This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
The Stonewall Advocate
A monthly publication for members of the SDD
“The evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that oppositesex couples are superior to same-sex couples.”
- Judge Vaughn Walker in his decision striking down California’s Proposition 8
Dallas County Democrats may pass “midterms” by rallying around White
By Jesse Garcia Another federal mid-term election is on its way, and the Democratic Party is bracing for a tough season at all levels of government. Republicans are busy fund raising millions for their political committees, but they are also expecting a nice gift of $200 million from special interest groups that want to reverse the national gains made by the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress. From the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will insure nearly all Americans with healthcare within the decade, to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that helped the U.S. avoid a depression, to the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that enacted financial reforms that would prevent future banking meltdowns and help consumers with predatory creditors, Republicans have gained new friends that are opposed to these policies. The Center for Responsive Politics recently reported that nearly 70 percent of all money donated by Wall Street to national political candidates went to Republicans in June. This is a trend that began in December 2009, when regulatory reform was first proposed in Congress. A war chest to fund mudslinging ads coupled with Tea Party hysteria and a down economy lingering from the Bush administration have given Democrats quite a challenge. The Democratic Party will have to double its efforts to energize their base, convince independents to stick with progressives, reach out to new 18-year-old voters and turnout minority communities who are under attack by Republican xenophobic and homophobic rhetoric. Luckily, the Dallas County Democrats are energized and well prepared to turn out the vote. The local party has recently undertaken a series of mega walks through neighborhoods in both base and competitive districts. Dallas Democrats are not taking anything for granted, even though changing demographics in the county will continue to benefit the Democratic Party. In the last federal election in 2008, Dallas County saw 742,890 voters (61.57 percent of the county’s registered voters) turn out. Of those 742,890 voters, nearly 39 percent voted straight ticket for Democrats (compared to only 25.19 percent who voted Republican straight ticket). Democratic straight-ticket voting has increased and beat Republicans in the last four federal election cycles. The 2008 Democratic victors also enjoyed support from non-straight ticket-voting Democrats, Independents and cross-over Republicans who handed them a 55 to 58 percent win. In 2010, local Democrats will have to work their precincts to achieve those 2008 numbers. Many concede that non-presidential elections tend to attract fewer voters. But the drop off varies. In 2004, 691,407 showed up to vote in the presidential election, but only 409,886 came back for the 2006 midterm (a 41 percent drop off). In 2000, 617,049 Dallas County voters came out for Bush v. Gore, but 450,119 participated in the 2002 election (only a 28 percent drop off). What worked for 2002 may work for 2010 – a well-funded Democrat in the Texas Governor’s Race. In 2002, we had a spirited governor’s contest between Republican Rick Perry and Democratic candidate Tony Sanchez, a Laredo real estate and banking millionaire. It also helped that former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk was on the ballot as the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. This year’s Democratic candidate for governor, former Houston Mayor Bill White, is spending major campaign dollars in North Texas. Since the beginning of August, daily television commercials featuring the Houston
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas
4209 Parry Avenue Dallas, TX 75223 P.O. Box 192305 Dallas, TX 75219
continued, page 2
The Stonewall Advocate
August 2010 News Briefs
White Key to Midterm Success, Living Room Discussion to feature Rep. Anchia
across the country. Texas Democrats embrace this buzz and hope it resonates with voters. Republican Perry has been in the governor’s office for the last 10 years. Declines in education, health, employment and personal freedoms have all occurred on his watch. This discontent is underscored by those who voted against Perry in the Republican Primary. Some of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s supporters have pledged support for White. -Social networking: Historians have credited social networking as one of the successful tools used by candidate Barack Obama during his primary and general election for getting out the vote and leading to a historic win. A silent majority of observers who are progressive process information on a candidate via blogs, comment postings and web videos. No longer do we have to wait for a newspaper’s endorsement of a candidate. Instant access to like-minded individuals on the web who lend their support to a candidate may play a major part in influencing a whole new generation of voters. White’s aggressive courting of Dallas County voters, along with 2008 Democrats who are willing to back up a president who has had only two years to undo eight years of mismanagement, may be the winning strategy for countywide Democrats up and down the ballot, along with those in competitive districts. To learn more about the Bill White Campaign, you are invited to a Living Room Discussion featuring State Rep. Rafael Anchia, on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the home of Ruben Ramirez, located at 3121 Trevolle Place, Dallas, TX 75204. Please RSVP for this event at firstname.lastname@example.org.
