Tonight while the the Human Rights Campaign is holding its $650 a plate NYC Gala at the Waldorf Astoria honoring Anna Winitour (why?) and Goldman Sachs, the investment bank who deceived investors and Congress about its bets against the subprime mortgage market and helped plunge this nation into its current financial crisis, QUEER RISING and other LGBT Activist and Advocates sick of HRC’s pretentious bullshit and lackluster rush to LGBT equality will be protesting outside.
Tonight on the sidewalk outside of the prestigious hotel at 50th Street & Park Avenue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Queer/LGBTIQA2Z Occupy Wall Street a caucus of the NYC based Occupy Wall Street movement,, Queer Rising, and other angry LGBT advocates and activists will be protesting and holding a a “Guerrilla Potluck”.
The protest is to condemn HRC’s decision to honor Goldman Sachs in a time of financial collapse caused by their unethical business practices and greed. “HRC honoring Goldman Sachs at this time reveals all one needs to know about the corporate LGBT lobby, and its disconnect from the LGBT people it purports to represent.” The protest is also aimed at trying to get HRC to pledge that they will work toward full LGBT equality by 2014, the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And that HRC demonstrate more internal transparency and work more with grassroots organizations.
The right to be protected from discrimination secures a core liberty interest. And it is the duty of government to protect LGBT Americans from the harm caused by discrimination as a matter of public welfare, law and conscience, as it has for decades for all other oppressed groups.
As HRC restrains the demand for equality, discrimination takes its insidious toll on LGBT Americans
The Queer Caucus demands equal non-discrimination protections under the 1964 Civil Rights Act because equality is the only true antidote to LGBT abuse – like it has proven to be for race, sex, national origin, religion, age and disability – long protected from discrimination by law.
“Equality and non-discrimination are universal values that define basic human dignity” said Todd (Tif) Fernandez, a human rights lawyer and grassroots activist. “It is our civic duty as Americans to protect and respect the LGBT community immediately.”
Join the Guerrilla Potluck (http://on.fb.me/GuerrillaPotluck). Bring flashlights.
Watch Potluck on Live-Stream Saturday: http://www.livestream.com/occupello
Please Take the Pledge for Full LGBT Equality (by 2014) (http://bit.ly/the2014pledge).