Thursday, June 30, 2016

BLT Macaroni Salad To honor the “Annual Reminders”

Just in time for the fourth of July picnics take a moment and honor one of the first annual demonstrations for LGBT rights in the country, 1965!

What could be more American than a BLT? How about a BLT salad? Easy and unexpected.

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1½ cups coarsely chopped baby spinach

What To Do:
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and let cool.

  2. As that cooks fry up the bacon and let drain on paper towels.

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half.

  1. With a fork, combine mayonnaise, garlic, salt, and pepper with the spinach. Blend until smooth. 

  Cut up the crisp bacon into less than 1 inch pieces.

Pour over pasta and stir in the tomatoes; mix well, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

If it's a bit drier than you like after refrigeration, try mixing in some fat free plain Greek style yogurt!

For our afternoon music:

So lucky to be serving my Master Indy
To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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The “Annual Reminders”

Craig Rodwell conceived of the event following a picket at the White House on April 17, 1965.

He wanted a picket line to go up on the Fourth of July at Independence Hall. The name of the event was selected to remind the American people that a substantial number of American citizens were denied the rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" enumerated in the United States Declaration of Independence.

He organized members of the New York City and Washington, D.C., chapters of the Mattachine Society, Philadelphia's Janus Society and the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, under the collective name East Coast Homophile Organizations (ECHO).

With Rodwell spearheading the effort, ECHO put together the first Reminder picket in just over two months. Thirty-nine people attended the first picket, including veteran activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings.

The Reminders were held each year from 1965 until 1969, with the final picket taking place shortly after the June 28 Stonewall riots. While never large crowds, still their impact was making a difference.

Following the 1969 Annual Reminder, the younger and more radical participants, felt the time for silent picketing had passed.

They decided to move the demonstration from July 4 in Philadelphia to the last weekend in June in New York City, as well as proposing to "other organizations throughout the country... suggest(ing) that they hold parallel demonstrations on that day" to commemorate the Stonewall riot. The newly located event in New York City became known as Christopher Street Liberation Day. Today it is simply called PRIDE.

From a leaflet that was handed out at the Annual Reminder:

Because the homosexual American citizen finds himself denied many of the unique and special features of American life that are guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
.he is being denied many of the liberties and freedoms guaranteed by those documents and enjoyed, without second thought, by his fellow American citizens.

Homosexual American citizens have also petitioned both state and Federal governments to re-examine many of the adverse policies facing them—and those governments have ignored them or "answered only by repeated injury."

It may seem difficult to understand how radical these statement were at the time. We should be honored that these individuals risk everything. Just to be seen in public identified as “homosexual” invited beatings, arrests, loss of employment, loss of housing, loss of family.

They braved being spit on and stared at like animals in a zoo. They did this so that we can enjoy many of the same citizenship rights as our fellow countryman and women. We had to fight for rights that had been set forth in the Declaration of Independence, over 200 years ago.

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