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Announcement :: GLBT/Queer : Organizing : Politics
Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
24 May 2005
STAND UP TO ANTI-GAY BIGOTS AND DEFEND GAY MARRIAGE!
PROTEST FRED PHELPS!

FRED PHELPS WANTS TO BRING HIS ANTI-GAY HATEFUL MESSAGE TO BROOKLINE HIGH'S GRADUATION ON JUNE 5, 2005. WE HAVE TO ORGANIZE TO STOP THIS DISGUSTING NUT JOB WHO PROTESTED MATTHEW SHEPARD'S FUNERAL AND IS NOW ON A MISSION TO DISTURB HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH PROMINENT GLBT GROUPS WITH HIS HATE-FILLED PREACHING. HE TARGETS MASSACHUSETTES BECAUSE ONLY HERE HAVE SAME-SEX MARRIAGES BEEN LEGALIZED.

IF LEFT UNOPPOSED, PHELPS' HATEFUL WORDS CAN ONLY INSPIRE HATE CRIMES AGAINST GAYS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND BUILD CONFIDENCE IN THOSE WHO WANT TO HARM AND SILENCE THOSE WHO WANT EQUALITY FOR ALL. IN ORDER TO PREVENT THIS AND DEFEND THE GAINS WE WON THROUGH THE LEGALIZATION OF GAY-MARRIAGE, WE URGENTLY NEED TO ORGNAIZE NOW.

PROTEST PHELPS: SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 11:30am, BROOKLINE HIGHSCHOOL
HELP ORGANIZE: Come to a planning meeting to help organize the June 5th protest this SATURDAY, MAY 28, 4pm, at Northeastern University, Dodge Hall, Room 450 (Take the Green Line to 'Northeastern')

FOR MORE INFORMATION: e-mail protestphelps (at) yahoo.com or 781 551 6649

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Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
24 May 2005
Its good that people in the boston area are going to protest Phelps. But we need all bases covered here in MA. I hope to see people in Lowell,Lexington,and Dracut.
Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
24 May 2005
But let's think creatively about ways to encounter him. I've seen him before a bunch of times, and it's usually pretty much a crazy old man and a bunch of his relatives holding big signs with bigoted stuff on them. It's a little different than, say, a bunch of organized white supremacist thugs trying to look all military, or a meeting of oligarchic technocrats meeting behind a massive police cordon. Someone like Phelps calls for infiltration, pies, kiss-ins, street theater, and that kind of subversive deflation.
Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
24 May 2005
agreed with iron council. maybe some acts of public nudity? comical signs and requests for sexual favors from fred?
Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
25 May 2005
Members of the BHS GSA will try to be in attendance at the meeting.
Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
25 May 2005
I go to BHS. Generally I'm really down with kiss-in/pies/etc. However, he's there to protest a lot of my friends' graduation and really dramatic actions like that distract from the graduation which is Phelp's intention to begin with.
Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
25 May 2005
What would you ideally wish would happen? (Short of Phelps and company running into serious car problems and not being able to get to your high school in the first place.)
Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
25 May 2005
most probably phelps will be shoved in a street corner somewhere away from the school (i doubt they would give him a permit nearby the school), so hopefully we can do some creative actions to oppose him and he won't disrupt the graduation..
Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
25 May 2005
the goal of protesting phelps at BHS would be to keep him awaya from the ceremony, just like we kept the nazis away from the holocaust memorial. we'll get between him and the school. someone like this can't go unanswered, we have to show him that he isnt welcome here. he can't leave feeling like he's made a "positive" impact. we will shut him down.
Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
25 May 2005
I think the best tactic would be something like what was done when he protested Matthew Shepard's funeral. Simply surrounding him so that he is invisible is incredibly powerful and doesn't distract from graduation. Seniors may also be wearing rainbow ribbons on their caps and gowns. He's probably going to be on the field in front of the school while graduation will be (weather permitting I think) in the quad. The field is public property (as in not part of the school) but is very close to to the quad.
Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
25 May 2005
well then i guess the question is, is your goal to let the graduation of a wealthy suburban high school go unperturbed (ho hum...) or to give organized fascists a hard time when they try to gather publicly? it seemed like a lot of people were way into the anti-billy roper stuff, more so than this. why? is it because their antiquated anti-semitism is easier oppose, as an historic bogeyman, than the relevant fundamentalist anti-queer bigotry?
Re: Stand Up To Anti-Gay Bigots in Boston! Protest Fred Phelps June 5th!
26 May 2005
I think at least some part of it is that it's harder to "confront" frail religious zealots in the same way that it's appropriate to confront wannabe militia thug dudes. It just doesn't look good. I was at the protest of the white-supremacist rally and I do feel that there's some extent to which a larger counter-protest amplifies the original hate message. In the case of the nazis that was outweighed by the benefits of embarassing them and making them cower behind police cordons while pretending to be all tough and revolutionary. In the case of these vanguardist Baptists those benefits aren't there, and there's a much larger pool of conservative Christians who'd identify with them more if they were persecuted by us godless cosmopolitan commie homo heathen types got up in their face. I do think some response is required. Simply hiding our heads in the sand waiting for these fascist theocrats (btw, on their website they say "fag" applies equally to, e.g., people who have premarital sex, and ALL other people they identify as deviant, and that all such deviance should deserve the death penalty) to go away doesn't cut it. But I think we should be *very* careful choosing appropriate tactics for this one.