Iowa-Nebraska NAACP Chair Resigns Over National Org’s Support of Marriage Equality

By: Friday June 8, 2012 6:49 am

My two cents…see ya, don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Pastor. Rev. Keith Ratliff, pastor of Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa and who serves as president of the Iowa-Nebraska conference of the NAACP made it clear that he doesn’t understand church-state separation — like most religious opponents of marriage equality, no matter the color of their skin.


NAACP Attacked by ‘The Vultures’ for Its Support of Marriage Equality

By: Wednesday May 23, 2012 11:05 am

When the NAACP passed a resolution support marriage equality, it was inevitable they would be attacked by wannabe black leaders who claim to lead “big time” organizations with important sounding names. But they don’t represent most of the black community.

FDL Movie Night: “Legalize Gay: The Civil Rights Movement of a Generation”

By: Monday May 21, 2012 5:00 pm

Tonight our guests are Matt Comer, Karl Abad and Mark Rivera who will be discussing how we can help further and secure LGBT equality, the focus of the documentary Legalize Gay, which just aired on LogoTV. Legalize Gay shows LGBT young people and their allies making a difference through activism, social media, and marketing. Rugby player Ben Cohen, an ally, started Stand Up, a globally branded anti-bullying foundation and has joined with openly gay football player Brian Sims to bring the message of inclusiveness to sports teams. Controversial clothing manufacturer American Apparel created Legalize Gay tees which have become a steady seller and have helped create and broaden awareness.

Remarks by NAACP National on Marriage Equality: One of the Key Civil Rights Struggles of Our Time

By: Monday May 21, 2012 4:15 pm

The race-baiting, divisive people behind the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council take note. The NAACP is not having your wedge strategy. Today the national NAACP held a press conference; here are the remarks.

Fatster’s News Roundup from May 20, 2012

By: Monday May 21, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster’s new roundup of link and stories on the weekend’s happenings, including Chen Guangcheng, reporter privilege, Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase, John Kasich, NAACP, marriage equality, Blockupy, los indignados, Quebec student strike, whaling, actic ice methane, ALEC, Julian Assange and more . . .

Wanda Sykes: Proud of Obama and NAACP Stand on Marriage Equality

By: Sunday May 20, 2012 7:00 pm

At last night’s L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s “An Evening with Women,” comedian/actress/married lesbian with kids Wanda Sykes spoke thoughtfully about Obama and the NAACP’s stance on marriage equality. And had some very wise words about marriage, and why atheists get married.

Take That, NOM: NAACP Passes Resolution in Support of Marriage Equality

By: Sunday May 20, 2012 12:20 pm

What welcome news; and it clarifies and underscores that the social justice movement will not be divided by NOM, race-baiters, and anti-equality activists that try to conflate church and state and court communities of color in a divide and conquer strategy. At a Miami meeting of civil rights organization’s board of directors, the NAACP voted to support marriage equality.

Lakeside Diner

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles and interviews on current topics that may, or may not, be of interest.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Raymond Arsenault, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice

By: Sunday May 29, 2011 1:59 pm

The cover of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice features a dramatic picture of a burning bus and the mug shots of Freedom Riders who’d been jailed in the notorious Parchman Mississippi State Prison. Most of us are familiar with these images. Ray Arsenault’s book provides the stories behind the pictures — and so much more.

NAACP, Grover Norquist Team Up on Prison Reform

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 1:17 pm

For years, the default position on the right has been a “tough on crime” approach to prison policy. This ends up leading to mass overcrowding and the highest rates of incarceration in the world. In addition to the consequences for human rights and human dignity, there are serious consequences for state budgets. Over the past few years, some conservatives have slowly backed away from the “lock ‘em up” strategy on criminal justice, and toward a smart on crime approach.

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