Archive for February, 2011

Wed. 3/2 Join UNCLE EARL & Grammy Nominated Artist MR. TERJE LIE On The Underground Experience 4pm (PST) Simulcast Around The World!

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UK gay marriage challenge goes to European Court

A challenge against the UK’s bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships will be filed at the European Court of Human Rights this week.

The Equal Love campaign, led by gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, seeks to open both institutions up to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.

The UK legalised civil partnerships for gay couples in 2006, but campaigners say they are not good enough.

Four gay and four straight couples tried to register for ceremonies they were not entitled to in the run-up to Christmas.

Their letters of rejection will be used to form the case. The couples are taking the case to a European court to avoid paying the UK government legal fees if they lose.

The court application will be filed on Wednesday morning and Green MP Caroline Lucas will be the keynote speaker at a launch event in Westminster.

Human rights lawyer Professor Robert Wintemute, who is the couples’ legal advisor, said he was confident that they would win.

He said: “Banning same-sex marriage and different-sex civil partnerships violates Articles 8, 12 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

“It’s discriminatory and obnoxious, like having separate drinking fountains or beaches for different racial groups, even though the water is the same. The only function of the twin bans is to mark lesbian and gay people as socially and legally inferior to heterosexual people.”

He added: “I am confident that we have a good chance of persuading the European Court of Human Rights that the UK’s system of segregating couples into two ‘separate but equal’ legal institutions violates the European Convention.

“I predict that same-sex couples will be granted access to marriage in the UK and that this will be because the UK government will eventually accept that it cannot defend the current discriminatory system.”

Mr Tatchell said: “Outlawing black or Jewish people from getting married would provoke uproar. The prohibition on gay marriages should provoke similar outrage. Arbitrarily excluding heterosexual couples from civil partnerships is equally reprehensible.

“The bans on same-sex civil marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships are a form of sexual apartheid – one law for gay couples and another law for heterosexual partners. Two wrongs don’t make a right. In a democratic society, we should all be equal before the law.”

Call to Action

Support the cause. Be counted:

Dear Lacy,

Equality California is honored to sponsor, along with Robin Tyler Productions, Inc., the California tour of Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alekseev. Join us to hear from Nikolai about the LGBT rights movement in his country and how you can support the movement across borders.

In 2010, Nikolai Alekseev won in the European Court of Human Rights on LGBT human rights violations in Russia. The court ruled that, by banning three Moscow Prides in 2006, 2007 and 2008, Russia breached three articles of the European Convention. The case marked the first ever international defeat of the Russian Government on the issue of LGBT rights.

In an attempt to force Nikolai to withdraw the case, Russian authorities kidnapped him on September 16, 2009, as he was boarding a Swiss Air flight. They stole his cell phone and sent fake text messages to his friends and the press asserting that he was defecting from Russia and withdrawing his case. Two days later, Alekseev was freed and the lies were exposed.

Join us at one of these upcoming events to hear from Nikolai about his work and the challenges that LGBT Russians face. If you can’t make it in person, please join us for a livestream of the San Francisco event on March 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 5
3 to 5 p.m.
West Hollywood Park Auditorium
647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood
More Info >
Hosting Sponsor: Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and the City of West Hollywood

Sunday, March 6
3 to 5 p.m.
Mizell Center
480 South Sunrise Way
Palm Springs
More Info >
Hosting Sponsor: Equality California

Monday, March 7
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco
More Info >
Livestream >
Hosting Sponsor: San Francisco LGBT Community Center

Last year’s kidnapping wasn’t the first time Alekseev had been harassed for standing up for LGBT rights. He and his colleagues of the Russian LGBT Rights Project have faced brutality, violent arrests by riot police, kidnappings and other atrocities. Against great odds and strong opposition throughout their country, they have fearlessly and relentlessly pursued equality for all LGBT Russians.

Last week, the brutal murder of David Kato and near-deportation of Brenda Namigadde — two Ugandan activists working to defeat a brutal anti-LGBT bill in their country that would allow multiple ‘offenders’ to be put to death — were a horrific reminder of the stakes that LGBT people can face for organizing for greater rights. We can’t stand aside and let these atrocities happen.

Join me to hear about Nikolai Alekseev’s experiences and learn what you can do to help LGBT rights flourish in every nation.

In Solidarity,

Geoff Kors
Executive Director
Equality California


Courage Campaign

Dear Lacy,

I remember the first time I introduced my 3-year-old son Jack to Sesame Street. From Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie to songs about ABC’s and 123’s, Sesame Street quickly became one of his favorite shows. We still watch together, and he always learns something new.

But now, right-wing Republicans in Congress want to take Big Bird and his friends away from my son with slash-and-burn budget cuts, just to pay for more tax cuts for millionaires.

Thing is? PBS makes up less than .0001% of the federal budget. ENOUGH ALREADY.

Click here to tell Congress: Hands off Big Bird and PBS!

I’m lucky that my son goes to a wonderful pre-school. But not all kids in our country are so lucky. That’s why it is so important that public TV programs like Sesame Street and Curious George introduce concepts like math and science in fun ways that benefit ALL kids.

Darrell Issa, David Dreier, Kevin McCarthy and the entire CA Republican congressional delegation have lined up to cut programs like Sesame Street out of our lives. PBS is a public resource and one that enriches our community and our children’s education.

