the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.
So these are a couple photos I took yesterday on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. I happened to be in NYC when the marriage equality act was passed and had heard that there was a gathering down there so I went and took a look. The “gathering” turned out to be thousands. It was in front of the historic Stonewall Inn. And it was really moving. People were crying, people were smiling, people were congratulating one another. There were local and state media speaking. And in the air there was hope.
I mentioned this earlier on Facebook, but I have to tell this brief story again. When I first got there I—being a somewhat smallish man—couldn’t see because of the crowds. I held my camera in the air above my head but still couldn’t get a good shot. I saw a guy standing on a wrought iron fence nearby, so I hopped up as well. I was just about to snap a photo when I hear, “Hey…you can’t be up there. Ya gotta get down.” Turning, I saw it was two NYPD. Somewhat intimidated I jumped down and apologized. I told them I was trying to get a good photo. “Well, did you get the photo,” one of them asked? Nope, not yet, I told him. He then told me that I could get up there to take the photo but then I had to get down. I snapped a couple photos. And when I got down I thanked them and they both shook my hand. I found it very moving and it only added to the positive feeling of this historic event.
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
The above words, I believe, are just as pertinent today as when they were first spoken…maybe even more so. To read more in the Five Quotes series, click here.
January 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977
Feminist,Suffragist and Political Strategist
Alice Paul was the architect of some of the most outstanding political achievements on behalf of women in the 20thcentury. Born on January 11, 1885 to Quaker parents in Mt. Laurel,New Jersey, Alice Paul dedicated her life to the single cause of securing equal rights for all women.
Few individuals have had as much impact on American history as has Alice Paul. Her life symbolizes the long struggle for justice in the UnitedStates and around the world. Her vision was the ordinary notion that women and men should be equal partners in society.
“I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.”
“Mr. President how long must women wait to get their liberty? Let us have the rights we deserve.”
“Too many terms corrupts politicians so they only want to be reelected.”
“The Woman’s Party is made up of women of all races, creeds and nationalities who are united on the one program of working to raise the status of women.”
“This world crisis came about without women having anything to do with it. If the women of the world had not been excluded from world affairs, things today might have been
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