Equal rights

PrideFest And Illuminated Night Parade

(6.17) The main Pride Rhode Island events of interest to locals this weekend are the PrideFest on South Water Street during the day on Saturday, and the Illuminated Night Parade that winds through downtown Providence later that evening. PrideFest from noon to 7pm combines over 200 businesses, organizations, food trucks, a Kid’s Zone, arts, Youth …

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Unite Against The War On Women

(4.28) Okay people, ink it in — Rally at the State House, Saturday, April 28. This is a call to action from UniteWomen.org. Help defend women’s rights and pursuit of equality. Join Americans all across the United States on April 28th, as we come together as one to tell members of Congress in Washington, D.C. …

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Tobin Gives His Marching Orders, Ray’s Not Gay, And Other Civil Union Happenings

This is just one of those only-in-RI articles:  The church gives its marching orders; the Projo decides that the sexual orientation of gay marriage supporters should be appended to their statements (and defines said orientations by their opposites).  And MERI was forced to come out against the civil union bill because of its extreme exemption …

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NOM Defector Speaks Out

“I remember verbally asking myself, why am I here?” Thus began NOM member Louis Marinelli’s gradual but inexorable shift, from working against marriage equality through the nation’s highest-profile activist group, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to abandoning that group to instead work for democratic equality. Specifically, it was during NOM’s “Summer for Marriage” summer tour …

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State Rep. Dan Gordon Threatens To Defund His Own Town’s School — Because Of The Gay Kids

This one’s amazing, folks. WRNI covers some of it here. New State Rep. Dan Gordon has a lot to say about the new Gay-Straight Alliance in Tiverton: State Representative Dan Gordon is calling for the Gay-Straight Alliance at Tiverton High School to be prohibited from meeting on the school’s campus. The group was started by …

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Big Moves For Marriage Equality

We’re gaining momentum — the AFL-CIO and Newport Dems both endorsed today.  As the NEA’s Pat Crowley put it, he’s “prouder than ever to be a union thug.” From WRNI: PROVIDENCE, RI (WRNI) – The push for same-sex marriage legislation has gained two new supporters, including one of the state’s most prominent unions. The Rhode …

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Marriage Equality Rally And Hearing — Wednesday

Join Ocean State Action and MERI to show your support for same sex marriage, Wednesday, February 9, at the State House. Rally starts outside at 4pm and then moves into the committee hearing. Attendees should enter on the north side of the building. Please be prepared to go through security by removing any metal from …

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Eat, Drink, And Be MERI

Join Marriage Equality Rhode Island for a night of art at Gallery Z. Come celebrate this collaboration with a glass of wine, food provided by Cuban Revolution, and enjoy the MERI-themed public art window. For additional information, please contact April Ricci by phone at 401.941.2727 or by email at aricci@marriageequalityri.org Free, 5pm to 7pm, Thursday, …

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Rhode Island PrideFest Saturday — New Location This Year

Tomorrow is PrideFest from noon to 8pm, and South Water Street will be closed to traffic all day. There is always good food and music, and booths where you sign up for things. According to the weatherman, it is supposed to be a super summery day — hot and sunny — so I’m sure everyone …

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Soul at Work Unconference

Join a group of women leaders next Wednesday, February 3rd, for their season kickoff event. The Unconference is where women gather to discuss leading on their own terms. The theme “Be Visible” will spotlight how we can all be more visible in 2010. Register online at www.MySoulAtWork.com. The psychological, scientific, feministic, economic and developmental dynamics …

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Carcieri: Most Negative Impact

Could easily be a PDD headline, but so reads Indian Country Today, the national/international newspaper owned by the Oneida Nation, which named Carcieri the single person who had the most negative impact on the well-being of indigenous Americans in 2009: PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It isn’t often that an elected official so honestly expresses his anti-Indian …

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National Organization For Marriage’s Radical Anti-Gay Agenda

Queer Action and I both have articles posted elsewhere — here and here, respectively — about the icky letter that the RI chapter of the National Organization for Marriage sent to legislators last week in opposition to the override of the funeral rights legislation veto.  From Queer Action: This letter is written proof that NOM-RI …

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Vigil And Funeral Procession Against The Veto

If you’re equally pissed-off about Governor Carcieri’s deplorable, inhumane veto of the domestic partners’ funeral rights bill last week, come out and show it this Thursday, November 19th. From the Facebook invite: On Tuesday November 10, 2009 Governor Donald Carcieri killed a bill that would allow non-married couples the right to plan the funerals of …

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A Crucial Moment for Health Care

Here’s an important call to action today from Ocean State Action. We need your help sticking it to the insurance industry. There’s some real momentum for the public insurance option, but our Senators need to hear from YOU to make it happen. Please call Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse TODAY! Dial tollfree 1-877-264-4226 or …

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