Longtime LGBT activists David Mixner and Cleve Jones have penned a joint op-ed in The Advocate for "A Call to Action" at the end of March as the Supreme Court hears arguments in cases challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Mixner has a very long history as a civil rights organizer: from advocating for Martin Luther King Jr. at age 14 to becoming a leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement - which is when he met Oxford Rhodes Scholar Bill Clinton, a fellow supporter of Eugene McCarthy. Mixner came out as gay to the Clintons in 1977 as he was working with gay activists throughout the state - including Harvey Milk in San Francisco - to stop Anita Bryant and defeat the Briggs Initiative.
(Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton with friend and LGBT/civil rights activist David Mixner at an ANGLE fundraiser for the presidential candidate in 1991. Photo by Karen Ocamb)
As the movie Milk poignantly points out, Cleve Jones also worked with Milk on that battle - and went on to create the national AIDS Memorial Quilt, as well as work on behalf of the UNITE HERE union.
In 2009, Cleve and Get Equal activist Robin McGehee organized a march on Washington - in which David participated and with which I ardently disagreed.
This time, however, I think they are right on target. Here's an excerpt from David and Cleve's op-ed, with suggestions on how you can become an activist in your own back yard.