Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. Two different ways to measure LGBT equality success came out this week: the “Momentum Report,” by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), and The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s (GLADD) “Network Responsibility Index.” That’s “network” as in television. Before turning to those reports, something from Bayard [...]
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Abortions are still legal in America, but you wouldn’t know it today. Women requiring an abortion are now forced, because of lack of access to doctors, to utilize telemedicine to effectively terminate a pregnancy, which is a legal procedure according to U.S. law. This has come about because of right-wing zealots and religious quacks, who [...]
Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. As President Obama and Congressman Cantor hash out trillions in cuts, which no economist says we can afford , our POTUS has tossed in cutting Social Security benefits among other programs. Let us be clear: these SS cuts will destroy lives in ways no Republican has [...]
Joyce Arnold is a liberal Independent activist whose column “Queer Talk” appears regularly on Saturdays, and occasionally on other days of the week. This QT column could also be called, “I’m Right, and you’re Left out,” since it’s about more than marriage. Just like DADT is about more than servicemembers, DOMA is about more than [...]
If you want one reason why Barack Obama doesn’t deserve reelection this is it. If the Republican Party were a normal party, it would take advantage of this amazing moment. It is being offered the deal of the century: trillions of dollars in spending cuts in exchange for a few hundred million dollars of revenue [...]
’1776′ John Adams: One Useless Man is Called a Disgrace; Two are Called a Law Firm; Three or More Become a Congress
… Lincoln saw an unresolvable tension between the Constitution of a democratic republic and the policies of aggrandizement and intemperate self-interest that lead from the manners of freedom to the slavish love of power. He spoke of the difference between the work of establishing a constitutional republic and the longer task of maintaining it. But [...]
Joyce Arnold is a liberal Independent activist whose weekly column “Queer Talk” appears on Saturday. Back in April I wrote about Dan Ramos, Bexar County, Texas, Democratic Party Chair, who compared “homosexuals” to termites — “white termites who have infiltrated the party much like termites infiltrate your house.” I said at the time that I [...]
Progressive Notes: ERA!, NAACP Among those Pushing WH for No Cuts, Rats Greet Walker, and Other Happenings..
Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Progressives are pushing on the Hill to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. In wake of the Supreme Court ruling against women in the Walmart case we need now more than ever the ERA. Rep. Maloney (D-Ny) and Sen. Menendez (D-Nj) have reintroduced it again. You need [...]
Joyce Arnold is a liberal Independent activist whose weekly column “Queer Talk” appears on Saturday. I found out I know someone who attended the June 30, Pride Reception at the White House. Marisa Richmond, Ph.D., is one of the people I think about when considering grassroots activism. Her many years of work at the local [...]
Joyce Arnold is a liberal Independent activist whose weekly column “Queer Talk” appears on Saturday. Two events on Monday of this week added to the conversations about marriage equality. One was from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who talked about international LGBT rights as “human rights.” And one from White House press secretary Jay Carney [...]
From the Advocate: The Pentagon confirmed Monday that more service members have been discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” pending certification of the policy’s repeal, with one individual’s discharge approved as recently as Thursday. A total of four airmen have been discharged under the policy in the last several weeks, Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez confirmed [...]
With each equivocation, the man in the Oval Office shields his identity and cloaks who the real Barack Obama is. – Maureen Dowd In a dead on devastating piece, I still have to say… Come come, Ms. Dowd, surely you jest. Barack Obama is The Great Equivocator. It’s who he is. Nate Silver provides important [...]
“New York has finally torn down the barrier that has prevented same-sex couples from exercising the freedom to marry and from receiving the fundamental protections that so many couples and families take for granted,” Cuomo said in a statement. “With the world watching, the Legislature, by a bipartisan vote, has said that all New Yorkers [...]
FIRST GOP CONTROLLED STATE LEGISLATURE PASSES GAY MARRIAGE UPDATE 4: Bill is passed. Cheers in the chamber, and parties break out, including in front of the Stonewall Inn. UPDATE 3: Vote apparently coming soon. Sen. Grisanti says he’ll vote for, a change from earlier position. GetEQUAL tweets: RT @danfotou Thank you NY Senator Mark Grisanti [...]
From Chris Cilliza, who doesn’t believe Van Jones can replicate on the Left what the Tea Party did on the Right. Of course, Cilizza says it’s “unlikely,” which in traditional journo speak means not a chance in hell. “We think we can do what the tea party did,” Jones said in an interview with The [...]
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