Posts Tagged ‘Dan Sullivan’

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The Time Has Come…

October 16, 2009

The time has come, the blogger said, to speak of lots of stuff

Of how since ’64 is dead, relevancy has been tough

So now we’ll merge this site with his, join the alaskacommons crew

And hopefully have a bit more time to make a difference for you.

Unity for the Anchorage Community

Unity for the Anchorage Community

So I’m not a poet, I’m a blogger, and a neglectful one at that.  SOSanchorage.net is going to be merging with alaskacommons.com, and here’s why it’s a good thing:

  • The battle for the Equal Rights ordinance may be over for now, but simplifying the blogging process will allow more time to work on real-life projects that will further the cause.
  • Merging the two blogs will allow for more frequent updates, instead of simply re-posting things on either site.
  • We feel like we’ll be able to write more relevant articles for the community if we broaden our scope a bit.

I’m hoping that if there are still any readers left (I know it’s been a few weeks since the last post) you’ll follow us over to The Alaska Commons, where we will continue to try to keep the community updated on events and issues of note.  Don’t worry, every post on this blog will be moving to alaskacommons as well, so if you’re interested in reading up on our perspective on the Summer of ’64 you’ll still be able to do so.

I’ve been glad to be a part of this.  It’s one of the things I’m most proud of.

Thank you.

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Join us if you can

September 25, 2009
Join us at the Snow Goose for a shindig!

Join us at the Snow Goose for a shindig!

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George Sullivan, 1922 – 2009, RIP and Sleep in Fame.

September 24, 2009

[Reposted from Alaska Commons]

Death is never a welcome guest in anyone’s life. The tragic event of a loved one’s passing never comes as an expected event, no matter the circumstance. When I was a little kid, my grandmother suffered in a hospital bed for months suffering from emphysema while the candle light slowly flickered before it finally gave way to the very empty darkness that always and sadly prevails. Still, no one was able to prepare for the moment when the heart rate monitor told us what logic had warned us of for a long time beforehand.

georgeanddan1Tonight, George Sullivan, father of the current mayor of Anchorage, Dan Sullivan, passed.

According to the Anchorage Daily News:

George Sullivan, the mayor who steered Anchorage’s city government into a modern municipality, died at home Wednesday night of complications from lung cancer.

His eldest surviving son, Tim, said his father died peacefully in his sleep at 10:08 p.m. He was surrounded by his family. He was 87.

A lifelong Alaskan, Sullivan was born on March 31, 1922, and raised in Valdez.

He had a long and storied career in Alaska and its politics. He was a deputy marshal in Nenana, a city councilman in Fairbanks and Anchorage, and became Anchorage’s city mayor in 1967.

He held that position until the old Anchorage city and borough governments unified under a new charter in 1975, when Sullivan won election as the new municipal government’s first mayor.

He served the charter-limited two terms in that position.

Altogether, Sullivan held the top post in Anchorage’s city government for 14 years, longer than any other person.

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He and his wife, Margaret Eagan Sullivan, had 9 children. Margaret Sullivan died in 2007.

One of his sons, Dan, is Anchorage’s current mayor.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Tomorrow, the ongoing disagreements that are commonplace in politics should take a breath to bid farewell to an important and respected figure in Alaskan history. I’m not a fan of anyone’s passing sanctioning Fox News-esque mythology and don’t think this will be the case. More importantly, I’m not a fan of anyone having to deal with a loved one passing. Period. I hope we, as a community, can separate the vitriol of politics from the compassion and apathy of recognizing that death hits us all; each uniquely and deeply.

Let me be clear. There should be not one case where one conflates the passing of a loved one with heated political argument.

If only for a day, away from politics as usual, and out of respect for the Sullivan family, I hope they find comfort in family and community and memories. For those who pray, please do. My thoughts are with the Sullivan family. I am deeply sorry for your loss, and I raise my glass to the passing of someone whom you cared so deeply for.

I can’t offer anything substantive, only relative. Here are some words that helped me through a similar situation, when a close friend of mine named Tom Valero passed a couple years back; they’re from Pearl Jam’s song “Come Back,” which was written for Joey Ramone, a close friend of Ed Vedder, shortly after his passing:

If I keep holding out
Will the light shine through
Under this broken roof
Its only rain that I feel
I’ve been wishing out the days
Come back

I have been planning out
All that I’d say to you
Since you slipped away
Know that I still remain true
I’ve been wishing out the days
Please say that if you hadn’t gone now
I wouldn’t have lost you another way
From wherever you are
Come back

And these days they linger on
And in the night I’ve been waiting for
The real possibility that I may meet you in my dreams
I go to sleep
If I don’t fall apart, Will my memory stay clear
So you had to go, And I had to remain here

But the strangest thing today
So far away and yet you feel so close
And I’m not gonna question any other way
There must be an open door
For you… To come back

We all have, and will have, and probably should have our differences. This isn’t, and can’t be, one of them. Mayor, I wish you well on this sad and trying day. May your father rest in peace and sleep in fame.

