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This Week In Marriage Equality -- 32 States Down, 18 To Go
This week in marriage equality, a federal judge in Puerto Rico dismissed the marraige equality case in that US territory. The decision will be appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. You can read more about that ruling here.
In Montana, a hearing has been set for the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment in the federal marriage equality case there on November 20 in Great Falls.
In Kansas, a federal judge had set a hearing date on the plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in the marriage equality case in that state for today (October 24). The judge cancelled that hearing on Thursday. Apparently, attorneys for the plaintiffs (the ACLU) want to further review the state defendants' response brief which had just been filed. The plaintiffs have until Monday (Oct. 27) to file an additional brief. The judge will then decide whether to reschedule the hearing or to rule on the briefs alone.
In Mississippi, the Campaign for Southern Equality has filed a marriage equality lawsuit in that state. The plaintiffs will be represented by attorney Roberta Kaplan (Edie Windsor's attorney). And, a motion for a preliminary injunction has already been filed. The judge in that case has scheduled a hearing on that motion for November 12.
In Wyoming, the governor notified the district court in writing that the state defendants would not be appealing the marriage equality lawsuit in that case on October 21. The judge lifted the stay, and same-sex couples are marrying in Wyoming. Congratulations Wyoming!
In South Carolina, the plaintiffs in the first (there are now two) federal marriage equality case (filed in 2013) in that state filed a motion for summary judgment. In the second marriage equality case in SC, Lambda Legal has filed a motion for preliminary injunction and a motion for summary judgment. The judge has set up a briefing schedule in that case, and Lambda Legal has requested that the schedule be shortened and for an expedited ruling. South Carolina is part of the Fourth Circuit, so there should not be any question about how the judge should/will rule, because marriage equality is the law in that circuit.
In Arkansas, the judge presiding over that federal marriage equality case has scheduled a motions hearing for November 20. Interestingly, the state Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument for the state marriage equality case for November 20 as well.
Governor Otter in Idaho has asked the Ninth Circuit for an en banc hearing of the marriage equality case out of that state. (good luck with that)
And, Alaska state officials have asked the Ninth Circuit for an initial en banc hearing for the marriage equality case out of that state. (again, good luck with that)
Without a car or cell phone, young Lakota man in South Dakota works to help his people vote
Twenty-seven-year-old Wiyaka Eagleman registered 50 Lakota voters on the Rosebud Sioux reservation of South Dakota last week. Then he walked and hitched rides for more than 40 miles to deliver the completed forms to the Tripp County Clerk just in time to meet the Monday deadline. Then he walked and hitched home.Wiyaka Eagleman on the left wearing the bright yellow tee shirt. That's Rick Weiland in the blue shirt.
Eagleman (Sicangu Oyate Lakota) grew up on the sprawling reservation, one of nine in the state, home to the Sioux Nation's Upper Brulé division, the tribe of the war chief Spotted Tail, a relative of Crazy Horse. As a child, Wiyaka carried five-gallon buckets of water from an outside pump because there was no indoor plumbing. He remembers that as the best-tasting water.
Wiyaka, whose name means Feather Boy in Lakota, finished the 10th grade and then went into the Job Corps. At 18 he moved to the city to work as a roofer during the summer. After culinary academy training he worked as a cook during the winter.
This past June something changed in Wiyaka's mind and heart. He says he felt he needed to return to the reservation. He was particularly troubled by what was happening to his people because of the threat of the Keystone XL pipeline, which, if approved, will carry tar sands petroleum through the state from Canada to Texas. Wiyaka was caught in what he called a struggle. In the city there are jobs and housing. On the reservation there are not. He was conflicted over whether to help himself or his people. Soon, he decided to go back to the Rosebud even though he had no place to live:"We need jobs on the rez. We've had a hard lifestyle. I put aside my feelings of hate and anger because of the genocide. Somebody should talk about what our people need here. I would work for my people, cut wood labor-free, but I need gas to do that and there's no money here."Upon returning home he first met with his uncle, Russell Eagle Bear, who is a Rosebud Tribal Council member. Eagle Bear is a strong voice against the pipeline. His uncle advised Wiyaka that he should think of the next generations and should live his dream. So the young man joined the Shield the People movement that erects tipi camps to stop progress along the designated pipeline right-of-way. He's been living with others in a camp of six tipis the past four months on Highway 83 about 30 miles from the town of Mission. Fortunately, the group has arrangements to have access to a trailer for the bitter South Dakota winter.Wiyaka Eagleman in the tipi he lives in.
The members of the community nourish each other, they share resources. But those resources are thin. In Wiyaka's tipi camp there is one laptop which they all share.
This is the first year Wiyaka has become engaged in politics. "This is how we change things," he says. He takes the work seriously. While gathering those voter registrations, Wiyaka covered more than 100 miles traveling to Parmelee, thru the Rosebud and then on to the county seat in Winner. He set out on foot but managed to hitch four rides. When I ask Wiyaka if he stood and thumbed for the rides or did he keep walking, he replies, "I walk like a warrior; you just keep walking."If Wiyaka can do this, against heavy odds, then you can spend an hour making GOTV phone calls or chipping in $3. Please help get out the reservation vote in South Dakota. Contribute to South Dakota NDN Election Efforts PAC so American Indian voices can be heard!