continued, from page 1
energy industry millionaire have run in the DFW media market. What’s different for gubernatorial candidate White compared to gubernatorial candidate Sanchez is that Dallas County is a whole different place. In 2002, Sanchez lost to Perry in Dallas County. But in 2006, Democrat Chris Bell beat Perry by four points. That year, Dallas Democrats swept nearly every race in the county. What else is in candidate White’s favor? - Increased Straight ticket voting: Democrats are far outpacing Republicans. A mass exodus of conservatives from Dallas County is reflected on the straight-party ticket voting: 2000 Election – Democrats 70,528 v. Republicans 89,984; 2002 Election - Democrats 138,656 v. Republicans 134,937; 2004 Election - Democrats 228,549 v. Republicans 215,618; 2006 Election Democrats 124,136 v. Republicans 108,000; 2008 Elections Democrats 289,551 v. Republicans 187,190. - Incumbent fatigue: National media buzzes around the anti-incumbent sentiment
The Dallas County Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign has on-going mega walks in various parts of the county. Recent ones have been in Duncanville, Irving and North Dallas. www.dallasdemocrats.org for more info.
• Stonewall meets on : The August General Meeting takes place Tuesday, August 17th, at 6:30 p.m., at Ojeda's Restaurant, located at 4617 Maple Avenue in Dallas. With scheduled guest(s), Dist. Attorney Craig Watkins, Rep. Allen Vaught • Monday Night Madness The Dallas County Democratic Party with Organizing for America Present MONDAY NIGHT MADNESS Democratic Phone Banks at Eight Convenient Locations This Monday August 16th is our First Phone Bank All Phone Banks Open 5-9 PM. Please bring a cell phone if you are able, and indicate if you can bring one in your email RSVP. Go to www.dallasdemocrats.org for locations. • Stonewall Summer Fundraiser August 29th, 2-5pm Havana’s, 4006 Cedar Springs, Dallas Great Music, appetizers, casual General Tickets are $25 per person. Sponsorship levels: Bronze $125, Silver $250, Gold $500 www.stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org/ events • Same Place, New Face Check out our newly redesigned website.: www.stonewalldemocratsofdalls.org Thank you Kenneth!
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas is a proud sponsor of the upcoming “Friday Night Lights” block party in Irving on August 20th.Please join us and other Democrats for a fun evening. The Dallas County Democratic Party Continues a Series of Neighborhood Block Parties with FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Friday, August 20, 2010 6:00-8:00pm West Irving Improvement Assoc. Building 3901 Jackson St. Irving, Texas RSVP to email@example.com •Grilled Burgers & Dogs, Beverages •Free Living Wills & Medical Power of Attorney Legal Clinic •Indoors/Air-Conditioned
Stonewall a “Friday Night Lights” Sponsor
Sponsored by: The Dallas County Democratic Party Dr. Elba Garcia for County Commissioner Loretta Haldenwang for State Representative Stretch Rideaux for Justice of the Peace Katy Hubener for Justice of the Peace Roy Williams for Constable Stonewall Democrats Irving Democrats North Texas Asian Democrats
August 2010 President’s Corner
Stonewall President Erin Moore
The Stonewall Advocate
By Jay Narey I was privileged to represent Stonewall Democrats of Dallas at the National Stonewall Democrats 2010 Convention in Washington D.C. July 30th – August 1st. On Friday, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee kicked off our Convention. The host city co-hosts were Tiffany Joslyn of the Virginia Partisans Club and Jeffrey Richardson of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, both Stonewall affiliates. There were numerous plenary sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend with topics like “Running for office as an Out Candidate” “ENDA: Where we are at and Where we are going.” There was also a joint session with Labor representatives entitled “From EFCA to ENDA” which dealt with how important the historic relationship between organized labor and GLBT rights are – and that Labor is assisting us in our efforts to get ENDA passed and we as grassroots Democrats need to work with Labor to get EFCA passed. EFCA is the Employee Free Choice Act which will make it easier for the working people of this country to form a Union. I was proud to participate in this session as an Officer of Stonewall Democrats and as a member of a Labor Union. Friday evening there was a nice reception and dinner and several members of Congress joined us including, Congressman Paul Hodes from New Hampshire who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in the Granite State. Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado and Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada. Additionally, we had several Congressional Candidates attend including: Anthony Woods running in California’s 10th District. Woods served in the Iraq War on two tours of duty; A graduate of West Point, and the Kennedy School at Harvard, he is a proud member of our community and would represent us well in the U.S. Congress. Woods was introduced to us by the man who is single-handedly spearheading the repeal of Don’t Ask –Don’t Tell, Congressman Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania. Additionally Scott Galvin attended who is running in the Florida primary to represent the Congressional District in North Miami. The results of that should be known very soon after this newsletter goes to press. Congressional Candidate Ed Potosnak is running for Congress in the 7th District of New Jersey. Ed is a science teacher and would make a great addition to our community’s congressional delegation. I urge you to financially support each of these fine representatives and congressional candidates, you won’t find stronger friends and proponents of equality. Peggy Shorey, the Executive Director of Pride at Work was also in attendance and conducted some of the plenary sessions. Martin Garcia, the political associate of the Victory Funds’ Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute
was in attendance and presented good information on what should be done and what should definitely be avoided when running for office or working on a campaign. Diego Miguel Sanchez who is the Legislative Aide to Congressman Barney Frank was in attendance throughout the conference. He is listed as one of the Top 100 most powerful Latinos in corporate America by Hispanic Business magazine. He is also the first transgender person appointed to a DNC Standing Committee by a Party Chair. Early on Saturday morning, National Stonewall arranged for us to go on a tour of the White House which was quite exciting. After which, the White House’s Director for Outreach, Brian Bond addressed the Convention delegates. He stressed that while we aren’t getting everything that we as a community want immediately, that this is the most pro-GLBT administration in history. The Clinton Administration had 19 openly GLBT appointments, the Obama Administration has more than 100, and 2 dozen of those required Senate confirmation involving high level positions. Bond went on to say how strong an ally the new Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is to our community, as well as Kathleen Martinez an Undersecretary of Labor to Hilda Solis. Secretary Martinez, who happens to be blind is the third secretary for Disability Employment Policy and regularly advises Secretary Solis and the Labor Department. She is delightfully refreshing and candid …just matter of fact and very “off the cuff.” A new voter registration tool was announced at the conference. RaiseYourVote.com will easily allow people to register to vote online. Also be sure to visit UnitedENDA.org On the Saturday evening tour of the National Monuments I was perhaps most struck by Thomas Jefferson’s inherent belief in The People’s ability to govern themselves. Jefferson described an ‘elastic’ government which is so incredibly prescient today in the light of Prop 8 that I wanted to include it for you to appreciate. It gave me a renewed faith in Democracy and I hope you are as moved by it as I was when reading it. “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.” —Thomas Jefferson
