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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-20-09 09:19 AM
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Anchorage Gay Rights Measure Is Set Back by Mayor’s Veto
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/us/18alaska.html

Well... It seems the Mayor of Anchorage decided to veto a law that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Douchbag. He needs to know that people outside Anchorage are watching and that we are not happy about his desire to allow the civil rights of "some" people to be allowed. The Mayor, Dan Sullivan, can be reached here:

http://www.muni.org/Departments/Mayor/Pages/Contactus.a...

Mayor Sullivan
mayor@muni.org
(907) 343-7011

Here is the email I sent him:

Subject: Why do you hate the Constitution?

Mayor Sullivan,

This morning I read about your recent veto of a ban against discrimination based on sexual orientation. I find it very sad that in 2009 we still have fundy cowards that express their fear and hatred by making it legal to discriminate against those that do not follow their hateful god. You bring shame to the city of Anchorage in your attempt to subvert our founding principal that all men are created equal. You should be ashamed at your participation in the shredding of our Constitution and if you had an honorable bone in your body you would resign immediately as you are unfit for office.

The tide is turning though and those that wish to enforce their religion on others are on the way out. Our money and our votes are going to those that do not wish to discriminate, to those that are not hateful and to those that oppose religious zealots longing for a theocratic America. To that end, I will be doing my best to make certain that it is known that you oppose basic civil rights for everyone and are intent on forcing your religion on all.

Joe X

I'll post should I get a reply but... heh, I'm not really expecting one :D
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-20-09 12:51 PM
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1. Update - This can still be overturned
Edited on Thu Aug-20-09 12:53 PM by Ohio Joe
The Mayor's veto can still be overturned. This needs just one more assembly vote, so lets send words of encouragement to the Anchorage Assembly. Contact info is here:

http://www.muni.org/Departments/Assembly/Pages/MemberPr...

Patrick Flynn
Phone: (907)278-8462
E-mail: flynnpp@muni.org

Bill Starr
Phone: 907-350-5481
E-mail: starrwe@muni.org

Debbie Ossiander
Phone: 688-2308
Fax: 688-2338
E-mail: ossiander@gci.net

Matt Claman
Phone: (907)343-4115
E-mail: clamanmw@muni.org

Harriet Drummond
Phone: (907)279-7763
E-mail:
harrietdrummond@alaska.com

Dan Coffey
Phone: (907)770-9930
E-Mail: dancoffey@gci.net

Elvi Gray-Jackson
Voice Mail: (907)343-4118
E-mail: gray-jacksone@muni.org

Sheila Selkregg
Phone: (907)338-3636
E-mail:
sheilaselkregg@alaska.com

Mike Gutierrez
Phone: (907)382-5972
E-mail: gutierrezm@muni.org

Chris Birch
Phone: (907)346-3265
E-mail: chrisbirch@gci.net

Jennifer Johnston
Phone: (907)346-1087
E-mail: jjohnston@gci.net

or to reach the whole council with one email:
WWMAS@ci.anchorage.ak.us


Send them words of encouragement to do the right thing... I gotta go out, so will update later with what I send them... Be nice though, we are trying to get them on our side :D

Edit - fixed inadvertent smilies, heh
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-20-09 02:35 PM
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2. OK, a little more info and my note
Blue_In_AK gives us the scoop that Debbie Ossiander is the swing vote needed to overturn the mayors veto:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

so I am focusing on her here. The others I have sent small notes of encouragement but lets concentrate on the swing vote :D

Ms. Ossiander,

I recently heard the Mayor of Anchorage, Mr. Sullivan, vetoed a measure that would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation. I also understand that when the measure was before the assembly that you were one of the people that voted against it.

The great state of Alaska deserves to be at the front of our latest battle for civil rights and this could be an opportunity for you to step up and be seen as a leader that does not accept the notion that we are not all deserving of equal treatment. I implore you, please uphold our nations founding principal that all men are created equal and vote to overturn this veto.

I have every confidence that you will do the right thing. Thank you for your time and attention to this very important matter.

Joe X

I will update should I get a reply.
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:45 AM
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3. The vote to overturn the veto is on 8/25
http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=&sc2=new...

From the end of the article:

"Proponents of the measure may bring the measure up again at the Aug. 25 Assembly meeting, though it not expected that any votes will have changed by then."

Please get your notes out to Assembly member Ossiander today, we need to encourage her to change her vote!
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