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Here's something I've started doing I thought I would share.

I read that food banks are facing more people requesting aide while getting less support this year. Times are hard and people/businesses are tightening their belts.

I save a little every time I food shop using the "club card" or whatever they're called. At most places they tell you how much you saved when they swipe your card at check out. I've been donating at least half of that to the food bank via the scan thingies at the register. You know they hang there "give $1, $5, $10...". Some days (pay weeks) I give it all, others I give half.

Money's tight for everyone right now but I figure I can spare the $3 or so. Yes, it would go further if I gave directly to my local food bank, but how often will I do that? Maybe twice a year? I food shop once a week.

Just an idea I though I'd share.
guywithmonsters: (Threaten)
Hate crimes based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability are a daily event. You can do something today to help stop this problem -- while still protecting free speech.

A new bill, introduced by Rep. John Conyers protects victims of hate crimes while still safeguarding free speech. Please take a moment and tell your representative to pass this landmark legislation.

Federal hate crimes legislation is necessary because sometimes, due to inadequate resources or bias against the victim, state and local law enforcement officers don’t act. By telling your representative to support the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1592), you can help reduce hate crimes , and make sure that our laws are fully consistent with both the Equal Protection Clause and the First Amendment.


More info from the ACLU.

Find Your Rep's Number near the top of the left hand menu.
guywithmonsters: (Threaten)
The American Family Foundation (the large group behind a lot of antigay agenda items/actions) is taking a poll to prove that corporations are better off NOT supporting LGBTQ rights. Most big boycotts and letter/calling campaigns have AFA support/origins. Ford's refusal to remove advertising from gay media and to stop including LGBTQ people in their diversity policies are among the latest of their campaigns.

Take a minute to turn the tide a little. We're behind.

If a corporation supports the homosexual agenda, you would:
Be more likely to do business with that company. 6,238
Be less likely to do business with that company. 188,722
It would not affect my buying decision. 3,946


http://www.afa.net/petitions/businesses/businesses.asp
guywithmonsters: (Threaten)
NJ passed a Civil Unions law that was rewritten to remove any semblance of the word "spouse". The vote on the bill was unscheduled (or done so at the last minute). It went virtually unremarked upon. The people elected to represent you think you're so unworthy that you can't share the same legal name for your relationship. Why aren't you angry?

Yes, it's a big step, but it is still second class status. Do you think that it's "separate but equal"? Are you blissfully unaware that, without a slew of lawsuits, this impacts nothing in your life outside of the law? The policies of your job, your hospital and your insurance company more than likely don't include "Civil Partners". Unless you're very lucky, you'll have to sue to get treated the same as you hetero married neighbors. And if you do win something like insurance coverage, you're still going to pay tax on it. Do you think there will be a massive retraining of staff in the organizations that service you informing their workers to "treat you like a married couple"?

I'm mad as Hell and the worst part is I'm really mad at all the queers who sat by and let this happen. Too busy with "their lives" to call their representatives like all the folks who called against us found time to do. Maybe nobody else cares and I'm the only one angry about the formalization of my second class status. Maybe the rest of the queers are happy not having the same rights and privileges. Maybe not being able to get in and see their ill "non-spouse" is a relief to them.
guywithmonsters: (Obey Me)
I can't find any info on when the vote will be for the domestic partner bill, which IS NOT marriage and actually grants fewer rights than our current Civil Union bill does. The aide in Assemblyman Wisniewski's office is going to try and find out when the vote will be and call me back. That's pretty cool of her.

So far, this has gotten almost no news coverage, which is a bit disconcerting. The worst part of calling is trying to pronounce everyone's names. Having made the calls, I now have no excuses left to NOT study for finals.

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