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Action Alert! Washington State Members Encouraged to Participate in Seattle Protest

Date: 
April 29, 2004

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

Dear Washington State National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Members:

We are forwarding the following message to our members on behalf of a coalition of Seattle LGBTQ groups:

The religious right has rented Safeco Field for May 1, 2004, to hold an anti-gay rally. They are basing it on the restriction of equal marriage rights. They are planning to bus people in from around the state, and 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 not about to let them arrive with no resistance. 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SHOW UP. SPREAD THE WORD TO EVERY SUPPORTER OF LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ equality. 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.

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. Thank you!

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