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Rally for Justice, Sat. Feb. 28

I am not the host of this event, I am simply passing the word for a friend:

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Facing Moral Matters: A Call to Action…


Added by Edward M. Behan on February 26, 2015 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Press Conference on closure of BR General ER

I am not formally sponsoring this event. . . I have to work that day. But the following was forwarded to me by Alma Stewart of the LA Center for Health Equity. This can be directly tied to Gov. Jindal's refusal to expand Medicaid.



Added by Edward M. Behan on February 7, 2015 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Medicaid Expansion Letter Campaign

The following note is from the Louisiana Center for Health Equity and the related Helathcare for Everyone-Louisiana campaign:

Add your name to…


Added by Edward M. Behan on December 4, 2014 at 7:32pm — No Comments

I may be on a semi-sabbatical from politics for a while, but I' m still paying attention. Solidarity was the name of the game when we rallied at the state capitol in support of the public workers' un…

I may be on a semi-sabbatical from politics for a while, but I' m still paying attention. Solidarity was the name of the game when we rallied at the state capitol in support of the public workers' unions in Wisconsin two years ago. Lot of water under the bridge since then, but I think we still need to hang on to that notion. We are all in this together. . .



Added by Edward M. Behan on November 7, 2013 at 12:35am — 1 Comment

"Momma's Lessons"

Momma's Lessons

A spoken word piece

Spirit broken, my little kindergartener lamented when a bully pulled the chair from under him in class.   His heart lay beneath the thud of his body.

Me?  I did what any southern bred mother would.  I told him to go back to school unafraid and unapologetic,  but if that little boy put his…


Added by Dawn D. Collins, MPA on October 19, 2013 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Sitting Through the Lies

(c) by Mary Griggs

Most of us, even masochists, surround ourselves with people who respect us and support us. Not all of them will be like-minded but they will, generally, not denigrate us to our faces.

That’s why it can be such a shock to hear the voices of our enemies, as they spout lies in their testimony against laws that would protect lesbian,…


Added by Mary Griggs on May 6, 2013 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Please Share: Louisiana Public Employees Survey

Please share Forum For Equality’s Louisiana Public Employees Survey with your organization, friends, family and those that you know who are employed by the state. This legislative session Rep. Badon introduced HB 85 – The Louisiana Fair Employment Act (LFEA) which would amend state protections and add safeguards from discrimination in public employment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. House Bill 85, Louisiana Fair Employment Act, would further protect the…


Added by Mary Griggs on March 12, 2013 at 8:52pm — No Comments


Twenty seven dead in a elementary school in Connecticut with twenty-two of them children between the ages of five and ten sure puts your day in perspective, doesn't it?


That 18-wheeler going below the speed limit in the passing lane on Highway 90 at 6 o'clock this morning? Those crowds I had to battle at three different malls? That unopened 2L bottle of vodka I…


Added by Mary Griggs on December 14, 2012 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

SignOn Fiscal Showdown petition

From MoveOn in Baton Rouge, a petition encouraging Senator Landrieu to stand firm with President Obama in the upcoming fiscal Showdown negotiations: No continuation of the Bush-era tax cuts for the upper 2% of income earners in this country, and no cuts in benefits for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid recipients. To be presented to Senator Landrieu's staff at our Fiscal Showdown event Monday, Dec. 10th. Look for the event listing on the LA Movement homepage.

The SignOn petition:…


Added by Edward M. Behan on December 5, 2012 at 11:24pm — No Comments

‎"America's choosing day."


Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, first published in 1891-92 edition)

If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show,

’Twould not be you, Niagara—nor you, ye limitless prairies—nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado,

Nor you, Yosemite—nor Yellowstone, with all its spasmic geyserloops ascending to the skies, appearing and disappearing,

Nor Oregon’s white cones—nor Huron’s belt of mighty lakes—nor… Continue

Added by Mary Griggs on November 6, 2012 at 11:58am — No Comments

Celebrating Women's Labor

With a poverty rate of 18% and a median income of $41,896, Louisiana is one of the poorest states in America. Louisiana also has one of the greatest pay disparities in the nation. Women in Louisiana earn less across all occupations and educational levels and their median earnings are less than men’s median earnings in 264 of 265 major occupation categories.

In Louisiana, the average yearly…


Added by Mary Griggs on September 3, 2012 at 10:50am — No Comments

RNC 2012 - A Storm More Disorganized Than Isaac

Q: How do you know Isaac is a liberal?

A: He keeps moving left of the Republicans.


Isaac is like most of the rest of the nation, apparently.


The Republican National Convention began, after a storm delay, this week. The zealots of the party, however, wasted no time in crafting a platform that is closer to the goals of the Taliban than to those of hard-working Americans. Instead of realistic proposals on fixing the economic mess, Republicans adopted…


Added by Mary Griggs on September 1, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Women's Equality Day 2012

by Mary Griggs

All year, religious extremists have been waging a relentless war against women. The right of women to sovereignty over their bodies has been undermined by personhood bills, attempts to criminalize miscarriages, bills legislating state sponsored rape through transvaginal ultrasounds and judicial decisions allowing…


Added by Mary Griggs on August 25, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The Olympic Rainbow Rings and a Raspberry


Like people all over the globe, I've been watching many, many hours of Olympic coverage on my television and computer (stupid NBC Olympics app is not compatible with my phone!). I've watched in awe the pageantry from London and have gotten teary eyed at the pure joy in the faces of the medal…


Added by Mary Griggs on August 5, 2012 at 1:52pm — No Comments


Every single person who deliberately ate at Chick-fil-a on Wednesday and claimed they did so to protect Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Religion is operating under a misconception.


Mr. Cathy and the entire Chick-fil-a family is allowed, under the US Constitution, to have beliefs which differ from mine and I will defend their right to express them and I will fight any attempt to silence them.


But this isn’t about Christianity, the 1st Amendment or…


Added by Mary Griggs on August 3, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Scouting For All

On Tuesday, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they would retain their policy of “not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals.”


This decision is in sharp contrast to the Girl Scouts of America who have policies of acceptance and recently released the statement: “We accept all girls in…


Added by Mary Griggs on July 19, 2012 at 9:49am — No Comments

Our Personal IS Political

by Mary Griggs


Mary Cheney wed Heather Poe in Washington, DC in a private ceremony on Friday, June 22. Cheney posted on her Facebook page: “Very happy to announce that as of this morning, Heather and I are legally married (at least in DC). 20 years to the day after our first…


Added by Mary Griggs on July 18, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Women and the Future of American Democracy

We’ve all heard about the war against women. What hasn’t gotten the same amount of press is that the war goes beyond reproductive health to an attack on women’s most basic civil rights.


Ninety-two years ago, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granted American women the right to…


Added by Mary Griggs on July 15, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Religious Freedom Matters

When I was a kid, my family was stationed overseas in Germany. Back then, Armed Forces Radio and TV network provided the only English language programming. They were limited in the amount of children’s programming and only had two hours of cartoons on Saturday.


At the end of our tour, we flew back to the States and were on base in Ft. Dix, New Jersey. It was early on a Saturday when my sister and I snuck down to the common area of the visitor’s quarters and turned on the…


Added by Mary Griggs on July 4, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Pride 2012

It is June and another Pride month is upon us. There are many in our community who don’t think we need this celebration. I’ve heard them argue that we’ve not only assimilated into the majority culture but that our insistence on this annual ritual of parades and festivals actually pulls our movement backward when…


Added by Mary Griggs on June 21, 2012 at 9:51pm — No Comments

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