The National Mall got a new memorial yesterday, if only briefly. As part of One Billion Rising, Baltimore-based feminist group FORCE installed a temporary memorial recognizing survivors of sexual assault. The group greated giant letters out of a statement from a rape survivor and floated the eight-foot-tall words onto the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
LGBTQ* Allies and Support Super Bowl Style!
Brendon Ayanbadejo, lineback for the Baltimore Ravens, plans to bring Gay Marriage to the forefront during the Super Bowl.
“Organically, it was going to happen anyway,” said Ayanbadejo a linebacker and key special-teams player in his 10th season, of the inevitable questions to come after his vocal support for upholding a marriage equality law in Maryland in November.
“There (are) still 47 or so states that don’t have it passed. It needs to be passed federally. Why not be the person to carry that message not only to the United States but to the rest of the world? I have this huge platform. The whole world is watching.
“It’s a message of positivity. It’s a message of equality. And it’s a chance to get it out. It’s not going to affect the way I play football but its going to affect a lot of people’s lives off the field.” (source)
I don’t give a flaming fuck about professional sports, but it heartens me to know that this guy plays for my “hometown” team, rather than this asshole (dude, you play for fucking San Francisco— you know that, right?).
The Movement, book cover, 1964
Cover photograph: Danny Lyon
This and many other civil rights-era graphic items are on display at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as part of the For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights show.