Friday, October 9, 2009

Call Out to All CA Readers: Save California

I phoned Gov. Schwarzenegger's office this morning. If you're a CA resident, please consider taking half a minute out of your day to urge our governor to oppose 'Harvey Milk Gay Day' (SB 572) in California Public Schools.

You can call, email, tweet or fax (or all of the above). Before October 11 please. Today is good. :)

From savecalifornia.com:
BILL FACTS: SB 572 would establish every May 22 as "Harvey Milk Day" in K-12 public schools in California. Children would be taught to admire the life and values of late homosexual activist Harvey Milk, of whom the bill states: "...perhaps more than any other modern figure, Harvey Milk's life and political career embody the rise of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement in California, across the nation, and throughout the world."

Under SB 572, children would perform "suitable commemorative exercises," remembering the "life," "accomplishments," and "contributions" of Harvey Milk -- in other words, the entire homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda for which Milk advocated. There is no definition or limit to these "exercises," which could include gay pride parades, cross-dressing contests and mock gay weddings, or anything else Milk supported.

SB 572 would affect children as young as kindergarten. There is no parental notification or consent written into the bill.

Thank you!

9 comments:

Grace in my Heart said...

Ugh- this makes me sick!

We've had great success in our state for stopping things like this by bombarding the governor's office with calls and letters. I hope you are successful!

Caitlyn said...

I did it! Thanks, Kristen!

carol said...

emily and i went down to the govenors ofc thurs to tell him.we were also at the press conf

Sharon said...

I am not a CA resident but Yikes! That is awful. I hope that the bill fails miserably and I will keep your intention in my prayers. What is this world coming to???

Anonymous said...

Okay... I am a public school teacher in California. The state of California is pretty much broke. For the 2010-2011, my district may have to impose furlough days. Also, home to school transportation will most likely be eliminated. In my district, this means that many children will be walking to school on busy streets, because both parents are working two or three jobs in order to make ends meet! Governor Schwarzneggar has cut funding in EVERY area of education, It has been all over the news. None of you have anything to worry about...trust me, all of us teachers have too much to deal with already, and will not be made to take this on!
PS- Nothing in the CA education code mandates celebrating a particular day just because the governor says we should!

sarah said...

I am not opposed to homosexuality but I am opposed to children being taught things in school which go against their parents' beliefs, especially if there is no chance for the children to abstain from those lessons. Surely that is a breach of your rights? For that reason alone I wish you luck in defeating this bill.

Nikkadmus said...

Done. Thank you! Nikki

Kristen Laurence said...

Anon, I'm so sorry you're suffering. Teaching is a hard position to hold in CA these days. If our gov't would only learn how to spend more wisely instead of wasting our dollars away.

Sarah, thank you!

Anonymous said...

There is plenty to admire, discuss and teach about Harvey Milk without focusing on his sexual orientation. Activism for a cause, perseverance, community organization, determination, humanity.....