With relentless efforts of fundraising and writing scholarship letters, Mari (left), Linda (middle), and Chong (right) were able to attend Rootscamp 2012 with NOI and meet various of great organizers from all across the U.S doing great organizing work. We all had a great experience learning from organizers from all over the US to debrief about 2012 Election and campaigns. We also made plans for next steps in organizing for 2013. Through the intense weekend, we were able to take care of ourselves and enjoyed the beautiful sight of Washington D.C.
In May of 2011, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed an amendment that would limit the freedom to marry between lesbian and gay couples.
We, MidWest Solidarity Movement, believe that marriage should be open to any consenting adults regardless of their sex, sexuality, and gender. We are calling on our family, friends, and community to stand up and “VOTE NO” with us on the Marriage Amendment that will be on the election ballot this year on November 6, 2012. If you vote YES on the Marriage Amendment, that is a vote against our well-being as your family member, friend, and as part of your community.
The Marriage Amendment limits our freedom and ability to define for ourselves what our families look like. This is not just a personal issue; it is a harmful and backward political move to limit the human rights of our community members. We, as a community of Hmong Minnesotans, should reject regressive politics by standing together and working to protect all of our rights to move our community forward. Therefore, the only way to move forward away from discrimination and hate is to stand up with us and VOTE NO on the Marriage Amendment on November 6, 2012.