Local Briefs

DBA, others sponsor mayoral debate

Several organizations in North Texas are sponsoring a one-hour debate between Dallas mayoral runoff candidates David Kunkle and Mike Rawlings on Monday, June 6, at the Pavillion at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave. in Dallas. The forum will be moderated by Shawn Williams, editor of Dallas South News.

The debate, which will begin promptly at noon, is free and open to the public. An optional $13 lunch buffet will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The debate is sponsored by the Public Forum Committee of the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, J.L. Turner Legal Association and the League of Women Voters of Dallas, the program is intended to educate the Dallas legal community and public of the backgrounds and philosophies of the candidates. The Dallas Bar Association is a non-partisan organization.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to sevans@dallasbar.org so adequate seating is available.

C.U.R.E. begins fundraising for Quilt

On Sept. 30–Oct. 2, C.U.R.E. 2011 will bring panels from the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt to the Dallas Convention Center. This display will be the largest seen since the Quilt was exhibited on the National Mall in Washington DC. Dallas will be the venue for a national event focusing on educating our diverse populations about AIDS and how to prevent its spread.

To help fund the weekend, C.U.R.E. has started a fundraising campaign, asking people to donate just $2 and to ask friends and family to do the same. The link to make a donation through PayPal is CureNTx.org.

C.U.R.E was founded by Roseann Rossetti and Rosemary Odom. Tyler Sweatman is the event director for the Quilt display.

United Way disburses funds

United Way of Greater Dallas voted to disburse $25 million to 78 nonprofit organizations in the Dallas area. Because of new criteria that emphasized improving education, income or health, some new agencies received money and others lost their United Way funding.

Among the regular recipients are Resource Center Dallas, which will receive $383,409, and AIDS Arms, which will receive $772,548. Bryan’s House is one of the new agencies receiving United Way funding and they will get $315,106.

Donors who sign up to contribute through United Way can designate an agency, if that organization is among their approved agencies. •

—  John Wright

LOCAL BRIEFS: AIDS Candlelight Memorial set, Butch Voices seeking submissions

AIDS Candlelight Memorial set

The 28th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will be held May 15 at 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1819 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Started in 1983, the International Memorial is one of the oldest grassroots AIDS awareness campaigns and is held the third Sunday in May. More than 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries host local memorials to remember those lost to HIV as well as to raise awareness.

Three people will share their stories of living with HIV including a 15-year-old young woman. At the end of the service will be a candlelight dedication to remember those lost, celebrate those living with HIV and those not infected.

Cornerstone Baptist Church does work with the homeless, people with addictions and provides assistance to those with HIV.

Free forum on redistricting set

Dr. Ruth Morgan, former provost of Southern Methodist University and author of Governance by Decree, will be the keynote speaker at a free public forum on redistricting, “Why Does It Matter,” Tuesday, May 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation, Oak Corner, 2900 Live Oak St. in Dallas.

Other panelists include former League of Women Voters-Dallas president Libbie Terrell Lee and LULAC 4871 President Jesse Garcia.

Although admission is free, advanced reservations are required, and can be made online at NCJWDallas.org or by email at info@ncjdwdallas.org.

The event is sponsored by League of Women Voters chapters in Dallas, Irving, Plano/Collin County and Richardson, the National Council of Jewish Women’s Greater Dallas Section, Women’s Council of Dallas County, Delta Sigma Theta Dallas Alumnae, the Health and Human Services Coalition, LINKS Inc.’s Dallas Chapter, LULAC 4871 and the Dallas Branch of the NAACP.

Butch Voices seeking submissions

Butch Voices, a grassroots organization dedicated to of all womyn, female-bodied, and trans-identified individuals who are “masculine of center” and their allies, is now accepting submissions for workshops, performances, presentations, skill shares, photography/visual art and video presentations for the second national Butch Voices Conference, being held Aug. 18-21 at the Oakland City Center Marriott in Oakland, Calif.

Submission deadline is June 1. Early registration has begun and is $100 for regular attendees, $125 for VIP access and $50 for students. Volunteers can also register online and are needed in all areas of the conference.

For more information, to volunteer or to register go online to ButchVoices.com.

—  John Wright

Letters and comments

Candidates owe voters a debate

Texans will decide who will lead the state for the next four years in the Nov. 2 General Election. To cast an informed ballot, voters must learn the views of those vying for office and are ill-served when candidates are unwilling to debate or to participate in processes the public relies on for information about candidates and issues.

The League of Women Voters of Texas calls on all candidates, in races from governor on down the ballot, to be available to the public and to the media, without imposing arbitrary conditions, so that Texans can cast an informed ballot in this election.

According to LWV-Texas President Karen Nicholson, “Voters are turned off and don’t vote when those running for office aren’t available, and voter turnout in recent Texas elections has been disappointing. Texas was 46th among the states in turnout of voter eligible population in the 2008 election. We must do better, and candidates who make themselves available to voters are crucial to improving voter turnout.”

The League of Women Voters has been agitating and educating for active, informed public participation in government for all of its 90 years. There is no more important form of public participation than voting, which must be encouraged, not suppressed.

From The League of Women Voters of Texas


‘To shop or not to shop at Target?’ (DallasVoice.com, 8/27/10)

Boycotting is a tough thing to do. I haven’t been to a Cinemark theater since 2008 when Alan Stock donated $10,000 to Yes on 8, and the company refused to make any real amends besides a token meeting with CCGLA, from which we’ve heard nothing since. But how many people went to see the movie “Milk” elsewhere, but have quietly returned to Cinemark?

If you decide to boycott, and that is totally up to you, it’s important to let management know that 1) you are indeed boycotting, and 2) the specific reasons for the boycott. Also, it helps to send a reminder from time to time, like a note or Christmas card telling them you’re still boycotting their store.

Simply griping on blogs for a week or a month isn’t enough. If folks decide that boycotting in the way to go, they must stay dedicated to their stance until the company proves otherwise. PR firms tell companies just to bide their time and issues like these will blow over. Without continuing pressure from the community, they do and will.

If companies are hurt enough in the almighty wallet, sooner or later they’ll think twice about donating to anti-gay causes and candidates.

Justin Nichols


‘St. Vincent’s dean defends school’ (DallasVoice.com, 8/27/10)

While you and the other parents are certainly entitled to your personal opinion, please tell me where in the Bible Jesus Christ says that a faithful, lifelong relationship can only be between a husband and wife.

The closest reference I can find is, “I give you a new commandment. Love one another,” which obviously refers back to the woefully misquoted and mistranslated strictures from Leviticus, having to do with Jewish and non-Jewish behaviors and mores.

Meanwhile, please don’t misuse Jesus to justify homophobia. That would be called, “bearing false witness,” not to mention “taking the name of God in vain.”

I thought Christian values were about inclusion, not exclusion. It’s also interesting to note that per Wikipedia, St. Vincent “was renowned for his compassion, humility and generosity.”

The sexual part is really none of your business, or that of the other parents, now is it?

The school should be teaching tolerance and acceptance, not promoting misinformation. The little girl and her parents should be welcomed with open arms. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Thank you for an opportunity to respond. God bless us everyone!

Maurice

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 3, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens