Every June, the United States celebrates pride month. After hundreds of years of governmental and social discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, equality is finally becoming a social norm. Still, it is essential to remember that we have not always been cognizant of the fundamental right to exist however you are. Until just a few decades ago, politicians on both sides of the aisle routinely suppressed the LGBTQ+ community as a matter of bipartisan policy by enacting discriminatory laws such as banning gay marriage and ignoring problems like the AIDS epidemic because they did not recognize the right of everyone to live. For most of our history as a species, the overreach of our governments has made many of us feel unsafe.
However, liberty-loving Americans have always come together to fight for equal rights. At the founding of the Libertarian Party in 1971, we called for the legalization of gay marriage and the end of sodomy laws and nominated the first openly gay person to receive an electoral vote when both the Democrats and Republicans decried being gay as a mental illness and advocated violence toward peaceful communities. Over the last fifty years, the LP has renewed and deepened its commitment to upholding the rights of everyone, no matter their orientation, by calling for the government to get out of the business of marriage entirely and pushing for societal acceptance of all identities. In contrast, the Democratic Party adopted pro-LGBTQ+ stances just a decade ago when they saw the gay vote could help in elections, and the Republican Party still has not fully committed to advancing equality, instead preferring to stoak division and fear. Libertarians have always been the party of equality and have celebrated pride since 1971, before it was easy or popular.
To another 50 years of fighting for everyone's rights: happy pride!
Please RSVP if you intend on coming to any of the events! It helps us reserve the correct number of tables and prepare for all the libertarian activists in (and beyond) Alameda County. In addition, please bring enough cash to cover your own food & drink as there will not be separate checks.
July Quarterly Business Meeting: We will be holding our next Quarterly Business Meeting in July! Join us on Thursday (July 14'th) at Monaghan's in Oakland to plan the upcoming quarter and get ready for the primaries and midterm elections we are contesting.
The Executive Committee will be there to update everybody about the progress of the party and vote on plans for the future. Everybody is invited to weigh in, and liberty advocates from around the county (and perhaps even beyond) will be there to help guide our next quarter! Get your membership today to vote on central committee propositions.
Scholarship Awards Dinner: We will be celebrating extraordinary Libertarian youth in our county later this month. Earlier in the year, the LPAC kicked off our annual scholarship competition by asking students to answer the question, "How should a Libertarian government respond to a local or state political controversy of your choosing"? And, after reading through applications from around the county, we chose a first and second place winner, who this dinner is set up to celebrate!
Join us in announcing our first award winners on Saturday (July 23'rd) at World of Beers in Dublin. Please RSVP if you intend on coming because it helps us reserve the correct number of tables and prepare for all the libertarian activists in (and beyond) Alameda County. In addition, please bring enough cash to cover your own food & drink (unless you are an award winner!) as there will not be separate checks.
August Monthly Meet and Greet: We will be holding our next monthly meet and greet in August! Join us on Friday (August 12'th) for dinner, discussions, and drinks.
Come out if you want to learn more about libertarianism, the Libertarian Party, how we are advancing change in Alameda, and how you can get involved in spreading liberty! Our exceptional candidates and project leaders will be there to brief attendees on opportunities to help.
California State Fair
The Libertarian Party of California is hosting a booth at the California State Fair and we need your help!
The State Fair attracts over half a million visitors every year, making it a unique opportunity to interact with voters from across California. The fair runs for 17 days, and there are 102 volunteer time slots to fill, so success will require a big effort from Libertarians all over the state!
The LP booth will be located in an (air-conditioned!) exposition hall which is a popular retreat for fair-goers during the heat of the afternoon. The booth will be stocked with handouts and materials to assist in outreach.
Detailed instructions and information on what to expect will be provided to all volunteers.
General fair information such as admission and parking can be found at calexpostatefair.com/info/tickets/. We can provide tickets at a lower cost ($10) but it requires some logistics. Additionally, if you are willing to volunteer but unable to cover these costs, please email James Just at [email protected].
Notice: CalExpo policy requires all exhibitors to provide the personal information required for completing a search in the Megan's Law database. By signing up to volunteer, you agree to provide the following: Driver's license number and state of issuance, full legal name, date of birth, and zip code. A coordinator will be in touch with you to gather this information.
Fourth of July Parade
The Libertarian Party of Santa Cruz will be participating in their Fourth of July Parade this year! After two years of cancelation because of COVID-19, our Vice-Chair, Elizabeth Stump, will be leading a group of Alameda Libertarians to celebrate the founding of our country, promote libertarianism, and reflect on the constitution and the rights enshrined in the document. If you would like to attend, please email [email protected].
At the start of this year, the LPAC launched our newest yearly fundraising initiative: 2022. To capitalize on the momentum that libertarian activists have built in our county over the last few years, we need funds to take on the duopoly and turn interest into election victories. Our yearly goal is to have 22 people donate $20 a month and raise $5,000 for our candidates and outreach in this election cycle and beyond. Unfortunately, politics is still a rigged game, but every donation helps us level the playing field and advance liberty in your community! Please donate and remember to switch the kind to monthly!
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