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Podcast link from Denver

The first podcast from Denver is now up and you can listen here.

direct feed: feed://www.avalonfarmcast.com/avalonfarms/Podcast/rss.xml
In itunes type: avalonfarmcast

My sincere apologies to Dede with Babes around Denver as the first technical glitch of the week happened during our interview. I do hope we meet again and redo it. Please go check out her site.
Babes Around Denver

She worked so hard to put the event together and it was a smashing success from the crowd that I saw. Thanks again Dede. Email me anytime and we’ll try again for avalon farmcast if not here in Denver than via phone.

here’s the show details:
Show Notes:
This is the first podcast from Denver and includes interviews with GLBT folks attending the Unity ’08 party. Also, I ran into Brad from HRC in the The Big Tent a haven for bloggers this year. We talked about the HRC and what it’s doing during the Democratic Convention.

Be sure and check out blog posts from Denver at https://avalonfarmblog.wordpress.com

Show links:
http://www.projectangelheart.org
hipchicksout.com
mathewsheppard
http://www.theredenver.com
atlfoundation.org
http://www.creatingchange.com
http://www.hrc.org

music:
blame the gays Tammy fowler
red,white & blues Holly Light
whatever it takes Julie Clark
give it everything you’ve got Holly Light

Peace & Love from Denver,
Val

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Day Zero: I’m in Denver

By Marisa Richmond

Well, I’ve made it & I have survived the first full day.

I was taken to the airport this morning by my friend Mark, whose partner, Julie, usually cat sits for me.  My plane had several TN delegates including Congressman Lincoln Davis & House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh.  There were also delegates from NH & VA.  After I finally got to the TN hotel, I picked up my delegate package, which included up to date information, & lot of little gift, including a bottle of Jack Daniels.

 

I then met my 2 old friends, Tim & Debbie.  They drove me out to Golden to the Colorado School of Mines where Tim is a physics prof.  He & I finished out doctorates about 2 years apart at DC area universities.  We then went to Wheat Ridge to watch their youngest daughter play soccer.  Her team won 4-2.  After that, Tim dropped Debbie & me at the Convention Center for the Friends of New Orleans Welcome party.  The music was fabulous with several N.O. musicians, with Randy Newman & Marcia Ball being the 2 biggest names.  The noteworthy speakers were Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, & Dr. Howard Dean, DNC Chairman.  We tried to get photos with Nancy Pelosi when she arrived, but she was totlly surrounded by security & others clamoring to get near her.

From there, I went to a reception co-hosted by the Matthew Shepard Foundation & National Stonewall Democrats.  Vanessa Foster of Houston & I were the only transgender delegates there, but there were several other transgender activists present including Mara Keisling (NCTE), Lisa Mottet (NGLTF), Alex Darsinos (Transgender Law Center), & Dr. Dana Beyer of Maryland.

It’s been a long day, but things are now underway.  It begins tomorrow at 7:30 w/the TN breakfast sponsored by AT&T, and continues from there.

I am so tired….

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sunday night recap

The excitement is building all over town. I have to say the police presence is quite high. Tonight we saw several of them searching flowerpots with flashlights up and down the pedestrian mall. Tom Haden addressed this very issue tonight at the PDA welcoming event.

He said they recieved 50 million dollars from homeland security and it’s obvious they are very well equiped and staffed. Is all this really needed? Did I ever think I would see this armed presence in America? No. Such a military state we have become.

The PDA session was inspiring.

Mimi Kennedy, Jim Hightower, Tom and others covered so many of the issues we are facing.

They reminded us of the work we must ALL do to bring real change to this country. To make it a place of peace, of equality for everyone, something we can all be proud of and feel a part of.

I had some technical problems with the audio but hopefully I got enough of it to share some of the message with all of you. Patiance is appreciated as I have much editing to do before I can upload. I go home (away from home) to try.

Emily flys home in the morning. I will miss her. History is being made this week and I am honored to be a tiny grain of sand in the midst of it all. I hope you enjoy my posts. I’ll leave you with a little visual from something Tom Hayden said tonight…

Your looking at a video of Obama’s two little girls outside in the grass. The camera slowly zooms out to reveal the White House lawn. Picture that America.

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Sitting on a bench in 16th Street Mall

Well I decided I don’t need to sleep anymore until I get back home…just kidding…I think. Today Emily and I parked the rental car and took Denver’s RTD bus into the city. Much better choice with the traffic, lack of parking and crowds. We drove past the MSNBC stage where all the shows are broadcasted from here. I’d like to go by when Keith Obberman is recording his. Maybe Rachel Maddow can stop by before her new show starts in September. That would be a treat.

Our first stop was to visit the Green Frontier Festival and talk to some people about solar powered water purification systems, a solar house on display & other alternative energy booths. I talked Emily into interviewing while I shot some stuff for youtube about it. She’s studied all of it and knows what to ask. Look for them on my youtube page soon.

We were waiting for the Mall Shuttle and I saw two lone characters walking slowly up the sidewalk with a McCain sign. To each his own I guess. I know I would fight for his right to free speech but I wonder if he would fight for mine. Maybe there lies the difference. I will say over all, the people in Denver seem very friendly and helpful.

We wondered over to the BIG TENT at 3p and picked up my credentials and a wonderful little goody bag of gifts. Thanks guys. I’m sitting at starbucks at the moment going over everything with Emily and it’s nicer stuff than any conference either of us have been to.

Press Update at the BIG TENT

Press Update at the BIG TENT

Emily ran into this guy that was selling a deck of cards with gay closeted politicians that vote against GLBT FOLKS and then get caught walking on the wild side themselves. How I hate the hypocrisy. Look for my interview about it on my you tube page in a day or so.

Tonight is a panel discussion sponsored by The Nation Magazine and Progressive Democrats of America. Here’s some info about what’s happening there all week:
“…dialogue about the future of progressive politics–in the party and nationally–will be at its most adventurous and exciting at Progressive Central in the Central Presbyterian Church located at 1660 Sherman St. in downtown Denver.

Members of Congress, delegates, alternates and activists–including Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Barbara Lee and Lynn Woolsey, House Judiciary Committee chair John Conyers, environmental campaigner Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Global Exchange founder Medea Benjamin and dozens of others–will speak, debate, listen, learn and plot strategies for the future of progressive politics in America. “

Please check out Marisa Richmond’s blog posts from the convention floor. She’s flying in today so she’ll be giving us an inside look at things in the Pepsi Center. Cheers from Denver everybody! What a week ahead…

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