“Don’t mourn. Organize.”

January 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm 43 comments

By Adam Bink

I always find vigils and words spoken at them to be some of the most innermost reflective thoughts of the speakers, and of all of us as human beings.

Following up on today’s e-mail from Cleve Jones, here’s Cleve speaking at a vigil in the Castro for the victims in Arizona:

Cleve is right. There is a time for mourning, but that must move into a time for organizing. This morning, Courage Campaign and Cleve organized to investigate into the promotion of violence by media, organizations and national political figures. Other excellent organizations are working to shine the spotlight on those that helped create, as FBI Robert Mueller III and Sheriff Dupnik have referenced in recent days, the climate of overblown rhetoric and hatred that seems to have enveloped us. We must take on this new project before another tragedy befalls someone else.

Sign our call here as we move from mourning into organizing.

Entry filed under: Community/Meta.

Shining the spotlight on pro-violence institutions and figures So which is it, FRC: Is Daniel a hero or an ‘anomaly’ who shouldn’t be ‘normalized’?

43 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    We have both signed, and I have posted it to my Facebook page for others to sign.

  • 2. anonygrl  |  January 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Signed. Thank you for sealing and delivering.

    • 3. JonT  |  January 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm


  • 4. Ann S.  |  January 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    ♫ I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night
    Alive as you or me
    Says I, “But Joe, you’re ten years dead,”
    “I never died,” says he

    And standing there as big as life
    And smiling with his eyes
    Joe says, “What they forgot to kill
    Went on to organize

    • 5. Ann S.  |  January 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      And now I shall check the box.

      • 6. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 11, 2011 at 6:47 am

        Just listened to Cleve Jones Video…didn’t take time yesterday. I have many emotions over this event & this video…not going to attempt to articulate ::big sigh:: I will mention that its a thrill to see the Castro sign…the Castro street is magical for me…one of the few places in the U.S. that my hubby and I feel we can walk down street w/out someone staring or acting curious about us…

        I’m posting here because Ann S. song about Joe Hill…and Cleve’s reference to Joe Hill… I live in Utah most all my life, born in U.S. but never heard of Joe Hill until my Hispanic/Chilean Hubby who educated me about Joe Hill, his life/death/injustice and lessons learned. The hero of the day is Daniel…a person of Hispanic origin. I for one find the United States a beautiful place made more rich and beautiful by our immense diversity of culture & gender. Time to ORGANIZE! Time to combat the HATE that has over-run the U.S.

  • 7. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I posted this on the previous thread, but I will repost it here. Does anyone have telephone numbers and email addresses for the PAC’s and other groups that have been using this type of rhetoric so that we can call them and email them and say “Enough is Enough! Stop all of the incendiary rhetoric and invitations to violence NOW!” and add these two forms of action to the signing and facebooking of this letter?

  • 8. takemusu  |  January 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I read with interest Gabby’s husband’s statement. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/mark-kelly-statement-giffords-husband_n_806649.html

    He writes “Many of you have offered help. There is little that we can do but pray for those who are struggling. If you are inspired to make a positive gesture, consider two organizations that Gabby has long valued and supported: Tucson’s Community Food Bank and the American Red Cross.

    Community Food Bank
    3003 S Country Club Rd # 221
    Tucson, AZ 85713-4084
    (520) 622-0525

    American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter
    2916 East Broadway Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    (520) 318-6740”

    Maybe we can continue the food drive?

  • 9. Tomato  |  January 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Can we please take note that in gunsighted “REAL America” Arizona, a Jewish woman was shot by a man with inadequate health care and her life was saved by a gay Latino young man?

    We ARE one country, we ARE one people. As someone once said, “as you treat the least of you, so you treat me.”

