A sad story. But it shows we can’t allow people to own private cell phones.
The DC Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance scores some local candidates in some local races using the questionnaire below.
I would ensure that funds budgeted for any area do not exclude or discriminate against any population. I would seek to allow each individual more choice in how they use the funds budgeted. Ideally where possible people eligible for these programs would have something like an EBT card or voucher and be able to choose their own care provider. I think it’s also important for gay activist to recognize that traditionally a major source of discrimination is the state sector, whether it is bullying at the school a child is assigned to with no choice, or in the past teachers being fired for being gay when exposure to homosexuality was thought to be inappropriate for children. Likewise today I think those incarcerated by the state, whether in government schools or in jail or prison, are among those most likely to be denied safe sex information, condoms, and freedom from bullying and sexual aggression. I favor liberating the incarcerated who have not committed a crime or have committed a “victimless crime,” but while incarcerated in a government institution they should not be denied mental health or substance abuse treatment or information about STDs and safe sex.
I do believe these statistics should be collected, and additionally statistics on bullying and types of bullying should be collected, by school and type of school (public, charter, parochial, private).
I would ensure that the Metropolitan Police Department adequately trained its officers in all aspects of DC’s diverse populations and advertised job openings to and hired from all DC population groups. This would include training as needed on LGTB issues.
I would ensure that both the Director and the staff of any DC agency dealing with human rights have a commitment to human rights, individual freedom and civil liberties and a background and expertise to perform the job effectively. Ideally I’d prefer someone with a background of working with the ACLU, NORML, MPP, or other groups critical of law enforcement abuses, over criminalization, the militarization of police departments, the expansion of the surveillance state, and not merely someone who has worked within a law enforcement bureaucracy where they handled EOE complaints.
I would conduct a study of D.C. government agencies, including the Metro system and the public school system, to see if there are patterns of extreme over- or under-representation in hiring, and if so if there are problems with nepotism or discrimination in any particular agencies. As a Libertarian I am not surprised that a government program to help or promote trans persons did not work as intended. When I ran for office in 2012 I was contacted by people using D.C. government employment training programs who would complain of their complete worthlessness and ask me to help or advise them in some way. I would be happy to hire a trans person or persons who would be effective at a job, including a high profile job, and highlight the irrelevance of their sexual identity to their work.
I would eliminate the ABC and liquor licensing. If McDonald’s wants to serve wine as it does abroad, it should be free to sell it and D.C. residents should be free to buy it, just as if they were in Quebec or Paris. Until the ABC is eliminated I would take any step to end harassment of local businesses by competitors and people who want to interfere with private consensual activity of their neighbors.
We have all seen recently the downside of the politicized misuse of government infrastructure in the case of Governor Chris Christie’s office’s snarling traffic on a bridge under its control. This highly publicized case happens daily around the country but simply gets less coverage, in part because no one suggests alternative ways of arranging things. I would transfer title to closed or unused D.C. government properties to non-profit groups like the DC Center and allow them to function independently. I do not favor a government controlled or managed gay community center, where the government or an incumbent administration will attempt to define the gay community. Many other cities have managed to create and sustain gay community centers in the voluntary sector, and many of them have lower average incomes than D.C. and a smaller gay population than D.C. Among other problems, as with all government property, a state-approved gay community center will encourage and politicize conflicts over who gets to use spaces, resources, or programs. I think religious gay groups and anti-religious gay groups, radical feminist lesbians and transgender groups, and other parts of the gay community who have contradictory ideas about social issues should not be pitted against each other as protesters are on public sidewalks or parents are in public schools, but instead should be allowed to each freely associate and disassociate as they choose.
I have been openly gay in DC since 1980. In the early 80s my activism consisted mainly of working on libertarian causes and anti-draft registration causes, and very publicly kissing my then lover at airport terminals, when, in pre-TSA days, you could accompany a loved one right up to the door of the plane. We also had a joint checking account and used a hyphenated last name on it, because again, in those pre-Patriot Act days, you could just do that, free of government restrictions.
