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February 7, 2009

Julia Butterfly Hill, on seeing MILK with friends.

Julia Butterfly Hill is one of America’s most famous young activists, first coming to our nation’s attention a few years back when she sat in a tree (see video, below)…for a looong time. Here she talks about seeing the movie, MILK:

I went to the Castro theater last night with friends to watch “Milk,” starring Sean Penn, based on the true life story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office.

It was profound to be sitting there right in the district where this movement was created. I had to keep holding back tears all night because I am so present to how far we have come and how much further we have to go. It amazes me that right before this film came out, Californians passed Prop 8, now being called by many of us, Prop Hate, excluding people in the homesexual community from their human rights and dignity.

I am continuously appalled by those who claim to have some ownership of what family values are–these same people who have abysmal records at making “marriage” work. Some of my very best examples of what is possible in the realm of deep, loving and long-lasting realtionships are my friends in the gay community.

Even the Bible says, “…And the greatest of these is Love.” And yet…for the rest, go to her wonderful blog and check it out!

 

Milk Trailer:

Sean Penn on Charlie Rose:

Bonus, some videos of Julia.

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