What Trump’s Inauguration Means to this Jewish Mother Lesbian Activist

As I write this it has come to my attention that Trump has been sworn in and within minutes the Department Of Labor has removed all reference to LGBT equality while the White House has removed reference to climate change from their respective websites…. I was awakened this morning at about 4.00 am by the formidable and … More What Trump’s Inauguration Means to this Jewish Mother Lesbian Activist

Tourism & Convention Leaders Warns Anti Trans Bill Would Devastate Texas’ Economy

WASHINGTON – Prominent officials from the tourism, convention and meeting planning industries gathered in Austin today to warn Texas lawmakers that SB 6, the discriminatory bill mirroring North Carolina’s HB 2 law, would damage the Lone Star State’s economy and brand. SB 6 bans transgender people from using restrooms in public schools, universities, and government buildings. … More Tourism & Convention Leaders Warns Anti Trans Bill Would Devastate Texas’ Economy

Georgia has Weakest Non Discrimination Laws | Report Makes Case for Protections

WASHINGTON – Civil rights and religious leaders from across Georgia gathered in Atlanta this afternoon to release a new report that outlines the growing need for updates to the state’s civil rights protections. The Georgia Unites Against Discrimination coalition commissioned the report, and Joe Whitley authored the executive summary. Whitley served in the administrations of Presidents … More Georgia has Weakest Non Discrimination Laws | Report Makes Case for Protections

Trump Confirmations | Mattis Past Positions on LGBT Troops and Women in Combat Raise Concerns

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – As Trump appointees face off with Senators in confirmation hearings, we at O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da will provide opinions and statements, noting the condemnation of these ridiculous Trump choices, many of whom clearly are unqualified and/or unable to perform these duties in the best interests of the American people: Retired Gen. James Mattis will attend … More Trump Confirmations | Mattis Past Positions on LGBT Troops and Women in Combat Raise Concerns

EOIR Final Rule on the Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives

Executive Office for Immigration Review Announces Final Rule on the Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced a final rule titled, Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives. This new rule, effective Jan. 18, 2017, amends the regulations governing the … More EOIR Final Rule on the Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives

County of Marin digs deeper toward decision on potential reopening of 132-year-old tunnel

San Rafael, CA – On January 30, the Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin an investigative study of the 132-year-old Alto Tunnel, an old railroad passage from Mill Valley to Corte Madera that has been sealed for more than three decades. This follows a 2015 study that assessed the tunnel’s right-of-way. The … More County of Marin digs deeper toward decision on potential reopening of 132-year-old tunnel

Virginia House Bill 1612 Would Negatively Impact Transgender Adults and Trans Youth

HB 1612 Would Also Create Costs for State Businesses, Budget and Economy  On January 11, a Virginia lawmaker offered House Bill 1612 (HB 1612), which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings, and public universities based on “sex,” as determined by one’s “original birth certificate.”  Additionally, the bill would require schools to inform … More Virginia House Bill 1612 Would Negatively Impact Transgender Adults and Trans Youth

Influenza Widespread in Marin, Bay Area

Public Health Officer says it’s not too late to get a flu shot San Rafael, CA – County public health departments around the Bay Area are announcing that influenza activity is increasing and has reached “widespread” levels. Areas with the most influenza activity in the state include the Bay Area. Flu transmission in Marin County … More Influenza Widespread in Marin, Bay Area

Report On Human Rights Defenders at Risk in 2016

Front Line Defenders Launches Annual Report On Human Rights Defenders at Risk in 2016 More than 1000 human rights defenders were killed, harassed, detained, or subjected to smear campaigns and other violations in 2016, Front Line Defenders reported today at the launch of its annual report in Dublin. The Annual Report on Human Rights Defenders … More Report On Human Rights Defenders at Risk in 2016

Appeal by Family After Trans Teen Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255 Call for acceptance: “Remember how loving and passionate an activist Jai was…. Together we can make this world safer and softer for youth like Jai by treating everyone we meet with dignity and respect no matter how different they may appear.” After Bakersfield police confirmed that search crews found the body … More Appeal by Family After Trans Teen Suicide

NAACP Withdraw or Arrest Message to AG Nominee Jeff Sessions

” Withdraw or arrest us,” is the message the NAACP is sending to Senator Jeff Sessions, as they stage a sit-in at the Senator’s  Alabama office, to demand his withdrawal as the Donald Trump nominee for U.S. Attorney General. And aptly so: Sessions is a known racist whose history of bigotry proves that the is absolutely incapable of representing all Americans … More NAACP Withdraw or Arrest Message to AG Nominee Jeff Sessions

2016 Heroes and Zeroes yields an unprecedented number of Zeroes

Yeah all 62,979,879 plus of them ….. By Melanie Nathan, December 30, 2016. As the New Year approaches, and in looking to write up my annual Heroes and Zeroes I could not help but notice that this year 62,979,879 ZEROES voted for a sick, mentally deficient, hateful, misogynistic, racist, sexual predator, who happens also to be a xenophobic, … More 2016 Heroes and Zeroes yields an unprecedented number of Zeroes

Name Change Victory for Transgender Man in New York

New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund announces a name change victory for a transgender man in New York. A state appeals court has granted a legal name change for Ben Stanford, reversing a lower court decision that initially denied his name change petition because he declined to share “medical evidence” of his … More Name Change Victory for Transgender Man in New York

Amnesty International USA to Co-Sponsor Women’s March on Washington on January 21

Amnesty International USA will co-sponsor the Women’s March on Washington, which is set for January 21, 2017, the day after the presidential inauguration. “We’re proud to stand with people from all across the country to declare that women’s rights are human rights and to demand that the new administration and Congress protect everyone’s human rights,” … More Amnesty International USA to Co-Sponsor Women’s March on Washington on January 21

