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May 16th, 2009

11:34 pm - Need a job ?!
There are awesome full-time and part-time jobs available for the summer in the Tampa/Clearwater/St. Pete/etc.

The gig is circulating petitions for a ballot initiative for more fair elections in Florida... to end gerrymandering by non-partisan redistricting. It's a really awesome political issue. They're re-doing the districts in 2011 anyway, so the petition is to get them to use the new census information and already established city, county, and geographical boundaries to draw up the districts. For example, instead of a city being split into 2 or 3 districts with neighborhoods all split up, and areas 200 miles away being in the same district... the city would be in 1 district and those rural areas would be in their own district... things work better for everyone!

So, 1.2 million signatures need be collected and we need to give a lot of people jobs. $10-17 typical pay!

If you or someone you know wants a job email peoplespetitionconsultant@google.com or call Christina at (813)408-9237

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May 3rd, 2009

12:28 am - May Day - Miami

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May 1st, 2009

09:40 pm - Honoring Matthew...

On April 29th, after debating the issue, the U.S. House of Representatives approved, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA), also known as the Matthew Shepard Act by a vote of 249 to 175.

In the midst of the debate, with Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, in the Visitors Gallery to hear every word, Republican Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina’s 5th District resorted to outright lies to try to stop passage of the LLEHCPA:

“…I also would like to point out that there was a bill -- the hate crimes bill that's called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay. This…the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that…that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills…”

Rachel Maddow had a chance to speak exclusively with Judy Shepard after the vote about how she felt about what the US House had done & to comment on Rep. Foxx’s reprehensible mis-characterization of her son:

Being me, I examined the results of that House vote & thought I’d share it here.

Of the 256 Democrats currently in the US House:

231 Voted FOR the Matthew Shepard Act
17 Voted AGAINST

There is also a vacancy in California’s 32nd District at present, due to Rep. Hilda Solis (D) being appointed as President Obama’s Labor Secretary. A special election in the district will be held on July 14, 2009 to select Ms. Solis's replacement for the remainder of her term.

Of the 178 Republicans in the US House:

18 Voted FOR The Matthew Shepard Act
158 Voted AGAINST

It’s also interesting to note where the 17 Democrats who voted against the LLEHCPA came from:

3 came from the Midwestern States
1 came from the Northeastern States
NONE of the Democrats from Western States voted against

As for the Republicans who voted in favor of the LLEHCPA:

2 came from Midwestern States
7 came from the Northeastern States
5 came from the Southern States
4 came from the Western States

Next stop for the Matthew Shepard Act is the U.S. Senate. Not sure what the prospects in the Senate are right now, but I’m feeling more hopeful now than I have in the past…oh…8 years or so.

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April 28th, 2009

09:17 pm - Christ on A License Plate (NOT KIDDING)

I wish I could say that this is a hoax or that it surprises me, but I’ve lived in Florida for nearly 30 years. Nothing like this surprises me about Florida.

When Republican Governor Crist was asked if this license plate violates the separation of Church and State, he said simply, "If they don't want one they don't have to buy one."

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April 22nd, 2009

09:01 am - All Power to the Imagination Conference!
Hello everyone, I'm not sure if anyone has posted this here yet, but it is going on this weekend in Sarasota. Check it out: http://theoryandpracticeconference.wordpress.com/eventsschedule/

I am scheduled to both present a workshop and perform, but unfortunately my ride has fallen through! I live in Gainesville and would greatly appreciate a ride from anyone going through my area to the conference. Of course i would kick out some gas money and some good conversation :) If you can help me out please send me a message or an email (godofthelung@hotmail.com) asap. Even if you can't give me a ride you should go to this because it is going to be awesome!


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April 9th, 2009

09:59 am - Susan Stanton picked as lake worth city manager
Susan Stanton picked as new Lake Worth city manager


Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

LAKE WORTH — Susan Stanton, the former Largo city manager who drew national media attention after being fired for announcing plans for a gender change, was selected as Lake Worth's city manager today by a 4-1 vote.

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Susan Stanton, formerly Steve Stanton, drew national media attention after being fired for announcing plans for a sex change.


So.. I live right across a bridge from Largo, so I remember it was a pretty big deal when Susan was fired. I'm pretty stoked about her new position, though. Figures it would be Lake Worth ;)

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March 24th, 2009

08:44 pm - Gainesville Voters Take A Stand Against Discrimination
  It's still unofficial, but right now with 91% of precincts reporting about 58% have voted down City Charter Amendment 1. Here's the election returns.

For over a year, supporters of Charter Amendment 1 have waged a fear-based campaign that blatantly lied to voters about the intent and impact of Charter Amendment 1 and specifically targeted transgender people with harmful discrimination. The sweeping language of the ballot initiative, which was written by a far right conservative group in Michigan, would have prohibited the City of Gainesville from providing nondiscrimination protections beyond the minimal protections set forth in the Florida Civil Rights Act.

Again.  It's still unofficial, but I  feel confident in saying the ugly tactics to dehumanize transgender people have failed.  Today the City of Gainesville has once again proven itself as a beacon of progress.  

For more background info visit www.equalitygainesville.com 

x posted like crazy

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February 4th, 2009

03:25 am - press release: FORWARD WIDELY <3
Opponents of Florida Power and Light- GO TO JAIL!
South Florida environmentalist sentenced to 60 days and 30 days in the
Palm Beach County Jail for protesting FPL

Who: Opponents of Florida Power and Light’s West County Energy Center
What: Discuss the excessive sentencing of Lynne Purvis and Panagioti Tsolkas
Where: At the Main Entrance to the Palm Beach County Jail on Gun Club Road
When: 8:30 AM

Palm Beach County, FL- After being found guilty of misdemeanor trespassing, blocking traffic in an act of civil disobedience during the February 2008 protest against Florida Power Light’s West County Energy Center, Lynne Purvis and Panagioti Tsolkas are sentenced to 30 and 60 days in jail.

During their court case, Purvis and Tsolkas argued that the environmental damages caused by FPL’s power plant necessitated non- violent civil disobedience. Scientist

Dr. John van Leer and Dr. Sydney Bachus testified in defense of Purvis and Tsolkas, arguing that the completion of the FPL West County Energy Center could lead to higher levels of Mercury in the Loxahatchee Preserve area and aquifer contamination; in addition to the acceleration of global warming. The State Attorney’s Office contested the environmentalists’ claims, arguing that proposed power plant impact on global warming was not an imminent threat.

Once open, the Florida Power and Light West County Energy Center will be the largest fossil fuel burning power plan in the United States, emitting twelve million tons of potentially toxic carbon emissions and dispensing 13.5 million gallons of contaminated water into Florida’s aquifer every year.

In addition to jail, Judge Johnson sentence restrains Purvis and Tsolkas from coming within 500 feet of FPL property. Both remain committed to protecting Palm Beach County’s natural resources.

Co-defendant Russell McSpadden responded to the Judge’s sentence stating, “The FPL West County Energy Center poses an imminent and severe threat to our quality of life in Palm Beach County. We are dissapointed with the Judge’s decision to jail environmental activists who took action to stop FPL from contaminating the air and water of Palm Beach County. We believe during this time of global climate change that average citizens must step up and take action to address the impacts large corporations are having on our environment. ”

For More Information:

Russell McSpadden

Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition


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January 23rd, 2009

01:05 pm - Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network Fundraiser in Miami
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is having a fundraiser Jan. 31 in Miami Beach.


Please RSVP by Jan 29th

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December 24th, 2008

01:51 pm - Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete)
Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica) needs some help:

"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?

any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.

jenna b

p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"

Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."

So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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