By Melanie Davis, Brilliant Media llc.
Blood and disaster worldwide…what words does a Publisher of community advocacy publication put to ink? Since June 12, 2016, I have met with and had many conversations with people ranging from political leaders, spiritual advisors, community organizers, communities of color and QPOC, D’s & R’s, and moms and dads…I have sat and listened. Listened to the tears, listened to the needed healing, listened for solutions released between gasps of pain…
As a human who identifies as a Queer Person of Color, my heart has been heavy. In attendance at many of the vigils, rallies, and meeting we seen who was first to respond in our community since this tragedies. We since the first to speak up, we saw the first to organize. We saw who was included and who was not. We also saw who took the mic and who was willing to pass it. We also saw those and held hands with those who felt they did not need a stage to show their support. Because of that, our team decided to hand this July Edition over to the community. We asked from people who rarely get the invite, much less the stage or microphone to share their thoughts on the tragedy how it has impacted them as members of our community. It is my hope that you will amplify these #ProudQueer voices – and next time you have event/rally/vigil ask yourself “Should I be the one actually speaking on this? Or, is there opportunity to pass the mic for the greater good?” I personally thank everyone for all they have done in bringing us together over the last few weeks.
In looking at what has and/or what has not happened in our communities over the last month, we have learned one thing. WE NEED TO CONTROL OUR DENSITY! One of the ways we arrive at #Equality is through #Equity. Brilliant Media llc. is humbled to partner with SMYRC (the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center)/New Avenues for Youth in developing a what is a similar approach to newspaper distribution as with Street Roots. However, this model will build microenterprises, work readiness, and build on the foundation of SMYRC’s and our communities strengths – our Youth! Details are still being worked out for what has been dubbed: Operation #NewsHand. However, in the immediate Brilliant Media llc. will donate both publications to SMYRC where they will own the program and 100% of the proceeds. If you would like office/venue/café copies, please email thenewshand@pqmonthlycom. While details are being worked out, you can still find PQ Monthly and El Hispanic News at ALL New Seasons Grocery Stores (except the Mountain Park location), Multnomah and Washington County Libraries. Secondly, if you would like to host a SMYRC Youth in front of your business, please email us as well because we at Brilliant Media llc. will be promoting locations where regular sales can occur across our media platforms.
It’s time we build Equality from the Ground UP!
In that same vain, as Co-founder and Co-Chair of the National Equality Publishers Association (NEPA), we have been called to task at the both the national and local level since the massacre on June 12th, 2016. In doing so our biannual conference, be held at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland Oregon on August 17th – 20th, 2016. NEPA is proud to announce as part of its agenda on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 from 8 am to noon we will be hosting an Innovative LGBTQ Marketing and Community Building Workshop. Govoner Kate Brown has been invited, and our keynote speaker will be the Director of The LGBT Center in Orlando, Terry De Carlo. This event is sponsored by Travel Portland. It is a free event for NEPA Members, discount tickets are to Travel Portland Members, and Q Means Business Members. NEPA members unanimously agreed that a portion of the proceeds should be split evenly between the two community centers and have since partnered with both the LGBT Center in Orlando, Florida and the Q Center of Portland, Oregon.
If you would like to be a sponsor, buy a table, sponsor youth, or purchase tickets, please go to www.pqmonthly.com for additional information. We will be hosting the NEPA Publishers from around the country at the PQ Press Party held from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Jupiter Hotel, as always the PQ Press Party is free and open to the public. Join us in celebrating the work of LGBTQ Publishers from around the US and how we get down in the NW!
Now it’s time to take that call,
PS – I am just going to leave this letter right here…
Dear Mr. President and The Congress of the United States of America,
I am here to propose the ‘The Jon Poteet Bill.’
- Treat guns like cars.
- Register the gun from creation to sale.
- Insure them (so, if someone gets shot the bills are paid).
- For example, if you own a small old car, your insurance is cheap. If you want to own Audi A8, you gonna pay big!
- Same should hold true for granddads ol’ 22 shotgun, while grandmas AK may cost more to insure.
- Insurance discounts for a gun safe, and/or gun locks, firearm/weapons storage cabinets, etcetera.
- And yes lastly – Allow the NRA to get into the insurance business, I mean AARP is selling insurance right?
In closing, I think that if that were to happen it would take about 45 minutes to get passed into law (NRA, Welcome to Capitalism 101. Now make tons of money, you’re welcome)! Now we would at least have accountability while navigating the issues around firearms and gun violence. Just like a car you need to show proficiency take a test and get a license[.]
Cars were not mentioned in the Constitution of the United States yet, it did mention roads and yet we regulate them and the vehicles that travel them.
PS –Mr. President and Congress of the United States of America, please call the Bill whatever you want. No pride in authorship, just here to help you get your job done.