In order to best communicate the importance of 2nd Amendment rights to the citizens of the District of Columbia, Freedom Fighters around the globe will descend on Washington D.C. armed with toy guns on July 3rd, 2013.
Activists are encouraged to bring fake pistols with orange tips, water guns, nerf guns, anything peaceful to make a statement about our 2nd amendment rights. Due to the fact that it is currently illegal to carry a loaded firearm into the District of Columbia, we liberty lovers have decided to tweak the nose of big government and show Obama what a clown he is for trying to restrict our natural rights. Join us as we march on DC fully armed with toy guns!
We’re locked and loaded for a great event on July 3rd at 9AM. Participants for the march will be expected to adhere to certain structural guidelines in order to provide for our safety and security during the event. If you have any questions about any of the items below, please feel free to ask. We want everyone involved to have a safe and fun event.
The Toy Gun March begins at 9AM on Wednesday, July 3rd. If you are planning on parking, there is paid parking in the Arlington Memorial Cemetary lot near the bridge. That is where we will meet with the Toys for Tots representative who will take our toy donations so that we don’t have to carry them across the bridge.
We will then assemble on the North side of Memorial Drive by 9:15 where we will meet our escort from the National Park Service. The NPS will inspect all realistic looking guns to ensure that they are in compliance. Remember, AIRSOFT guns are NOT permitted. Realistic looking toy guns with orange tips are permitted. After the inspections are complete, we will then begin our march across the Arlington Memorial Bridge by 9:30AM at the latest. Participants are strongly urged NOT to point guns at officers or squirt them. They are acting as our security and we should treat them with respect. This is also important because it is possible that a lot of anti-gun social democrats are looking for any opportunity to paint us in a bad light. You can squirt me all you want, but please be respectful of the park police who are going out of their way to provide us with adequate security.
There will be camera crews and media at the event. Participants are urged not to talk to the media as the Toy Gun Martials will be designated to handling the press in order to keep us on message. (Pro-gun, Private charity). Toy Gun Martials will be able to be identified by wearing an American flag bandanna on their arms. These are the people you should direct questions to if you need anything.
Please keep an eye on children. The National Park Service officers will be on hand to direct traffic, but we need to be vigilant to make sure that no children end up running into traffic or being harmed as we cross into Washington D.C.
Also remember, there will not be an option for refills of your water guns during the march until we arrive at the destination. It is a good idea to bring some fun “lights & sounds” guns (with orange tips) as backup should you quickly run out of water ammunition. It also would make sense to have a canteen, camelbak, or water bottle refill on your person in case you get hot, or need to make an emergency ammo refill while on the march.
The Route: We will cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge on the North side and cross around the Lincoln Memorial, proceeding around the Lincoln Memorial and down Constitution blvd. We will arrive at the Washington Monument at the corner of Constitution and 14th Street where the rally will begin at 10:30AM.
The Rally: When we arrive at 10:30AM, people who do not wish to participate in the march can meet up at the rally at this point to enjoy a day of games and fun with friends and family. Elderly or the very young can meet us at the corner of Constitution and 14th at 10:30AM and bring a toy to give to charity. The Toys for Tots representative will be there and the newcomers to the event can then give their donations to the SSgt who will take them for us. It is at this point that we will be able to begin refilling our water guns from a 160 gallon tank that will be standing by. Then after facepainting for anyone who wishes is complete, we will stage a braveheart style gun battle that will be filmed for the cameras. After that is complete, we will then break up into activities for the day including kickball and ultimate frisbee or any random watergun fight that you find yourself falling into. At 2PM the official event ends but people can come and go as they please at anytime of course.
What to bring: Donation of toys, books, art supplies, stuffed animals, board games, anything unopened for Toys for Tots.
For yourself: Water guns, Toy Guns with orange tips, festive attire, sunscreen and a sense of humor!
Thanks everyone! If you haven’t already, please donate to the event atwww.toygunmarch.com and encourage others to do so! Even $5 goes a long way for underprivileged kids. If you have friends in the media, please send them the attached press kit and encourage them to blog or do a story on the event and encourage everyone to bring cameras as well.
As always, if you have questions please ask. Looking forward to seeing you July 3rd!
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