    • 10. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      yes, and this young man had been reading on a website that is known for being anti-semitic (which includes the Arabs as well as the Jews: After all the Arabs are our half-brothers via Hagar’s intercourse with Abraham) and anti-LGBT. And he was angry that Congresswoman Giffords had voted in favor of the very bill that, had it not been butchered, would have afforded him the health care he so desperately needed. And yes, we ARE one country. We ARE one people. However, those who are on the radical right, and who have put forth the vitriolic rhetoric which contributed to this shooting rampage would have us all believe that the only ones this country is for are those who totally agree to their brand of bigotry and misuse of religion.

      • 11. Tomato  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm

        I’m right there with you, Richard!

        • 12. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

          I thought you were. Thanks for the opening you gave me to share this.
          BTW, the doctors are growing more hopeful. They say that Congresswoman Giffords is actively intentionally trying to grab her breathing tube, and is giving thumbs up to them. They also say that there hasn’t been a lot of brain swelling. Go, Gabby! You can do it! We are all praying and pulling for you!

          • 13. Ronnie  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm

            : ) …..this news makes me happy….but still wishing for a safe & full recovery….<3….Ronnie

      • 14. Chris in Lathrop  |  January 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        The more I investigate, the more instances of violence, hatred and bigotry I see, the more I’m convinced that social conservatism is a form of mental illness.

  • 15. Ronnie  |  January 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    SIgned…sealed…delivered….I’m yours… ; ) …..Ronnie

  • 16. Straight For Equality  |  January 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I have signed.

    And Ann, I loved your Joe Hill posting!

    • 17. Ann S.  |  January 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you! I was feeling a bit old, since no one else seemed to recognize it.

      • 18. fiona64  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

        I contemplated posting it myself and, when I logged back on, found that you had already done so.

        Folk geeks unite!


      • 19. Kate  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

        You can bet that I did, Ann………

      • 20. Ann S.  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm

        Yay for folk geeks!

      • 21. Straight For Equality  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm

        I am a big Joan Baez fan. And I am old.

        • 22. Ann S.  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

          Well, I’m old, but at least I’m not alone.

          • 23. Kate  |  January 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm

            And I’m older than any of the other folkies here, I’ll bet.

  • 24. Ronnie  |  January 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Performers Elisa Victoria, Cayce Clayton, Lalaine, Trevor Page, Chadwick, Sgt. Sass, Drew Mason & Ryan Adams join together in this song titled “Different” to voice their support for Equality & stand up against hate.

    The youth of this country are speaking & are demanding that their voices be heard…<3….Ronnie:

    • 25. Ronnie  |  January 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      uggg…apologies….I misspelled the name of the last artist….His name is Ryan Adames…..<3…Ronnie

  • 26. Sagesse  |  January 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Of course we need to organize, but we should also mourn that it takes a senseless catastrophe of this magnitude for people to pay attention and actually start talking about change.

  • 27. Anna Bryan  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Hey guys, off topic, but Thomas over at CatholicVote is looking for sermons about the need to “defend traditional marriage.” I assume he actually means the need to deny marriage to gays and lesbians. I doubt he plans on defending the sanctity of marriage from things like no-fault divorce or Vegas drive-through chapels where the minister is dressed like Elvis.

    Anyhow, I thought you might like to email him some of your favorite articles on the subject. Thomas [at] catholicvote.org

    • 28. Kate  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Hola, Tomas, de “Vota tus valores.”

      • 29. Anna Bryan  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm

        Yes! he was on the “Vota tus Valores” tour! I had forgotten about that! I wonder if his time on the tour was paid for by the non-profit CatholicVote organization.

        It’s such a shame that Carly Fiorina lost. She would have stood up for marriage discrimination against gays and lesbians.

        • 30. Kate  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm

          Maybe she’ll run again, and we can all rush out to vote for her once more!

      • 31. Tomato  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        Hola, Tomas!

        I think it’s very important to defend traditional marriage from things like the TV show “Bachelor.”

        We need straight people to have stable, loving marriages; so they don’t get restless and begin to focus on gay people.

