- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lbs. Bratwurst cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed
- ½ teaspoon black pepper + ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 14 ½ ounce can low sodium tomato soup
- 1 14 ½ ounce can stewed tomatoes, undrained
- 2 cups dried multigrain rotini or fusilli pasta
- 1 15 ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
From the White House Web Site
CLEVE JONES is an American human rights activist, author and lecturer. A LGBT visionary by any definition of the word.
Jones was drawn into the gay liberation movement by his mentor, Supervisor Harvey Milk. He worked in Milk’s City Hall office as a student intern. After Milk's assassination in 1979, Cleve led the crowds during the “White night riots”.
In 1987, He conceived the idea for the AIDS Memorial Quilt at an annual candlelight vigil remembering Harvey Milk. The quilting of pieces of fabric memorializing loved ones became the world’s largest piece of community art. The AIDS Quilt became a symbolic funeral service since many who died were denied memorial services.
"If AIDS had taught us anything, it was that we must be true to ourselves if we are to survive."Cleve Jones
In addition to the Quilt's importance as a memorial, it also serves as an important educational tool – both as a powerful image to increase AIDS awareness and HIV prevention and also through the archived biographies and stories that accompany each panel. These stories show the experience of life lived in the age of AIDS.
It is truly awe inspiring stretched out as far as the eye can see, bright multicolors, styles, lettering, all quietly hugging the gentle earth. A covering of love to those who now are gone. A single most stirring and compelling act of love in response to the physical ravages and the mental sickness of hatred that dogged the individuals and families of those with AIDS.
It is an important cultural icon that could only have been created by a visionary. HarperCollins published his first memoir, “Stitching a Revolution,” in 2000. It quickly became a best seller.
Since 2005, Jones has spearheaded efforts to diminish homophobia in the hospitality industry with a project called UNITE HERE making the labor movement more open to LGBT members.
He is a driving force behind the Sleep With The Right People campaign, which aims to convince LGBT tourists to stay only in hotels that respect the rights of their workers.
Jones led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington, DC and serves on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Cleve Jones has been described as both “the man behind the curtain” and the voice of the “every-man”.
Cleve says: “My only gift worth anything is my ability to talk.”
So lets keep listening to this unlikely leader, born in West Lafayette, Indiana back in 1954. Who would have thought he would become one of the greatest LGBT leaders in America.