In the wake of Mayor Dan Sullivan’s veto of the Anchorage equal rights ordinance AO 2009-64, lots of people noted the irony of his having vetoed equal protection from discrimination for LGBTQ people in Anchorage just a month before Mayor’s Diversity Month.
Then the mayor, who seems more comfortable with “melting pot” views of American culture — we should all melt ourselves into some imagined universality that looks suspiciously like the same old “upper & middle class white heterosexual males are universal & everyone else is not” stuff that has served the “everyone else” of us so poorly, & has served plenty of white heterosexual males pretty badly too — decided to change the name of the Mayor’s Diversity Dinner to the Mayor’s Unity Dinner.
I don’t actually want to be assimilated. I kinda like being who I am.
Nor do I believe that resistance is futile.
Nor are we a “melting pot.” You all know the alternative analogies for meals that are far more nutritive & colorful: Stew. Salad. Something like this looks a lot better to me than what the mayor wants to serve up:
A few of us decided to do something about it.
So while Mayor Sullivan is serving up a $60/plate Borg dinner at the downtown Hilton, we’ll be celebrating the true richness of Anchorage’s diversity just a few blocks away at the Snow Goose — $10, just enough to cover costs. Progressive radio host and blogger Shannyn Moore will be the keynote speaker. And we’ll be handing out our own diversity awards.
- Excellence in Business Award
- Excellence in Non-Profit Award
- Individual Excellence in Print Media Award
- Individual Excellence in Online Media Award
- Individual Excellence in Outreach Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award
and let’s not forget the ever-popular
- Epic Fail Award
I hope to see you there.
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The idea for this dinner came in conversation between the bloggers and activists of:
- Alaska Commons
- Bent Alaska
- Floridana Alaskiana v2.5
- Grrlzlist Alaska
- Henkimaa (that’s me!)
- SOSanchorage.net (the alternative to Prevo’s poisonous site)
Special kudos to John Aronno of Alaska Commons and Heather Aronno of SOSAnchorage.net for their effort in organizing this event.