15 Cable / Broadcast Network Stations and How Much of Their Programming is LGBT Inclusive in 2009

(ref: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)

The GLAAD Network Responsibility Index evaluates the quantity and quality of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people on television. Based on GLAAD’s 2009 report, below is a list of cable and network broadcast stations sorted according to the percentage of programming hours showing LGBT people and themes in a positive light. Continue reading

10 Interesting Facts About This Land is Your Land

(ref: Freedom Song by Mary Turck, woodyguthrie.org, wikipedia)

  1. In 1940, Woody Guthrie wrote This Land is Your Land because he was tired of the radio overplaying Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” which he thought was unrealistic and complacent. [wikipedia]
     
  2. The tune for the song was taken from a gospel hymn “When the world’s on fire” recorded by the Carter Family in 1930.
     
  3. A verse that is normally left out when performed…
    Was a high wall there that tried to stop me
    A sign was painted said: Private Property
    But on the back side it didn’t say nothing
    That side was made for you and me.

     
  4. Another verse that is normally not sung…
    One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple
    By the Relief Office I saw my people
    As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering
    If this land was made for you and me?

     
  5. Various artists who have performed the song include: Bob Dylan, The Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul and Mary, and Bruce Springsteen
     
  6. The song was most recently sung by Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger (with the usually omitted verses intact) during President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
     
  7. The soundtrack to the movie Hard travelin’ includes an original recording of Woody Guthrie singing the song with his son Arlo Guthrie digitally mixed in to sing the omitted verses as taught to him by his father.
     
  8. Guthrie’s original “copyright” on his song reads:
    This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin’ it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.
     
  9. Woody Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma. Guthrie was disabled by and died of Huntington’s disease which ended his life in 1967.
     
  10. A Woody Guthrie quote [woodyguthrie.org],
    “A folk song is what’s wrong and how to fix it or it could be
    who’s hungry and where their mouth is or
    who’s out of work and where the job is or
    who’s broke and where the money is or
    who’s carrying a gun and where the peace is.”

     

Freedom Song by Mary Turck is available at Reach and Teach

8 Quotes by Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)

Every King holiday has been a national “teach-in” on the values of nonviolence, including unconditional love, tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation, which are so desperately needed to unify America. It is a day of intensive education and training in Martin’s philosophy and methods of nonviolent social change and conflict-reconciliation. The Holiday provides a unique opportunity to teach young people to fight evil, not people, to get in the habit of asking themselves, “what is the most loving way I can resolve this conflict?”
– The Meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday , 2004
I urge every one of you to become involved in nonviolent movements to rectify injustices in this country and around the world… [Let] us reaffirm our opposition to all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice, including that which is directed against Muslim and Arab people. There are extremists and fanatics who claim to be members of every religion. Terrorists do not represent the overwhelming majority of Muslims and Arab people who are good and decent human beings.
– Southern University of Illinois Carbondale, November 2001
Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination.
– Atlanta, GA, NGLTF Conference, November 9, 2000
I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice … But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”… I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.
– 25th anniversary luncheon for Lambda Defense and Education Fund, March 31, 1998
If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.
– The Plain Dealer, Ohio, 1995
Vietnam has been replaced by an undeclared war in our central cities … fought by gangs with guns over drugs.
– Chicago Tribune, April 5, 1993
Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.
– Tulsa, OK, Challenging Racism conference, 1991
Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won – you earn it and win it in every generation.
– Unknown Source

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