WE STAND WITH
Please continue to support SF Pride’s Board’s new
policy against military recruiters (see below) and plan on joining the
Chelsea Manning contingent in
Feb 4th 2014 witnessed by an enthusiastic audience, the
1) For Chelsea Manning to be an Honorary Grand Marshal for 2014 SF lgbtq Pride.
2) To ban military recruiters from Pride. (see exact wording of both motions below)
We’ve just heard that the California State Military Reserves (CSMR) has approached the SF Pride Board to request a booth at the Pride festival, claiming they are not ‘military’. This is a blatant lie. Their web page, at http://csmrsoldier.com/sample-page-2/, says:
“The California State Military Reserve is the
The CSMR request
for a booth at SF Pride is a tactic to undermine SF Pride's new policy
against military recruiters at the festival.
We are proud that our new Board has taken this bold stand, showing
their accountability to the queer anti-war majority.
Like our queer
sister Chelsea Manning who is paying with her freedom for revealing war
crimes by the
See background and motions below…
Taking Pride: Victory for Chelsea Manning and the Whole Anti-War movement!
It was our queer heroine Chelsea
Manning‘s blowing the whistle on war crimes, who sparked the lgbtq and
anti-war movements’ blowing the whistle on SF Pride. Her truth-telling
exposed the rape, torture and murder of women, children and men especially in
the wars in
Her leaks confirmed how obscene it is that so many people internationally and in communities in the US, including San Francisco, are suffering from extreme poverty and don't have the basics of life --drinkable water, food security, housing, healthcare -- while the US military is lavished with funds for slaughtering untold numbers of people, including lgbtq people, and destroying the environment of our beautiful earth in the interests of the 1%.
Manning will finally receive the recognition she deserves from SF Pride and
we have kicked military recruiters out of the biggest Pride event in the
2013 SF Pride Board elected Chelsea Manning as 2013 Grand Marshal of the SF
Pride parade. They then rescinded that
vote, twisting the story by claiming that
participants got a shock as we arrived at the end of the march at the plaza
and found that military recruiters had a booth at the celebration site. This
had never occurred before in Pride’s history. The booth was shut down by
a crowd of protesters, who surrounded it and blocked the recruiter’s access
to the public. Despite tremendous
pressure, the Pride Board never acknowledged wrong-doing for slandering
A new Board
many felt it was time for the old Board to be removed from office. By
September the Transparency, Accountability and Democracy slate, many
of whom were
Military: Out of the lgbtq community
this period a Town Hall meeting on the military recruiters was organized. At
this meeting, the men with few exceptions were leaning towards allowing
military recruiters and the women were roundly opposed. The discussion had great honesty, frankness
and painful moments with many saying how the military had personally impacted
their lives. There has been a long history of gay refuseniks who have refused
to kill, rape or torture for the military.
Stephen Funk, a young gay man of Filipino and Native American descent,
was one of them - the first
A fresh lgbtq movement
These victories, honoring Chelsea Manning and what she did, and
against military recruiting at Pride, show that in
Here are the motions as they passed:
· San Francisco Pride Board of Directors elects to name Chelsea Manning as an Honorary Grand Marshal for the 2014 Pride Parade and Celebration
· SF Pride applauds the suspension of the U.S. Armed Forces “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, officially ending more than two centuries of anti-homosexual discrimination by that institution. SF Pride supports and honors the members of our community who are now serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Services. Nevertheless, because of the ongoing institutional practices of discrimination against transgender people; the use of misleading advertising specifically targeting economically disadvantaged youth, including LGBT youth; and the danger faced by women and men of sexual assault, rape and harassment by other members of the U.S. Armed Services; the SF LGBT Pride Committee does not deem U.S. Armed Services recruiters an appropriate entity for participation in our exhibitor or corporate sponsorship programs.
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