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  •  Two things come to mind. (2+ / 0-)
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    Alma, rserven

    First:  Looking at maps of Oregon, I noticed that the Columbia River was the northern border to the west, and the Snake River was the border on the east, but that there was what looked to me to be an arbitrary line completing the northern border, from the Columbia to the Snake.  I asked myself, why didn't Oregonians just use the contiguous Columbia and Snake Rivers to complete the northern border, since this would make the State of Oregon even larger.  Then I heard about the Whitman Massacre, and I understood.  The Whitman settlement was in that region north of what became Oregon's northern border, but south of the Columbia-Snake Rivers.  The settlers in Oregon didn't want that region in their territory--the natives being uncooperative and all.

    Second:  ENDA.  The more jaded members of our community feel that this legislation is really not necessary.  We (or, more accurately, they) believe that the goals of the legislation have already been achieved, what with so many Fortune 500 companies signing on board with non-discrimination policies, etc.  But if you get 50 miles outside of New York City, or you're transgendered anywhere, you have a different kind of experience.  We really do need to have ENDA enacted in order to give LGBT people in all parts of the country the tools to fight discrimination.  A Washington DC type who attended Netroots Nation assured me that both the votes and the will exist in this Congress to pass ENDA and send it to the president's desk.  I only hope he's right.

    -5.13,-5.64; EVERYTHING is an approximation! -Hans A. Bethe

    by gizmo59 on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 08:15:05 PM PST

    •  Most people do not see that ENDA... (2+ / 0-)
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      Alma, gizmo59

      ...protects their choice of gender expression as well.  They think ENDA is only about GLBT people, when, in truth, it is about all of us having freedom to be who we are rather than being the person employers might want us to force us to be.

      The Whitman massacre was horrendous.  So was its aftermath, when 5 members of the Cayuse tribe, some of whom did not participate in the massacre, were tried and convicted because of testimony of witnesses who were not at the seen.  Then they were hanged.

      That all occurred in Oregon City, across the Willamette river from where I grew up.

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