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DIVNET  September 2000

DIVNET September 2000

Subject:

PRIMARY UPDATE

From:

Dorothea Brauer <[log in to unmask]>

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Diversity Ambassador <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 14 Sep 2000 13:51:21 -0400

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>From: Jakki Flanagan <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: PRIMARY UPDATE
>
>9/14/00
>
>Dear VCU Supporter:
>
>The attacks on us are intensifying!  I'm sure you've heard the news by
>now.  Despite their hard work and honorable service for their districts,
>Representatives Bob Kinsey, William Fyfe, John Edwards, and Marion Milne
>were voted down in their own party's primary (Republican) in large part
>because they voted thoughtfully and conscientiously, after considering all
>of testimony and evidence, in favor of the civil union law.
>Even more shocking, the top candidate from the 1998 Chittenden Republican
>Senate primary, Peter Brownell, placed last in the 2000 Chittenden Senate
>race after enduring a focused attack through direct mail and fliers (many
>from out-of-state) because he supported civil unions.  The message is
>clear:  We are in the struggle of, and for, our lives.  Foes of civil
>rights are committed to taking Vermont back to a day when second-class
>citizenship for gay and lesbian Vermonters was an accepted norm.  They will
>draw renewed vigor from their successes in Tuesday's primary.  We cannot
>rest now!
>
>The news from primary day wasn't all bad by any stretch.  We held on to
>many more pro-civil union candidates than we lost!  Four of the Republican
>representatives who voted for the civil union law, Representatives Voyer,
>Marron, Little, and Severance, all fought back primary challenges from
>anti-civil union candidates.
>Also three Democratic representatives who supported the law,
>Representatives Cross, Obuchowski, and Partridge, withstood primary
>challenges from anti civil union foes.  Plus, two of the defeated
>Republican candidates, Representatives Kinsey and Milne, received the
>Democratic nominations in their respective districts.  Our understanding is
>that Representative Kinsey intends to accept that
>nomination.  Representative Milne has not committed at this point.   We,
>too, should find cause for encouragement in the election results.
>
>Finally, challenger Mark Larson, a strong supporter of equal rights for gay
>and lesbian Vermonters, ousted incumbent Representative McNamara, who voted
>against the civil union law, in the Democratic House primary for
>Burlington's New North End.
>Congratulations, Mark!!
>
>Thanks for everyone's hard work for our allies in the primary.  Now is time
>to crank up the intensity.  It's clear that the civil union law, and the
>rights of gay and lesbian people more broadly, are critical issues in this
>general election campaign.  We must speak up, and must be heard!   Right
>now the voices of intolerance are reaching more ears than ours!  We know
>from experience that once people think about these issues, and learn about
>these issues, they support full civil rights for gay people.  How many
>people do you know who say, "I used to believe gay people should be treated
>equally, as full members of the community, but then I learned more about it
>and now I support second-class citizenship."?
>
>Speaking up takes (1) volunteer energy and (2) money.
>
>If you have not responded yet to our request for volunteers, please e-mail
>us right away.  The list of tasks far outstrips our existing volunteer
>base.  You can take on leadership responsibility, or discrete tasks, such
>as placing fliers on windshields for a few hours, or making various sorts
>of phone calls for us.
>
>And if you have not yet dug as deeply as you possibly can to support VCU,
>now is the time!  We'll never outspend our opposition.  In fact, we'll
>never come close.  But we must make our voices heard, and that costs
>money.  If you'd like to see more positive, truthful ads about these issues
>in our newspapers, and on our airwaves, please make the biggest donation
>you can possibly make.  (If you've already maxxed out at $2,000, we have
>other options for you.  Please contact us.)
>You can mail your check to VCU, P.O. Box 1574, Montpelier,
>VT  05601.  Please include your name, address, phone number and
>e-mail.  You can use the form below if you want.
>
>Thanks so much for all your work.  Let's hang in there together for the
>next two months to work to build a Vermont that genuinely supports families
>and respects community.
>
>Sincerely,
>
>Jakki Flanagan
>Statewide Grassroots Coordinator
>Vermonters for Civil Unions
>_________________________________________________________
>
>p.s.  We know spam is obnoxious, but this feels quite urgent to us.  We'd
>really appreciate it if you would forward this message to allies within and
>outside of Vermont.  Thanks!
>---------------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------
>
>Yes!     Here's my contribution to Vermonters for Civil Unions.  Let's make
>our voices heard!
>
>Name(s) __________________________________________
>
>
>Address __________________________________________
>
>
>City, State, Zip _____________________________________
>
>
>Phone  ___________________________________________
>
>
>e-mail  ____________________________________________
>
>
>Amount:    $  _________________
>--------------------------------------------
>Jakki Flanagan
>Vermonters for Civil Unions
>P.O. Box 1574
>Montpelier, VT 05601
>http://www.vtcivilunionpac.org/
>(802)899-2930
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>
>---------------------------------------------
>
>

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