Friday, December 26, 2008

Join our new announcement e-mail list!

As we're getting our communications lines more in order, we've set up a new announcement e-mail list to help us keep in touch with all of you.  We're continuing to get the word out through social networking sites, but we encourage everyone to join the new announcement list to keep up-to-date with event information and other important issues.

It's simple to subscribe to the list.  Simply go to glbtatl.org, enter your e-mail address into the box at the upper right, and click Subscribe.  Or, you can go to the list's web page, including an archive of previous posts, by going to glbtatl.org/announce.

We'll have some very exciting news for you very soon!

Friday, December 12, 2008

All I Want For Christmas: How to Get There Safely, and Words of Advice

Tomorrow's the big day! Will we see you too in front of Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday December 13?

If you're thinking about coming to the All I Want For Christmas Is Equal Rights protest, you'll want to look at all the important information in the previous post for your safety and protection. However, we have some important additional suggestions for you.


First off, getting to the protest, which will be at the intersection of Lenox Rd and Peachtree Rd in Buckhead.

There's only one good way to get there for the protest. MARTA, MARTA, MARTA. If you don't already have a MARTA card or paper ticket, it's only $4.00 for the whole trip: $1.75 each way and $0.50 for the smart-chip paper ticket. Vending machines at MARTA train stations accept credit and debit cards, and there's plenty of free parking all over the train system.

Exit at Buckhead Station and walk North on Peachtree St, passing Lenox Mall on your right as you get to Lenox Rd. (If you don't know which way North is when you exit that station, it's this direction.) You can get there if you exit at Lenox Station too; walk up the hill away from the station on Lenox Rd, and you'll pass Lenox Mall on your left as you reach Peachtree St.

We don't recommend that anyone arrive by car if possible. The malls are legally allowed to tow your car if you park and then leave the mall property. This may even include "up front paid" or valet parking, so beware. Additionally, there is major road work tomorrow on the 75/85 connector through downtown and midtown, including the I-20 interchange, so all the freeways ITP are likely to be jammed up.


Second, how to find the GLBT|ATL volunteers. They will be wearing dark tops (black shirt/coat in most cases), with a 5x7 badge with a tree and the round GLBT|ATL logo. If you can't find one or need help finding your way to the mall area, you can call 1-877-GLBT-ATL (1-877-452-8285) toll free from any phone to reach the volunteers.

Like this blog site says at the bottom of every page, GLBT|ATL is not an organization of any kind, just a group of like-minded folks. If you choose to come join us in solidarity, you are responsible for your own actions. So be safe and careful at the protest.


Last but not least, some small words of advice. This is not a protest against the malls, against holiday shopping, or against anything else at all. We are walking the sidewalks around Lenox/Phipps only for visibility during the high-traffic holiday shopping weekend, so that others may see that we aren't disappearing any time soon.

With that in mind, we ask you not to bring signs with a negative message toward the already bad shopping season or against holiday religious themes. We need to show our capacity to assemble peacefully without violence. (Besides, we probably don't want to get mall management too irate.) If you don't have signs of your own, volunteers preprinted a bunch of good ones at Kinko's... not huge, but big enough to get noticed. Feel free to ask one of the volunteers for signs to carry when you arrive.


See you there!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

IMPORTANT: Saturday Protest (12/13/2008)

The time is quickly approaching for this event, and we wanted to provide some information for those that are planning to attend. If you have friends, family, allies or contacts in organizations that would be willing to be out there supporting us, please forward them this email or have them contact us at: glbtatl@glbtatl.org

This protest is in the form of a moving protest or picket, not a group rally. We will be utilizing the sidewalks outside Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza in Atlanta in order to maximize visibility to our fight for Equality.

We will be meeting (in groups) at the MARTA Bus stop at the corner of Peachtree and Lenox Rd. (just outside Lenox Square Mall) at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 13th. Look for the event volunteers at this location, we will be wearing badges with "ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS" on them as well as pink wristbands. The volunteers will be gathering protesters and leading the moving portion of the picket.

We are asking the following of all attendees:

Bring your signs! We are focusing this protest on the economic impact of the LGBT community in this country (specifically in Atlanta), but as with our past events, please try to keep signs positive. We are not here to be anti-religion or anti-anyone, we are here to be PRO-EQUALITY. Keep in mind our theme: "All I Want for Christmas Is My Equal Rights" when making signs and banners.

Also, we are encouraging everyone, bring a Santa hat. Reindeer antlers. Bells. Whatever "Christmas" themed garments, costumes etc. that you have and wear them! If you have extra and do not mind sharing please bring them as well!

Finally, we are conducting a food drive, and all collected food will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Please bring THREE or more cans of food to the event. When you arrive, the volunteers will be happy to accept the items and will deliver them to the drop-site. This is VERY important to show that as members of the community in Atlanta we also contribute to society. If you have any questions about the food drive or can offer assistance, please contact: jeff@glbtatl.org

We also have the following safety guidelines:

Please read the following rules carefully; they are for your safety and protection.

1. This is not an event with a sponsor or organization behind it, only individuals exercising a common theme. If you attend the protest, you do so by your own choice, and you alone are responsible for your actions.

2. Do not enter parking lots or grassy areas. Stay on the sidewalks except when crossing the street.

3. When crossing the street, stay within the crosswalk lines whenever possible. Don't walk into possible oncoming traffic!

4. Only cross the street when the Walk (white) light is on. Do not start to cross once the Don't Walk (orange) light starts flashing. Follow the road rules to the letter.

5. Police may show up to help direct traffic. Obey uniformed police officers' directions.

6. DO NOT confront drivers or pedestrians in any way. Confrontational behavior, fighting, or approaching others in a violent manner will likely result in you being arrested.

7. When you choose to leave the protest, keep any paper, signs, or other things you are carrying with you and dispose of trash properly. Don't litter!


If you need assistance, Event Coordinators can be identified by a plastic badge with the "All I Want" tree logo, and a pink wristband. If you cannot find an Event Coordinator, please call 1-877-GLBT-ATL (1-877-452-8285) from any phone and you will be connected to one of us.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

All I Want for Christmas is Equal Rights

By now you may have seen Southern Voice's cover article of the week, and yes, GLBT|ATL is organizing this peaceful walking protest in front of Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza on December 13 at 1pm ET. The original post about the event is on the eliminateprop8 blog, but we will start to post updates about the event here on this blog, and via social networking sites; see our profile links on the right side of this page.

You can subscribe to this blog via RSS or our Friendfeed profile/feed to get updates about GLBT|ATL and the event. We'll post a more complete description of the protest here very soon along with some very important safety and legal guidelines for anyone considering attending the protest.

For now, if you are on Facebook, you can check out the event's Facebook page. We're updating our other profiles through the day today to get the word out (and add links back here to the blog for complete information). A quick link to the most recent event information is glbtatl.org/alliwant -- and feel free to send that link to all your friends. See you there!