There's more to this story below the orange fluffy frybread.
Walker Administration/WI DOJ appealing 120 Sing Along tickets that were thrown out
I haven't offered an update on the Solidarity Sing Along in a while, but it is still going strong. The sing along is a noon-hour singing protest that has occurred at the Wisconsin State Capitol every weekday, including holidays, since March 11, 2011. It began when the larger protests against Governor Scott Walker's union-busting law began to wane.For nearly four years now, between 20 and 100 (and at times, hundreds) of citizens have gathered in the rotunda or on the Capitol lawn on their lunch hours to sing for an hour in support of labor rights, the environment, women's health issues, education, and the first amendment.
Resistance to the Walker brand of neo-fascism has also included the displaying of banners, writing of messages on the Capitol sidewalk with sidewalk chalk, and the occasional yelling of "Walker Sucks!"
The persistent public shaming of Mr. Walker and his Republican co-conspirators in the state legislature by concerned citizens did not sit well with the governor, who ousted the well-regarded Chief of the Capitol Police a couple years ago and replaced him with one of Walker's bodyguards from the State Patrol with a mandate to crack down on the singers. No, I am not making that up.
On the eve of the 2012 anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, the unqualified and uncharismatic new chief, David Erwin, did a stiff interview with a local right-wing propaganda site claiming that the Capitol singers and others were "terrorizing" schoolchildren, grandmothers, and lawmakers with sensitive dispositions. After that ill-chosen phrasing was picked up and highlighted by legitimate media, Erwin ordered his officers (themselves having had their own union busted by Walker) to issue citations to people they could identify, and that's what they did. First, they issued them by mail or in person at people's homes, then occasionally in person right after the noon Sing Along.
Eventually, after it was clear that the gently-delivered tickets were failing to motivate people to stop gathering and singing, Erwin ordered his officers to arrest people in the Capitol and issue them citations for failing to disperse from an unlawful assembly. They arrested hundreds of people in the rotunda over the course of a few months in the summer of 2013.
You can probably guess what happened. The gatherings became larger and larger, attracting more local citizens who saw the arrests of their neighbors as unnecessary bullying. The arrests continued. For the most part the singers simply kept singing as they were being cuffed. A few people were charged with resisting for sitting down when confronted by police, but none of the arrestees ever became violent. (I can say that with confidence since I was there most days and there are literally hundreds of photos and videos from each day of arrests. The only violence that occurred was perpetrated by police when they arrested two young, black activists who were there to observe and sing, like everyone else. The arrests of singers were ended after video surfaced showing that the police lied about the circumstances surrounding the arrests of the two men and bogus criminal charges against one of them were dropped.)
Since then, the Sing Along legend has grown as social activists, labor union members, and musical artists from around the world have sent word of their support, or even journeyed to Madison to join the singers, but the legal mess created by Walker and Erwin has gotten even messier. For a number of reasons, including common sense, the local district attorney refused to prosecute the tickets, so the state Attorney General, Republican J.B. Van Hollen, offered to step in and have the state do the dirty work. Surely the singers would tremble at the awesome power of the Van Hollen machine, right?
Wrong. The singers fought back. Most pled not guilty and demanded jury trials. With assistance from the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and others, the singers who stood their ground (through their attorneys or sometimes representing themselves) have convinced the courts to dismiss the citations before even going to trial. It's been a long, ongoing legal battle, but the courts have held consistently that the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda is a traditional public forum and that the people who have assembled there to sing and protest have done so lawfully.
One thing about petty dictators is that they don't give up, though, and Walker, Erwin, and Van Hollen haven't given up on their silly campaign against sidewalk chalk, satin banners, and folk music sung by peaceful protesters. For the rest of the story, jump over that crumpled orange banner and read the latest press release from the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Florida's gay couples could start planning their weddings after midnight tonight
Florida's AG Pam Bondi has until midnight tonight 10/24 to respond to a request by the ACLU that a federal judge lift his stay on same-sex marriage in Florida.
Judge Robert Hinkle overturned Florida's same-sex marriage ban in late August, but immediately stayed his own ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decided several similar lawsuits that had already gotten through federal appeals courts.So far, no response from Bondi, best known nationally as the Florida AG who postponed a state execution to attend a fund raiser. Let's hope there's a fund raiser tonight.
But on Oct. 6, the nation's highest court decided not to hear any of those cases, essentially allowing the rulings to go into effect — and all of them overturned bans on same-sex marriage.
The decision had far-reaching effects, legalizing same-sex marriage in five states and clearing the path in half a dozen more. Here in Florida, it meant the reason for Hinkle's stay was no longer relevant.
"We filed last Tuesday to have the stay lifted, so [the state] has until next Friday, the 24th, to respond," ACLU lawyer Daniel Tilley said. "And we certainly hope that we'll have an answer then."
