Saturday, November 28, 2009

Protesting the Unmanned Drone Bombers

Glad that my friend Martha and her Code Pink sisters demonstrated at Creech against the unmanned drone bombers that are killing so many civilians in Afghanistant (leading more angry young men to join the Taliban). It was bad enough when pilots felt the tiny figures they bombed were not human -- now there is not even a human on board to have or deny a human reaction. The Michael Moore website picked up on the demonstration:


mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks 4 this

Sara said...

Hi, I'm doing some research on the history of teachers' organizing in California and I came across Morgan Pinney's name, as someone who was key in getting the California Federation of Teachers to pass a gay rights resolution in 1969. I googled his name and came across your blog! I was wondering if you could tell me more about him, if he's still alive, etc. I would of course very much appreciate it. My email address is and my number is 310-500-7093. Two of the case studies I look at are teachers organizing during the SF State strike in 1968-69 and their organizing against the Briggs Initiative in 1977-1978. Thanks.

-Sara R. Smith

The Blue Elephant said...

To Sara Smith: While I have many personal impressions of Morgan (as the first person I knew who truly went public, courageously, about being gay), James Hicks is his executor and probably knows much more about him. Morgan was important not only in the S.F. State Strike and the issues around that, but to gay rights. James and I were both very active in gay liberation from its beginning.
I may send you separately anything I can think of. My own part of the strike, while I spoke of gay rights to people, was more remarkable as I was a clerical worker, and striking clerical workers and student assistants met with George Johns at the Labor Council and convinced him to make us a separate little union, AFT #1928 -- only the fervor of political events around that time -- and our enthusiasm -- could have persuaded him to do that. For a while, it seemed as if "the people" might have direct power over things. As I moved away from Union activities and into Gay Liberation demonstrations, I must say that at our first big demonstration, it was my Union sisters, not of the brothers, who joined us on the picket line, a testament to the fact that women's liberation and gay liberation really started to take off at the same time. I understand how scarey it would have been for straight men to march with gay men as it was plenty scarey if you were a gay man, but I had a stronger reason to fight.