Gay Pride Flag To Be Raised In Ceremony At Madison Municipal Building

On Monday Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and County Executive Joe Parisi will be participating in a rainbow flag raising ceremony at the city’s municipal building. .

This past week the mayor put forth the invitation by saying, in part, “we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the beginning of the gay rights movement in this country.  We’re also celebrating the 5th anniversary of the first legal same sex marriages in Wisconsin. You likely know that in 1975 Madison became the first place in Wisconsin and one of the earliest in the country to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by amending its Equal Opportunities Ordinance. And that in 1982 State Representative David Clarenbach skillfully led the fight to pass a first-in-the-nation state gay rights law, which was signed by Republican Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus.” 

Those who live in Madison, at times I suspect, take the civil liberties we enjoy for granted.  But we all know there are many places around this nation where such a flag raising on the municipal building would be met with protesters and beat-downs.  We fought long and hard for the rights we do have in Madison and Wisconsin.

Even if you are not able to be at the ceremony please take a moment and lift the flag in your mind at some point on Monday.   Civil rights are always under attack by those who wish to undermine them in an attempt to roll back time.   We must always be vigilant and steadfast in our desire to see society move forward.

Best Newspaper Read Today Regards UAE

The best Sunday newspaper read is a deep look at Mohammed bin Zayed from the United Arab Emirates. 

This is the type of news reporting we need to be following,  as opposed to the chaos-driven desires of this White House.

For decades, the prince has been a key American ally, following Washington’s lead, but now he is going his own way. His special forces are active in Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Egypt’s North Sinai. He has worked to thwart democratic transitions in the Middle East, helped install a reliable autocrat in Egypt and boosted a protégé to power in Saudi Arabia.

At times, the prince has contradicted American policy and destabilized neighbors. Rights groups have criticized him for jailing dissidents at home, for his role in creating a humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and for backing the Saudi prince whose agents killed the dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi.Yet under the Trump administration, his influence in Washington appears greater than ever. He has a rapport with President Trump, who has frequently adopted the prince’s views on Qatar, Libya and Saudi Arabia, even over the advice of cabinet officials or senior national security staff.

 

Western diplomats who know the prince — known as M.B.Z. — say he is obsessed with two enemies, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. Mr. Trump has sought to move strongly against both and last week took steps to bypass congressional opposition to keep selling weapons to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“M.B.Z. has an extraordinary way of telling Americans his own interests but making it come across as good advice about the region,” said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser under President Barack Obama, whose sympathy for the Arab Spring and negotiations with Iran brought blistering criticism from the Emirati prince. When it comes to influence in Washington, Mr. Rhodes added, “M.B.Z. is in a class by himself.”