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Ken Pierce
Director of Public Relations - 530.448.9237
Tina Reynolds
Co-Founder - 916.559.2504
Hilary Hodge
EAN Spokesperson - 925.216.3595

Announcing Harvey Milk Day Student Essay/Art Contest

Equality Action Now and Contest Sponsor, Barnes & Noble at Arden Fair is hosting an essay and art contest to commemorate California’s first Harvey Milk Day, Saturday May 22, 2010.

Harvey Milk Day was enacted and signed into law last October by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Under the measure, May 22 is officially Harvey Milk Day in California, coinciding with Milk's birthday. While it is not a state holiday, schools are encouraged to hold lessons "remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state".

Equality Action Now is a local grassroots civil rights organization and is leading the way in organizing Sacramento’s Harvey Milk Day events. Note: Equality Action Now is working on forming a curriculumfor school-aged children and teens.

Equality Action NOW Announces their Answer to the 2010-2012 Debate

August 25, 2009 – Sacramento, CA – Today Tina Reynolds, co-founder of Equality Action NOW, a grassroots civil rights organization located in Sacramento, CA, announced their official stance on the heated debate of placing the same-sex marriage issue on the 2010 or 2012 ballot in California.

After communicating with several fellow member activists, Reynolds announced, "Our fight for equality is ongoing. "When" is really not an issue for us. Equality Action NOW does not take a stand one way or another since choosing a date has worked to polarize our community. We will be there whenever a rally, a vote, a stand needs to be made and we will support all of our brothers and sisters in solidarity.”

Since the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the measure adopted by voters in November to ban gay marriage, the state’s gay rights activists have been at odds over when to ask voters to repeal the same-sex marriage ban. Among the larger organizations, Equality California came out strongly supporting 2012, while the Courage Campaign just as vehemently supports 2010. In a recent article in San Francisco’s Bay Area Reporter, Molly McKay, spokesperson for the national organization, Marriage Equality USA, said her membership is “split” over the issue.

Locally, the question of when to place a date that may end or prolong the marriage fight is just as heated. Equality Action NOW’s decision to not take a stand is reflective of the organization’s attitude of wanting to be a cohesive and proactive movement that is focused on the hard work and stamina it takes to lead a campaign to change the hearts and minds of voters.

EAN and its members have been the leading force locally in Sacramento hosting several large star-studded rallies on the steps of the California State Capitol building. They have been known as the “go-to” organization if an issue needed a voice. Their hard-working all-volunteer leadership is equipped, almost overnight to respond immediately to breaking news. A recent example is the protest march and vigil organized and led by Equality Action NOW for murdered Camp Pendleton Navy Seaman August Provost July 10, 2009 outside Headhunters, a local gay bar. The decision to hold the vigil was made in a meeting Tuesday evening, the same week as the event.

Tina Reynolds and her award-winning civil rights organization is focused on winning a battle rather then getting involved in the politics of an issue. This summer their fight against hunger resulted in hundreds of pounds of food being collected for the local food banks. Their fight against homelessness resulted in supporting “Safe Ground”, a local effort to provide Sacramento’s homeless with a safe place to camp out, when every other door was closed to them. Their fight to win back the right for same-sex couples to enjoy the same rights straight couples have “is not over and will be fought with much vigor and hard work no matter when it lands on the state ballot”.