Tuesday, November 10, 2009

AmericaBlog launches "Don't Ask, Don't Give" campaign

Following the disappointing results for marriage equality in Maine last week and the noted absence of any support from the White House to stop the hate, activist David Mixner once again called on us to take action and stop supporting Democrats who don't support full equality for LGBT Americans.

Answering the call to arms are bloggers John Aravosis and Joe Sudbay, of AmericaBlog, who launched the Nationwide Kiss-In over the summer. The two have launched another online campaign called "Don't Ask, Don't Give", calling on the LGBT community to suspend financial donations to the DNC and Democratic candidates until they commit to fighting for full equality for LGBT Americans.

I fully support this effort. I've written before about how sick and tired I am of supporting candidates that don't support me, just because they're Democrats or the lesser of two evils. They don't listen to our words. They drag their feet when called upon to stand up for us. We have supported the Democrats for decades in the hopes that they will do the right thing, yet time and and time again they have let us down. It's time to send the message to the Dems that the gAyTM is closed.

Posted on AmericaBlog.com on Monday: 

"Joe and I are launching today a donor boycott of the DNC. The boycott is cosponsored by Daily Kos, Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake, Dan Savage, Michelangelo Signorile, David Mixner, Andy Towle and Michael Goff of Towle Road, Paul Sousa (Founder of Equal Rep in Boston), Pam Spaulding, Robin Tyler (ED of the Equality Campaign, Inc.), Bil Browning for the Bilerico Project, and soon others.

It's really more of a "pause," than a boycott. Boycotts sounds so final, and angry. Whereas this campaign is temporary, and is only meant to help some friends - President Obama and the Democratic party - who have lost their way. We are hopeful that via this campaign, our friends will keep their promises.

So please sign the Petition and take a Pledge to no longer donate to the DNC, Organizing for America, or the Obama campaign until the President and the Democratic party keep their promises to the gay community, our families, and our friends.

You can find our Frequently Asked Questions, below, that explain the entire campaign. You can use our "Tell a Friend" page to tell all of your friends, family members, and coworkers about this effort (and we won't keep any of the email addresses you enter, they'll all be deleted after the emails are sent)."
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