Grassroots activism takes off in Michigan

By |2009-06-04T09:00:00-04:00June 4th, 2009|News|

A Facebook message sent out last week notified members of the LGBT community that grassroots discussions about LGBT rights in Michigan will begin shortly.
The first meeting will be hosted by organizers of the Day of Decision rally and protest in Lansing following the decision by the California Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8. They, including activists Phil Volk, Justin Lippi and Adam Taylor, are holding an open forum for interested LGBTA community members to come and be heard to discuss the grassroots movement.
The event will take place on 1-3 p.m. June 6 at Gone Wired Cafe on the east side of Lansing. There will be a follow-up event incorporating the input at the June 6 event, as well as a community organizer training, on 1-3 p.m. June 20 at the same location.
In addition, a similar gathering will be held at the Ypsilanti Library from 7-9 p.m. June 15. The discussion, called the Working Together Forum, will be based around LGBT political strategy in the state.
Discussions at all three events will focus around such issues as safe schools, hate crimes, second parent adoption and marriage equality.
Any questions about the Lansing forums should contact either Justin Lippi at [email protected] or Robert Van Kirk at [email protected] Questions about the Working Together Forum should be directed to Phil Volk at [email protected]

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