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Tim Miller tells Anchorage about the Lay of the Land

September 18, 2009

For those of you who missed it tonight, Tim Miller performed his Lay of the Land show at Out North Theatre.  Miller pulled inspiration from his own childhood and adult life, wrapping it in with experiences he’s had fighting for equal rights around the country.

At the same time, Miller made sure to draw allusions between the struggles that we’ve gone through with Ordinance 64 and similar fights going on in other communities.  He was full of energy, humor, and a sense of awareness about the state of the country that’s quite refreshing.  There was a great discussion afterward, as well, where audience members could bring up some of the topics connected with his show, or ask his opinion on things going on in our own community.

I highly recommend catching his show if you can.

Miller will be repeating his performance tomorrow, Saturday, September 19 at 7:30pm at Out North Theater.  Check here for ticket information.

Thank you to Tim for your great show, and to Tiffany McClain from Equality Works for helping make it happen!

Tim Miller, Me, and his spirit bear.

Tim Miller, Me, and his spirit bear.

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Friday Night is Equality Works Night at Out North Theater!

September 17, 2009

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Tomorrow Night: Friday, September 18th is Equality Works Night at Out North!

Are you feeling drained after this summer’s activities surrounding AO 64 and searching for a way to re-energize your political and emotional batteries? Are you simply in need of a laugh after months of high drama?

If so, you should join us at Out North for a presentation of performance artist’s Tim Miller’s “Lay of the Land,” a show that explores the current state of the Queer Union with sharp insight and humor, and deftly taps into the emotional experience of what it’s like to be “perpetually on trial, on the ballot, and on the menu.”

Miller has been closely following the public hearings surrounding AO 64, the Assembly’s 7-4 vote, and the Mayor’s veto and he is looking forward to a post-show discussion with all of you. Let’s give him a big Anchorage welcome!

Tickets are $20.00 (plus 1.25 if you buy online)

Students get in for $10.00 at the door with i.d.

We hope to see you there!

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Announcement: True Diversity Dinner!

September 14, 2009

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September is our Mayor’s Diversity Month and September 25th is the Diversity Awards banquet at the Hilton in downtown Anchorage. Unfortunately, Mayor Sullivan is uncomfortable with the term “diversity” and has changed the name to the “Unity” Awards Banquet and celebration. The mayor has stated publicly that he does not celebrate the ways in which we are all different, but rather, the ways in which we are the same.

Some of us do not feel celebrated at all, and are organizing a true diversity celebration on the same night. We have rented the Snow Goose (September 25th, doors will open at 7pm and festivities begin at 7:30pm). We wish it to be as diverse and multi-cultural as possible and much more fun than whatever will occur at the Hilton. And while the “Unity” Dinner will feature a silent auction and cost the small price of $60 a ticket… Ours will be only $10 (just to cover costs) and is quickly filling up with local performers, an awards ceremony, and speakers including Assemblywoman Elvi Gray-Jackson, Diane Benson, and Shannyn Moore!

It will be a great night, after what has been a rough summer for many in our Alaskan family.

Now we need you to figure out who gets the awards! Nominations begin now! Head over to the event website and check out the voting page! This is your event, Anchorage. Have your say! So tell your friends! Spread this around! And we’ll see you on the 25th!

Advance tickets are now available for sale at Borders Books & Music!

(Cash or check only; Sorry, due to short notice)

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Looking for some entertainment?

September 5, 2009

It looks as though there are  now two opportunities to enjoy some local GLBT-friendly theater in Anchorage.

Dog Sees God

Dog Sees God

First, I became aware of this play after I saw an article on Bent Alaska.  Out North Theater will be holding performances of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.  From the Out North page:

When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid offers CB peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.

The show will run from September 4 – 13, and tickets are $15 at the door or $14.50 online (includes ticketing fees).

Next, Equality Works is hosting a performance of Lay of the Land, also playing at the Out North Theater on Friday, September 18, 7:30pm – 10:00pm.  From the Equality Works event page on facebook:

Are you feeling drained after this summer’s activities surrounding AO 64 and searching for a way to re-energize your political and emotional batteries? Are you simply in need of a laugh after months of high drama?

Lay of the Land

Lay of the Land

If so, you should join us at Out North for a presentation of performance artist’s Tim Miller’s “Lay of the Land,” a show that explores the current state of the Queer Union with sharp insight and humor, and deftly taps into the emotional experience of what it’s like to be “perpetually on trial, on the ballot, and on the menu.” Miller has been closely following the public hearings surrounding AO 64, the Assembly’s 7-4 vote, and the ensuing veto and he is looking forward to a post-show discussion with all of you. Let’s give him a big Anchorage welcome!

Tickets are $20.00 (plus 1.25 if you buy online)
Students get in for $10.00 at the door with i.d.!!!

We’re planning on going to see both of these shows, and you should too.  Supporting intelligent local performances isn’t just good for you, it’s good for the whole community.  Plus, both of these plays sound like they’ll be good.

On a personal note, if you should find yourself with the opportunity to go see The Lion King while it’s still in town, we’d highly recommend it.  Wow.