Almost immediately after the news broke out of the shooting in Newtown, a We the People petition was created. For We the People petitions, only 25,000 signatures are required to force the White House to respond to the issue. This petition garnered over 190,000 signatures, and rightly so. Earlier today President Obama addressed the petition in a YouTube video, telling us “We hear you,” and is calling congress to take action.
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Waa! Waa! I can’t force my beliefs on you! Waaa!
Great news! Those wishing to repeal California’s SB 48, a bill that requires schools to also teach LGBT history have failed to gather enough signatures to put it to a vote reports Mercury News.
Pacific Justice Institute lawyer Kevin Snider said the Stop SB48 campaign did not gather enough signatures by Monday’s deadline to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot that would exclude sexual minorities from the list of groups whose roles in history and social science schools must teach. Snider estimates that the all-volunteer petition circulating effort, which focused largely on churches, collected about 446,000 signatures out of the 504,760 required.
SB 48 officially went into effect in January, however most school districts have yet to implement it. Better keep an eye out for it this upcoming school year.
An incredible video made by a high school student in his video productions class. I don’t know what kind of grade he got, but I’d give him an A+. My only quibble with the production: The image of the Space Shuttle should appear AFTER the men on the Moon shots. Other than that, an excellent montage. Keep your eyes peeled for the part that answered my question – “does it belong on QueerLandia?”
I’ve added a small history section to the About page today. I think any organization needs to have a firm grasp of where they are and where they’ve been before they can accurately and definitively plot where they want to go. If you’re interested check it out.
You can find our About page in the navigation bar up top or just click here.
Found this little gem from the LGBT publishing company inGroup Press in my inbox today. Author Lyn LeJeune’s new book Elijah Rising was released back in October, and from the description sounds like a really good read.
The mysticism and religious fanaticism of the Dust Bowl era has had a profound impact on the arts. Popular TV shows like HBO’s Carnivale have brought this strange time period into the mainstream. These were years marked by war, a global depression, racial hostility, and a collective search for salvation. In author Lyn LeJeune’s new book, Elijah Rising (inGroup Press, October 2011), a man’s descent into madness begins as the world goes to war.
Today is Martin Luther King Day and no matter where you are, at the office or home enjoying a day off, you should take the time listen to this historic speech. The video is 17 minutes long but I promise you it’s worth your time. Equality is a cause America has been pursuing for years. It is our heritage and our greatest height to achieve.
Now that Christmas is over, I want to dispel a myth that reappears every year. Shortly after Thanksgiving, the media (and now FaceBookers) rant and rave about keeping the “Christ” in Christmas. These people are up in arms about the prevalence of Xmas being used by marketing teams, advertisers and other people. They view the term Xmas as being used to cross off the Christ in Christmas.
Let me start with news that will shock you. The term Xmas is not new. The term did not first appear in recent times or even in your lifetime. Retailers did not create Xmas to take the Christ out of Christmas or to appease atheists. The term Xmas first appeared as early as the first century AD, but became popular in the 15th century. That’s right. The 15th century. As in the 1400s.
In any case, by the fifteenth century Xmas emerged as a widely used symbol for Christmas. In 1436 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press with moveable type. In the early days of printing typesetting was done by hand and was very tedious and expensive. As a result, abbreviations were common. Continue reading