Sunday, November 16, 2008

Imagine a day without them

A few years ago I joined a friend in watching the movie "A Day Without A Mexican". The basic story is that suddenly, everyone of Hispanic background in the state of California disappears. A hilarious satire, the film sharply illustrates how strongly Hispanics are woven into the fabric of society, while poking fun at many long-held stereotypes. I don't know if some if it may be lost on folks in other parts of the country, but it's definitely worth checking out.

I thought of the movie yesterday when I first heard about the plans for an upcoming protest against the passing of Proposition 8.  Wednesday, December 10, 2008 has been declared "Day Without A Gay", when gays and their allies are encouraged to "call in gay" to protest passage of anti-gay constitutional amendments.  Instead, protesters are encouraged to spend the day volunteering for local gay and civil rights organizations across the country. Along with not showing up for work or school, it's also been suggested that protesters could refrain from making any purchases that day, as the event is designed to show the impact the gay community has on the economy. 

Lastly, I think this video has pretty much made the rounds, I've seen it on two blogs in the past week and I know it's a top play on YouTube. But it's really the best I've heard yet that fully expresses my feelings on the subject and I'm happy to share. So just in case you missed it:

Yeah, what he said.


Anonymous said...

That's brilliant. I love the idea of Call in Gay day. Anything to get the lawmakers to overturn this divisive law.

Sheepish Annie said...

LIke you said...what he said.

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Spot on! Like the Beatles said, Let It Be. xxoo