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
This is the pledge to nonviolence signed by marchers with Mahatma Gandhi in 1921. Gandhi’s birthday is October 2nd.
- A civil resister will harbor no anger.
- A civil resister will suffer the anger of the opponent.
- In so doing, a civil resister will put up with assaults from the opponent, never retaliate; but he will not submit, out of fear of punishment, to any order given in anger.
- A civil resister will voluntarily submit to the arrest and he will not resist the attachment or removal of his own property.
- If a civil resister has any property in his possession as a trustee, he will refuse to surrender it, even though in defending it he might lose his life. He will never retaliate.
- Non-retaliation excludes swearing and cursing.
- A civil resister will never insult his opponent, nor take part in the newly coined cries contrary to the spirit of nonviolence.
- A civil resister will not salute the Union Jack, nor will he insult it or its officials, English or Indian.
- If any one insults an official or commits an assault upon him, a civil resister will protect such official or officials from the insult or assault at the risk of his own life.
This is the pledge to nonviolence taken by marchers with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963
- Meditate daily on the life and teachings of Jesus.
- Remember that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.
- Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.
- Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men and women might be free.
- Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.
- Observe with friend & foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.
- Perform regular service for others and for the world.
- Refrain from violence of fist, tongue, and heart.
- Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
- Follow the directions of the Movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.
Check out the recently published book “After Gandhi – One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance“.
Soulforce is an organization that works for freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. Soulforce takes its name from the English translation of the Sanskrit word Satyagraha, the philosophy and practice of nonviolent resistance developed by Gandhi.
(reference: The Kid’s Guide to Social Action by Barbara A Lewis)
“A universal feeling, whether well or ill founded, cannot safely be disregarded.” — Abraham Lincoln
“No one listens to me!” you might complain. But you can do something about it. You can collect other voices and create a louder noise — one that’s harder for people to ignore. Here are some ways to create an effective petition campaign.
*IMPORTANT NOTE* If you plan to take your petition door-to-door, never go alone. Always get a parent, teacher, or other adult to go with you!
- Most of the time you’ll use an 8-1/2″ by 11″ sheet of paper to describe the problem and collect your signatures. But sometimes your medium might also be part of the message. If the problem is for example, reducing waste in restrooms, you might collect signatures on a roll of toilet paper.
- Give your petition a title.
- Identify your group.
- Identify the official or agency that will receive your petition.
- Write a statement describing the problem you want to resolve or the plan you are proposing. This statement should be at the top of every petition page so that people can’t say they didn’t understand what they were signing.
- Provide blank lines for people to write…
class, grade, or group
school or hometown
address and phone number
- Number the signature lines for easy totaling.
- Remember to smile!
- Keep calm and stay polite with people who disagree with you. Never speak rudely
- Photocopy your signatures and keep the copy in a safe place. You may need the proof later!
- Present your petition to someone with the power to act on your idea.
Learn more ideas by reading The Kid’s Guide to Social Action by Barbara A Lewis
|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|
Learning about civil rights is fun. Play Civio, the Civil Rights Game from Reach and Teach.