#BoycottTarget petitions delivered: Read Target’s response

It has already started – young girls and women being assaulted, filmed, and sexually abused in transgender bathrooms, locker rooms, and in showers. Case after case is appearing with comments from predators like “it is legal for me to be in here.”  Friends are already posting or sending me newspaper clippings about local stories.

Is there anyone who didn’t actually think that sexual perverts would see this law as a gateway to their own instant gratification needs?  Big business can afford to have Unisex Bathrooms. That certainly does not solve the problem with the locker room and showers, but that is another subject that I’ve posted before, and this will keep on being a subject of contention for a long time to come.

#BoycottTarget petitions delivered: Read Target’s response

Source: #BoycottTarget petitions delivered: Read Target’s response

This is an URGENT ACTION ALERT

Please read the following letter and take immediate action!

April 3, 2016

Friends,

I write today with a very serious message. As a Husband of 17 years, and a Father of seven children between the Age of 1 and 14 (two of whom are daughters) I wish all the information I am about to share with you was just a bad dream.  But it’s not – it’s all true.  Recently an Advisory Guidance on Gender Non-Conformance (GNC) was issued by the Michigan State Board of Education.  At first I was perplexed, and very unfamiliar with the term.  But I think when you hear all the facts, you will be as concerned as I am.

At its core, this Advisory Guidance does three things:

1.  It seeks to publish a Policy that goes beyond merely preventing discrimination, but rather, encourages confusion and redefines what we have known as biological Sex (Male or Female) by substituting Gender Identity and Expression.

2. Thusly redefined, all manner of “Identity” and “Expression” may now be freely substituted in the remaining analysis, Policy definitions and implementation.  This furthers the confusion, creating a sense of urgency to “fix” the problem that the redefinition, substitution, and confusion of terms has now created.  (Think, “Rules for Radicals”)

3.  Once this artificial confusion has led to artificial crisis, the final step is to unilaterally create new rules to fix the crisis created by the confusion.  These rules were not debated and passed in a legislative environment, signed in to law by the People’s representatives.  They were created by far removed Bureaucrats who apparently believe in social engineering.  The rules in this Guidance:

* Remove the Parent from being involved in the care and well-being of their child, placing the State as the ultimate decision maker. 
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Item_B_SBE_Statement_and_Guidance_on_LGBTQ_515608_7.pdf

* Ignores both common-sense and the advice of the American College of Pediatricians 
http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children

* Creates an environment where use of bathrooms, locker-rooms, and other facilities, is not restricted to settled Biological Sex, but rather, to self-determined Gender Expression and Identity.  This in turn creates a legal exposure and even more hurdles for our school systems, that are trying to prioritize how to teach our children to read, write, and do arithmetic.
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Item_B_SBE_Statement_and_Guidance_on_LGBTQ_515608_7.pdf

See the obvious issue?  We have enough challenges in assuring the safety and well-being of our children without this solution in search of a problem.

The chief proponent of this Guidance, State Board President, and Democrat, John Austin, was recently asked about the proposed Policy.  His response was outrageous.

From Complex.com:

“According to the State Board’s president, John C. Austin, this wouldn’t normally be fodder for national news coverage. But “somebody organized a national right-wing news blog to run a story designed purposely to whip up the Tea Party base and anti-Common Core crowd,” Austin told Complex over the phone.

http://www.complex.com/life/2016/03/michigan-board-of-education-guidance-trans-rights-john-austin-interview

So in the name of, purportedly, not marginalizing individuals, Mr. Austin, in one sweeping generalization, attempts to marginalize those of us who’s deeply held personal view have been completely ignored and disregarded in developing the Guidance in the first place?

