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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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Scouting For All's National Day of Protest Against the Boy Scouts of America's Immoral Policy of Discrimination Against Gay Youth and Adults - 2000.

The list below indicates organized National Day of Protest locations and the protest organizers' contact details:

The following States have one or more National Day of Protests scheduled. Please click on the closest State, or click here if you wish to organize a National Day of Protest at a location not listed.
Alabama Alaska Arizona
California Connecticut Georgia
Idaho Indiana Louisiana
Maryland Minnesota Mississippi
New Mexico New York Ohio
Oklahoma Pennsylvania Tennessee
Texas Washington Washington DC


Montgomery, Alabama
Contact Person: Ken Baker, PFLAG-Montgomery
Email Address:
protesting at: Tukabatchee Area Council
3067 Carter Hill Road
Montgomery, Alabama
Time: 11AM Until 1PM
Statement: PFLAG-Montgomery is joining Scouting for All to protest the discriminatory practices of the Boy Scouts of America against gay youth, gay adults, and atheists. Please join us to show the people of Montgomery and Central Alabama that there are fair-minded people who oppose discrimination.


Fairbanks, Alaska
Contact Person: John Dean
Phone: New York 917 270 2346 or Fairbanks 907 479 8080
Protest Site: Midnight Sun Council
1400 Gilliam Way
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701-6044
Time: In the morning as the riders take off for their 6 day AIDS Vaccine Ride.
Statement: John and hundreds of other cyclists will be riding in the first ever AIDS VACCINE RIDE Alaska. John will be organizing 500 of his cyclists from the ride to sing in front of the Midnight Sun Council in Fairbanks Alaska the song, We Shall Overcome.


Pheonix, Arizona
Contact Person: Amy
Email Address:
protesting location: Grand Canyon Council
2969 N. Greenfield
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Time of protest: 4pm

Tucson, Arizona
contact person: Arthur Richards
Phone# : 520-749-6455
address of council office:
Catalina Council
5049 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711
time: TBA (possibly 3:30 pm or 4 pm)


Davis California

Monday, August 21, is a national day of protest against the discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts of America. Everyone who feels that the BSA should not exclude gays and athiests is invited to stand together in front of the Boy Scout cabin on First St. and Richards Blvd. between 4:30 and 6 PM. Especially invited are present and past scouts who wish to encourage the BSA to rescind their policies. National BSA should not force our local scouts to discriminate.

For more info: Shelly and Ellen 753 8283

Redlands, California
Contact Person: David Horne
Phone Number: 909-473-7186(Home) / 909-285-6295(Cell)
Protest Location: California Inland Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America
1230 Indiana Court, Redlands, California 92374-2896
Time of protest: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sacramento, California
Kathleen Montgomery, Sacramento PFLAG
home: 916-922-3339
work: 916-484-2169
Demonstration of Concern
Date: Monday, August 21st
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: State Capitol Building - North Steps
Speakers confirmed thusfar: Rob Kerth - Member of Sacramento City Council, Harriet Orchard - Mother of 3 Eagle Scouts, Sheila Kuehl - California State Assembly, Carole Migden - California State Assembly, Rob Kerth - Sacramento City Council, Harriet Orchard - Sacramento PFLAG, O'von Pettiway - Lavender Alliance for Civic Action

"We invite all people of integrity to join us for the Scouting For All August 21 National Day of Protest, in speaking out against this appalling policy rooted in irrational fear. To be silent speaks volumes of agreement with the social irresponsibility and scientific ignorance demonstrated by the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America. Discrimination in any form is unacceptable." PFLAG Sacramento, California

San Diego, California
Contact person: Howard Menzer
Phone: 858-268-2853
Protest Site: Desert Pacific Council
1207 Upas St.
San Diego, California 92103
Time: 9AM
Quote: "Boy Scouts have now officially become a private organization that may discriminate.. Today gays are the target. Tomorrow ??? Will it be Jews, Blacks, Left handed people? We need to tell them that while they use public land, Scouting needs to be for all."