Will you join me and Jack and tell Issa and the rest of the CA Republican delegation to keep their hands off of our children’s education?

I’m not going to stand for eliminating good education for my kid while Republicans dole out tax cuts to millionaires. I’ve watched PBS for over 40 years and I’m not going to let it go now.

Without PBS, there’s no more NOVA to spark Jack’s interest in science. There’s no more Sesame Street to introduce Jack to a world that shares, cares and learns. And there’s no more NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, or Frontline: unbiased journalism that isn’t bought and paid for by big corporations.

I love California and our country and I love my son.  I want Jack to grow up in an America that cares about its kids, not about tax cuts for millionaires.

Join me to demand that the California Republican congressional delegation says yes to PBS and no to budget cuts that hurt our children.

Thanks for protecting our children… and Big Bird, too.

Sarah Callahan

Courage Campaign

I Attended Linked In’s Group Meeting at Front Runner Gallery with Founders@FAIL Last Night in NYC Orchestrated By Schuyler Brown. The Discussion Was Lead By Mike McCready (MUSIC XRAY) With His POLYPHONIC Failure Saga…..Was A Very Eclectic & Interesting Group Of Entrepreneurs & Start-Up Individuals.


Peter Van Genabet

Anna Byelsko featuring Alex Carrena
Remy DeLaroque

This Wednesday February 16th 4pm – 5pm PST and simulcast around the world to over 60 countries!

Join Uncle Earl with Special Guests: Gregg V.  Holder (Glass), Nikki Owens (Recyclables) & Ms. Mona Wyatt (Inspirational Messages & Paper)!

This Is A Show You Do Not Wanna Miss!!!!!!!!!!

Musical Artists Include: Prince, Michael Jackson, Sly & The Family Stone, Byelsko & Remy DeLaroque!

Direct links to the broadcasts to the right under BLOGROLL :O)

Greg V. Holder

Nikki Owens

& Miss Mona Wyatt

Message From MOVEON.ORG :O)

Dear MoveOn member,

Our petition to save NPR and PBS has taken off! More than 400,000 people have signed since Friday.

But far from backing off, Republicans are doubling down. They released a new version of their budget Friday that not only zeroes out federal funding for NPR and PBS going forward, but even claws back funding for this year that’s already been promised.1

A group of House Democrats is fighting back with a “Dear Colleague” letter, and they’re trying to get as many representatives as possible to sign on by the time they deliver it to the House leadership tomorrow. Can you call Rep. Bass now and ask her to add her name?

Tell her why NPR and PBS are so important to you, personally, and then ask her to sign the “Dear Colleague” letter being circulated by Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s office protesting the cuts.

Representative Karen Bass
Phone: 202-225-7084

Click here to report your call

And if you haven’t already, please send the petition on to your friends and family.  We’re trying to get a half-million signatures before we deliver the petitions tomorrow.

Here’s some text you can forward:

The Republicans just released their budget proposal, and it zeroes out funding for both NPR and PBS—the worst proposal in more than a decade. We need to tell Republicans that cutting off funding was unacceptable last time they were in charge, and it’s unacceptable now.

I just signed the petition to save NPR and PBS. Can you join me at the link below?

Thanks for all you do.

–Daniel, Milan, Anna, Stephen, and the rest of the team


1. “Republicans Propose Zeroing Out CPB Funding,” Broadcasting & Cable, February 13, 2011

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Thank You To All Friends, Fans & Supporters During My Grievance Period. We Laid My Father, William Lacy “Bubba” Phillips, To Rest In Mullins, South Carolina on Thursday, February 10, 2011.

I Love You Dad, Rest In Peace :O)

Your # 1 Son,

Lacy Darryl Phillips

Wednesday, February 9th from 4pm – 5pm “The Underground Experience with Uncle Earl” presents Matt “Third Rail” Sherman, Eric “EZ” Zuley & Said Faraj

Informative, Educating & Entertaining!!!!!!!!!!

Musical Artists Include: Saiah, Third Rail & Ryakin featuring Lost Children Of Babylon

Wednesday February 9th 4pm – 5pm (PST) Simulcast Around The World at www.KCLAFM.COM or www.RADIOTIME.COM or 323 461 6675 Listen Line

Direct Link To The Show To The Right Under BLOGROLL :O)

Wednesday 2/2 4pm – 5pm

Music X Ray Feature – Mike McCready (CEO) & Ben Hartman (COO)

Indie Glam Rock featuring Ms. Sun Behr from “Sun Of A Gun”

Musical Selections Include: Danny Nova, Placebo, Bliss Asher, Kodyne, Skunk Anansie


Wednesday 2/9 4pm – 5pm

New School Discovery & Old School Throwdown

Matt “Third Rail” Sherman, Eric “EZ” Zuley & Mr. Said Faraj

Musical Selections Include: Saiah, Third Rail, Ryakin


Wednesday 2/16 4pm – 5pm

Black History Month Tribute – ART TALK

Mr. Greg V. Holder (Glass), Nikki Owens (Recyclable) & Ms. Mona Wyatt (Cards)

Musical Selections Include: Prince, Sly & The Family Stone, Michael Jackson, Byelsko, Remy De Laroque