Looking back at 2013: allies in every county

As 2013 is coming to a close, I've been thinking a lot about the year in review lately. There were local elections, a crazy legislative session, and of course Moral Mondays. The Supreme Court misguidedly struck down part of the voting rights act, but also struck down some marriage discrimination statutes as well. It has been a mixed year of frustration and hope for the future.

Though those red equal signs felt ubiquitous when they went viral through social media earlier this year with the Supreme Court marriage case, I was still a little surprised to learn when reading the Advocate today that it was on people's profiles in every single county in the US. And by extension in every single county in NC. Nowhere in the nation or state is without allies. That is a profound and heartening thing to know.

And I think it's true beyond just LGBT equality. Moral Mondays really showed us that people all over the state care about justice, equality, fairness, and democracy in our government. I've seen a Moral Monday arrestee from my hometown of Mt. Airy in the northwestern part of the state speak about why she was involved. And I've seen the same resolve in speaking to an arrestee from Manteo in the eastern part of the state.

That's no small feat to have Mt. Airy and Manteo residents organized in a community of interest spread across this long and 10th most populous state in the union. So as a year of frustration and hope comes to a close, I am focusing on that hopeful note.

We have allies in every county and some good opportunities for engagement coming up with the Moral Monday Service of Redemption on Dec 23rd, MLK events across the state in January, and the 8th annual HKonJ march & rally in Raleigh on Feb 8th.


What are your 2013 reflections?

What are your 2013 reflections? What are your hopes for 2014?

To share a little bit more on that article from the Advocate that prompted some of my thinking about this:

We changed our logo to the color of love, red, and asked people to join us as we showed our support for equal love together. The rest is history. As many as 10 million people adopted the logo as their own, and Facebook declared it the most successful viral campaign in the history of the social media platform.

In an attempt to quantify the viral energy, Facebook produced a map that showed where Americans were adopting the logo. Every single county in the U.S. had one person or many more changing their profile picture to the pro-equality symbol, which to me speaks volumes about the progress this nation has made on issues of equality in just a few short years.

2013 Pop music mash up

In the spirit of looking back on 2013, here's a pop music mash up for the year by DJ Earworm: