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Alert: Restore Equality in California in 2010  
Focus:GLBT
Action Request:Volunteer
Location:California, United States

Seeking Equality minded people.
We need volunteers in California to collect signatures to get our initiative to Repeal Prop 8 on the November 2010 ballot.
Go to our website to sign up and download petitions www.SignForEquality.com
We need to get 1 million signatures by April 5th 2010 to get the initiative on the ballot.
Please join us in this historic fight for Equality!

Thank You in advance for your suppor

 
Posted: Nov 30, 2009 2:18pm | (0) | () |  
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Alert: Restore Equality in California in 2010  
Focus:GLBT
Action Request:Volunteer
Location:California, United States

Seeking Equality minded people.
We need volunteers in California to collect signatures to get our initiative to Repeal Prop 8 on the November 2010 ballot.
Go to our website to sign up and download petitions www.SignForEquality.com
We need to get 1 million signatures by April 5th 2010 to get the initiative on the ballot.
Please join us in this historic fight for Equality!

Thank You in advance for your support

 
Posted: Nov 30, 2009 2:15pm | (0) | () |  
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Alert: Queer Activist Faces 30+ Years Jailtime!!!  
Focus:GLBT
Action Request:Donation
Location:United States
Dear Friend,

Few of you may have heard of Jason Robbins and the legal nightmare into which he has been plunged by individuals and institutions intent on undermining his tireless activism on behalf of queer rights and reproductive freedom. Fewer of you know that Jason is facing over thirty years in prison for the sole crime of being present at a peaceful demonstration against a notorious anti-queer, anti-woman hate group, and even fewer of you know why. Nevertheless, it is not only Jason's freedom at stake in his upcoming trial, but yours and ours as well.

Jason was arrested in East Pikeland Township outside of Philadelphia, on Sunday, December 4th, while sitting in a vehicle near the scene of a peaceful demonstration. Members of Philadelphia Anti-Racist Action and other organizations were protesting the activities of Repent America, a radical evangelical Christian organization that travels to
queer pride events and reproductive health clinics with the sole purpose of harassing and intimidating individuals that they perceive to be queer, or women they believe to be considering abortion. Repent America has been linked to the White Rose Society, which openly advocates the bombing of abortion clinics and the murder of doctors who perform the procedure.

The demonstration was held on the sidewalk outside the home of Randy and Linda Beckman, two organizers with Repent America. Both have participated in Repent America's campaign of harassment and intimidation, and Mr. Beckman has, on at least one occasion, threatened attendees at queer pride events with physical violence. Nevertheless, the protest was entirely peaceful, and consisted primarily of attendees chanting on the sidewalk while displaying simple, homemade banners.

The peaceful mood quickly changed when East Pikeland Township Police arrived on the scene and ordered Jason to provide ID and exit the vehicle in which he had been sitting. Jason, who had committed no crime, refused to identify himself and was immediately removed from the vehicle by force. Jason was violently thrown to the ground, injuring his knee to the extent that he needed to be hospitalized. Once off the ground, Jason was
roughly slammed into the side of the vehicle he was sitting in. In a complete overreaction by local authorities, three additional police departments East Vincent, West Vincent and Phoenixville also responded to the scene. Officers wasted no time in verbally
harassing and even threatening with violence the peaceful demonstrators. Two participants were also taken into custody and later cited. They are facing two summary offenses, with fines upwards of $800. The police however, have decided to make an example of Jason by launching a campaign of lies and intimidation. Jason was first taken by ambulance to the Phoenixville Hospital for injuries sustained during the arrest before being incarcerated in Chester County Prison for approximately 100 hours before his bail was posted on Thursday December 8th. .

Perhaps in an attempt to make Jason's injuries appear to have been necessary, rather than being caused by a completely unjustified use of force, Jason is being charged with a slew of crimes, including aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and reckless endangerment. The assault charge is a second-degree felony.
Collectively, the charges carry a maximum jail sentence of over thirty years in prison all for being in the vicinity of a peaceful demonstration. Although police at Jason's arraignment completely contradicted their original version of events, the judge in the case
ruled that Jason's trial would go forward.

The charges against Jason Robbins clearly constitute an attempt by the East Pikeland Township Police to stifle even the most peaceful forms of dissent against the vitriolic hate speech and incitement to violence of organizations like Repent America. A demonstration identical to the one at which Jason was arrested was carried out earlier in the day in the neighboring town of Collegeville, and although police were present at the scene, they responded professionally, no arrests were made, and the demonstration ended as peacefully as it had begun. One can only speculate as to the reason for the incredible disparity in the police response between the two jurisdictions to what was essentially an identical situation. Regardless, all who disagree with the beliefs and actions of Repent
America and similar hate groups are being sent the message that dissent will not be tolerated, and even peaceful protest will be met with violence and false imprisonment.

Jason's legal costs are expected to exceed $25,000, all of which must be raised within the next sixteen days according to his attorney, Robert J. Donatoni. As Jason himself is of limited financial means, he is dependent on community support to prove his innocence and avoid spending the next thirty years of his life behind bars.

It's time to return the solidarity that Jason and others like him have shown to the queer and pro-choice communities. Anyone who is able to make even a small contribution to Jason's defense is urged to do so immediately. Every dollar - and every day - counts.

Anyone able to contribute is urged to contact Jason's support committee at supportjason@gmail.com or contact Jason directly by phone at 215-760-2104. You can also Paypal money directly to plantingthepages@yahoo.com or arastore@hotmail.com or cyndipitt@gmail.com. Please email Jason's support committee once you make the Paypal transfer so we can make sure it is received.


Please contribute whatever you can, and forward this appeal to your friends. Jason's freedom and your own is in your hands. Thank You.

 
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