Author Archive: Clete Wetli

Clete Wetli is a progressive political activist, grantwriter, and certified substance abuse counselor who fights for equal rights and equal opportunities in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Prayin’ the Gay Away at the Church of the Holy Goal Post

| July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

In a quaint little corner of Alabama that can only be reached by winding two-lane roads shaded by towering pines wrapped in kudzu, there’s an old, but well-kept, Democratic Party meeting hall that’s a bit less busy than it used to be.  But on this day, more people showed up than were expected and they […]

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Grits-n-Bigotry: A Blue Plate Special Still Served In the South — But Not for Cletus

| June 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

A great many years ago, a freckled and buck-toothed Cletus first laid his young eyes upon a sea of cotton as he unwillingly migrated from the multicultural metropolis of Miami to the rustic farmland of rural Madison County, Alabama. His parents had split — Mom won custody and decided to start a new life in […]

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Cletus’s Crusade — How to Kill a Southern Bigot Without Getting Your Hands Dirty

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the middle of another humid night, as the sickly sweet scent of honeysuckle and pine pollen smothers my sleep, I have that same crazy dream. I’m standing on an old pine stump. The blinding sun is wringing out every drop of sweat and my tie has become a sponge. The crowd is listening intently […]

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