Val Jarrett: Shuts down HRC Activism, … promising lots of Whitehouse visits.
Well, thats how it reads to me! But they forgot… that ‘Joe S.’ is NOT ‘national activism’.
He, just like everyone else there in the Beltway, ignores the rest of the country.
Sorry. VAL.. and BHO:
We’re Here… We’re Queer with Aliies…
and We will be getting Louder, and LOUDER, and LOUDER Here, on facebook, and in open demonstrations.
The following is from EQUALITY, HRC Member Magazine
…I could not find an online version, so I scanned article!
“Valerie Jarrett, one of President Barack Obama’s closest advisers, made it crystal clear to Human Rights Campaign leaders: The White House is geared up to work closely with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on its key issues.
Jarrett – who spoke at HRC’s spring board meeting – outlined the Obama administratio;n’s strong commitment to LGBT equality, including an all-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act and repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She also talked about the dire need for a better HIV/AlDS strategy, noting how “real” the disease had become to her after her sister-in-law died from AlDS 15 years ago.
“HRC and the larger LGBT community are part of this administration’s vision,” Jarrett said. “We want your ideas and suggestions.”
Finally. A White House that really gets it. And throws it away again and again, under the bus.
Jarrett speaks with the president several times a day in her role as senior adviser and assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public liaison.
Excerpts of Jarrett’s speech to HRC follow.
On the passage of anti-LGBT ballot measures in California, Arkansas and Florida:
“It’s a wake-up call for us for the work that we have ahead to make sure that all Americans are treated equally. This administration believes in equal treatment under the law But they don’t believe that torture is against it. and I hope you have a chance to go to our new website, whitehouse.gov, to read about the president’s commitment to bringing about change, and our policies regarding LGBT issues. We put it on the website because we want everyone to see it.
and then we took it off again and hashed it to mush.
The president is clear about what his intentions are, and he wants everyone around the world to know what they are.”
On a recent visit to the White House by HRC President Joe Solmonese:
“Joe, you better get used to that White House,
because you’re going to be there often.”
On the Employment Non-Discrimination Act:
“While we are working to create new jobs and stop layoff’s due to the faltering economy, we must also ensure that no Americans lose their job because of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”
On the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell·
“This administration also believes that the key tests for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, a willingness to serve, period. Nor sexual orientation.”
“This administration is absolutely committed to the development of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS strategy. This awful disease knows no boundaries. It has decimated a generation of gay people, and today, the infection rates are ominously high among people of color, among young people and among gay Americans. Over 15 years ago,
I watched my sister-in-law die a very slow and painful death from AIDS, leaving behind a devastated husband and a 5-year-old daughter. And so, as a consequence, this disease is very real to me. We have gor to work to combat this disease.”
On the role of the LGBT community in shaping the country’s future: See here is where they lose it…they forget us ‘A’s’
“The Human Rights Campaign and the larger lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are part of this administration’s vision. We need your help. Roll up your sleeves. Work with us. Organize with us, just as many of you did during the campaign. Help us make our community stronger. Go back to your neighborhoods in your communities and spread the word. Help us tackle the issues that hold us back from reflecting the true meaning of the United States of America. I ask you to
join me, and let’s go out and change the world.”
No, again, because you have no power.
Joe S. reported to us in January, that he had prepared and given to the President a list of 12-15 policy decisions he could enforece without needing Congressional action…. he had done ZERO. Words of support do not help. It is time for ACTION.
We need to keep to these ‘cyber streets’.
We learned that lesson well on November 4, too.
From now on, and until succes is our… we will be in the streeets.
We will not be forced under the bus ever again.
We are doing this for Matthew Shepard,Lawrence King, Angie Zapata, Harvey Milk, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons, Col Diane Schroer Dan Choi, and Lt. Tsao,…and ALL of our coworkers, friends, and families.