National Stonewall Convention Report
Prop 8 is down for the count. On August 4, Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that California’s Proposition 8, a vote taken banning gay marriage, violated the state’s Constitution. What this means is that a conservative judge, appointed by Reagan and confirmed under George Bush, Sr., heard arguments from a conservative lawyer, Ted Olsen and a liberal lawyer, David Boies that the law should not stand. Olsen formerly argued the Bush side of Bush v. Gore. His opponent was Boies. They came together in this case because both could agree that the state, indeed government in general should have no say in who marries who.. only that they can marry. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was vehemently opposed to gay marriage is now saying “let them marry.” “Doing so is consistent with California’s long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect.” Pity he couldn’t have summoned that opinion earlier for the sake of the thousands of married couples in limbo since Prop 8 initially passed. What this may mean for Texas: Surely the case will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Because Judge Walker’s decision was far reaching and even quoted decisions made by the Supreme Court it is highly unlikely it will be overruled. The Court could issue a narrow decision only applying to California. OR it could say that no civil rights should be put up to a vote. I’m not suggestion we would get marriage in Texas but it could put an end to the use of our civil rights as a political issue used to stir up the Religious Right. Lastly, what we need to all do now is push for marriage on a national basis. We need to repeal the Federal DOMA and allow two consenting adults to marry. Otherwise, we’ll be fighting this same fight in the remaining 40 states, 40 times for years to come. It’s time for our government to protect us with the same rights and privileges that heterosexual couples have. Banning gay marriage is unconstitutional after all. Talk to you later, Erin
The Stonewall Advocate
Prop 8 Ruling in a Nutshell
James Esseks, Director of the ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project Perry v. Schwarzenegger ...is an historic ruling that strikes down Prop 8 because it violates the federal Constitution. The decision makes some big contributions to the law, but it’s the court’s factual findings that are likely to be most important in terms of changing the dialogue in America about marriage. What sets this case apart is that the court held a full trial, at which both sides got to present evidence, and the judge could then sort fact from fiction. Three of Judge Walker’s factual findings stand out: • First, he rejected the assertion that kids need a married mom and dad, and that restricting marriage to different-sex couples ensures that more kids are raised in that kind of household. Instead, the evidence at trial showed that “same-sex parents and oppositesex parents are of equal quality,” and “Proposition 8 does not make it more likely that opposite-sex couples will marry and raise offspring biologically related to both parents.” State courts addressing challenges to parenting restrictions have come to the same conclusions (based on the same evidence), but it’s great to have a federal court reinforce these findings. •Second, the judge held that there is no material difference between same-sex and different-sex relationships: “Same-sex couples are identical to opposite-sex couples in the characteristics relevant to the ability to form successful marital unions. Like opposite-sex couples, same-sex couples have happy, satisfying relationships and form deep emotional bonds and strong commitments to their partners. Standardized measures of relationship satisfaction, relationship adjustment and love do not differ depending on whether a couple is same-sex or opposite-sex.” •Third, Judge Walker held that the Prop 8 Proponents could not identify any factually verifiable way in which allowing same-sex couples to marry would harm different-sex couples. Indeed, when the judge pressed the lead lawyer for the Proponents about how straight people would be harmed, he responded: “Your honor, my answer is: I don’t know. I don’t know.” Those questions - whether gay people are bad for kids, whether our relationships are the same or different from those of straight people, and how exactly allowing us to marry would harm heterosexual marriages - are key touchstones of the marriage debate all across the country. To have them not only answered, but demolished on the facts after a full trial, is a turning point in the national discussion of this issue.
* Reminder: August General Meeting Tuesday, August 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Ojeda’s Restaurant
P.O. Box 192305 Dallas, TX 75219 214-506-DEMS www.stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org The Stonewall Advocate is a monthly publication of the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas. To contact the editor, e-mail Kenneth Denson at firstname.lastname@example.org. No portion of this newsletter may be reproduced without permission. President Erin Moore Vice President Jay Narey Treasurer Mike McCue Secretary Kenneth Denson SDD Annual Memberships: $35 General Membership $120 Truman Level $300 Jefferson Level $600 Kennedy Level $1,200 Roosevelt Level To join or renew, visit www.stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue reading from where you left off, or restart the preview.