Thursday, March 14, 2000
VIGIL" TO PROTEST PARAMOUNT/DR. LAURA
Online Action Coincides With Real-World Protest on March 21
DC - A coalition of civil rights and educational organizations will
hold a virtual vigil on Tuesday, March 21st to protest Paramount
Television's intent to give anti-gay activist and radio personality
Dr. Laura Schlessinger a TV talk show this fall. The online action
will coincide with a "real world" protest at the gates of Paramount
the same day, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PST, in Hollywood, California.
The vigil and
protest organizers - StopDrLaura.com, the Horizons Foundation, and
HateWatch.org - are asking concerned netizens to send in photographs
of themselves holding up signs of protest, that will then be displayed
on the StopDrLaura.com Web site beginning on March 21st. The protests
come in the wake of mounting criticism against Paramount and Ms.
Schlessinger for refering to gays and lesbians as "biological errors,"
deviants, and pedophiles.'
are asking those interested in adding their protest photo to the
virtual vigil to email a photo to AgainstHate@aol.com
by Monday March 20. A name (first and/or last), city and state of
residence, should be included, if possible, in order to personalize
the photos - though none of that information is required. Ideas
for photos include individuals or groups of friends wearing StopDrLaura.com
t-shirts, and/or holding up creative - yet respectful - signs protesting
Paramount's intent to air the show
TO BE CONSIDERED,
THE SUBJECT OF THE PHOTO MUST BE PROTESTING IN SOME WAY, EVEN WITH
A HOME-MADE SIGN WILL SUFFICE.
The top 5 entries
- selected entirely at the whim of the vigil organizers - will receive
a free StopDrLaura.com t-shirt (but to win, you must provide a name,
address, and phone number, and t-shirt size).
the high volume of online and offline interest in this effort, and
the necessity of limiting the size of the Web site, event organizers
can not guarantee that all photos will eventually be posted to the
Web site. In addition, no photos sent to StopDrLaura.com will be
is the preferred option, photos (along with names and city/state)
may also be sent in by snail mail to:
1718 M Street, NW #308
Washington, DC 20036