There was a vigil tonight, at Andrew's residence.
This article has more to say about Andrew, himself, and his mission to have the Capitol dome lit up in red, white and blue once a year, in honour of veterans.
This man, a product of the foster care system, of mixed heritage, occasionally mentally disabled, openly gay (in other words, getting knocked around for most of his life), was trying to get the state of Michigan to express some patriotism. He had been working tirelessly to this end for years.
Read that article. Read where the Capitol Historian said the idea was not "practical," because it would cost $150,000 to install. $150,000? Excuse me? Surely that's pocket change for a state budget? I mean, I know Michigan is a bit strapped right now, but I'm betting donations will be found now to get it done. The historian also expressed concern that the red light would look pink and washed out. I got you some help on that one, Ms Chartkoff. Check this out: http://www.jasonboydlighting.com/. Trust me, this guy can light anything.
And do you see where Senator George, Republican from Kalamazoo, said: "What happens when MSU wins a championship? Will we light the dome green and white?"
With all due respect, Senator, that argument is just silly. There's a big difference in lighting a dome in honour of those who keep on fighting in the face of incredible odds, and lighting it in honour of a college sports team. Surely MSU has some edifice on their campus that they can light up when their team wins something. That's what we do in Austin.
Come on, Michigan! Set up a PayPal account to accept contributions. I know a lot of people who would kick in a few bucks.
How about it, Saffire? Lisa? Can we get the girls behind this?