Porterville LGBT Group Launched to Oppose Rescinding City’s First Ever Pro-Equality Proclamation

First pride month, Porterville CA First Pride Month Proclaimed June 4, 2013 By Porterville City Council, political efforts to rescind immediately follow[/caption]

Porterville, CA – Residents have launched Porterville Equality and Fairness For All (PEFA), a coalition of local LGBT organizations and allies, opposing the efforts of some city councilmembers to rescind a historic proclamation declaring June “LGBT Pride Month” in the city. The proclamation was issued on June 4th by Mayor Virginia Gurrola recognizing the significant contributions of the LGBT community in Porterville.

“Mayor Gurrola took a brave stand against discrimination by supporting a proclamation acknowledging the significant contributions of the LGBT community in Porterville, and for that we thank her,” said Barry Caplan, Coordinator of PEFA. “Now, some on the council find it necessary to rescind the proclamation, thereby rescinding acknowledgment of the city’s LGBT residents.”

June is celebrated as LGBT Month nation and statewide. On June 4th, Mayor Virginia Gurrola issued a Proclamation honoring the LGBT community for its longstanding volunteer work in mental health and other areas that has benefited the entire community.

Despite the routine of all councilmembers signing proclamations recognizing community members, every member of the council, except for Mayor Gurrola refused to follow standard protocol. They refused to shake the hands of the recipients and refused to sign the proclamation.

Council Members Brian Ward and Greg Shelton have agendized revisiting the Proclamation at the upcoming council meeting on June 18. Shelton aims to discuss the “process” of the Proclamation, despite Porterville’s process being the same or substantially the same as every other City in California. Ward proposes to rescind the Proclamation mid-month, and to replace it with a Resolution declaring “A Month Of Community Charity and Goodwill For All in Porterville”.

Porterville and its Council has a long history of anti-LGBT activism. In 2008 during the Prop 8 campaign, Ward offered a Resolution in favor of Prop 8, urging locals to vote to remove rights from themselves in order to harm a disfavored minority.… Read the rest

Local paper “disturbed” by low turnout, does not understand own role

…but I am not too shy to tell them some of the reasons:

See article here

Why didn’t people vote, especially when the city council made headlines more than once in the past year for antics better left to a vaudeville show or a sitcom.

Easy answer: Because the Recorder has abdicated its civic reporting responsibilities many times:

1) You posted a video of a TCSO officer misbehaving and admitting that he knew he was misbehaving. That was good. But it only lasted about 24 hours as a more senior TCSO officer asked the paper to pull the video, which you promptly did.

2) You have never pressed Councilmembers, especially those running for election on any controversial matters. The town has been hurt for almost 4 years as a result of Ward and Hamilton working to take away the rights of gays. And Hamilton’s flip-flop from his 2003 vote, when he pledged Council to work against what he urged the 2008 Council to do has never been reported. In fact, the Recorder took the page offline that reported the 9/2003 meeting I refer to.

3) Hamilton again: You have never followed up regarding his odd behavior during the arrest of the previous publisher of the Recorder.

4) You have never reported on the discovery, made quite plain on the Recorder facebook page by Case Lok and others, that Rodney Martin had posted materials with his view on the impropriety (to day the least) of the mixing of races in public and homophobic reasons why he homeschools his kids. Not only ought that have been news, but why he never mentioned it in his campaign ought to have been news as well.

5) You have never run or lent your voice to a sustained voter registration drive or get out the vote drive.… Read the rest

Let fury have the hour, anger can be power

D’you know that you can use it?

It’s the best years of your life they want to steal

No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown

I will have more to say in this space soon regarding yesterday’s Prop H8 decision, I am still gathering my thoughts.

But these lyric from a song I know have been blasting in my head since the news broke (very slightly paraphrased):

What are we gonna do now?
Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a Jew?
’Cos working for the clampdown

They put up a poster saying:
We pray more than you!
When we’re working for the clampdown

We will teach our twisted speech
To the young believers
We will train our blue-eyed men
To be young believers

The judge said five to ten but I say double that again
I’m not working for the clampdown

No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown

Kick over the wall ’cause government’s to fall
How can you refuse it?

Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D’you know that you can use it?

The voices in your head are calling
Stop wasting your time, there’s nothing coming
Only a fool would think someone could save you
The men at the factory are old and cunning
You don’t owe nothing, so boy get runnin’
It’s the best years of your life they want to stealRead the rest

Prop 8 Upheld, Tears Flood the Streets

Hand of the Law Comes Down Hard

Separate But Equal the Law of the Land Once Again in California

I can legislate the right of your kids to marry at the ballot box at any time.

At least we know that is clear.

I wonder what else I can legislate with my organizing skills and a clipboard?

How about “Marriage is only recognized between residents of Tulare County and Mormons?”

Bonus Quiz (in case you think I am joking):

Answer via comment below:

Which US Supreme Court Justice has written this?

“To the argument . . . that a majority may not deprive a minority of its constitutional right, the answer must be made that while this is sound in theory, in the long run it is the majority who will determine what the constitutional rights of the minorities are.”

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Prop 8 D-Day Actions, Tulare County Announced and Confirmed

From Jamie Garza
Chair Porterville LGBTQ, Tulare County Chapter Leader Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA)

It was confirmed yesterday that the Supreme Court
will issue its ruling on Prop 8, Tuesday May 26th at 10:00am. We have two very important local actions to follow. And Please lets make this viral. Call your friends and family, Forward this email, text, myspace, facebook, twitter, whatever you can do to help spread the word.

Visalia D-Day Action will be Tuesday 26th at 6:00pm at the Visalia Courthouse. For more info go to:
http://www.marriageequality.org/index.php?page=ca-tulare-county or to find more locations go to:

And You Don’t want to miss what could be the biggest marriage equality action in the Central Valley. Please join supporters from all over the state for “Meet In THe Middle 4 Equality” on Saturday May 30th at Fresno City Hall at 1:00pm. For more info go to:

Visit the Tulare County Chapter and Join MEUSA Today! www.marriageequality.org… Read the rest

Breaking News – Prop 8 Ruling Imminent

This in from the California Supreme Court notification service:

Case: S168047, Supreme Court of California

Date (YYYY-MM-DD): 2009-05-22
Event Description: Notice of forthcoming opinion posted
For more information on this case, go to:
http://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/dockets.cfm?dist=0&doc_id=1899725… Read the rest

Which sets a more dangerous legal precedent? (prop 8 related)?

Which of these precedents is more dangerous?

1: A majority vote being able to restrict the freedoms of a minority group.

2: The federal government overriding a majority vote to give those freedoms back.

I was reading somewhere that people wanted the federal government to intervene and try to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Regardless of how you stand on Prop 8, which of these precedents is potentially more harmful to our democracy?

Clearly #1 is more dangerous, because it is the only one contrary to our long history.

I just returned from a local demonstration, and as a featured speaker, I addressed exactly this topic. I spoke for about 15 minutes, but I will give readers the short version here.

Here we go.… Read the rest

This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land

As everyone knows, tomorrow’s protest in Porterville, at the corner of Henderson and Newcomb, by the helicopter, is part of a Nationwide demonstration! Come out and join us!

One of the most beautiful patriotic songs ever written is This Land
is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

The lyrics are completely secular, 100% inclusive, and descriptive of
the principles our country is founded on, while demanding equality for

We all know at least part of the song, and I think it would be
wonderful if during tomorrow’s demonstration and march we can sing it
to demonstrate the rightness of our cause, and solidarity with each
other and with our brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, mothers,
fathers and fellow citizens marching across the country.

The song is probably a little longer then you remember, so I am
including the lyrics below, and here as a pdf file.

please print them out and bring them to the demonstration.

the pdf file has two pages, one with one copy of the lyric, and one
with two, so you can make extra copies without wasting paper, for
those who might not be able to bring a copy, or who might not see this

Finally, since I am not sure if attachments are allowed, a few minutes
after I send this message, I will upload the pdf file to the yahoo
groups page in the Files section (Link below in the message footer)
and also on my blog at Portervillenerd.com



words and music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me

I’ve roamed and rambled and I’ve followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me

The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me

As I was walkin’ – I saw a sign there
And that sign said – no tress passin’
But on the other side ….

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