“I just can’t with some of the tweets my kids sent me after we closed our production of “The Wizard of Oz”…”—1: “[redacted users] Some say all good things come to an end…with you it never ends.”
2: “‘Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.’ [redacted users] But it’s so hard not to.”
Me: “[redacted users] I treasure the summer I spent with you. I look forward to a lasting friendship.”
It's awesome you're raising money for St. Jude. I'm doing the same
Aw thanks! And good on you! The best part is that I get to do something I enjoy at the same time. Getting to put competitive races and philanthropy together (not to mention beer and turkey legs) is an absolutely amazing feeling.
“You know, to arm everybody and have the Wild West all the time is one of the more nonsensical things you can say […] The bottom line is if we had fewer guns, we would have a lot fewer murders.”—Mayor Michael Bloomberg
“We dedicate to our lives to those on the margins of society, many of whom are considered throwaway people: the impaired, the chronically mentally ill, the elderly, the incarcerated, to the people on death row. We have strongly spoken out against the death penalty, against war, hunger. All of those are right-to-life issues. There’s so much being said about abortion that is often phrased in such extreme and such polarizing terms that to choose not to enter into a debate that is so widely covered by other sectors of the Catholic Church — and we have been giving voice to other issues that are less covered but are equally as important…Our concern is that right-to-life issues be seen across a whole spectrum and are not narrowly defined. … To single out one right-to-life issue and to say that that’s the only issue that defines Catholic identity, I think, is really a distortion.”—An American Nun Responds to Vatican Criticism
So there's a group in Maryland trying to generate LGBTQ support for the DREAM Act the MGA passed this year which will be voted on in a referendum this November.
I tweeted them because they sent out a tweet asking if any of their followers wanted to get involved. I was like “Fuck yes. These are two things that are really important in my life!” and they tweeted me back almost immediately asking for my info. I gave it to them.
Ffwd to today. They called. Finally. I talked the the girl on the phone. She was nice enough. Obviously some low-level staffer for this nascent organization. She didn’t really even have a planned sales pitch. I directed the conversation, asking if there had been any polling specific to that ballot issue or the level of LGBTQ support for the DREAM Act in Maryland. The DREAM referendum isn’t as widely publicized as the Civil Marriage Protection Act referendum, so I understand there not being any decent polling done, but I don’t get why they assumed I was asking about isolated LGBTQ support and not support for DREAM as a whole. I also think the girl who called me didn’t know I was interested in volunteering until I mentioned it, even though that’s exactly why they even heard back from me RE: that tweet. Then I asked whether they were doing outreach in Southern Maryland (I even mentioned MD-05 to make it more specific). She said she didn’t know if they had any efforts going on or if they even would because they were unable to determine how friendly the territory was. I’ll admit I snapped a little bit. If they want to win both the Civil Marriage Protection Act and DREAM Act referendums this November, they can’t just rely on Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore, and Prince George’s Counties. Support there is maxed out and all they can do is try to increase turnout. Where I live is fertile territory for expanding support, which they have to do to win. I said a…variation of this.
Then I offered to do what I could down here if they asked and hung up.