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Watch: Activists Target Pelosi with Sit-Ins in S.F. and D.C. Over ENDA

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UPDATE - 5:45 pm - DC Agenda reports that U.S. Capitol police arrived at Pelosi's offices, entered for a few moments to chants of "Equal rights now! ENDA starts here!" and exited, without arresting anyone.

Activists from GetEQUAL in San Francisco and Washington D.C. staged sit-ins at Nancy Pelosi's offices in San Francisco and Washington D.C. to draw attention to the need for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), GetEQUAL co-founder Kip Williams announced in a YouTube video this afternoon.

A 'blog swarm' targeting Pelosi's office, in which we participated, also took place today.

The activists are live-tweetings from the sit-ins at hashtag #getenda. They say they don't plan to leave the offices until ENDA comes to a vote later this month or they get arrested.

Robin McGehee, the other co-founder of GetEQUAL was arrested this afternoon outside the White House at the action taken by Lt. Dan Choi and Captain Jim Pietrangelo.

Watch Kip Williams' video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Below, the D.C. activists in Pelosi's office, via @metroweekly's Twitter.


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  1. These folks are great, brave and wonderful and all that.

    But, not good timing, kids.

    The Healthcare Vote is 99.9% of the media's attention right now.

    No one outside of this blog and others will even know about this.

    Posted by: REYnoldo | Mar 18, 2010 4:21:35 PM


    we've been waiting for too long, folks.

    this is not an either/or strategy! you very well can manage several issues at the same time, so why couldn't our elected officials?

    the idea they can't do this and take care of the economy, and of health care, and of climate change, and of immigration reforms and all other important issues misses the point that this is an important civil rights issue: and if we don't believe that ourselves, THEN WHO THE FUCK WILL ??????

    I say do what you can today, do more tomorrow, and the following day, until we get what we deserve as equal human beings.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Mar 18, 2010 4:29:26 PM

  3. OMG, its Kip! And he grew his hair out!

    Posted by: MateoM | Mar 18, 2010 4:33:37 PM

  4. GetEqual is quickly becoming the face of gay activism. Methinks it's time for all of us to say goodbye to HRC and hello to these great people.

    Posted by: Cory | Mar 18, 2010 4:43:48 PM

  5. I am glad to see that unidentified persons can still waltz into the U.S. Capitol office of the third highest ranking official in the federal government anytime they please.

    Posted by: John | Mar 18, 2010 5:31:50 PM

  6. That witch Pelosi probably wishes she could send tanks to run them over.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 18, 2010 5:54:51 PM

  7. Fuck Reynoldo and other queers who hate standing up and fighting for equality. We have two enemies: the open bigots and the faggots and dykes who attack us for fighting for our rights.

    Reynoldo, you ignorant piece of dog shit. Militant action is the ONLY thing that's EVER won freedom and equality in this country. Lobbying and being patient wins nothing. Learn your fucking history and stop spreading bullshit.

    Posted by: Norm D PLume | Mar 18, 2010 6:48:45 PM

  8. My god... it's so hard to believe Kip and I were friends in High School. I'm so, so, so proud of him. He does what most of us only dream of doing... standing up in public for what we believe in. You are a personal hero of mine, Kip.

    Posted by: Patrick | Mar 18, 2010 6:55:59 PM

  9. Yeah, this makes sense, cuz it would be stoopid to protest outside the offices of Congresscritters who OPPOSE ENDA...

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 18, 2010 7:13:06 PM

  10. This stupidity is going to force Pelosi and the Democrats to say “we don’t have the votes to pass ENDA or DADT.”

    I bet that WASN'T the goal.

    These publicity stunts are so 1960s. In the old days these sideshows were to attract attention. We have PLENTY of attention, that’s not the problem and attention doesn’t change minds or change any votes.

    What’s next a pie in Obama’s face? Oh, shit. I just gave them an idea.

    Posted by: AndrewW | Mar 18, 2010 7:43:31 PM

  11. "That witch Pelosi probably wishes she could send tanks to run them over."