"W e are asking concerned Scouts and Scouters To join us on August 21 at Boy Scout Headquarters at 1207 Upas Street in San Diego at 9 AM to protest the discriminatory practices of the Boy Scouts of America. The following press release enumerates the reasons and the need for this action. Please read it and let me know that you will be there. My email address is Thank you for Listening." Howard Menzer-54 year veteran of Scouting, Vigil honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and District order of Merit holder.

San Francisco, California
San Francisco, CA
Contact: Jan Johnston-Tyler
Contact: Hank Wilson
Phone: 415-864-0738
Time: 8-11 am, Aug 21st.
Protest Site: San Francisco Bay Area Council Office,
1001 Davis St.
San Leandro CA 94577
"I am asking all Bay Area residents to join us in our protest against the Boy Scouts of America's policy of discrimination against our gay youth and adults and atheists. Lets become a voice for human rights, a voice for our gay youth!" Jan

San Mateo, California
Contact Person: John
Protest Site: Pacific Skyline Council
1300 S. Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402-5005
Time of protest: 9:00 am (subject to change)

Santa Rosa, California

The YAAH Organization (Youth Activists Against Hate) and the Scouting for All Organization will be holding the National Day of Protest in Santa Rosa. This is to raise awareness about the injustices that gay youth are facing in the Boy Scouts of America policies. Our Congresswoman is expected to attend (*Lynn Woolsey). The youth of today need to feel welcome, and as there is no other organization that parallels the Boy Scouts of America, barring them is blocking them from a unique and otherwise positive experience. Please help us in spreading the word about our National Day of Protest.

The time and address for the event is:
11:00am to 3:00pm, August 21st, 2000
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95401-4395

We will be meeting there to set up and explain the event and guidelines. From there, we will march down Medocino Avenue, then down Steele Lane and right on Professional Drive where the Boy Scouts of America's regional headquarters is located. This office serves as the headquarters for all of Northern California.

Thank you, The YAAH Organization
(707)571-1516 Tyler Briggs
(707)568-6617 Joey Crottogini
Call for more information or Comments


Milford, Connecticut
Contact Person: Dave Knapp, Eagle Scout
PFLAG, GLSEN, Scouting For All member.
Phone: 203-453-1395
Protest Site: Connecticut Yankee Council
60 Willington Rd.
Time: 12 noon- 1 PM

East Hartford, Connecticut
Contact Person: Dave Knapp, Eagle Scout
PFLAG, GLSEN, Scouting For All member.
Phone: 203-453-1395
Protest Site: Connecticut Rivers Council
60 Darlin St.
Time: 12 noon- 1 PM

Greenwich, Connecticut
Contact Person: Dave Knapp, Eagle Scout
PFLAG, GLSEN, Scouting For All member.
Phone: 203-453-1395
Protest Site: Greenwich Council
63 Mason St.
Time: 12 noon- 1 PM

Derby, Connecticut
Contact Person: Dave Knapp, Eagle Scout
PFLAG, GLSEN, Scouting For All member.
Phone: 203-453-1395
Protest Site: Housatonic Council
326 Derby Ave.
Time: 12 noon- 1 PM


Savannah, Georgia
Contact Person Robert Ludgate
Phone Number: (912) 857-4073
Protest Location: Boy Scouts of America
11900 Abercorn St. Extension
Savannah, GA 31419
Time of protest: 4:00 p.m edt


Boise, Idaho
Contact: Travis Riggs
Phone: 208-440-7317
Protest Site: Ore-Ida Council (corner of Maple Grove and Franklin)
8901 W. Franklin Rd.
Boise, Idaho
Time: 8:00am-11:00am
Date: August 21st, to correspond with the national protest, this will be our second protest.


