Several leaders who spoke flatly stated Bradley Manning is the People's Grand Marshal, regardless of the b.s. from Pride.
With the iconic Castro Theatre marquee serving as backdrop, activists rallied for just over an hour, displaying the Gays Without Borders banner, a rainbow flag and two Free Bradley Manning banners. Among the speakers was Sue Englander, center, in blue shirt holding the mike, of a local political club. She called for more activism to make SF Pride a democratic group that shares power with social justice advocates.
Nancy and Shinay have been involved with Global Exchange, the group that has kindly offered use of their meeting room to the ad hoc coalition of individuals and organizations working to democratize Pride.
The coalition next meets this Sunday, May 19, starting at 7PM at 2017 Mission at 16th Street. Join us!
Pride in whistleblowing, 'cause real heros won't let you get away with murder.
Now that's Pride you can be Proud of!
The words surrounded a still image grabbed from the video Manning leaked from a July 2007 deadly incident where American helicopter killed twelve people in Baghdad, including a photographer and driver with Reuters News.
Many big thanks to everyone who attended tonight, spoke and cheered, held signs, distributed literature, snapped pics and shot video and made sure San Francisco again kept its commitment to IDAHO and shared our solidarity with our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family around our planet.