I have to ask, once this is done, where do we draw the line?  If this is applicable to a tax-payer funded school building, why wouldn’t it be applicable to any tax-payer fund Arena or Venue?  And if those facilities, why not almost any facility used by the public – airports, community buildings, City Hall?  At what point, for logistical and legal and common-sense reasons, do we say ENOUGH?  None of us wishes or tolerates bullying or discrimination of a fellow human being.  Period.  But rather than address this problem, this Guidance multiplies discrimination against all those whose biology is settled.  It creates an environment where a 17-year-old boy can walk in to a girl’s restroom or shower with impunity.  And the boys parents, and the girls parents, are able to DO nothing about it, and worse, they can KNOW nothing about it either.

We can show compassion and love to all our neighbors and fellow citizens.  But if you’ve been a parent for more than 5 minutes, you know it’s not love to say “yes” to everything your child wants or asks for.  At some point you must show love by saying “No”.

Now is the time for all Michiganders to tell John Austin and the State Board of Education, “No”.

And thankfully we can still affect the outcome!  The period of public comment is now open.   Please take a minute let Chairman Austin and the State Board of Education know your opinion on this issue.  You can take a moment and email, or fax, or mail a note, using the contact information below.  For those of you who would like to call Chairman Austin directly on his cell phone, please email me and I will provide it to you.

From the State Board of Education website:

Input may be submitted online at the public comment site everyvoicecountsmi.org, by facsimile to 517-373-1233, or by surface mail to:

Kim Kovalchick, Supervisor
Michigan Department of Education
Coordinated School Health and Safety Programs unit
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909

Friends, this is NOT the time to sit back and hope for the best.  Now is the time to take ACTION!

Call or write John Austin and the State Board of Education today.  Tell them our teachers and families and schools have more important priorities, like improving reading and math scores, providing safe learning environments, and helping parents, not undermining their authority and ability to protect and care for their children.

Thank you for your attention and help with this important matter.  Time is of the essence, and if we work together, we can turn back this poorly crafted and misguided policy.

Sincerely,

Dave

Dave Dishaw
Kent County
Husband, Father
Precinct Delegate
davedishaw@comcast.net

PS – As I teach my children, WORDS HAVE MEANING, and assumptive language is often a tool of those who see truth as relative.  See this excerpt from the Guidance, to better understand the confusion they have introduced:

A number of terms are used in this document that may not be commonly known. A short list of definitions is included below to facilitate a shared understanding. It is not an all-inclusive list.
• Biological sex assigned at birth—a person’s biological sex is a combination of bodily characteristics, including chromosomes, hormones, internal and external genitalia, and secondary sex characteristics. At birth, infants are assigned a sex, usually (assumptive language, emphasis mine) male or female, based solely (Again, assumptive language not based in fact, emphasis mine) on the appearance of their external anatomy.
• Gender identity—a person’s deeply held internal sense or psychological knowledge of their own gender, regardless of the biological sex they were assigned at birth.
• Gender expression—the manner in which a person represents or expresses gender to others, often through one’s name, pronouns, behavior, clothing, haircut, activities, voice, mannerisms, and other distinctive cultural markers of gender.
• Transgender—an adjective describing a person whose gender identity or expression is different from their biological sex assigned at birth.
• Gender nonconforming (GNC)—an umbrella term for people whose gender expression differs from stereotypical expectations of the biological sex they were assigned at birth. GNC people may identify as girls, boys, neither girls nor boys, or some other gender.  (Emphasis mine.  While we have empathy and compassion for all, this assumptive language indicates that Gender is relative, not fixed.  The document further prioritizes Identity and Gender above Biology, based on this assumptive language and relative definition.  Without this, no change in policy would be needed.)
• Sexual orientation—a person’s emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attraction to other people. Sexual orientation is not the same as gender identity.
• Questioning—a person’s process of exploring and discovering their own sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Additional resources:

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Item_B_SBE_Statement_and_Guidance_on_LGBTQ_515608_7.pdf

http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children

http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/21/michigan-schools-to-let-students-choose-gender-name-and-bathroom/

 

RED ALERT: Right now a handful of Senators are trying to pass an outrageous corporate bailout for Big Food and the biotech industry known as the Monsanto Promotion Act in the Senate and we need your help to STOP IT TODAY- Every voice counts!

