If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m interviewing….madly interviewing one, sometimes two people a day. It’s hard work, but I am getting it done. Alas, here is the latest.
Danny Fernandez and Kenneth Butler
Where: Greenwich Avenue, NYC
Occupation (today): Civil Rights Activists
Normal occupation: Kenneth is an actor and Danny is a filmmaker.
Tuesday, September 23rd.
11AM – I was on my way to Grounded – my new writer’s lair. As I ran by, I noticed two guys with petitions. Normally I do my best to avoid people with petitions, but this time, the two guys holding the petitions Danny Fernandez and Kenneth Butler looked interesting, so I decided to ask them what they were up to and what I could sign.
Turns out they were trying to get money for Gay Rights (HRC.org). They explained to me that HRC.org supports all kinds of lobbying efforts for Gay rights in Washington.
“Did you know that a Catholic Church organization is spending 1.2 million to put bills through congress to stop gay marriage?” said Kenneth Butler.
“Proposition 8 is on the ballot in California,” seconds Danny.
Proposition 8 could ban gay marriage.
“I’m not gay, but lots of my friends are and obviously I think civil rights affects everyone. It’s hard to believe what marginalized cultures have to put up with from the government and the Christian Right,” said Danny.
“See, my $11 a month really adds up,” says Kenneth proudly. “When you know that gays are still being persecuted” and “they can’t marry in many states” seconds Danny….”well we feel better that we are doing something.”
After many hours of writing I came by the same area and at 4PM the guys were still out, still trying to get money.
“How did you do?” I said. “We did great today,” said Danny.
“The people were really excellent,” said Kenneth.