Raven Pillmann wants Northfielders at the Carls’ ‘Vote No’ rally on Wednesday night

I got this email from Carleton College freshman Raven Pillmann two weeks or so ago:

I am a Carleton student as well as a MN United volunteer. I have a potential story about an upcoming Vote No rally at Carleton this month. We have a possible photo opportunity and definitely have several students who feel strongly affected by the proposed amendment who would be willing to talk about it. Please let me know if I can call you anytime with more information!

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Raven got up early and met me at my corner office at GBM last Thursday. And he emailed me yesterday to send me a photo of he and his fellow classmates preparing for the rally and that they have a Carls Vote NO! Facebook event page which says in part:

Come to the Great Hall on Wednesday, October 17th from 7:30-8:30 p.m. to hear speakers from the Carleton and Northfield communities, eat delicious Firebellies food, listen to Ova Yonder and The Accidentals, and get inspired to become involved in the Vote NO! movement.

Whose house is this, as if I didn’t know?

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Get visible with ‘Vote No, Don’t Limit the Freedom to Marry’ t-shirts, bumper stickers, lawn signs and buttons

Suzannah Ciernia & colleagues: Minnesotans United for All Families table in Northfield Lawn sign, t-shirt: Vote No, Don't Limit the Freedom to Marry Minnesotans United for All Families
Northfielder Suzannah Ciernia and colleagues were staffing a Minnesotans United for All Families table at the Taste of Northfield last week.

Griff Wigley with t-shirt: Vote No, Don't Limit the Freedom to Marry Griff Wigley's laptop with bumper sticker: Vote No, Don't Limit the Freedom to Marry Griff Wigley with bumper sticker: Vote No, Don't Limit the Freedom to Marry
I purchased a ‘Vote No, Don’t Limit the Freedom to Marry’ t-shirt and a bumper sticker for my laptop. It’s been cool to have many people make a “I like your shirt” type comment when out and about.

You can get ‘Vote No’ gear from the MN United online store.

General Mills takes a brave public stand against the marriage amendment. Which Rice County area companies, organizations, government units, and churches will do likewise?

In last week’s Strib: General Mills against gay marriage ban

General MillsGeneral Mills is taking a stand against a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, becoming the most prominent corporate voice making such a public declaration. Chief executive Ken Powell voiced the company’s opposition Wednesday at a General Mills function attended by 400 gay and lesbian professionals, followed Thursday by a Web letter from the company’s vice president for global diversity and inclusion, Ken Charles. “We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy,” Charles wrote. “We value diversity. We value inclusion.”

Rice County Votes NO! FlyerMy first thought: Cool!

My second thought: Will Malt-O-Meal/MOM Brands do the same?

My third thought: What about other Rice County area companies? Non-profits? Churches? Governmental units?

There’s a Rice County Votes NO! Community Kickoff tomorrow evening, Monday, June 18, at the Weitz Center.

St. Cloud hosts a Pride March and Marriage Equality Rally: Northfield needs to do likewise

The 2nd Annual Above the Clouds Pride March was held in St. Cloud on Friday morning, followed by a Marriage Equality Rally in the evening.  See the  Saturday St. Cloud Times: Parade, rally support GLBT community.

That’s a familiar family face in photo #4 of the gallery, holding a sign that says “Straight, not narrow.”

Caption: Gilly Wigley, 25, St. Cloud, waits for the start of the Above the Clouds Pride March Friday. -- St. Cloud Times photo by Kimm AndersonCaption: Gilly Wigley, 25, St. Cloud, waits for the start of the Above the Clouds Pride March Friday.”

— St. Cloud Times photo by Kimm Anderson

In November 2012, Minnesota voters decide whether to approve an amendment to the constitution banning same-sex marriage.   Those of us who are straight are especially needed to help defeat the amendment.

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