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Author Topic: IMPORTANT - Please consider signing the petition against Uganda's "Kill the Gays  (Read 1493 times)

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Offline emeraldize

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Hello All: I signed the petition today which is an easy process. Their reply (below) contains all you need to access the petition and pass the information along to others. Em



Thank you for signing our urgent petition demanding that Ugandan President Museveni veto the "Kill The Gays" bill should it be passed in Parliament.

Now, more than ever, we urgently need your help to spread the word. If each of us share this campaign with our friends and family, we'll be able to create the massive international outcry we need to stop this bill. Please take a moment to tell your friends, family, and colleagues - It only takes a few seconds and could make a huge difference:

Email: Forward the "Tell Your Friends" e-mail below asking people to sign the petition with you.

Share this campaign on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/iNlV78

Tweet it: http://bit.ly/m72XDD

Thanks again for going All Out. Andre, Erika, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Nita, Prerna, Oli, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out.

www.allout.org

All Out is bringing people together in every corner of the planet and of every identity - lesbian, gay, straight, transgender and all that is between and beyond - to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are.

If you no longer wish to receive email from AllOut, please send a message to unsubscribe@allout.org

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Dear Friend,

I just signed a petition demanding that Ugandan President Museveni veto the "Kill The Gays" bill should it be passed in Parliament.

We just learned the “kill the gays” bill- a death sentence for LGBT people in Uganda - could come up for a vote in the next 72 hours if we don’t act now.

Conservative leaders are trying hard to push the bill forward before the millions like us who oppose it have a chance to speak out. If we can create a massive international outcry, there's a chance to stop this bill from becoming law.

This hateful bill appears to be a political diversion, a way to distract from the legitimate grievances of pro-democracy activists, who have been beaten, teargassed, jailed, and even killed in recent weeks.

There are only days left to make sure your voice is heard. Will you join me in demanding the Ugandan President Museveni veto the "Kill The Gays" bill should it be passed in Parliament. Sign this urgent petition:

http://www.allout.org/uganda

Offline Ann

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Done! Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Em. :-*
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Thanks Em. Signed and posted on my wall.

I have read several books by Jeff Sharlet, and watched the news segments of Rachel Maddow which detail the role American religious "leaders" and American politicians (connected to the "Family" and "C Street House") have unduly influenced the Ugandans and gave rise to this horrible piece of legislation. I think it's up to as many Americans as possible to sign this kind of petition to counteract what other Americans have exported as part of our supposed moral values.
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thanks,
have sighed and am now e-mailing friends
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"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

Offline Jody

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Done Em, thanks as always for taking the time, you have always been so good at finding worthy causes and getting others involved.  A small act of kindness that has the potential to save lives, as other posts by you in the past have helped so many in need..  A voice leading voices in this case to call out for justice in central Africa.

Jody
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Offline emeraldize

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Wow, Jody, here I am to post an update and I get your nice note. Thank you very much. Were it not for many others doggedly pursuing these important issues, I wouldn't be able to pass the info along.  This issue is so serious -- as you'll see in the post which follows. Em

Offline emeraldize

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UPDATE

Dear Friend,

Uganda's parliament just announced that they are extending the Spring session for one extra day—an extraordinary move showing the parliament's commitment to pushing this death penalty law through by whatever means necessary.

Time is short so we need act fast.  Nearly 500,000 people have joined our campaign to stop this bill, and together we've created an international outcry noticed by politicians and the media around the world.

Now we need to turn up the heat and get other key world leaders to condemn this hateful bill before it goes up for a vote on Friday.  The president of Uganda has listened to pressure from international figures and allies in the past, and now if enough influential leaders speak out they can help impact his decision—so they need to hear directly from you.

Can you call your head of government and ask them to loudly and publicly condemn Uganda's LGBT death penalty law? Click here to use our calling tool that makes it easy to find your Head of State’s phone number and a quick message you can pass on:

www.allout.org/ugandacall

In the last three days All Out, a global movement for LGBT equality, has grown in to a powerful community of over half a million people in every country of the world. On Wednesday we spoke to Bishop Christopher Senyonjo in Kampala, the internationally renowned human rights defender and outspoken supporter of LGBT equality, who presented your petition to Parliament with other human rights activists. He is inspired by your support, and told us to share these words with you all:

The pressure should keep coming. We have to keep it up. This international support energizes me, and all of those speaking out for human rights in Uganda. We know we are not alone: people all over the world are of the same mind on these important issues. These are issues of justice and love for other human beings.

If this bill doesn’t come up for a vote this Friday, we’ll be able to claim a major victory for human rights—and save lives in Uganda. But if it does come to a vote, the Ugandan government could shortly pass a brutal law that imposes life imprisonment for people convicted of same-sex relations and the death penalty for “serial offenders”. President Museveni is the one person who can stop this, by either vetoing a bill or pressuring Parliament not to vote on it. But we need to make sure he hears from other world leaders so he can do the right thing. Please take just one minute to make a phone call that can help save lives:

www.allout.org/ugandacall

This global movement for the simple right to live and love freely is unstoppable, but as this hateful bill shows, there are still many hurdles in the historic battle for human rights and full equality. This is one of those milestone moments, and by raising your voice you have already made a huge difference. Now that the fight is down to the wire, we all have the powerful opportunity to stand in solidarity with the brave folks in Uganda fighting to beat back this bill.

