Elections fightback on racism & homophobia

Chris Lowe

Kristin Teigen in a recent column drew attention to an emerging pattern of race-baiting and racially-tinged terrorist-baiting at McCain-Palin rallies, and to disturbing violence-oriented responses from some in the crowds.

The group ColorOfChange.org offers a tool to push back, with an open letter to the McCain-Palin campaign calling them out on using despicable inflammatory language and tactics. You can sign on here.

Proposition 8, an initiative in California to overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage has taken a 5 point lead in a recent SurveyUSA poll for the first time. Both the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Human Rights Campaign analyze this as the effect of being outspent in advertising. NGLTF writes:

The latest tracking polls in California show that if the election was held today among voters who have seen No on 8 ads and the other side’s ads, we would win! Unfortunately, our side (No on 8) doesn’t have sufficient funds to get our ads seen by all the voters who can stand with fairness. So it’s that simple: Without more funds, we’ll lose. But we can win if we have enough money to reach voters. So please donate now!

For the NGLTF link to donate to defeat the initiative, go here. Or to the Equality for All Coalition. Or Equality California. Or Californians Against Eliminating Basic Rights.

Time for us all to stand up again for all our sisters and brothers.

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