FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: ZIRCA KOPCIK
CLEVELAND WOMEN AND LOCAL GROUPS PLAN DEMONSTRATION TO OPPOSE PROMISE KEEPERS ANTI-WOMEN, ANTI-LESBIAN AND ANTI-GAY AGENDA
A coalition of local Cleveland women will stage protests on Friday, July 22, at the intersection of Huron Road and Ontario Street, in front of Gund Arena from the hours of 8-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. in response to the radical right wing organization Promise Keepers. Promise Keepers are holding their 2005 men’s conference at Gund Arena the weekend of July 22-23.
Promise Keepers, Inc. is a product of the leadership of well-financed religious and political extremists organizations, designed to create a men-only movement to promote their ultra-conservative agenda.
With a reported annual budget of over $27 million, Promise Keepers' supporters read like a who's who of the right wing, including Pat Robertson of the Christian Coalition, Jerry Falwell of the 700 Club, and Gary Bauer of the Family Research Council. The Promise Keepers are attempting to roll back the historic gains in women's equality, as well as in lesbian and gay civil rights.
A look at the men behind the Promise Keeper's movement reveals their true agenda: Extremist Pat Robertson once claimed that "AIDS is God's way of weeding his garden," and Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney served on the board of Colorado for Family Values, the organization that sponsored the anti-gay ballot measure, Amendment 2, to exclude lesbians and gay men
in Colorado from civil rights protection. And to clear up any doubt about PK's political designs, Raleigh Washington, leader of the Promise Keepers' 1997 "Stand in the Gap" march on the capitol said, "We are producing leaders in this organization. They will enter the political sphere."
Clevelanders and other concerned individuals will come together to expose the Promise Keepers and their deceptive agenda. They will not march into Cleveland in a parade of pseudo-morality and religion as they push their oppressive agenda.
WHO: A coalition of local women and other Clevelanders and concerned individuals
WHAT: Demonstration to Oppose Promise Keepers Anti-Women, Anti-Lesbian and Anti-Gay Agenda
WHERE: Intersection of Huron Road and Ontario Street, in front of Gund Arena
WHEN: Friday, July 22, 8-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.