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wembleyheadsBeing the change

I thought I was not putting energy toward this goal, because I no longer organize events or protest in the street or even vote in local elections anymore….

Reading this quote Sitruunapuu posted made me realize I’ve actually started going about it in a more productive way than ever, by sorting myself out first. I have seen the effects of small, influential ripples already.

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits,
 I dreamed of changing the world.
 As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change,
 so I shortened my sights somewhat and
 decided to change only my country. 
But it, too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, 
in one last desperate attempt,
 I settled for changing only my family, 
those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
 And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: 
If I had only changed myself first,
 then by example I would have changed my family. 
From their inspiration and encouragement,
 I would have been able to better my country and,
 who knows,
 I may have changed the world.

—Unknown 22 months ago


wembleyheadsmoved everything to a credit union

No sketchy lending practices, no corporate lobbying…. Count me as a fan of this local entity, owned by its depositors :)

Tomorrow the last tie to my old account at a big bank is severed. Wheee! 2 years ago


funchildeJustice for Trayvon Martin-Paper Campaigning

I wrote the mayor of sanford, fl today too. I am glad this case is really getting into the national media because of the nature of the crime. I am going to send my letters and emails to the florida leadership/involved parties every week until something happens. 2 years ago


funchildeThe New Hampshire HB 437 was defeated!

211-116 NH voted to not repeal hb 437 and to continue to allow that same sex marriage is legal in our state. I’m proud that I wrote my letters to the newspapers, governor, senators, local reps, etc. 2 years ago


funchildeJustice for Trayvon Martin

I wrote the Governor of Florida, The State’s attorney, the Florida Attorney General and the Chief of Police of Sanford, FL. My letter was not overly emotional, but definitely had feeling. I also decided not to bring up race at all though there’s almost no doubt in my mind that it played a part in an unarmed 17 year old with a pocketfull of skittles ended up dead at the hands of an overzealous, self-appointed neighborhood watcher.

I also sent e-mail and snail mail copies of the letters. 2 years ago


funchildeMy letter to editor was published!

I wrote a letter to my local paper, and sent letters to my congressman, 2 senators and 5 local reps. It was nice to get an email back, a phone call and to see my words in the paper with almost no editing! I’m very proud.

Same-sex marriage in the United States is not recognized by the federal government, but such marriages are recognized by some individual states. The lack of federal recognition was codified in 1996 by the Defense of Marriage Act, before Massachusetts became the first state to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004. Such licenses are granted by six states: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, plus Washington, D.C. and Oregon’s Coquille and Washington state’s Suquamish Indian tribes. The states of Washington1 and Maryland have passed laws to begin granting same-sex marriage licenses during 2012, but each may be delayed or derailed by November 2012 voter referenda. 2 years ago


funchildeVolunteer Conversation

I had a good convo with a volunteer at the Norris Cotton Cancer center today and she said she thought I’d be “perfect” to help with the comfort cart and patient lunches program and maybe I could spend a couple of hours volunteering with her as an apprentice of sorts. She works every Wednesday from about 11am-3pm.

She was very sweet and I could tell she was comfortable with me. she sat with me, we spoke about our personal lives and she showed me pics of her beloved cat who had the very cool name: Ambrose :-) 2 years ago


funchildeCall to Confirm from my local paper

My local paper called to verify that I wrote a letter to the editor and let me know that it may be published. They couldn’t say when, just that there was no reason it wouldn’t be at some point. This was a letter on my perspective as an African American, female, southern transplant to new england and my pride in our “live free or die” motto and how the repeal of the freedom to marry act doesn’t at all make sense given our state “culture”

Pretty cool! 2 years ago


funchildeGot a reply letter from my Congressman

Charlie Bass of NH. Thanking me for my thoughts on the repeal of HB 437 and letting me know of a D-NY Congressman’s HR 1116 which would repeal the Defense of Marriage and make a more permanent respect for marriage act and put legalization/recognition of same sex marriage at state level. Now I need to research that…it didn’t sound all that great to me and Bass didn’t say he agreed, just that he’d “keep (my)/your thoughts in mind” as they deliberate, yada yada, still. I’m very impressed with the response at all. 2 years ago


funchildeNH HB 437: Bill to repeal the freedom to marry

I wrote 3 newspapers, 5 local representatives, my state’s 2 senators and congressman requesting their support to block this bill that would repeal the freedom to marry act. I have drafted a letter to our Governor, John Lynch that I will mail tomorrow. Half of these were emails, half snail mails depending on the character limits of their email receiving services.

This was actually enlightening in that it forced me to put my thoughts and values on paper in a concrete and well (I hope) articulated manner and I’ve learned more about the issue.

There was also this quote from a newspaper editorial that I just love: “People can claim religious or moral objections to many things required of them under the law, but it does not follow that they can discriminate across the board against a whole class of people on that basis.”-editorial, Valley News, 2/11/12.

Same-sex marriage in the United States is not recognized by the federal government, but such marriages are recognized by some individual states. The lack of federal recognition was codified in 1996 by the Defense of Marriage Act, before Massachusetts became the first state to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004. Such licenses are granted by six states: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, plus Washington, D.C. and Oregon’s Coquille and Washington state’s Suquamish Indian tribes. The states of Washington1 and Maryland have passed laws to begin granting same-sex marriage licenses during 2012, but each may be delayed or derailed by November 2012 voter referenda. 2 years ago


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