Thursday, December 17, 2009
Please respect our right to protest Avatar tomorrow - Violence is not the answer
The progressive community is very excited about how the events of December 18, 2009 will unfold. There are many blogs and websites talking about the Avatar protest tomorrow and there is every reason to expect a significant turn-out. This is a wonderful opportunity to show non-progressive America the beauty and diversity of the human being.
I would like to remind everyone that ANYONE can take part in tomorrow’s protest. You don’t have to be gay or lesbian. You don’t have to be transgender or bi-sexual. You can be simply curious or open-minded even if you consider yourself to be straight.
These protests will be non-violent and non-confrontational. Our intention is not to intimidate but to educate. That said, there may be incidents tomorrow. This is will most likely happen in what’s called Middle America. If you live in a U.S. state that failed to vote for President Obama last year, PLEASE BE CAREFUL. If people are hurt tomorrow it will serve as a reminder for the inherent need for Universal Health Care in America. Health Care is a basic human right. If anyone is hurt tomorrow, I am sorry for you and I hope you will be well. But you can play a role in helping President Obama provide all peoples with access to health care.
We only ask that people please respect our right to free speech and our freedom of expression. Some of us will stand up during the film. Others will sit down in theater lobbies. There is no reason why this should bother you or be a cause for confrontation. This is an opportunity for non-progressives as well: Open your minds and take the first step to being a rational and tolerant person. You can always watch Avatar at a later time or buy the DVD if you wish.
We thank you for your time.
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