A Follow-up From Yesterday’s Story

Yesterday I wrote a story about a transgender activist who was admonishing the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina over their fundraising activities centered around HB2.

You can read the story here.

Today, I came back to Facebook and I found this comment attached to the link of my article on her (Janice Covington’s) Facebook page.

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So apparently, at least one LGBT activist is calling HRC and Equality NC’s corporate lobbying efforts “effective anti-HB2 countermeasures.”  She goes on to point out that the removal of basketball and football games as well as PayPal’s removal of a planned new building is a direct result of HRC working at a higher level that’s often difficult to achieve.
For the record, North Carolina has lost thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars since March 2016.  The North Carolinians that would have supplied those jobs have families to support, mouths to feed  and a roof to keep over their heads.
How can anyone purport that stagnating North Carolina’s economy, or affording the effort to stagnate North Carolina’s economy is a good thing.  I read somewhere that that is not what activism is all about: unfortunately that is what power is all about.
The job of political organizations, and in this case a Democratic political organization, is to promote and enhance job opportunity in the region.  Activism that attempts to sabotage local and regional efforts to bring jobs into North Carolina seems to me contrary to what the organization is all about – especially an organization like the North Carolina Democratic Party, or activist organizations like HRC and Equality NC.
Have we gone so far down the road to oblivion that power grabs and impersonal vindication is more important than the well-being of our state’s financial security for everyone.  Or does Equality NC and HRC not think that members of the LGBT community won’t suffer because of their power grabbing tactics?
And let’s say for example that they are successful in this political cycle, what will happen the next time they don’t get their way?  Will they stage another coup? Maybe next time against Democrats?
The comments that I have seen certainly support Janice Covington’s argument that not only is there a gay agenda but there is a gay supremacy within North Carolina.  And, it is made up by a handful of people whose only aim is to gain power both within their own organizations and within the North Carolina Democratic Party.  And, apparently in the North Carolina General Assembly.
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Transgender Activist Says HRC and Equality NC are using HB2 to Fundraise

  • Covington argues that the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC are using HB2 to fundraise;
  • Calls HRC and Equality NC “Gay Supremacy.”

2.jpgJanice Covington was the first transgender elected to the DNC from North Carolina in 2012.  She was also appointed to serve on the credentialing committee at the DNC this past year in Philadelphia.  Now Covington comes forward with a scathing Facebook post confronting the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina for using HB2 as a political fundraising opportunity.

Covington writes:

The Boycotts from HB2 Created a Gold Rush for our community and the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina seized the opportunity pushing the local organizations out of the box once they realized the fundraising opportunity created by HB2.

She also goes on to question where the money is going from those fundraising venues such as concerts where proceeds from the ticket sales were earmarked to fight HB2.

We asked where the money went, because local orgs did not get any. We asked who is getting it from the concerts that dedicated there funds to fight against HB2, we asked for transparency and got no answer from either organization. …someone said Chad Griffin from the Human Rights Campaign was flying in for a press conference about HB2 with the city, I guess with his bank bag.

In her Facebook post, Covington goes on to say that collectively, HRC and Equality NC

…seem to project a message in their closed little world of Gay Supremacy…

And, Covington finishes her post by saying the two groups never share their money or information with anyone but themselves:

You see HRC and ENC are users and they will never share their information or money to help anyone but themselves, they are made up mostly of misogynist and vainglorious who feed on attention to aggrandize themselves.

Although Covington’s words may sound harsh, she is not the only Democrat in North Carolina who has voiced an opinion about an LGBT “gay agenda” or why Democrats seem so bent on using House Bill 2 as a political stunt.
Covington also admonishes the media, specifically WSOC, for their reporting of the Charlotte City Council meeting Monday night:
The news person reported that the council’s room during the meeting last night was PACKED with people from the Human Rights Campaign. This is a total lie.
North Carolina’s LGBT population is less than 4% statewide, yet they control a good amount of the internal structure of the North Carolina Democratic Party.
North Carolina has lost millions of dollars in revenue and many jobs have been lost.  This is prompted Democrats and Republicans to weigh the odds and how this bill will affect the November election.
Currently, Gov. Pat McCrory and Atty. Gen. Roy Cooper are virtually tied in North Carolina’s gubernatorial race.  A recent poll shows that Gov. McCrory is up 1.5 to 2% over Roy Cooper with 50 days to go until election day.
Some Democrats have voiced the opinion that using HB2 as a political maneuver to win in this election cycle may backfire.  Lady liberty 1885 has posted a good article with significant background information on the bill itself.
Some questions need to be asked now: have the Democrats gone to far in this election cycle to win back not only the governor’s mansion, but the state House and Senate?  And, is it too late to reverse the economic impact of HB2 should the Democrats win in November?
And, what about HRC and Equality NC: does the North Carolina Democratic Party give more weight to LGBT political party groups than other groups in the Party?
Below is the full Facebook comment Janice Covington wrote.
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Democrats at State Executive Council meeting came to a screeching halt last Saturday

  • The North Carolina Democratic Party had their final gathering before the November 2016 general election.
  •  Parliamentary procedure stopped Democrats in their tracks when a quorum call proved that not enough Democrats were convened to have the meeting.

