Monday, March 18, 2013

EVENT: Visalia Light The Way Panel Discussion

The COS Pride Club is excited to invite you to a unique event to celebrate and learn about the upcoming US Supreme Court cases as part of the national call to action around the Prop 8 & DOMA oral arguments happening 3/26 & 3/27. In conjunction with other Central Valley groups & organizations, a panel discussion will be held to hear what is happening, learn about possible outcomes, hear stories about how these decisions will affect our local community, and find out about other local actions taking place.  
Room 150 in Sequoia Building 5 - 5:30 -- meet & greet, snacks 5:30 - 7 -- panel presentation 7 - 7:30 -- Q & A, next steps
For more information, see below.
On March 26-27, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States of America (SCOTUS) will be listening to oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 (Prop 8). DOMA states that marriage is between one man and one woman and allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages performed in jurisdictions where it is legal; Prop 8 reversed the ability for same-sex couples in California to legally marry. But now it is our time to show that the United States is a place of equality and justice for all.
Our goal is to empower communities to plan, organize and take action during this time to both bear witness to OUR right to the pursuit of happiness, and continue to educate and advocate with those who are not yet supportive of the fundamental right for EVERYONE to marry the person they love. Celebrate this historic event and take action, NOW!
This is not just one march, fight or a demonstration - this is a peaceful display of solidarity and a stand for LOVE, not hate across the nation. Organize a rally, hold an interfaith service with open and affirming clergy, schedule a meeting with your elected officials - help show our desire to be equal under the law. History is in the making and it is time to bring America into the 21st century. Let's give people hope and create change by using the voice of the people! We're calling on the veterans of our movement for social justice -- back to the days of Martin Luther King Jr, Harvey Milk, Cesar Chavez, Alice Paul and many other allies and advocates -- who have fought to create change through action. This is a grassroots movement. Will you join us?

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