Even if you can't go, please broadcast this message to your contacts who may be able to.
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Subject: Join May 1 protest of James Dobson at Safeco Field
The religious right has rented Safeco Field for May 1, 2004, to hold an antigay rally. They are basing it on marriage rights, or I should say the restriction of marriage rights. They are planning to bus people in from around the state. They are currently predicting 10,000 attendees.
Focus on the Family's James Dobson will address this assembly. Dobson is a high visibility, arch-homophobe, and he will be a big draw for them. We are organizing a "Welcoming Party" for them. We are not about to let them arrive with no resistance. Here are the bare-bones details, and as more information is developed I will forward it to you:
Assemble Saturday, May 1, 2004, between 10:30 AM - 11AM. The earlier you arrive the better.
Where: Corner of S. Occidental St. and Royal Brougham, north end of Safeco Field.
What to do: At this time we have many details to work out.
For now, MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SHOW UP. SPREAD THE WORD TO EVERY SUPPORTER OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS THAT YOU KNOW. MAKE SIGNS.
We will provide some signs, but the bigger the variety and quantity of signs the better.
This is a legal, peaceful protest of the right wing coming to Seattle to hold a rally that opposes our rights. Although Dobson and crowd have every right to have this assembly, we have every right to protest it. We cannot let them come to Seattle and throw their bigotry in our faces without fighting back.
This is a PEACEFUL, if loud, protest. The Seattle police are likely to keep us on the opposite side of the street, separated from those attending the May Day for Marriage rally. This is as it should be to avoid violence and face to face confrontation. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BLOCK PASSAGE TO THE RALLY. We can legally be there as long as we DO NOT BLOCK SIDEWALKS, PARKING LOTS, ENTRANCES, ETC.
Please spread the word so that our side can have a great turn out. Updates are forthcoming.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead,