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…..
Many thanks to Lisa Bloom, the attorneys and staff at the Bloom firm
for the astute expert representation and care!