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Diversity Portal



On the Need for Diversity Education
by Joel Federman

Why schools need to develop diversity education programs.
Plus a guide to youth-oriented diversity resources and actions.

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Take Action Against Hate Crimes
Source: PoliticsTV.com and Human Rights Campaign
"I Have to Deal with Stereotypes"
by kevjumba
 A YouTube featured video by kevjumba.

Marriage as a Human Rite
by Joel Federman

The weddings that took place in San Francisco over Valentine's weekend 2004 mark a new phase of the American civil rights movement.


Diversity Issues in the News

Sunday, February 20, 2011

"British gay Muslims seek Islamic weddings," by Adrian Goldberg, BBC News, February 20, 2011.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

From Forth Worth, Texas: "It Gets Better"

Here is a video of incredibly brave Fort Worth, Texas City Council Member Joel Burns, speaking to teens and adults in his community, and the nation, about his own experiences of being bullied for being different, and his tale of how it got better.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It Gets Better

The recent string of publicized gay teen suicides, along with the story of horrific, brutal assaults and rapes of gay teens in New York, has led to an outpouring of outrage, as well as positive action.

One of the best responses to emerge is the "It Gets Better Project," already in the works before the recent news. The project, now on YouTube and Facebook, provides an opportunity for LGBTQ youth, adults, and allies to post messages of support to young people who are bullied and tortured for their difference from the norm. The simple message, "it gets better," lets young people know that especially after high school, when one's personal choices expand, it's possible to make or find a better life for oneself, where one is accepted and celebrated.

Here is an "It Gets Better" video from San Francisco activists:

Monday, June 28, 2010

"Iceland's Gay Prime Minister Weds Partner," MSNBC.com, June 28, 2010.

Saturday, October 30, 2009

Former Klansman Apologizes to Civil Rights Leader

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Thursday, October 8, 2009

National Equality March: October 11-12, 2009

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One Single Demand: Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. We are guaranteed equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Full equality necessarily includes all members of the LGBT community and encompasses, but is not limited to: the right to work our jobs and go to school free of harassment and discrimination; the right to safety in our daily lives, and protection from hate crimes; the right to equitable healthcare, and the right to donate blood; the right to equitable immigration policies; the right to marry; the right to serve in the military openly.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"Tell Texas not to remove Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall from school books," United Farm Workers website, July 26, 2009.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Commentary on the "Gathering Storm" of Gay Marriage

"The Bigots' Last Hurrah," by Frank Rich, New York Times, April 18, 2009.

The Colbert Report  
The Colbert Coalition's Anti-Gay Marriage Ad

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

NAACP President Julian Bond:
"A Common Struggle: Gay Rights Are Civil Rights"

Source: Human Rights Campaign

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The "R" Word Campaign -- Special Olympics PSA

S Source: Special Olympics HQ

Friday, February 25, 2009

"Bridglng the Gay-Black Divide,"by Brian Van De Mark, Gay and Lesbian Times, February 25, 2009.

If we believe that a rising tide lifts all boats economically, then we must believe that this principle applies to civil rights as well.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Restore Marriage Equality in California

Video Source: Courage Campaign Equality Hub

Sunday, November 2, 2008

 Video: "Discrimination,' No on 8 Campaign

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The "No on 8" website was not working as of early Sunday morning due to sabotage.

For more on Prop 8, see Another World is Being Blogged.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Candidates Should Seek Votes of Muslim-Americans," by Nafees A. Syed, CNN.com, October 24, 2008.

Moved by a Crescent," by Maureen Dowd, New York Times, October 21, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

"Beware the Simplifiers," by Bill Moyers, Common Dreams, May 4, 2008

Monday, July 9, 2007

"NAACP Symbolically Buries the N-Word," Washington Post, July 9, 2007.

For more updates on diversity issues in the news, click on the links below:

Website of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

A web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

National / International Diversity Organizations

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. ADC, which is non-sectarian, non- partisan is the largest Arab-American grassroots organization in the United States. www.adc.org

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is a resource for information on organized bigotry. The League collects and assesses a vast amount of information on anti-Semites, racists and extremists. After carefully evaluating information, ADL disseminates that information through books, periodicals, videos, reports and other materials. The League also monitors haters in cyberspace. A leader in national and state efforts to deter and counter hate-motivated crimes, ADL pioneered the development of a model statute with enhanced penalties for bias-motivated crimes. Contact www.adl.com, or see local ADL contact in Santa Barbara.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities. Contact: www.dredf.org

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC seeks to improve the lives of GLBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, and ensuring that all families are treated equally under the law,

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. Its goals are to stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom; to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice; to investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable; to challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law; and to enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all. www.hrw.org

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights consists of more than 185 national organizations, representing persons of color, women, children, labor unions, individuals with disabilities, older Americans, major religious groups, gays and lesbians and civil liberties and human rights groups. Together, over 50 million Americans belong to the organizations that comprise the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. The Leadership Conference works to fight discrimination in all its forms, improve intergroup relations, and promote the full participation of every American in every facet of our nation's life.

National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
monitors and documents hate-motivated incidents, publishes an annual anti-Asian violence audit, represent victims of hate-motivated violence, advocates for the passage of strict hate crime laws, and educates the Asian Pacific American community, law enforcement, policy makers, and the general public about the problem of hate-motivated violence. Contact www.napalc.org, or call (202) 296-2300.

The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California, has interactive exhibits with recorded racial and sexual slurs which enable visitors to confront their prejudices. Visitors watch videotapes of the Rodney King beating and personal accounts of Nazi Holocaust survivors. For information, call (310) 553-8403.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. Its principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens in the United States. www.naacp.org

The National Conference for Community and Justice, founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews, is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America. NCCJ promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education. www.nccj.org

National "No Name Calling Week" January 21-25, 2008
No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest feminist organization in the United States, with over 500,000 contributing members. Since NOW was founded in 1966, it has struggled to end the injustice and inequality women face daily. www.now.org

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans. NCLR is the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization, serving all Hispanic nationality groups in all regions of the country. NCLR has over 200 formal affiliates who together serve 37 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia - and a broader network of more than 20,000 groups and individuals nationwide - reaching more than two million Hispanics annually. www.nclr.org

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. www.pflag.org Or contact Trevor Helpline (24 hour, daily national crisis counseling for gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning youth) at (800) 850-8078.

The Southern Poverty Law Center combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation. It tracks the activities of hate groups in the United States. www.splcenter.org

No state shall make or enforce any law which shall...deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

--Constitution of the United States



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