Archive for March, 2009

Don’t Mess With The Gays

Posted in Actions, Marriage, Vermont with tags , , , on March 30, 2009 by thepowerny

Having threatened to veto the marriage equality bill that will soon be on his desk, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas is learning what it’s like to be against marriage equality after Proposition 8. 


Since Friday you’ve been emailing him and calling him at 802-828-3333.  Click here to see The Power action alert.

Douglas received over 1500 letters over the weekend.   That’s a lot of mail in Vermont.  The messages were obtained by the Associated Press in response to an Access to Public Records Act  request.  According  to he’s also been followed everywhere by 200 polite but unrelenting protesters. 

Be sure to let us know when you call by clicking here

 Keep up the good work!  Now is our time


Let us know when you take action

Posted in Polls, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 28, 2009 by thepowerny


Things that make you go hmmmm…

Posted in LGBT Non-Profits with tags , , , , , on March 28, 2009 by thepowerny

Yesterday the Washington Blade published a survey of salaries of 30 LGBT organizations.  As we’ve seen with recent Wall Street bonuses, compensation packages are a funny thing, and it’s no different in the non-profit world than it is anywhere else.  People are getting rich off the movement.  That’s no surprise.  The surprise is who is getting the richest. 

shniderman-craig1Craig Shniderman, executive director of Food & Friends, which provides meals to people in the Washington, D.C. area living with terminal illnesses like HIV/AIDS is getting richer than anyone else surveyed.  His compensation package:  $382,200!   



The President of the United States only makes $17,800 more ($400,000)! 



Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign was paid $338,400 in 2008. 




By comparison, Kim Gandy, the President of the National Organization of Women only made $176,000. 


lorrijean150wLorri Jean, CEO of the LA LGBT Center and co-chair of the failed No On 8 Campaign made $327,000. 




The Governor of California, the highest paid governor,  only makes $206,700 (though Arnold waives his salary).


Food for thought.    


Governor Lynch – We’re watching you

Posted in Actions, Marriage, New Hampshire, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 27, 2009 by thepowerny

Yesterday the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to legalize same-sex marriage.  Don’t get too excited though.  According to the New York Times the Democratic Governor, John Lynch will probably veto the bill if the Senate passes it.  Yes, there are Democrats who are prepared to stop marriage equality.

Call Governor Lynch at (603)271-2121 and tell him that separate is never equal, that people from all over the country are looking to him to stand for equality and justice, regardless of whether the marriage equality bill comes to his desk, and that if the bill does come to his desk, he should sign it.

New Hampshire's Governor Lynch Is Against Marriage Equality

Said his silver tongued flack Colin Manning, “Governor Lynch has not supported same-sex marriage, but the civil union bill he signed into law prevents discrimination and provides the same legal protection to all New Hampshire families to the extent that is possible under federal law.”

It’s the same separate-but-equal logic that Vermont’s governor is using. 

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ACTION: Tell Governor Douglas that Separate Isn’t Equal

Posted in Actions with tags , , , on March 27, 2009 by thepowerny

Today Vermont Governor Jim Douglas announced that he will veto a gay marriage bill if it passes the Legislature.   He calls it a personal decision.  We call it hateful.   Stand up and speak out.  Call his office today at (802) 828-3333 and tell him that asserting that separate is equal is not a personal decision.  It’s bigotry. 

 The marriage equality bill passed in the Senate today and is now in Vermont’s House Judiciary Committee.  It is expected to come to a vote in the House next week.  It is expected to pass in the House as well.

Douglas said:

“I believe our civil union law serves Vermont well …” Douglas told a gathering of reporters and onlookers at a hastily called news conference in the Pavilion Building. “I believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. … I’m announcing that I intend to veto this legislation when it reaches my desk.”

via ‘I intend to veto’ gay marriage | | The Burlington Free Press.

In his statement he said that the decision of whether to support same-sex marriage is “a deeply personal matter.” 

WRONG.  We’re not talking about some ineffable question of when life begins.  We’re not even talking about religion.  We’re talking about civil rights and whether it’s okay for a governor in 2009 to assert that separate is equal.    It’s not.  And it’s time politicians get it into their heads that no amount of euphamism is going to make biggotry acceptable. 

Show your power! 

1.  Beginning Thursday, start calling Governor Jim Douglas at (802) 828-3333.  Tell whoever answers the phone that separate is not equal, that Governor Douglas’s position perpetuate’s anti-gay bigotry, and that you want him to treat LGBT people with dignity by signing Vermont’s marriage law.  He only has one assistant so it should be pretty easy to shut down his office.

2.  After you call, leave a comment on the website of his local paper (click here to post) telling them what you’ve done to excercise your power.

3.  Share this action with everyone you know.

Join The Power

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 26, 2009 by thepowerny

Our Mission

The Power is an online organizing network that empowers grassroots and netroots activists from every state in the country and from all over the world to fight for equal rights for LGBT people, not on some arbitrary and convenient schedule created by politicians and lobbyists, but right now.


1.      To inspire every individual committed to LGBT equality to find his or her political voice, emboldened by the knowledge that no matter where they are or what their circumstances, even the smallest voice standing against injustice, when united with a million other small voices, can change the world.


2.       To enable those who can’t participate in traditional activist activities due to geographic isolation, time limitations, or personal circumstances, to express themselves through small but powerful actions in unison with a global community of likeminded individuals.


3.      To empower that community with the same sophisticated online tools used by the most successful political campaigns to demand accountability from leaders and institutions at the federal, state, and local levels.


4.      To enact federal civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status, repeals the Defense of Marriage Act, provides federal hate crimes protections to LGBT people, and provides immigration equality for LGBT relationships.

Guiding Principles

1.       LGBT rights are civil rights. They are not special rights.  They are not religious rights.  They are rights conferred by a government founded on the principle of the separation of church and state to ensure that all law-abiding citizens can participate equally in society. 


2.       Civil rights are not a partisan issue.  They are an American issue.


3.       Hate is a life or death issue.


4.       Now is our time.  We have been told time and again to wait our turn.  Wait equals never.   Change is never convenient.  And no minority has ever gained rights from the majority without demanding them.  


5.       Individuals, not organizations change the world.  Political organizations are merely frameworks to empower individuals to make their voices heard. 


6.       The measure of the success of our movement is the impact it has on LGBT youth.