Muslim Ban Loss Highlights Trump and Republicans Failed Their Constitutional Oath

This ruling highlights the fact that Trump and the Republican elected politicians and appointed officials, who have supported him in these Executive Orders, have in fact failed to adhere to their oaths to uphold the U.S. Constitution,  -Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition Tonight we celebrate the 4th Circuit decision to uphold the … More Muslim Ban Loss Highlights Trump and Republicans Failed Their Constitutional Oath

After 4th Circuit Appeal Loss by TRUMP America Must hold Him and Republicans Accountable

“The enormous damage is palpable” -Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition Tonight we celebrate the 4th Circuit decision to uphold the BAN on Trump’s Muslim travel ban and the denial of Trump’s second failed Executive Order which also sought to suspend the entire US Refugee Program. Trump lost because in America it is unconstitutional … More After 4th Circuit Appeal Loss by TRUMP America Must hold Him and Republicans Accountable

Families Face Unconscionable Deportation

CGRS Files Amicus Brief in District Court Case Involving Women and Children Detained at Berks County Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania Case Involving Women and Children Detained at Berks County Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania San Francisco, CA (May 22, 2017) – The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) and pro bono counsel Schnader, Harrison, … More Families Face Unconscionable Deportation

San Francisco LGBTI Community to Rally for IDAHOT in the Castro

The date of Chelsea Manning’s liberation coincides with the IDAHOT, on May 17 The San Francisco Bay area community will gather for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on Wed., May 17, 2017, 6 to 7pm, at Harvey Milk Plaza (2401 Market at Castro Street.) Participants in IDAHOT events globally will be posting … More San Francisco LGBTI Community to Rally for IDAHOT in the Castro

Jeff Sessions and his Putrid New Anti Immigrant Attack Memo

Jeff Sessions Calls Undocumented Immigrants as “filth” ….. I have come to feel like that sane person in the stereotypical old movie type insane asylum and incorrectly assumed insane, who became subject to an overage of electric shock treatments, day after day –  until my real sane brain quit and became the insane brain that it was not! That is … More Jeff Sessions and his Putrid New Anti Immigrant Attack Memo

Women’s March San Francisco Panel Series – We Marched We Rallied Now What?

By Melanie Nathan, March, 29, 2017. Last night Women’s March San Francisco launched the first in a series of panel discussions: “We Marched. We Rallied. Now What?” And it was a great success. The event was held at the JCC, San Francisco and was attended by over 150, mostly women. The panelists included: Amina from … More Women’s March San Francisco Panel Series – We Marched We Rallied Now What?

California Chief Justice Urges Sessions and Kelly to Stop Stalking Immigrants

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye sent a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on March 16, urging federal authorities to stop “stalking” undocumented immigrants at state courthouses. Here is the letter: Dear Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Kelly: As Chief Justice of California responsible for the safe and fair delivery … More California Chief Justice Urges Sessions and Kelly to Stop Stalking Immigrants

Marin County Resolution for Immigrants

With Board of Supervisors  resolution, relationship of trust and respect urged for everyone (County Press Release): Social equity has been a top priority for the County of Marin for many years, and the Board of Supervisors emphasized its importance again after the Marin community expressed concerns about the changing immigration policy in Washington, D.C. At … More Marin County Resolution for Immigrants

Trump Ban Challenged as Refugees Detained by the United States

Today the U.S. Government put its ban on Muslim refugees into action by detaining two Iraqis as they landed in the United States. Included is a contractor serving in a trusted position for the U.S. military in Iraq. According to the ACLU, lawyers for the two Iraqis who had been granted visas to enter the United States … More Trump Ban Challenged as Refugees Detained by the United States

Update on Alleged Immigration Raids in the San Francisco Mission

Know your rights Today people have expressed concern about possible ICE raids in the Mission, San Francisco . We have been informed that this was not a general  Immigration and Customs  Enforcement raid but a specific search for two individuals. Activists report that ICE agents came to Good Samaritan Apartments in the Mission in San … More Update on Alleged Immigration Raids in the San Francisco Mission

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

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

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

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

Lawsuit Filed Seeking Information on ICE Policies for Asylum Seekers

San Francisco – The ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP), the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law (CGRS), and pro bono counsel at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila (RSHC) today filed suit against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for refusing to release … More Lawsuit Filed Seeking Information on ICE Policies for Asylum Seekers

LGBT Asians Deeply Disappointed in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Denying Immigrants’ Rights

But is relieved that Court upholds affirmative action Washington, DC – Today, a badly divided U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in the case U.S. v Texas. The decision upholds a lower court’s ruling to block President Obama’s Executive Actions on immigration, which expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and created … More LGBT Asians Deeply Disappointed in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Denying Immigrants’ Rights

