Tuesday, June 09, 2009

What's the plan, folks?

There may or my not be some kind of big LGBT rights march in Washington this fall, which would likely be on Columbus day weekend (Oct 11), and may or may not be focused on marriage.

I'm not up on this stuff, but there's been talk of it for a while and it got new attention this week when Cleve Jones (remember, from Milk?) said it should happen. Gay City News rains on the parade a bit, reporting that the national mall is already booked with several other events for each day that weekend. Perhaps another location could be worked out, especially if it were more of a march than a rally.

Now, I know what you're thinking, that's the same weekend as PPP. But PPP is Saturday and this march may be on Sunday, so it could be alright.

But anyhow, the mediocrity of the Obama administration and the Democratic congress so far on LGBT issues in the past few months has and could continue to provide energy for such a march.

I'm really curious what others think about strategy on these issues, as I don't know much in this area. Would a large march be a good thing? (let's say, hypothetically, that we're talking about a march that is progressive enough that it is not only on marriage, but rather has a more broad agenda of 'equality' -- but this is all a subject for another post).

There's a long history of people saying "you should be quiet and not speak out and scare people" (the 1963 March on Washington being a famous example), and so I'm inherently skeptical of any such notions. But certainly that's not to say there couldn't be occasions where they are correct.

What would the role of a large march (a tactic) be as part of a strategy to achieve the larger goals? Is it a good compliment to other tactics?

I'm also really interested in seeing if this march can be organized without a well-funded organization behind it. I think it's absolutely possible (and this depends in part on the level of grassroots energy), but I also think plenty of things could go wrong.


At 12:12 AM, Blogger lucia said...

I think that there is a compelling argument that there is already considerable momentum on the issue and that politicians who are now riding a fictitious line of "equal" rights but no marriage will change as public opinion changes over the next several years. I think it will be an easier fight on the national level in 4-5 years. I'm also not so excited about an event that won't be on the mall because someone else has already booked it...


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