        Let’s get right on that, shall we?

  • 32. pgbach  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    As a social scientist, I’ve studied the fruits of culturally-sanctioned hatred. It is of one piece, whether the congresswoman’s attempted assassination, the bullying of LGBT youth, or the anti-equal movement.

    I ask everyone to see the bigger picture… culturally-sanctioned hatred of whatever stripe is deadly. As a society, we must not be complacent or we are then complicit.

    • 33. Tomato  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      A-yup. Like the time-worn old saw, “for evil to occur good people do not have to say “yes”, they merely have to stay silent and not say “no.””

  • 34. Ronnie  |  January 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm


    “The votes are in and though the tally has fluctuated throughout the week, a steady majority of you are convinced that gay marriage should be legal. Congratulations to Evan Wolfson, whopassionately defended the motion. He is your winner. Commiserations to Maggie Gallagher, whose losing argument still resonates with many Americans.”

    “In the end, our audience was not convinced that gay marriage would have a deleterious effect on society or heterosexual unions. Quite the opposite, in fact. Many of you noted the benefits marriage would bestow on gay couples and their families, while agreeing with Mr Wolfson’s argument that “there is no good reason” for their exclusion. Marriage is as applicable to devoted gay couples as it is to their heterosexual counterparts, you concluded, and it is their right.”

    (Me) but…. but… Maggie….I thought the “majority” of the people support you, NOM, & are all anti-marriage….. Where were all your “millions” of supporters to vote for you?….let me guess….they all have “jobs”?….which is the laughable excuse you at NOM kept on using to explain why nobody was showing up for your waste of money/destroy marriage tour in which that money could have gone to more deserving people such as the homeless & starving….but what ever floats your boat Maggie…I guess paying for a hotel room pays for someone to feed their children…anywho…i digress….

    “there is no good reason” for their exclusion. Marriage is as applicable to devoted gay couples as it is to their heterosexual counterparts, you concluded, and it is their right.”……Has such a beautiful ring to it….I love it…..<3…..Ronnie

  • 35. adambink  |  January 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Here’s what the teabaggers are saying.


  • 36. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    It won’t let us in unless we sign up for an account with them. What lies are they telling, Adam?

  • 37. Straight Ally #3008  |  January 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    It appears that Loughner is a madman – I suspect he would hurt someone regardless of political rhetoric – and what really troubles me about this crime is that he could get his hands on an automatic weapon. A general ban on weapons is not the answer – look at Prohibition – but I’d like to think that this could lead to a reevaluation of gun regulations in the state. I also think that reevaluation of the rhetoric is one good thing that can come out of this horrific crime, but, ironically, I don’t think a direct line can be drawn between the two issues.

  • 38. Kristin  |  January 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I agree with straight ally. The reason for this tragedy is not likely to be directly linked with Palin and/or violent rhetoric in the media. Asserting otherwise is totally inappropriate without more information. But I’m all for organizing against Palin/Right Wing Media for the wrong that they are directly linked with. Unfortunately, there is plenty of that…

    • 39. fiona64  |  January 11, 2011 at 10:12 am

      While Sarah Palin didn’t hand him the gun and pull the trigger, she has a degree of responsibility — because she, and people like her, provide *direction and focus* to disturbed people like Loughner.

  • 40. Sagesse  |  January 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Conservatives Back New Push To End Gay Marriage In Iowa


    “The push begins on Tuesday with a counter demonstration to a gay marriage rally at the Capitol sponsored by legal group Lambda Legal and One Iowa, the state’s largest gay rights advocate.”

    • 41. Straight Ally #3008  |  January 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Evil f—ers.

      • 42. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

        Sometimes I wish all the tea party/conservatives would just start their own country in some remote place where they can exclude whoever they want and leave the rest of us alone : (

  • 43. Corrinne Gianotti  |  January 12, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Good Afternoon, Reading a website is a real pleasure, Many thanks !


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