Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Shut Down NYC For RNC? 

I discovered through The Advocate that a group called Shut It Down NYC are hoping to convince New Yorkers, particularly gay New Yorkers, to shutter their businesses and call in sick rather than provide services to delegates at the Republican National Convention. They specifically are targeting workers and businesses in the theaters, restaurants, stores and hotels.

I don't know about this. On the one hand I see their point about providing entertainment services to the party which is seemingly determined to limit our rights, or with whom you have policy disagreements. But that is what happens every day, particularly in large cities like New York. People with varying or even opposing political, moral, spiritual and cultural views mix and mingle. They talk, they argue. Sometimes views are changed, even if a little bit. What better opportunity to ensure your views are included in the mix? If you want to make a statement, take any funds you receive as a result of Republican spending and donate it to your preferred organization. Republican dollars for John Kerry, anyone? FMA supporter funds to Human Rights Campaign? Now that's a statement.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 6:54 PM