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National Marriage Boycott wins $10K

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Emma Goldman Society's very own National Marriage Boycott just won a $10,000 grant on Ideablob.com! It was certainly a group effort from every corner of the Stanford activist network to activists across the country.

 NMB only won by about 50 votes according to our unofficial counts, so that means every vote counted.  We truly couldn't have done it without all the help!

To celebrate the awesomeness that Emma Goldman Society and members of the National Marriage Boycott showed during this campaign, the NMB team is hosting a get together to thank all those who helped.  Come hang with us!

 

When: Weds, Sept. 23 @ 9:00pm

Where: Masimore's Room in Terra House (on Stanford University campus)

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Also, this event will include a large piece of butcher paper, on which those who helped win $ can give feedback on how they'd like to see us use it.  If you can't make it and are interested in giving a suggestion, send it to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  NMB wants to hear your ideas!

 Congratulations again to NMB and we can't wait to see everyone at the first meeting - Tues, Sept. 29 @ 7:30pm in the Terra Lounge. 

 

Peace & Equality,

Emma Goldman Society Officers 2009-10 

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2009 08:50
 

NMB In the News

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National Marriage Boycott was mentioned in the Palo Alto Daily. According to Jessica Bernstein-Wax, a staff writer,

"Gay rights groups held rallies throughout the Peninsula on Tuesday after the state Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage.

About 200 students gathered on the Stanford campus in the afternoon to protest the decision, and more crowds were expected at evening protests in San Mateo and Palo Alto.

'The takeaway message is that sometimes voting is not enough,' said Greg Goldgof, a 22-year-old graduate student at Stanford and founding member of the Emma Goldman Society for Queer Liberation.

'If we want our rights, we're going to have to work hard, and we're going to need the help of our friends' (and allies), he added.

Goldgof said his group is focusing on strengthening gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights at the federal level by pushing for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Matthew Shepard Act and nationwide gay marriage rights.

'Really at the heart of the issue is the question, 'Are people second-class citizens?'" Goldgof said. "In fighting one fight, you fight the other.'"

Read the full article here: http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_12455838?nclick_check=1



National Marriage Boycott was applauded in the Stanford Daily. According to the Stanford Daily Editorial Board,


"Representatives from newspapers both on and off campus were chronicling the [May 26's protest], and it garnered quite a bit of media attention. Notables included the Emma Goldman Society for Queer Liberation and the National Marriage Boycott, which started at Stanford and has since spread nationally. Some participants in the boycott, many of whom sport the increasingly ubiquitous “equality” rings, have pledged not to marry until the Federal Defense of Marriage Act is repealed. It’s this kind of coordinated action by students that can really start to make a difference."



Read the full article here:
http://www.stanforddaily.com/cgi-bin/?p=1031577

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2009 20:24
 

NMB Featured in The Guardian

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Yesterday's protest at Stanford University, organized by the Emma Goldman Society for Queer Liberation and National Marriage Boycott, was featured in the British-based Guardian, one of the most celebrated liberal newspapers in the world.

Author Sarah Wildman writes,

"'I'm disappointed, but not surprised,' said Sarah Masimore, 20, a sophomore (second year) student at Stanford University who was out protesting against the gay marriage ban on campus today. 'The judicial precedent,' of repealing the ballot measure and determining that it was an unconstitutional was unlikely, she pointed out, 'but it's ridiculous that our rights can be voted on.'

Masimore was dressed in wedding white and handing out small slips of paper urging protesters to log on to nationalmarriageboycott.com and pledge not to marry until everyone can marry. That's because young Masimore realises that unless you had both your life partner and your act together for that brief halcyonic window of 2008, as a gay or lesbian couple, you have now been pushed to the back of the bus on marriage and partnership in the state of California."

Read the full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/may/27/gay-marriage-proposition-8-california
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2009 20:10
 

Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8; Stanford Community Responds With Civil Disobedience

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Today at 10 AM the Supreme Court of California announced that they would uphold Proposition 8 and prohibit gay marriage in California. The Supreme Court upheld the 18,000 same-sex marriages that have already been performed in the state; however, this decision, while expected, was a major disappointment for the queer and allied community.

Although it would have been easy (and understandable) for those who were disheartened by this decision to be demoralized, the community at Stanford showed that we are not giving up the fight! Over 200 people attended a protest which started in White Plaza, then marched to the intersection of Campus Drive and Palm Drive and blocked the busiest intersection on campus. The police were very respectful and directed traffic around the sit-in. According to David Mitchell, who helped plan the protest, "For the first time, I felt like [the police] were here to enable student voice rather than protect status quo."

Later, members of the Palo Alto community and members of the Stanford community came together on the corners of Embarcadero and Camino Real to demonstrate our support for the queer community by holding signs and waving Pride flags for all passersby to see. This group then marched down University Avenue, the central street in Palo Alto, singing inspirational songs.

Finally, at night there was an interfaith candlelight vigil on-campus. It was a beautiful and contemplative occasion, which allowed us to meditate on the events of the day and get inspired for the fight to come.

Stanford has shown me today that there is no way we are the "Campus of Social Rest"--we are ready to fight for equal rights!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Us

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Emma Goldman Society for Queer Liberation is a group of queer & allied activists and organizers on Stanford University's campus dedicated to justice and liberation for queers across the nation.

We believe in creating an inclusive community of activists committed to direct action and civil disobedience to achieve our social justice aspirations. We also emphasize the struggles of historically marginalized facets of the queer community including transgender individuals, bisexuals, and queers of color.

We affirm and celebrate our queer & allied identities and choose to use the tremendous pain and oppression shoved upon the queer community to mobilize a movement of educated and equipped young leaders in revolutionary queer activism.

 

 

 

 

*** Please note that the Emma Goldman Society is a student group established by a group of individuals and does not presume in any way to represent the entire queer community at Stanford. The purpose of this group, at its core, is to spark activism on the Stanford campus and we encourage anyone with an idea to take steps to carry out their own activism, whether or not they are a part of this specific group.  

 

If you would like to be involved in queer activism and want to join the Emma Goldman Society, we would love to have you!  

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2009 09:34
 


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