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"They say court martial, we say Grand Marshal!" "Shame, shame, shame on Pride!" More SF Pride board meeting - UPDATE: The board lied!

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You'll never believe what SF Pride CEO Earl Plante tells KTVU-2 News. Plus I love the chants.

Court Martial or Grand Marshal? Why did SF Pride Ban Bradley Manning? 7 May 2013
YouTube posted on May 10, 2013 by MayaMediated

YouTube info: "Well, there's a couple of reasons for that!" What ARE the reasons Bradley Manning was barred from becoming Grand Marshal of San Francisco Pride 2013? You'll be happy to know they're very simple.

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Chanting: “Shame, shame, shame on Pride! Shame, shame, shame on Pride! ...”

KTVU-2 Heather Holmes: This hallway is as far as these protesters got in delivering a message to the San Francisco Pride Board of Directors.

KTVU-2 Heather Holmes: No cameras at a public meeting?
Guy barring entrance: That's the request of --
KTVU-2 Heather Holmes: The request of who?
Guy barring entrance: The board.

KTVU-2 Heather Holmes: The board was meeting upstairs. SF Pride's CEO tells me it was in an effort to quell the recent uproar stemming from the decision to uninvite First Class Bradley Manning as a Grand Marshal for next month's Pride parade. Manning is the gay man who leaked 700,000 classified government documents to WikiLeaks.

Earl Plante, SF Pride CEO: Part of the reason why we wanted to have this meeting tonight is to really listen to the community, hear their concerns, and try to move forward in a proactive way.
Chanting outside in the hallway: “Let the press in! Let the press in!”
KTVU-2 Heather Holmes: But if you really wanted to listen, why block people and block the press from covering the meeting?
Earl Plante: Well, there's a couple of reasons for that.

ka-ching!!

Chanting: “We say Grand Marshal!” “They say court martial!” “We say Grand Marshal!” “They say court martial!” …

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(With the exception of the ending, most of this is a clip from KTVU Channel 2 News segment here, which reports that the board decided to reschedule the meeting in a larger venue this week).

UPDATE: They lied! Meeting will not be rescheduled. See Kevin Gosztola's post tonight on Firedoglake and the Pride Board's announcement on Facebook. What a piece of work! Meeting postponed to find better accommodations to hear everyone, and the Bradley Manning decision is closed. In the same breath! The fuckers!

SF Pride's decision concerning the election process of Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal being consistent with SF Pride's long standing Grand Marshal election policy is firm. Thus, the discussion of that matter is closed for this year.

A meeting in a larger venue after the 2013 Celebration and Parade will allow people from all sides of that issue and others to fully air and hear one another's viewpoints, without jeopardizing the production of this year's event and the safety and security of the attendees. We ask everyone in the community to come together in Pride this June, recognizing that we can embrace difference without violence and hate.

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Submitted by lambert on

"... hear one another's viewpoints, without jeopardizing the production of this year's event and the safety and security of the attendees... "

Dear Lord.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Is Firedoglake down? I can't get through now. "The connection has timed out. The server at [every address I've tried at fdl] is taking too long to respond."