A Statement from the president…

On February 25, 2015, in Politics, by robertbacon

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.


Town Hall Meeting…

On February 25, 2015, in Politics, by robertbacon

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.

Tales from the South, a radio show where southern writers bring their own true stories to life.

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

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