Queer Action Coalition

Friday, June 10, 2005

DAY FIVE....

So, the crowd has started to expand a bit....

Day five of the protest included more parents with their kids, and people that had never been there before.
Pictures posted soon.
Contrasted to yesterday, with police, and conversation, LOVE IN ACTION seemed almost shut down today. We were informed by a source that has been going inside and interviewing them, that they had a staff meeting this morning. No clients arrived at Love in Action the entire time we were there...we left around around 10am.

This could mean that they've changed their drop-off times. It could mean some clients have withdrawn. It could mean they've changed locations, or took the day off.
I speculate these things, because it might call for a change in action. Because calling the cops yesterday didn't make us go away, they've most likely taken different steps, they obviously feel that our demonstration is "a problem"...A great contrast from day one when they were handing out water and engaging in conversation for the media to see them all out and smiling.

We'll investigate and update information here if there are changes in the protest schedule.

We need to educate people and spread the word. Print out the list of rules from their website, and simply show that list to people, that should be plainly enough to get someone out there, to spread the word, to get others involved.

CHECK OUT EJ'S BLOG FOR GOOD INFO AND ENCOURAGEMENT: http://www.cherrybloss.org/

pictures posted in a couple of hours...

11 Comments:

  • from an email my dad sent:

    "I know that on Love in Action's web site it says, "Love In Action International is included as an official missionary organization by the following churches...First Evangelical Church - Memphis, Tennessee." However, I have contacted the church office and been told that this is not true. There are very specific steps to becoming a missionary or organization endorsed by First Evan. Love in Action has not gone through these steps. The church did make a single contribution in the spring of 2001. There has been no funding since. I have asked the church office to contact Love in Action and have First Evan's name removed from Love in Action's web site. I have also expressed my opposition to any further funding for Love in Action because of the structure of its adolescent programs.

    While I know you and I disagree on many things, there is one thing I believe we do agree on. Someone can be coerced into behaving in certain ways, at least for the short term. However, no one can be coerced into changing his or her beliefs, heart or soul. Those kinds of changes must originate from within. Therefore, I am opposed to coercive methods that attempt to change beliefs, not because I am always opposed to the desired outcome, but because I think such methods are the wrong way to achieve such outcomes.

    I love you, unconditionally and always,

    Dad"

    By Blogger sue, at 3:50 PM  

  • This is the heart of it. This is where the change begins. That's so awesome Sue. When the awareness is raised, and the people start asking questions instead of letting it just slip past. Beautiful.

    By Blogger Fighting Homophobia, at 4:14 PM  

  • actually i got there around 8:20 and there were some clients that came in before most people got there.

    By Anonymous jackie, at 5:02 PM  

  • Start showing up at 7:30 then.

    By Blogger EJ, at 5:11 PM  

  • thanks for the info, we didn't know this...we'll discuss the 7:30 idea then, but it wouldn't hurt to get there as early as possible regardless...

    more info soon,..

    By Blogger Fighting Homophobia, at 5:17 PM  

  • I posted this new info site on my LJ post and I also created an account here to post GLBT stories similar to this one.

    This is day three for me since I have been following what you all are doing in Memphis. I have to tell you that both my partner and I are very, very proud of what you all are doing over there. In your own little ways you are demonstrating all the things this country is supposed to be about and you all should take a second and be proud.

    One side thought, if you don't mind, and this is just a personal hangup with me. I really do not like the word QUEER..it has such a negative meaning to it. Since this is a positive movement perhaps a title for this site could be GAY YOUTH ACTION COALITION?

    Of course this isn't my site and I really have no right to impose my opinion but I just thought that something a bit more positive, with a word that is not used to hate us would be a better way to go.

    Keep up the great work!

    By Blogger Philip Racuel, at 8:24 PM  

  • Sorry I wasn't there today. I have no excuse. I'm going out of town Monday evening, so I won't be able to be there for the final days, but "unconditional love and support" will be continuously flowing from me to you and everyone involved. I can almost here the feathers ruffling right now.

    By Blogger morgiepoo, at 9:38 PM  

  • As I understand it, lately the term "queer" has been reclaimed and is in wide use by people referring to themselves. I think it's more descriptive than "gay" because it includes anyone who doesn't define themselves in binary terms of who they are or who they're attracted to.

    By Anonymous sarah, at 4:19 PM  

  • The only time people should consider G/L/B/T people different is when individuals ask to be treated differently from other people on the basis of sexuality. I would not call it a stretch to say that what Love In Action is doing is exactly that -- treating people differently based on their sexuality. It's wrong. Nobody wants "special" rights, they want the same rights as everyone else in the world.

    The word "queer", to me, is a way of making a distinction between onesself and the rest of the world. The choice of what to call onesself is totally individual. It's all in how you see yourself, I guess.

    By Blogger EJ, at 6:15 PM  

  • the term queer is preferable for a few reasons. in the first place, as has already been mentioned, it is a reappropriation of a word that has typically been derogatory. next, for many people who are politically active this term has been chosen not only for the reappropriation aspect but also because it encompasses lesbians bisexuals gays and also transgender people, for whom categories such as lesbian gay etc are problematized, as well as those who prefer to go without labels. the word queer is both inclusive and empowering, and for these reasons it seems to be more accurate in describing the people for whom this campaign is designed.
    -jenessa

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:37 PM  

  • from Nashville,

    Thanks to you guys news of this barbaric camp is spreading like crazy. You are doing great work! Thank you!

    By Blogger egalia, at 10:29 AM  

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