Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

December 9, 2008

Reminder: Thursday, Why Same-Sex Marriage Is a Civil Right & How We Can Win It

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 3:01 am

On Thursday we’re having a big meeting on the current fight for same-sex marriage, provoked by the passage of Proposition 8 in California. We’ve been at a lot of the protests and organizing meetings here in NYC over the past couple weeks and in some ways despite the disappointment of Prop 8 passing it looks like it might have kicked grassroots organizing for gay marriage rights in New York state (and elsewhere) into gear. Come learn about what’s been going on and what’s next – all the information is down below. As usual, if you’re interesting in taking the train up to City College together, just write us at: columbia.iso@gmail.com

Why Same-Sex Marriage Is a Civil Right & How We Can Win It

On November 15, 2008, the national spotlight settled on a newly invigorated civil rights movement. In New York and over 300 cities across the country, gay and straight alike took to the streets in the tens of thousands in a national day of action to oppose the passage of Proposition 8, a California ballot measure eliminating the legal right of same-sex couples to marry.

Coming on the heels of Barack Obama’s election as the first Black U.S. president and the ousting of George Bush, there’s been an overriding sense — both on the streets after the election and on recent demonstrations — that history is on our side and anything is possible. And growing numbers feel increasingly confident in calling for marriage equality now.

Despite the election confirming a general shift in the country to the left, ballot measures on November 4 banned same-sex marriage in three more states as well as lesbian and gay adoption in another. Come discuss why civil rights for lesbians and gays are under attack now, and what we can do to broaden the movement and win this important struggle.

7pm Thursday, December 11, 2008
City College of New York
North Academic Center (NAC) Room 1/211
138 St. and Convent
(1 train to 137 St. or A/B/C/D to 145 St.)

Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization.
Contact bill.linville@gmail.com for more info.

Check out these relevant articles from Socialist Worker:

“Out Proud and Fighting”
Sherry Wolf reviews the recently-released film Milk
(If you haven’t already – go see MILK, the new film about assassinated gay rights activist and SF city supervisor Harvey Milk. It’s amazing.)

“The unapologetic case for gay marriage”
Sherry Wolf makes the case that leftists ought to stand unapologetically with the struggle for marriage equality.

“Raising our voices for equal marriage rights”
Elizabeth Schulte rounds up reports sent in from around the country on the day of action against Proposition 8 in California:

“Myth of the Black-gay divide”
Sherry Wolf, author of the forthcoming Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of Gay Liberation, looks at the debate about why Proposition 8 passed in California.

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