Fax: 718-231-4401

Web Site: NYCStPatricksParade.Org

Web Site Information: [email protected]

General Info:Informa[email protected]

Chairman: Chairman-NYC-St-Patrick-Day-Parade.Org

Scholarship: [email protected]
Chairman of Bands: [email protected]

FAQ or Information requests
please contact
Hilary Beirne
[email protected]

New York City residents should call 311 and register a complaint.

Contact New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg here:

www.MikeBloomberg.com

Phone: (212) 639-9675
Fax: (212) 788-2460

City of New York City
1 Centre Street
New York City, NY 10007-1200

Contact New York Governor Andrew Cuomo here:

http://www.congress.org/

Albany Office:

State Capitol
Albany, New York 12224
Phone: (518) 486-4623
Fax: (518) 486-4170

Contact NBC and other Media here:

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media/

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media/?command=org_pages&org_id=559

Website: www.msnbc.com/news
Phone: (212) 664-4444
Fax: (201) 583-5453
Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10112

Contact the Ancient Order of Hibernians Here:

Greater Gospel Temple Aoh
2408 E 83rd St
Cleveland, OH 44104
(216) 231-6068

http://www.aoh.com/officers.html

New York City residents should call 311 and register a complaint.

Contact and Boycott the Parade Sponsors:

Quinnipiac University

275 Mount Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518-1908
Telephone 203-582-8200 203-582-8200
Admissions and Financial Aid: 800-462-1944 800-462-1944
www.quinnipiac.edu

Manhattan College

Visa

Irish Connections Visa

Empire City Yonkers Raceway

www.yonkersraceway.com

FORD MOTOR COMPANY

MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Group Photos, Inc.

Ireland Calls Radio Show

Pride of Irish Heritage

The Irish Examiner

Tourism Ireland

Turtle Wax

Budweiser

Sponsor links here:

http://nyc-st-patrick-day-parade.org/links.aspx