    Er, yeah. I'm sure that's what's she's thinking. Pelosi is clearly the enemy here.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Mar 18, 2010 7:57:58 PM

  12. "These publicity stunts are so 1960s. In the old days these sideshows were to attract attention. We have PLENTY of attention, that’s not the problem and attention doesn’t change minds or change any votes."

    Andrew, what do you care? Haven't you've made many statements on Bilerico that lobbying congress on ENDA is a waste of time anyway?

    I agree with your suggestions on community outreach, but we need to use all of the tools we have, sreet protest, lobbying, outreach-everything. Street protests aren't "just a sixties thing", if that were nobody would've paid attention to those teabagger nuts against health care. But no, they are now controling the debate on that issue.

    Posted by: missanthrope | Mar 18, 2010 8:16:10 PM

  13. Or just machine-gun them, Jane Roe. Then she'll say, "Ohhh...poor babies."

    Posted by: JT | Mar 18, 2010 8:42:00 PM

  14. Ton all you wussy queens who are happy with what you have and devile these brave individuals who are fighting for YOUR RIGHTS. Please, either grow some balls go back to your seats and jerk-off with Joe Solomese in the back of the bus and STFU and we'll let you know when its over.

    Update - The Activist have been arrested

    Posted by: Wolf | Mar 18, 2010 8:51:44 PM

  15. God bless these Freedom Fighters.

    Posted by: hadassah weinreb | Mar 18, 2010 9:17:53 PM

  16. Did they bring Botox? I heard she doesn't show up to parties unless they have Botox shots.

    Posted by: Name | Mar 18, 2010 9:19:28 PM

  17. Kip Williams is achingly cute. Wow...

    Posted by: MarkDC | Mar 18, 2010 10:29:55 PM

  18. Today's publicity stunts are a big FAILURE.
    The LGBT Movement doesn't need grandstanding and childish stunts.

    These childish displays were an effort to get ATTENTION. We HAVE attention, we need results. The only thing to come from these actions is embarrassment.
    Our community looks silly. We tried to make Pelosi look silly. She responded with a big F-You by saying "we don't have the votes." She was inviting a very important consideration:

    Do these publicity stunts get more votes?

    They do not. They are NOT helpful. They did not change anyone's mind or VOTE. They actually hurt us.

    Kathy Griffin made a joke of us, but not as good as GetEqual did. Today's ill-conceived events will close many doors that were at least partially open. We need people to JOIN our effort, not LAUGH at us.

    It's easy to be irritating, it's a lot tougher to be smart. To try to figure out what actually helps us, what helps us achieve our goal of full equality. GetEqual just set us back in time by using tired, old tactics of a bygone era.

    The World has changed, we should, too.

    Posted by: AndrewW | Mar 19, 2010 12:37:23 AM

  19. Who is this AndrewW? Is this Andrew Sullivan's pseudonym? SCHMUCK

    Posted by: hadassah weinreb | Mar 19, 2010 1:47:37 AM

  20. There's nothing hateful about Nancy Pelosi personally.

    And comparing her to Li Peng is terribly unfair.

    But she is definitely out of touch. Far from being the wild revolutionary the right portrays her as, Pelosi has a very genteel and aristocratic lifestyle. The Speaker simply does not understand why these LGBT people are causing all this trouble for her. Although she represents Downtown San Francisco in Congress, she spends most of her time "at home" in Napa and Marin County. When she does visit the city, it is almost always to attend a fundraiser in the Financial District or photo-op at City Hall.

    And the truth is her contact with gay people is limited to Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin. Which means her conception of "gay" is limited to wealthy, elite professionals. They don't need ENDA. As far as I know, none of her children are gay or bisexual either. That's a part of it too. This issue simply isn't a priority for her. If her friend Barney can marry his boyfriend, then that's great. But it isn't as if he's going to starve without it, right?

    Posted by: John | Mar 19, 2010 2:16:53 AM

  21. Timing, schmiming. Does anyone really still believe Pelosi gives a flying rat's ass about us at any time?

    Posted by: Shane | Mar 19, 2010 11:20:48 AM

  22. AndrewW - what's it like in that fantasy world in which you live?

    Posted by: Shane | Mar 19, 2010 11:21:50 AM

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