Say NO to military recruiters at PRIDE!
by Queer Strike San Francisco, 19 November 2013
We are writing to invite you to a community meeting sponsored by SF Pride to discuss the presence of military recruiters at Pride this year. The meeting is on: Tuesday November 19th, 7pm-10pm (doors open at 6:30) at the MCC church, 150 Eureka St in the Castro.
As queer mothers and other caregivers who are against war and poverty, we were shocked and outraged that military recruiters had a booth at Pride. We were delighted when a rush of protesters from the Manning contingent surrounded the booth and forced it to shut down. The discussion of why military recruiters were invited has continued at Pride meetings until now. It is urgent that anyone who is opposed to the presence of military recruiters at Pride come and speak out at this community meeting.
This controversy followed in the wake of a two-month battle with the SF Pride Board about Chelsea Manning, our queer whistle-blower hero, who was nominated to be SF Pride’s Grand Marshal. The Board overrode all their policies and procedures in order to prevent Chelsea from receiving her deserved honor.
response, the LGBTQ community exploded in anger against this injustice
and the torture and homophobic abuse Chelsea had faced in military
prison. A coalition, known as Grand Marshal, Not Court Martial held
protests, lobbied those in power to take action against the Board and
got unprecedented media coverage in SF and worldwide. In the end the
Manning contingent was the largest non-corporate contingent in the
Since President Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,“ lesbians and gays now have the ”equal right” to participate in illegal wars and use drones against civilians. When we tell the truth, like Chelsea Manning did, we face years in prison, severe homophobia, solitary confinement and other torture. The community meeting is our opportunity to say ”no’ to this ”equality”. After a strong campaign to elect a new slate and challenge a rogue Board who had no accountability to anyone, community organizing won seats on the SF Pride Board. This is the background of why the discussion on military recruiters is happening at all.
We look forward to seeing you – and hearing you – at the meeting!
info contact: 415 626-4114.