Democrats, including guests and committee members, had planned for a full-day of events when they arrived at Rolesville high school on Saturday.  The NCDP had laid out an agenda of candidate speakers, resolutions and amendments to keep the crowd busy, but after two hours into the event a quorum call ended the meeting.

According to the North Carolina Democratic Party’s plan of organization 277 members of the state executive Council needed to be present to conduct the meeting and vote on the proposed amendments to the Democratic bylaws.  According to the headcount, only  245 committee members were in attendance.
That being said there were still some Democrats who were mad when the chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Patsy Keever, gaveled the meeting closed.  Some Democrats, like Wendy May from Johnson County who is running for County Commissioner took to Facebook to criticize the person who motioned for the quorum call.  Here’s what Wendy had to say:
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But, there’s another side to the story as Democratic progressive advocate Chris Telesca pointed out in a comment:
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Telesca asserts a point in his Facebook comment that many North Carolina Democrats have argued for years: that there is not enough timely notice of democratic subcommittee meetings and often the first time SEC members see amendments that deal with a change in the plan of organization is on the day of the meeting.
The former chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Randy Voller, chimed in by saying:
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But that’s not the end of the story.  Gracie Galloway, the chair of the Asian American Pacific Islanders caucus, said this:

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So there seems to be some underlying tension between Democrats not only over the amendments that were up for consideration on Saturday, but also of things that have happened in the past at SEC meetings.  Randy Voller added this for consideration:

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And, Cliff Moone, the Chair of the NCDP Rules Committee, weighed in:

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And, Grace Galloway responded:grace-galloway-002

Yes, there are some mad Democrats because the amendments did not get passed, but maybe the more important question is why so few Democratic SEC members show up at the meetings when they have a responsibility and an obligation to attend them.
And why were so many divisive amendments presented to the SEC just 50 days before the general election when the purpose of the North Carolina Democratic Party is to elect Democrats.
It would’ve been better to go out on a positive and enthusiastic note, energizing the Democrats that were there enabling them to help get out the vote between now and election day.
Instead of going out with a bang the Democratic Party gaveled out in a whimper.  And that doesn’t do anything to help us win elections.
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How the internet created the asexual community — Fusion

Elena ScottiA decade ago, when Bauer was a high school junior, she felt left out as all of her friends became engulfed in the throws of teenage lust. A sex-obsessed maniac, Bauer was not. She had crushes on people, but had never experienced that sexual pull. A friend described wanting to sleep with an ex-boyfriend…

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In a First, VP Joe Biden Officiates a Gay Wedding — CBS DC

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden has officiated a gay wedding, a first for the early proponent of same-sex marriage. Biden presided over the union of Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller, both longtime White House aides. The White House says the couple asked Biden to officiate. Biden has never officiated a wedding before, so he…

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Appeals court rules Texas’ awful voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act — Fusion

Getty ImagesThe Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that a controversial voter ID law in Texas violates the Voting Rights Act, marking a significant victory for advocates who have fought the law for years, the Texas Tribune reported. “The full court’s ruling delivered the strongest blow yet to what is widely viewed as the…

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Teen pleads no contest in beating deaths of homeless men — KRQE News 13

Is this what we’ve become.  A story from KRQE, not only depressing, but far too often goes unnoticed and without punishment of the culprits.  I hold teens to a higher standard than this.  But, I don’t necessarily blame parents for the actions of their children in all cases.

Often, parents are the last ones to know.

No, this is indicative of what young people have become – but it is a concerning sign of where society is at this particular point in our history.

Nobody, and I MEAN nobody, ever grows up thinking they will end up homeless, destitute and often forgotten.

Many times, it’s a mental health issue – but mental health is woefully lacking resources.  We’re using our prison and jail system in what use to be group homes and halfway houses available for the unfortunate ones grappling with psychological issues.

We don’t have that anymore – so, those individuals are left to the unsafety of the streets, the back alleys,  under bridges or in the woods.

Sad, that the greatest nation on earth–not to mention the wealthiest–can’t find a way to do better than this.

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Nathaniel Carillo, one of three teens accused in the beating deaths of two homeless men, pled no contest Wednesday to murder and other charges. Under a plea agreement, Carrillo will serve 26 and a half years unless he violates his probation. If so he will serve the remainder of a 45…

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