I hope that many of you are Joining the Impact today and working to promote love and equality in your area!
Every single state in the US is taking part, as are several countries around the globe.
I am off to a local rally myself, where I will be speaking to a (hopefully) very large crowd of supporters. For those of you who are taking part virtually, or who are reading before or after taking part in this day of LGBTQI activism, I have included my speech below:
Here in the United States we have a long, ugly history of oppression. We are a nation built upon the backs of those we deem inferior.
The racism and sexism that has plagued our nation is similar in scope and reach to the homophobia that plagues our nation.
Discrimination is discrimination, regardless of its motivation.
Discrimination against one group hurts ALL groups.
We are not “special interests units” in competition for justice – rather we are one race, the human race, and all of us will move towards social justice, or move away from it, together.
We do not all begin life at the same starting line in this human race of ours – some of us start out in front due to various privileges while some of us our barely on the track due to being marked by the color of our skin, the anatomy of our bodies, or the ways in which we love and desire.
Yet, if we are to move our human race further toward the finishing line of social justice, we all must join together in a marathon effort that calls for tremendous strength and stamina.
We will not win this race if we fall prey to the divide and conquer tactics used for millennia to keep oppressed peoples from banding together.
We must resist these tactics that color the landscape now, the voices that place blame on African American and Latino voters for the passage of Prop 8.
We must resist the tendency to blame religion because blame is not a strategy for change.
Positive change has come about historically in our nation through, to paraphrase Margaret Mead, small groups of thoughtful, committed people working together to change the world.
In the words of Alice Walker, change happens when “we begin to distinguish between the need, singly, to throw rocks at whatever is oppressing us, and the creative joy that arises when we bring our collective stones of resistance against injustice together.”
In these past few weeks since the passage of Prop 8, we have begun to witness this type of creative joy arising as we refuse to accept defeat.
Yet, we must not waste our energy throwing stones at those who oppress us.
Rather, we must bring our collective stones of resistance together to build a better society, to forge a path on which we can all walk, equally, towards the finishing line of justice.
The change we are working towards now is about honoring all types of love and all people, about recognizing that we are one human race, regardless of how or who we love, regardless of the color of our skin or the anatomy between our thighs.
Prop 8 at its core aims to make the world a less just place. As such, it aims to make the world a more hateful place. As Cornel West puts it, “Never forget justice is what love looks like in public.” In contrast, Prop 8 is what hate looks like in public.
Let us continue to unite together to resist this public hate.
Let us not stop with this march, or with the next, but let us collectively unite to build a society that looks like a just society, a society based on love.
Let us not stop here but continue working to make our entire nation look like what we have here today – a group of thoughtful, committed people working for a just society. Here today, we are showing the world what justice is, that justice comes about via a love for all humanity and all expressions of love. The Repeal of Prop 8 will be our love for justice made public.