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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.

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Urgent Calls Needed To The Philadelphia Solicitor

September 23, 2003

Please take the time to pick up the phone to speak to, or leave a message for the Philadelphia City Solicitor (contact information listed below) voicing your concern that BSA has been allowed FREE use of a Philadelphia city building (located at 22nd and Winter Streets, Philadelphia, PA) since 1928.

Please tell City Solicitor, Nelson Diaz that a June 18, 2000, U. S. Supreme Court ruling gave BSA private organization recognition, allowing them to discriminate against the Atheist and gay communities. BSA is in violation of Pennsylvania anti-discrimination laws. The relationship between the City and BSA should be immediately dissolved. BSA must pay full rent or leave! Ask the City Solicitor to take decisive action this week.

Please also convey that taxpayer money should not be used to support a private organization. As a concerned taxpayer you also do not want BSA to benefit from any sweetheart rental deals with the City of Philadelphia. It was reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer that negotiations between the City and BSA will take place this week. There is no negotiation room for bigotry!

And if you are feeling particularly feisty, please insist that BSA be held accountable for money owed to the City since BSA officially announced that they are a private organization in June 2000.

Contact information for Philadelphia's City Solicitor:

The Honorable Nelson Diaz
Phone: (215) 683-5003
Fax: (215) 653-5068

Thanks in advance for your help in keeping the pressure on BSA. It has been a long hard battle to stop BSA from discriminating against Atheists and gays. They may never give up their prejudice, but we can hold force BSA to stop receiving benefits and gratuities that should only be given to organizations that service the ENTIRE community.

Margaret Downey
Founder and President
Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia
Anti-Discrimination Support Network
P. O. Box 242
Pocopson, PA 19366

Phone: (610) 793-2737
Fax: (610) 793-2569




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