RIP Faces of Pulse | the 50 Precious lives lost in Orlando Massacre

Here are 36 names and faces of the 50 people brutally slaughtered by a rabid homophobe, Jihadist ISIS supporter, who may have had mental issues, who had easy access to an assault weapon, a gun he did not need, except to use to massacre these LGBT Americans and members of America’s Hispanic immigrant community.  We … More RIP Faces of Pulse | the 50 Precious lives lost in Orlando Massacre

Commentary by a Conservative Gay Man on Historic Southern Same-Sex Marriage

A Rose by Any Other Name: On the Subject of Same-sex Marriage and Other Questionable Choices By Jim Wherry, First Posted July 6, 2015 | Written June 26, 2015. Last summer, I moved from Fairbanks, Alaska to Columbus Georgia for a new job.   I knew I was saying good-bye for good to arctic temperatures and … More Commentary by a Conservative Gay Man on Historic Southern Same-Sex Marriage

Newly Married Same-Sex Asylum Seeking Couple Grateful for Outpouring of Love

By Melanie Nathan,  African HRC, April 24, 2015. After years of persecution, Mari and Cara, a lesbian couple from Angola, whose real names have been withheld to protect family members in Africa, made their way to the Bay Area, San Francisco, where they were married in an historic and moving San Francisco City Hall ceremony … More Newly Married Same-Sex Asylum Seeking Couple Grateful for Outpouring of Love

Xenophobic Mayhem and Murder may make South Africa a Skunk Nation yet again

Xenophobia a Scourge and Scapegoat felt by all immigrants also impacting LGBT refugees By Melanie Nathan, April 17, 2015. The sordid side of South Africa, reared its ugly head this past week, as Xenophobic mobs attacked foreigners and immigrants, causing at least 5 deaths in the Durban area. This brewing inferno, which spread to other … More Xenophobic Mayhem and Murder may make South Africa a Skunk Nation yet again

Why Obama has won on the Immigration EO

Republicans roll off the Hill, while Democrats traverse Mt. Everest By Melanie Nathan, February 17, 2015. Republicans would be calling the Judge who barred President Obama’s Immigration Executive Orders ‘an activist Judge’ – albeit tit-for-tat – indeed he may be – but did the Judge fall into a trap? Do we really think the appeals … More Why Obama has won on the Immigration EO

NQAPIA Announces New Executive Director

By Melanie Nathan, February 02, 2015. The Board of Directors of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is excited to announce that Glenn D. Magpantay is NQAPIA’s new Executive Director. Glenn has been with NQAPIA since the beginning, as one of the organization’s founders. Since 2009, he has served as NQAPIA’s Co-Director of … More NQAPIA Announces New Executive Director

2014’s Most Popular Posts on O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da

By Melanie Nathan, December 29, 2014. Out of 506 articles written and posted on O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da during the course of 2014, here are the most popular 36 by reads. The top article about the Ugandan Catholic Church’s Easter message had over 43,000 reads, with 20,000 in its first day of posting. If an article is dated … More 2014’s Most Popular Posts on O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da

Activists Worldwide try to Save Ugandan Lesbian from UK Deportation

By Melanie Nathan,  December 16, 2014. The United Kingdom wants to deport a persecuted lesbian back to Uganda, where a harsh anti-LGBTI climate awaits, with the certainty of further state sanctioned persecution that will endanger her life. Activists, worldwide have weighed in with letters and reports, in support of Judith Twikirize, 23, a known lesbian, in … More Activists Worldwide try to Save Ugandan Lesbian from UK Deportation

From Congo to Castro UNHCR Resettles Persecuted LGBTI Activist in the U.S.A.

Welcome Home Junior! By Melanie Nathan, December 16, 2014. I first met Junior Mayema back in 2011 when I was invited to keynote speak at Cape Town Pride’s Pink Gala in South Africa. At the time Junior, approached me along the Pride parade route. He told me that he was an LGBTI refugee from the … More From Congo to Castro UNHCR Resettles Persecuted LGBTI Activist in the U.S.A.

UK About to Deport Ugandan Lesbian Defies New EU Landmark Ruling

Protest outside the Home Office on Friday Morning, 5th, requires urgent signing of this Petition- Please help save Judith! | PETITION: SIGN HERE and be sure to pass it along. By Melanie Nathan, Dec 03, 2014. There is an urgent petition and plea to the U.K.  Home Office to stop the deportation of Judith T. Twikereza, … More UK About to Deport Ugandan Lesbian Defies New EU Landmark Ruling

LGBT Organizations Should Not Criticize Obama’s Immigration Move

A Statement on President Obama’s Immigration Announcement November 20, 2014, addressed to the  LGBT community of activists and organizations. By Melanie Nathan, of Private Courts, Inc. Conflict Resolution & Human Rights Advocacy Nathan@privatecourts.com Dear LGBTI Activists, Advocates and Organizations, Now that the dust is settling I want to again applaud President Barack Obama for his … More LGBT Organizations Should Not Criticize Obama’s Immigration Move