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!

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