Update, the #'s/Victory photos/Students lined up and voting in the now famous Plemmons Student Union
4:51 PM PT: According to the Watauga County Elections Director, more than 700 people voted at the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of ASU today, the largest turnout of all the early sites:h/t~dean4ever ~ http://www.hcpress.com/...
Plemmons Student Union at ASU – more than 700 early voters
Blowing Rock Town Hall – 78 early voters
Meat Camp VFD – 39 early voters
Deep Gap VFD – 37 early voters
Western Watauga Community Center – approximately 60 early voters
Watauga County Administration Building in downtown Boone – 591 early voters
Go students, keep on trucking, your future so depends upon your participation.
With a legal decision coming down to the wire yesterday Appalachian State University students are voting in large numbers today.
It's my precinct, too, and I couldn't wait to get a photo of this historic day, so I went to vote.
Loved hearing the conversations the students and citizens were having in line, "They [Republicans] don't want us to vote, guess what, that's why I'm here," a young woman said as she passed out yellow ballot assist sheets. I smiled in knowing that the yellow sheets are our Democratic sample ballot.
Later as the line moved forward, a grey haired lady pointed to the 2016 sign and said,"What's wrong with that, (pause) It doesn't have student IDs on it, does it?"
A beautiful day, seeing students vote; one young man told me it was his first time voting. I pulled a yellow slip from my pocket and responded, "Yes it is and yellow is a beautiful color." Many overheard me and the line almost applauded.
The Sound of Marriage Equality
Whatever you thought of the live 'Sound of Music' starring Carrie Underwood, it was still commendable for a number of reasons, including exposing country fans to musical theatre, and showing people who'd only seen the movie the numbers & scenes that were cut from it. (Not that Julie Andrews wasn't adorable, but in the movie the Captain dumps Baroness Schraeder just because of one dance with his employee, which is sort of creepy. In the actual musical, Schraeder turns out to be a Nazi appeaser, and possibly a sympathizer, which is a slightly better reason . . .)
I was reminded of this song by Louie Gohmert (and a few other wingnuts) remarking that the spreading tide of marriage equality was just like the spread of Naziism . . .
Jazz: Big Bands
The Big Band. The American Jazz Orchestra.
5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, Piano/bass/drums/guitar. Maybe one of the ‘bones is a bass trombone. Maybe a trumpet player plays flugelhorn. Maybe someone plays french horn. Obviously 2 alto, 2 tenor and 1 bari sax…but maybe guys double on clarinet or flute or soprano sax or even bass clarinet. In some cases, the bass player might double on tuba. Though more often he’s going to switch between acoustic or electric bass when needed….stand-up or the fender.
I think this sort of ensemble is the most neglected but embedded formats for music in the 21st century. It’s as silly to dismiss as it would be to say the rock and roll power trio of guitar/bass/drums is a dead format. It’s only a format, an orchestrational and arrangement approach. A collection of instruments is not music. But the format is an object of projection to a variety of groups. Many of the racial and political complexities of Jazz intersect within the format of the big band.
I’m doing a gig tomorrow (Monday) night with a local big band and I thought it would worthwhile to spend a few days checking out various big bands to hone my big band concept befor the gig. I think I may have stumbled into something far more complex.
Meet the next Prime Minister of Canada: Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau grew up on 24 Sussex Drive Ottawa (our White House). His Father was Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1979. Like his father, Justin is running under the Liberal Party flag. He supports legalization of maryjane, is anti war and pro-choice including assisted suicide (with regulations). He is young, currently 42. He recently released his first autobiography titled Common Ground.
Last night he launched his campaign for Prime Minister in 2015 with an hour long interview on the Canadian CTV show W5 (who what when where why).
Sadly I cannot find a way to embed this video but here is the link to the interview: http://www.ctvnews.ca/...
If you want to hear his version of his life, watch the interview and read his autobiography.
Netroots Radio Presents: "The Hideous Truth of How Things Run"
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I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.The playlist for Sunday 19 Oct 14 8pm to 9pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans FrontieresWho luvs ya, baby?
~~ "The Hideous Truth of How Things Run" ~~
1 - John Lee Hooker -- "I Cover The Waterfront"
2 - John Hammond -- "2:19"
3 - Charles Caldwell -- "Remember Me"
4 - Woody Guthrie -- "Vigilante Man"
5 - Chris Whitley -- "Spanish Harlem Incident"
6 - Tin Hat Trio -- "Fear of the South"
7 - Lhasa de Sela -- "Anywhere on This Road"
8 - Milladoiro -- "Alala das Marianas"
9 - Burhan Ocal and The Trakya Allstars -- "Melike"
10 - Mari Boine -- "Vuoi Vuoi Mu"
11 - Vinicius Cantuaria and Bill Frisell - "Aquela Mulher"
12 - Maria De Barros -- "Cabinda A Cunene"
13 - Manuel Galban -- "Drume Negrita"
"I'm Not A Scientist" song
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