Let’s keep going All Out together to defeat this assault on human rights and dignity, and continue working for a world of equality, everywhere.

With admiration and hope,

Andre, Erika, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Prerna, Nita, Oli, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out

PS – This global response is having a huge impact. Don’t forget to make a quick call to your head of state, and then tell your friends to do the same: www.allout.org/ugandacall

 

SOURCES:

Ugandan parliament yet to debate bill that would jail gay people for life

www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/11/uganda-gay-people

Uganda's parliament set to debate anti-gay death penalty bill on May 13, reports Human Rights Watch

miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2011/05/ugandas-parliament-set-to-debate-anti-gay-death-penalty-bill-on-may-13-reports-human-rights-watch.html

Social Media Fights Ugandan Anti-Gay Legislation
mashable.com/2011/05/11/social-media-uganda-lgbt/

“God Created You”: Bishop Supports Gay Ugandans, Defies Death  Threats
www.religiondispatches.org/archive/sexandgender/4211/%E2%80%9Cgod_created_you%E2%80%9D%3A_bishop_supports_gay_ugandans,_defies_death_threats/

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo's St. Paul Foundation for International Reconciliation
stpaulsfoundation.com/Donate.html

 

All Out is bringing people together in every corner of the planet and of every identity - lesbian, gay, straight, transgender and all that’s between and beyond - to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are.

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Offline leatherman

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update:
Uganda Shelves Kill the Gays Bill—For Now
"Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill is dead—at least for now. The BBC reports that the Ugandan Parliament adjourned Friday without considering the bill.

But David Bahati, the MP who introduced the private member’s bill, said he would try to re-introduce it when the next parliament convened after February’s elections, and said it had achieved his goal of sparking debate."
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


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Offline emeraldize

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Thanks for the post Mikie and I got this in my e-mail at home...this is good news and while it may not be the end of it, a great international step.Em

Dear friend,

The international pressure has worked! Uganda has abandoned the Kill the Gays bill, closing parliament in the face of an unprecedented global outcry. By adding your voice you’ve joined over 500,000 people around the world to send a powerful message that the Ugandan government could no longer afford to ignore.

Thank you.

This is an important step, but the fight isn’t over yet - while we stopped the Kill the Gays bill from passing in this session of parliament, conservatives in Uganda are vowing to bring it back later this year.

But the tables have begun to turn. Together we’re a movement of more than half a million people ready to ensure hundreds of thousands of Ugandans and others around the world are able to live their lives without fear.

With our friends from SMUG, the Uganda Civil Society Coalition, Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, and Avaaz, we have helped shine the spotlight of international attention to achieve this important victory. We put together a short video to celebrate this amazing moment. Watch the video to find out how it all happened. Check it out now and share it with your friends:



This is a time to celebrate the impact that we can have when people from every corner of the planet and of every identity come together to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are.  That’s what All Out is all about.

Thank you for speaking up when it matters most.

All the best and All Out,
Andre, Erika, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Prerna, Nita, Oli, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out

PS - Keep in touch with All Out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

SOURCES:

Uganda anti-gay bill pushed out of parliament
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/13/uganda-anti-gay-bill-shelved

Uganda's "kill the gays" bill shelved again
af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE74C0HP20110513

Social Media Fights Ugandan Anti-Gay Legislation
mashable.com/2011/05/11/social-media-uganda-lgbt/

Uganda leaves anti-gay bill on shelf
www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2011/05/13/Uganda-leaves-anti-gay-bill-on-shelf/UPI-64991305305051/

 

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Subject: FW: Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill - Urgent intervention at the highest level appears necessary to avert its passage
From:    "Don Baxter" <DBaxter@afao.org.au>
Date:    Mon, May 16, 2011 7:32 am
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Friends & Colleagues

For your information:

Late last Friday the International HIV Alliance became aware that the Ugandan Parliament's last sitting of the present Parliamentary term had been extended by one day  so that the Parliament could consider the Anti-Homosexuality bill (along with several other contentious bills) before the Parliament was prorogued and the bills therefore lapsing.

On advice from very well-informed sources in Uganda I wrote the email below to Foreign Minister Rudd - with a similar one to Prime Minister Gillard -  urging immediate representations to Ugandan President Museveni at the highest levels.

In the event, the Ugandan Parliament did not pass the bills - but has unfortunately referred them to the next Parliament. The explanation provided for this action was that "there was not national consensus on these bills" ('Anti-Homosexuality'; 'Marriage/Divorce'; and 'HIV Prevention Control').

So it appears all but certain that the campaigns of Mr Bahati MP and the evangelical churches' will continue.

Don
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Offline leatherman

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So it appears all but certain that the campaigns of Mr Bahati MP and the evangelical churches' will continue.
of course this campaign will continue. Bahati and the churches have invested too much time and effort already to just let the issue drop - especially when they preceive it to a moral issue from which they shouldn't back down. It's similar to the ultra-social-conservatives in America who have campaigned for yrs and will continue to compaign for yrs for their moral reasons against "gay marriage" or abortion. There is obviously a very high amount of anti-gay sentiment in Uganda and only outside pressure has helped to stop this "kill the gays" bill. If left up to the people of that nation, it could very well pass, so sadly I imagine this will continue to be an issue in Uganda for many years to come.
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


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