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William Schulz speaking at the Canton Unitarian Universalist Church
William Schulz speaking at the Canton Unitarian Universalist Church

People: Amnesty International USA's William Schulz

The Executive Director of Amnesty International USA visited the North Country this past weekend. William Schulz spoke at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton and at SUNY-Potsdam on Sunday. Here's an excerpt of his Sunday morning speech at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on the changing atmosphere toward human rights in the U.S. and globally since September 11th.  Go to full article
Dr. William F. Schulz
Dr. William F. Schulz

Dr. William F. Schulz. Torture, Terror, Tyranny: The State Of Human Rights Today

Dr. Schulz, the executive director of the human-rights watch group Amnesty International USA, addressed the Crossing Borders Festival at SUNY Potsdam, March 28, 2004. His address, sponsored by the SUNY Potsdam Student Government Association, spotlighted changes in the balance between security and liberty since the 9/11 attacks, and drew from his recent book Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights. His complete lecture, and audience questions and answers, are included.  Go to full article

People: Writer and Gay Rights Activist Chastity Bono

In the early 70's she was the adorable daughter of pop rock icons Sonny and Cher. She often appeared on her parents' TV show The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. After coming out as a lesbian in 1995, Bono built a career outside her parents' shadow, becoming a leader in the gay and lesbian community. Her work has included entertainment media director for GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). She's written two books, Family Outing, a coming out guide, and The End of Innocence, a memoir about a losing a lover and self-discovery. Bono spoke Tuesday at St. Lawrence University. She told Todd Moe about her coming out process at age 13.  Go to full article

New Push for Same-Sex Marriage

A gay and lesbian rights group says if will launch a public information campaign to urge the state legislature to legalize civil marriage for same sex couples. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

University Chapel to Perform Same-Sex Ceremonies

It took three years for approval, but the Gunnison Memorial Chapel at St. Lawrence University can now perform same-sex union ceremonies. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Retired CME Bishop to Keynote Martin Luther King Day Service at SLU

Retired Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Richard Bass Sr. will be keynote speaker at St. Lawrence University's Martin Luther King Jr. Day service, this evening at 5 in Gunnison Memorial Chapel. The event begins a semester residency for Bishop Bass, who will also lead weekly progressive, multi-racial Christian worship services. David Sommerstein talks with Bishop Bass about the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Go to full article

SONDA Debate Draws Variety of Opponents

When the State Senate met to debate and pass the gay equal rights legislation last week, those for and against the measure showed up to lobby and demonstrate. Some of the most interesting debates took place away from the Senate floor, and between groups of people who come from very different cultures. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Approves Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill

By a close vote, 34 to 26, the New York State Senate voted to grant equal rights for gays and lesbians in housing, employment and other areas, despite lobbying against the bill from the left and the right. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Expected to Vote Soon On Landmark Gay Rights Bill

The New York State Senate will soon vote on a gay and lesbian rights bill that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and other areas based on a person's sexual orientation. As Karen Dewitt reports, there is lobbying in Albany to kill or amend the bill from two distinctly different groups.  Go to full article

NY Senate to Vote on Landmark Gay Rights Bill

The state Senate will take up a landmark gay rights bill when it meets in special session later this month. The promise of the chamber's consideration of the Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act (SONDA) won Governor Pataki a re-election endorsement from the state's leading gay rights organization. Martha Foley talks with Empire State Pride Agenda's Executive Director Matt Foreman, about the legislation.  Go to full article

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