OccupyEquality Nebraska by Mika Covington

OccupyEquality Nebraska, established on October 16, 2011, would like LGBTQ and allied activists to attend the economic justice and equal rights rally on Tuesday, November 15.

OccupyEquality Nebraska has been in contact with Occupy Omaha so we can work together and occupy together in Omaha for the common goals of economic equality. We have had a previous rally where afterwards some of us discussed some points we would like to see added to Occupy Omaha.

1. We would like to see Occupy Omaha form a LGBTQ or Queer working group, or a Diversity group that includes the LGBTQ community.

2. We want an inclusive nondiscrimination clause that states, “We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, and/or bullying against a person based on their actual or perceived race, religion, familial status, physical attributes, physical and mental ability or disability, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender expression, gender identity, and political affiliation or beliefs.

3. We want to include demands to end inequality for all individual’s including LGBTQ individuals.

4. We would like to see a declaration of Safe Space and/or prohibition of hate language.

At the General Assembly, we will finalize our four points and plan future rallies and demonstrations. We will also decide if we want to Occupy with Occupy Omaha at their new site. The GA will need to establish how and when we will work with and help support Forward Equality.

Tuesday, November 15 2:30 pm-6:00 pm 120th N Center Omaha. We are rallying for LGBTQ equality NOW!! We want the Omaha City Council to pass an inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance!!

Forward Equality will be at the rally with OccupyEquality Nebraska on Tuesday, Nov. 15.  Forward Equality is a brand new LGBTQ civil rights organization in Omaha.Forward Equality mission statement: Forward Equality is a regional advocacy based non-profit organization (501c (4) pending) that works with the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied) youths/adults to promote equality and respect. Forward Equality has been rallying weekly for the Omaha City Council to pass an inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance that will protect the LGBTQ community from employment discrimination. OccupyEquality Nebraska member Mika Covington has spoken with Forward Equality about gaining their support and talked with Forward Equality’s Board of Directors which this Sunday voted to officially support Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Omaha, and OccupyEquality.

Mika Covington Bio

Mika Covington lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and she is the Executive Director of Forward Equality, an LGBTQ organization working for equality in Nebraska. Mika started the OccupyEquality Nebraska Facebook group and page, and the OccupyEquality groups for Iowa and Ohio. She is also organizing an OccupyEquality Nebraska group in Omaha, and they have applied to be an Occupy Omaha LGBTQ Alliance Working Group.

About OccupyEquality

OccupyEquality networks gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and our allies in the Occupy Revolution in city-to-city, state-to-state, coast-to-coast, north-to-south, country-to-country, continent-to-continent from the Occupy Streets to the Occupy Net to unify the Declaration for Unconditional Constitutional Equality. OccupyEquality unites everyone with a Facebook Group and Page, on TwitterYouTtube channel, Live StreamUstreamYahoo GroupGoogle Group, with real-time  online face-to-face OccupyEquality Meetings.

Bloggers from Queer and LGBTQ Occupy Alliances are welcome to blog here to Demand Unconditional Equality.

Email OccupyEquality [at] live.com

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OccupyEquality Working Group Meeting Goes Live

Sunday night at 9:00 pm. ET, the first OccupyEquality Working Group meeting included Occupy activist Jenn Maskell from Queering Occupy Wall Street, Drew from Atlanta, and New York activists from the Hudson Valley and New York City.  About eight people showed up, turned on our cameras, put our headphones on and started talking about what OccupyEquality should be focusing on.

After introductions were made, Drew talked about how important educating Occupy Wall Street activists about why the Occupy message is about LGBTQ equality. There have been reports about gay bashing on site.  Sunday at Zucotti Park, some gay basher stole the Queer Occupy Wall Street sign, wrote some gay bashing shit on the back, said some nasty stuff about not liking faggots, and took off.

Micah Covington who is an administrator of OccupyEquality Nebraska had posted a link about a college with an LGBTQ dorm, and one Occupy activist questioned the connection between college students having a right to a supportive education and Occupy Wall Street.

So we talked about how to make these connections for ourselves and for the whole Occupy revolution.

I pointed out that capitalist corporations and theocrat corporate cults bribe politicians to vote against LGBT rights, and use social media as free bully pulpits to incite violence against us.

We also talked about connecting a meeting from Queer Space at Occupy Wall Street with the OccupyEquality online meeting. Hopefully we will be able to connect coast to coast with a Queering Occupy Wall Street  N.Y. with a Queer Occupy LA for starts.  At the end of the first hour,  we decided that we should work on putting together materials for teach-ins that could happen on the streets at Occupy Wall Street.

Drew from Atlanta stayed when Bob from the Catskills (where I live too)  logged in, and we talked for another hour. We talked about an idea of showing the heter0-Occupy activists what the tyrannical theocRAT corporate cults are saying about them too. I did that today posting the American Family Association corporate cult blog “Bryan Fischer: Would Jesus Occupy Wall Street?  Not On Your Life” to Occupy Wall Street , Occupy WallStreet and Occupy Together so they could see that Fischer hates them too.

Tonight at 9:00 pm will be OccupyEquality Working Group Meeting number two. We plan to meet every night at 9 ET but that time is flexible to connect with the  Occupy Queer Space activists.

Stay tuned for updates from the OccupyEquality meetings, and if everyone logs in to those meetings, they can add their thoughts, comments, ideas, and visions.


OccupyEquality Press Release 10/30/2011

OccupyEquality Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 30, 2011

OccupyEquality Unifies LGBTQ Occupy Working Groups

OccupyEquality connects the Occupy LGBTQ Street revolution with the Occupy LGBTQ Net revolution city to city, state to state, coast to coast, north to south, continent to continent, country to country.  All gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and allies are invited to join OccupyEquality on Facebook and Yahoo, and follow on Twitter

Demamd Equality Facebook page administrator lesbian activist Jessica Naomi started OccupyEquality Facebook group to unify the LGBTQ Occupy activists online and on the streets across America, and around the world to write a unified Declaration of Unconditional Constitutional Equality. “The same capitalist corporations foreclosing on Americans pay politicians to vote against constitutional equality for LGBTQ citizens,” said Naomi.  “Heterosupremacist tyrannical theocrat gay bashing corporate cults bribe politicians to vote against LGBTIQ equality, and they bankroll bigot bully ballots conning Americans into voting against marriage equality.”

Naomi realized that the Occupy Wall Street General Assemblies really do not understand that LGBTQ citizens are denied more than the right to work, but also the right to marry, have a fear-free education, and in many parts of the world are still killed for being LGBTQ. Activists on the ground report that Queer Affiliated Occupy activists are being harassed and are not always welcome in the Occupy Revolution by everyone. OccupyEquality will be working with all Occupy LGBTQ activists and allies to make sure that the LGBTQ Declaration of Unconditional Constitutional Equality is part of the 99% Occupation revolution.

OccupyEquality plans include starting working groups on the ground in every city and live streaming meetings to the net for all online activists to participate in writing a unified Declaration for Unconditional Constitutional Equality.

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