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Right now Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association are scrambling in Washington DC to get your Senators to trample on states’ rights and hand Monsanto and Big Food another massive corporate bailout by making it illegal for states to pass common sense GMO labeling laws like the Connecticut, Vermont and Maine legislatures did in 2013 and 2014. This bailout not only protects Monsanto’s toxic products from real scientific investigations by the federal government, but also forces the USDA to promote GMOs around the country to try to create widespread “Consumer Acceptance” (this is the actual phrase from Senator Roberts bill).

That’s right, your Senators could vote next week to not only sell your constitutional rights to protect Monsanto and Big Food from common sense GMO labeling, but they’re also going to use taxpayer money to PROMOTE Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical and Syngenta’s GMOs across the United States. This is an outrage, and calls to your Senators are the only thing standing in the way from this passing in the Senate and becoming the law of the land.

It’s absolutely CRITICAL that all of us make calls NOW to your Senators urging them to VOTE AGAINST S. 2609 and DEFEND VERMONT’s HISTORIC GMO LABELING LAW, which will go into effect on July 1st of this year.

We need to make sure they hear – Loud and Clear – that we won’t allow them to steal our basic democratic rights to protect Monsanto’s toxic profits.

Here’s what your Senators need to hear from us:

They MUST OPPOSE S. 2609 and any proposal that would preempt States’ Rights and Maine’s landmark GMO Labeling bill.  They should support the excellent alternative bill sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR). The Merkley bill would institute strong mandatory GMO Labeling nationwide.

Click here to make a call today! This corrupt deal – the ultimate Monsanto Promotion Act – will be voted on Next Week in the Senate and your Senators need to hear from you today!

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/call/stop_the_Monsanto_Promotion_Act_now/?t=4&akid=1830.1112150.etw3Uq

Republicans Pitch the Monsanto Promotion Act!  Now Senate Republicans are desperate to promote Monsanto’s products To FORCE “Consumer Acceptance” on the American Public.
The current legislation from Senator Pat Roberts is so corrupt and contains such a massive corporate bailout for Monsanto, that even Roberts’ fellow Senators are outraged and are now calling his bill the “Monsanto Promotion Act”.

Buried in S. 2609, the bill Sen. Pat Roberts is trying to push through the Senate, is an outrageous proposal that demands using federal government funds to promote GMOs through educational, outreach and promotional efforts to “address consumer acceptance”. They have gone too far and we need your help today to stop dead in its tracks!

‘SEC. 294. INFORMATION FOR CONSUMERS.

‘‘(a) EDUCATION.—The Secretary, in coordination with other Federal agencies as appropriate, shall provide science-based information, including any information on the environmental, nutritional, economic, and humanitarian benefits of agricultural biotechnology, through education, outreach, and promotion to address consumer acceptance of agricultural biotechnology.

We’ve been able to stop them so far because of a massively high volume of phone calls, but we need to keep the phones ringing.

The vote is could take place as early as next week in the Senate and your Senators need to hear from you today!

This our moment to STOP Monsanto – It’s all hands on deck! We are in the final hours to protect our right to know what’s in our food and states’ rights so we can achieve mandatory GMO labeling. Please share with your friends and call your Senators today! Every voice counts!

Remember, democracy is like a muscle, either you use it or you lose it!

Thanks for participating in food democracy.

Tell your Senators to support mandatory GMO labeling and to stand up for your rights and the Constitution.

Then SHARE this image far and wide to Stop Monsanto’s GMO Trolls in the Senate!
Sources:

1. “Monsanto Could Benefit From a Chemical Safety Bill”, The New York Times, Eric Lipton, February 29, 2016
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1605?t=9&akid=1830.1112150.etw3Uq