Friday, January 9, 2009

We Still Have a Dream: When and Where Info

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What:  On January 19, 2009, the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, GLBT|ATL will be protesting The King Center's choice of anti-gay Rick Warren as keynote speaker at the Annual Commemorative Service for Dr. King.

When and Where:  The protest will be at the corner of Auburn Ave and Jackson St, the front entrance of Ebenezer Baptist Church, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Staging and coordination will begin a half hour earlier, 8:30 a.m., one block south at Edgewood Ave and Jackson St.

End Time:  There is no official end time, but the protest will gradually stop through the late morning hours to allow folks to attend the downtown March & Rally at 1:00 p.m.  (GLBT|ATL will be there too, assembling at the corner of Peachtree St and Ellis St.  You're welcome to join us!)

Our Message:  Note that we are NOT protesting Ebenezer Baptist Church.  The church is the host of the Annual Commemorative Service, but they do not have a voice in how the speakers at the Service are chosen.  We are protesting The King Center for inviting Rick Warren to take center stage during a commemoration of tolerance and unity.  We are also protesting Rick Warren's own messages of intolerance and hate.  (If you plan on bringing your own signs, keep points these in mind.  Most importantly, keep it peaceful, in the tone of Dr. King's legacy of nonviolent protest.)

Getting There:  Some streets will be closed, and parking in the area will be scarce to none.  We don't have the official street closing information yet.  Once we receive that information, we'll post again with information on how to get to the protest.

What to Wear:  We will be wearing black shirts as a unifying color, but you are free to dress as you like.

How to Reach Us:  Before the event, please e-mail us at info@glbtatl.org.  On January 19, if you have trouble finding your way to the event or need other assistance or information, you can reach us by telephone at 888-GLBT-ATL (888-452-8285).

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