From SONG’s Gaycation in June to the Rolling Out of Our Regional Campaign Work to New Staff Hires in Alabama to our Rural Organizing Work and Report – We’ve Been Busy and So Have you!
Aloha Is Not A Task, Nor A Courtesy, It Is Kuleana: ¡Melenie Mahinamalamalama Eleneke PRESENTE! 1959 – 2013
It is with great respect and love that SONG offers this tribute to our sister Melenie Mahinamalamalama Eleneke. It is a rare life that is guided by a personal sense of responsibility, and a true commitment to the tenants of Aloha. Melenie Mahinamalamalama Eleneke — Auntie Mel as she loved to be called – did just that. An international transgender rights activist, hula dancer and devoted auntie and sister died peacefully this month in her home in Daly City, CA.
Melenie was born on Oʻahu, Hawaii Dec. 25th, 1959. While attending Kailua High School in Honolulu, Melenie bravely transitioned to become the woman known and loved by a vast network of family, friends and colleagues. Transitioning into her life as a female at age 14, Melenie demonstrated the courage and passion that she would carry front and center for the rest of her life. Read more…
SONGBIRDS – Do you use Gmail?
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In June, over 100 SONG members and family gathered in East TN for 3 days of Gaycation – from DC to Little Rock, swimming, hiking, reading, and gay-bonding.
Our time together was truly SALVE for our SOULS.
We wanna do it again! We’re inviting folks to help plan the Gaycation next year! Interested? Email Kate@southernersonnewground.org
Campaign Roll-Out! Its Happening! Join Us!
Why education you might ask?
The answer, why not? Our public education is one of the last standing public institutions that is still accountable to the people. It is also the one that continues to foster hostility toward people of color, girls, LGBTQ folks, immigrants, and working-class people, which sets a societal tone of hate, systemic inequality and discrimination. Common Core Standards, the school-to-prison pipeline, privatization (i.e. resegregation), ethnic studies bans, school choice versus school improvement, school closings….I mean really! The question isn’t why, but when and that time is NOW! Get on board!
Want more information? Contact Mary@southernersonnewground.org
Small Town Crossroads
Jazz is a quiet-ish, soft butch with a femme spirit born and raised in Alabama. curious and contemplative, Jazz is passionate about organizing, storytelling and the art of documentary. Since she’s been living in the dirty south, Jazz has formed a beautifully torrid love affair with its people, politics, and contradictions. Jazz developed a hankering for SONG as she was ready to flee the deep south from feelings of isolation. Since finding home and community with SONG & other radical people of color in the dirty, she’s continually on the mission to build with other alabama queers and relish in questions of what radical queer liberation feels like. Reach out to Jazz at Jazz@southernersonnewground.org or 334-414-0982