The navy hired me to speak for their NAVAIR Warfare Weapons Center Division LGBTQI Pride Month event, at 2 bases in Southern California.
While filling out the security form to access the base, I received this:
“We recently became aware of several comments you’ve made on Twitter regarding our nation’s current administration. While those comments and views are appropriate for an individual, given free speech, they are inappropriate for our agency to endorse a potential speaker of a command-sponsored event. Given our position within the Department of Defense, the President serves as our commander-in-chief. Therefore, we need to cease further discussions with you regarding our Pride Month events,” NAVAIR EEO MANAGER.
I wrote back and informed them that we were way beyond mere discussion and had a binding agreement and that I had hoped they would reconsider….
And so I sought the help of civil rights attorney, Lisa Bloom, who agreed to represent my quest to be reinstated:
And then the press wrote:
“When the attorney and LGBTQ rights activist Melanie Nathan immigrated to the United States from apartheid South Africa, one of the first things she bought for her first apartment were several books on Nelson Mandela— items she was formerly forbidden to own. When her father visited her in the U.S., he implored Nathan to hide the books. “Dad! We’re safe,” she reassured him. “This is America.” Three decades later, Nathan herself is being silenced by her government.” Brock Colyar, MS Magazine – Read more.
“We will not stand idly by as Mr. Trump tries to turn this country into an authoritarian state and government agents follow his lead by censoring speakers who have challenged him on Twitter,” Attorney Lisa Bloom to NAVAIR. “This is not ‘Dear Leaders’ time in North Korea, Bloom said during an appearance on MSNBC’s AM Joy on June 23. “We don’t all have to bend the knee to Donald Trump to hold onto our government contracts. That is the very essence of the First Amendment….This is a blatantly unconstitutional action.” LA Progressive Read More
“Trump’s obsession for loyalty to him, not the US Constitution, may be filtering down to nervous directors and staff members at even the most tangential of federal agencies. Here, behind the scenes, out of the glare of the public spotlight, a Trump brand of McCarthyism may be taking hold with public officials developing their own versions of black lists and enemies lists or quietly breaking or denying a contract to someone they fear might cause repercussions for them with a Trump enforcer, watchdog or snitch.How else explain what happened to Melanie Nathan? “ Karen Ocamb, Los Angeles Blade. Read More
And the Joy Reid, AmJoy Show MSNBC:
And then the speaking dates went by without a response to reinstate me, ……. I hope I can update soon…..
SPEAKER WEBSITE: www.melnathan.com
Follow me on Twitter: @MelanieNathan1
Many thanks to Lisa Bloom, the attorneys and staff at the Bloom firm
for the astute expert representation and care!
5 thoughts on “My Tweets to Trump Led to Navy Cancelling my Pride Speaking Tour”
Yes: he is our Commander in Chief.
Go on . . . ?
there is no going on from me – I do noted to bend over to admire or support him for the Navy to fulfill its obligation under a contract with me… . I am an American with a First Amendment right to call him out on his putrid behavior and to play ball in the arena of ad hominem that he started. He is not above the law , he is not absolved from adhering to our constitution, – in fact, like me, he took an oath to support and defend the Constitution…. and if you think because he is Commander in Chief , the Navy gets to cancel its contacts based on tweets which speak out against him – then YOU go on…..
I’m completely SHOCKED at the NO suing in defense of the populace!
WTF? There MUST be a precedent to stop this PIECE OF FILTH & DISORDER tRump!
Where did the lawyer run off to?
I dont understand your comment about the “No Suing” What Lawyer? My Lawyer Lisa is doing a fantastic job.
Sorry- it came across here you were on your own!