Equality Wins at UN General Assembly with Protection of SOGI Independent Expert

Today in the United Nations General Assembly, a cross-regional group of states affirmed the principles of universal human rights by blocking a hostile attempt to prevent the work established by the UN Human Rights Council of the Independent Expert on Discrimination and Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. A small group of States … More Equality Wins at UN General Assembly with Protection of SOGI Independent Expert

Anti-Gay Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa Defecates on Host Country Constitution

Anti-gay homophobes from around the world met in South Africa, a country where the constitution specifically includes LGBT equality, issuing a declaration opposing same-sex marriage and families.  According to Mamba Online, The World Congress of Families Regional Conference, which took place last week at The Westin hotel in Cape Town, was hosted by the recently formed International Organization … More Anti-Gay Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa Defecates on Host Country Constitution

Response to Nationwide Spike in Hate-Filled Incidents

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Southern Poverty Law Center Respond to Nationwide Spike in Hate-Filled Incidents |  National Civil Rights Organizations Underscore Commitment to #StopTheHate WASHINGTON, D.C. and Montgomery, Ala., December 6, 2016 – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) issued the following … More Response to Nationwide Spike in Hate-Filled Incidents

Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California, National Fair Housing Alliance, and 19 Civil Rights Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Neglected Foreclosures SAN RAFAEL, CA -Today, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (formerly Fair Housing of Marin), the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and19 other local fair housing organizations from across the United States filed a housing discrimination lawsuit against Fannie Mae in federal district court in San Francisco, California.  The lawsuit alleges that Fannie Mae maintains and markets its foreclosures (also known as real estate owned or “REO” properties) … More Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas

Anti-Gay Gambian President Ousted

Yahya Jammeh, the Gambian president, known for his virulent homophobia and vicious anti-gay threats, has been ousted in this week’s presidential election in The Gambia. Jammeh, an authoritarian president for 22 years, suffered this surprise defeat in the country’s general election. He will be replaced by a property developer, Adama Barrow, who won more than 45% of … More Anti-Gay Gambian President Ousted

World AIDS Day NBJC Lauds President Obama and What You Can do

* Leadership * Commitment * Impact * NBJC World AIDS Day Statement: December 1, 2016 marks the 28th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, joins … More World AIDS Day NBJC Lauds President Obama and What You Can do

Marin Rallies to Reject President Elect

Over a thousand rally behind high school organizers   By Melanie Nathan, Nov 20, 2016. San Rafael -“REJECT THE PRESIDENT ELECT” – “LOVE TRUMPS HATE” reverberated down 4th Street, San Rafael, Marin County as over 1000 people marched and rallied peacefully, to protest the looming Trump presidency.  Clearly Donald J. Trump is not a popular man … More Marin Rallies to Reject President Elect

Extra Concern on Trans Day of Remembrance

Today is the annual international Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), dedicated to the memory of those whose lives have been lost because they are transgender. According to Freedom for All Americans,  this year, there are at least 25 reported cases in the U.S. alone of transgender people who have been murdered. Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed … More Extra Concern on Trans Day of Remembrance

Attorney General Lynch Statement on Spike in Hate Crimes

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Releases Video Statement on Hate Crimes in the United States By Melanie Nathan, Nv 18, 2016. As the United States contemplates parting ways with the extraordinary President Obama Administration and his crew of appointees, who care about fellow Americans,  in exchange for the bigot racist homophobic fascist goons who Donald Trump has already … More Attorney General Lynch Statement on Spike in Hate Crimes

Racist Bigot Homophobe Jeff Sessions Chosen as Trump Attorney General

By Melanie Nathan, Nov 18, 2016. President Elect Donald Trump has appointed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to the job. The United States Attorney General (A.G.) is the head of the United States Department of Justice per 28 U.S.C. § 503, concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United … More Racist Bigot Homophobe Jeff Sessions Chosen as Trump Attorney General

Bank Accused of Redlining and Violating Fair Housing Act

CALIFORNIA REINVESTMENT COALITION AND FAIR HOUSING ADVOCATES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FILE FAIR HOUSING COMPLAINT, URGING IMMEDIATE HUD INVESTIGATION INTO CIT GROUP’S ONE WEST BANK By Melanie Nathan, November 17, 2016. Yesterday, two nonprofit organizations formally filed a complaint requesting that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) investigate whether CIT Group violated and … More Bank Accused of Redlining and Violating Fair Housing Act

Marin County Passes Anti Discrimination Rental Subsidy Ordinance

 By Melanie Nathan, Nov 17, 2016. Fair Housing Anti discrimination measures extended to tenants with rental subsidies To further its commitment to promote housing affordability and housing equity in one of the nation’s most expensive places to live, the County of Marin took a historic step November 8 to establish equal opportunities for lower-income families, … More Marin County Passes Anti Discrimination Rental Subsidy Ordinance

Experiencing the Hate of Jeff Sessions First Hand – Rabid Anti Gay Racist Could Be Trump AG

“Mr. Sessions is a throwback to a shameful era that we thought was in the past.  Inconceivable to me that a person of this attitude could be a Judge or even a US attorney. ” Senator Ted Kennedy: “He is now the ranking member of the very committee that rejected him and we were one of … More Experiencing the Hate of Jeff Sessions First Hand – Rabid Anti Gay Racist Could Be Trump AG

Immigration Attorney Explains Fears in Trump Land

Scroll down for Spanish Translation: By Sasha N. Westerman, November 10, 2016. As we settle into the reality of a Trump Presidency, after a campaign of attacks on immigrants,  many are weighing in on what to expect. Thank you to immigration attorney, Sasha Westerman for this realistic clarification in the following instances: LETTER TO CLIENTS AND … More Immigration Attorney Explains Fears in Trump Land