Martin Luther King, Jr. Hub




MLK Day of Service in Philly's Gayborhood

Here's an event that might interest you if you're in Philadelphia today.

PGN reports:

DosTo honor the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, LGBTs and allies will gather in the Gayborhood next week for a day of volunteer activities benefiting a number of area organizations. William Way LGBT Community Center will serve as home base for the Team Bayard event, noon-5 p.m. Jan. 20, which will pay tribute to out civil-rights activist Bayard Rustin, an associated of King.

The event will begin at the center, 1315 Spruce St., with registration from noon-12:30 p.m., where volunteers can sign up for various service projects.

The event was cultivated by several community leaders, including GO!Athletes executive director Anna Aagenes and community activist Anthony Fluellen. According to Aagenes, organizers reached out to Global Citizen 365, the host of the Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service, to generate ideas on what the LGBT community could do to contribute to the day.

Aagenes said the service projects will involve everything from writing letters to inmates with Hearts on A Wire to helping GALAEI organize its hygiene-kit donations to a clothing drive for Philly AIDS Thrift to cleaning up the streets in the Gayborhood.

The Facebook page is HERE.


O'Reilly Admits He Was Wrong About No GOP Speakers Being Invited To MLK Celebration: VIDEO

O'Reilly

As the news station that is #1 in misinformation, Fox News being wrong about something is de riguer. What is less expected is when they admit to it. The other night, Bill O'Reilly claimed on his show in a discussion with James Carville that no GOP speakers had been invited to the celebration earlier this week of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. However, prominent members of the Republican party had been invited to speak and attend, including John McCain, Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and former president George W. Bush, who all decllined, though Bush was admittedly still recovering from heart surgery. Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele even slammed his own party for providing no speakers for the event. 

Normally, Fox News just doubles down on any claims that they make, dismissing any and all evidence to the contrary. O'Reilly broke from this MO with a mea culpa on his show late Thursday, saying,

I said there were no Republican speakers invited. Wrong. It was wrong. Some Republicans were asked to speak, they declined, and that was a mistake. [...] Now, the mistake? Entirely on me. I simply assumed since all the speakers were Democrats, Republicans were excluded.

O'Reilly is the most reasonable voice on Fox News in the way that, as Jon Stewart once quipped, "Is like being the thinnest kid at fat camp." Still, an explicit admission of fault is something to be respected in and of itself, particularly from a station and personality that prefer to pretend that they are flawless.

You can watch O'Reilly's admission AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "O'Reilly Admits He Was Wrong About No GOP Speakers Being Invited To MLK Celebration: VIDEO" »


President Obama Speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: VIDEO

B_obama

President Obama spoke at the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "President Obama Speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: VIDEO" »


Gay Activist Alan Van Capelle Speaks at 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: AUDIO

Vancapelle

Alan van Capelle, the former exectuvie director of New York's Empire State Pride Agenda, just gave an impassioned speech to the National Mall at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the March on Washington.

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via good as you)

Continue reading "Gay Activist Alan Van Capelle Speaks at 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: AUDIO" »


GLSEN's Eliza Byard Speaks at 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: AUDIO

Byard

GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard spoke earlier today at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Byard addressed hailed gay civil rights hero Bayard Rustin and noted the work that still must be done against homophobia and toward full equality for all people.

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via good as you)

Continue reading "GLSEN's Eliza Byard Speaks at 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: AUDIO" »


RNC Speaker Says Gay, Immigrant Issues Have Pushed Blacks to the Back of the Bus

Bob Woodson

The Republican National Committee celebrated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech this past Monday with a luncheon. One of the speakers was Center for Neighborhood Enterprises head Bob Woodson, who is unhappy that gay, immigrant, women, and environmental issues have moved to "the front of the bus" ahead of issues facing poor black Americans. According to Woodson, “You never hear any talk about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general,” which is desmonstrably untrue with a five-second Google News search.

Woodson also takes issue with those he calls "moral traitors," Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in particular for their fierce condemnation of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin, but tepid response to the murder of Chris Lane in Oklahoma.

We should pray for the families of these people just as we do the family of Trayvon Martin. We should not wait for a white face before we get outraged. Evil is evil, whether it wears a white face or not. I’m sorry to be the skunk at the garden party, but I think if Dr. King were alive today, he would step on some of these sacred issues.

Woodson received a standing ovation for his speech.


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged