Contact your legislators and let them know how you feel about the passage of HB 1228. If your legislator is listed as being one that voted against discrimination call them and let them know you appreciate them standing up for what is right. If they voted for it call them and explain to them how this is bad for Arkansas. If they didn’t vote, voted “present” or “not voting” encourage them to do the right thing and stand against this bill. Listed below we have the Senate and House votes on the bill, if you’re unaware of who your legislators are click the link below and contact them accordingly. Thank you for all your hard work, together WE WILL make Arkansas better.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone that came out to South on Main today! (Nearly 700 people showed up!) Together we WILL make the difference in this state! It is your continued commitment and conviction that makes it all worthwhile.
(All photographs below are the property of and copyright held by Barb Kampbell Photography – all rights reserved 2015)
Statement regarding HB 1228
From: Arkansas Democratic Caucus president, Tippi McCullough
The Stonewall Democratic Caucus of Arkansas’ mission is to achieve equal rights for all Arkansans regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The last few months have proved to be a challenge to say the least. Arkansas is moving backwards in regard to minority rights in general and especially the rights of LGBT Arkansans.
First the misleading, discriminatory SB 202 became Act 137. Now, we are past disappointed in regard to the reintroduction and passage out of committee of HB 1228. We are saddened and quite frankly let down that Democrat Senator David Burnett saw fit to flip his vote to guarantee that this bill would get out of committee and eventually arrive at the governors desk.
HB 1228 shows how out of touch the Arkansas Legislature is with swiftly changing attitudes towards the LGBT community and big business and commerce. Over 50% of Americans are in support of same gender marriages and do not approve of discriminatory employment and housing practices that target the LGBT community. Not only do a majority of Americans not support discriminatory legislation that target LGBT but also multi-billion dollar businesses including Walmart and Apple have come out against HB 1228. If and when HB 1228 passes, the legislators have successfully alienated extremely talented young Arkansans who have contacted us and made it clear they refuse to live in a state that relegates the LGBT community to second class citizenship.
We are also disappointed that Rep. Ballinger has failed to keep his commitment to debate the Stonewall Democrats regarding HB 1228 in an open forum to educate the public. The Stonewall Democrats have attempted numerous times to make arrangements with Rep. Ballinger to schedule the debate but he has yet to respond. The last open forum that Stonewall Democrats hosted was standing room only with over 200 citizens in attendance. The public not only wants open discussion and explanation for HB1228 but deserves that open and honest discussion. So again, Stonewall Democrats are extending an invitation to any legislator who supports and plans on voting for HB 1228 and Governor Hutchinson to an open forum and public debate to explain their support for this discriminatory bill.
We would like to thank Senators Chesterfield, Elliott, and Johnson for their votes against HB 1228 and their strong stance for equality.
Tippi McCullough, president
Stonewall Democratic Caucus of Arkansas
Statement from AR Stonewall Democratic Caucus 2-25-15
President Tippi McCullough
Re: Defeat of HB1228
HB1228 is a thinly veiled effort to use religion to advance animus intent toward the LGBT community through the legislative process.
We are encouraged that the Judicial Committee voted against HB1228 but our efforts to expose the true animus intent of both SB202 and HB1228 continues.
We ask a legislator to bravely step forward and present a bill to amend the Arkansas Civil Rights Act. The true intent behind SB202 and HB1228 will be evident if a bill is introduced to add five simple words to the Arkansas Civil Rights Act: sexual orientation and gender identity.
If legislators vote no to add those five simple words, the tattered veil hiding the animus intent of SB202 and HB1228 will flutter away and the discriminatory intent will be in the open for all to see.
Press Release February 24, 2015
The Arkansas Stonewall Democratic Caucus will host a Town Hall Meeting to explain the legal and practical ramifications of SB202 The Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act and HB1228 The Conscience Protection Act and their impact on equality in the community. There will be a thirty minute panel discussion followed by a question and answer session from the public.
Panel: Senators Joyce Elliott
Senator David Johnson
Representative Warwick Sabin
Representative Clarke Tucker
City Director Kathy Webb
Date and Time: Sunday, March 1 from 4:00 – 5:00
Location: Arkansas Education Association
1500 W. 4th St. (Next to the Arkansas Capitol building)
Tickets: Free and open to the public
Below is information about the Tales from the South show AR Stonewall Democratic Caucus is sponsoring:
Two LGBT Shows Next Week on Tales from the South Radio Show
Little Rock, AR. February 24, 2015— In response to Arkansas’ discriminatory bill SB202, Tales from the South Radio Show will be having two “End Hate: True Stories Told by the LGBT Southerners Who Lived Them” shows: Tuesday evening, March 03 at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, and Wednesday evening, March 04 at The Oyster Bar in Little Rock. The live taping of the radio series is open to the public and will feature live music as well as the storytelling.
These special shows feature Arkansans who just happen to be part of the LGBT community and tell stories of discrimination, love, overcoming obstacles, having children, losing loved ones, and more. Tales’ goal in sharing these stories is to not only help people realize that the human experience is a universal one, but also show the world the other side of the South than the one being portrayed in the national and international media.
With the mission of giving all people a voice to share their stories, Tales from the South has partnered with Arkansas artist V.L. Cox and her “End Hate” conceptual art series “based on the labels once placed on doors, not that long ago, from our shameful past. These doors convey a message: to remind others of how dangerous and repressive the labels of discrimination can be, and how everyone deserves the right to walk through any and ALL doors with dignity and respect.” Cox’s “End Hate” series will be on display at both shows.
“Tales from the South” is a weekly NPR show now in its 10th year that features Southerners reading their own true stories in front of a live audience at various locally-owned restaurants and venues throughout Arkansas and the South. Tale’s home station is the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s KUAR, and they are heard on multiple public radio stations across the country and satellite radio around the world. They are also syndicated by World Radio Network and are heard six times a week on WRN Europe, WRN Asia, and WRN Africa; twice a week on RTE, Ireland’s Public Broadcasting Service; and on Poland’s Public Broadcasting Network. In 2012 Tales became distributed by Public Radio Exchange and won PRX’s 2012 Zeitfunk Award for Most Licensed Debut Producer. In 2013 they won an Arkansas Governors’ Arts Award, were in the top 6 storytelling shows on Stitcher Smart Radio (with “This American Life,” “StoryCorp,” “The Moth,” “Risk!” and “Snap Judgment”), and received a 2014 Henry Award for Media Support from the Department of Arkansas Parks and Tourism. They recently partnered with NPR’s “Snap Judgment” and their stories are now heard there, too. Tales is included in The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, on the Arkansas Arts Council’s Arts on Tour Roster, and is in the processing of developing shows throughout the South. The show’s creator and producer Paula Martin Morell is on the Arkansas Arts Council’s Arts in Education roster and offers writing workshops to schools, hospitals, prisons, and more, culminating in aired shows. Tales is presented by Temenos Publishing and The Midnight Muse Writing Workshops, with additional support provided by The Oxford American Magazine, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, UALR’s Department of Rhetoric and Writing, and the North Little Rock Visitors’ Bureau.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, plus the cost of dinner and drinks. Seating is very limited. Tickets can be purchased online at www.talesfromthesouth.com
The March 03 show is sponsored by the Stonewall Democratic Caucus of Arkansas.
Both shows will air within 7 days of taping, and podcasts will be available on Stitcher and the Tales from the South website.
Article from Think Progress
Last week, both chambers of the Arkansas legislature passed a bill that would eliminate all local non-discrimination protections for LGBT Arkansans — legislation Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has vowed to let become law without his signature. While citizens are imploring Hutchinson to change his mind and veto the bill once it reaches his desk, Arkansas’ business community has remained silent on the measure.
SB 202 would strip from local governments the power to protect LGBT citizens against employment, housing, public accommodations, as such protections go beyond existing state law. The text claims that this is to preserve “uniformity of law,” which it claims “benefits the businesses, organizations, and employers seeking to do business in the state and attracts new businesses, organizations, and employers to the state.”
Read the full article HERE