Bloomington, Indiana
Contact Person: John Clower
Phone: 812-336-2533
Protest Site: 2d Street outside the Hoosier Trails Council headquarters
2307 E. 2d St.
Time: 4 PM - 5 PM
August 21, National Day of Protest

Kokomo, Indiana
Contact Persons: Kathy Schroth and John Duvall
Phone: 765-497-2791
Contact Persons: Sheila and Frank Rosenthal
Phone: 765-463-4705
Protest Site: Sagamore Council
518 N. Main St.
Kokomo, Indiana
Time: 4:30 PM
Date: August 21


Metairie Louisiana (Close to New Orleans)
Contact Person: Abigail Larimer
Phone Number: (504) 283-2030
Email Address: or
Protest Site: Southeast Louisiana Council
4200 I-10 S. Service Rd West
Metairie, LA 70004-1146
Time: 11 AM - 2 PM


Baltimore, Maryland
Contact: David Baker
Phone: 202-332-6483,(443) 804-3277
Protest Site: Area Council
Baltimore, Maryland
Time: 5:00PM
The Baltimore Area Council Protest on July 5th, will be the kick off Protest for Scouting For All's National Day of Protest on August 21, 2000. It is fitting that the first Protest occur the Day after American's celebrate our Independence as a nation. Our freedom as a people will not be recognized until we are all free by being afforded the rights and opportunities of all Americans. Scouting for All will be represented by Scott Pusillo, Eagle Scout and Burt Leatherman, Eagle Scout

"We will be organizing another protest here in Baltimore to participate in Scouting for All's National Day of Protest scheduled for August 21st at scout councils across the country. Please check this site for an update on the specific location of the protest."


Golden Valley, MN
Contact Person: Rhonda Arkley
Phone: 952-322-1003
Contact Person: Lee J Schneider
Phone Number: 651-610-0116 (pager w/voice mail)
Email Address:
Protest Site: Viking Council
5300 Glenwood Ave.
Golden Valley, MN
Time of Protest: 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon


Jackson, Mississippi
Organization: Mississippi Gay Lobby - National Gay Lobby Chapter No. 1
Contact Person: Jody Renaldo
Phone Number: 601-355-1296
Email Address:
Website URL:
Protest Location: Andrew Jackson Council
855 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202
Time of protest: 12 NOON to 1:00 PM
Statement: Mississippi Gay Lobby is joining Scouting for All to protest the discriminatory practices of the Boy Scouts of America against gay youth and gay adults. Please join us to show the people of Mississippi that there are fair-minded people who oppose discrimination.

New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Contact Person: Ellen Grigsby
Phone: 505-266-7840
Protest site: On the sidewalk in front of Coronado Mall
(intersection of Louisiana and Menaul)
Local Sponsor: Albuquerque PFLAG
National Sponsor: Scouting For All
Nature of Our Event: Vigil in Support of Scouting For ALL: Tell the Boy Scouts of America That Albuquerque Wants Scouting Without Bigotry!
Date: *Sunday August 20, 2000
Time: 3 PM -- 4 PM

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Event: A Vigil in support of Scouting for ALL Sponsored by PFLAG
Time/Place: 3 to 4 PM in front of Coronado Mall (Louisiana and Menaul Blvds.)
When: *August 20, 2000
Quote: "I will be in my Scout Uniform and will carry a sign in protest of bsa's policy. Thanks for your leadership and support of this most honourable crusade. I encourage others to join us."
Contact Person: Don Stevens, supporter and member of S4A.
Phone: (505)-266-7480

New York

Albany, New York
Contact Person: Christopher Hayes
Phone Number: (518) 427-3868 (H), (518) 466-4386 (C)
Email Address:
Protest Site: Twin Rivers Council, BSA
253 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY 12205-5504
Time of protest: August 21, 4 PM-6 PM

"If you are interesting in participating in this protest, please contact me ASAP so that appropriate plans can be made. Thank you for your support."

Manhattan, New York
Contact Person:Edgar Rodriguez
Phone: 917-834-4718 or
Contact Person: Bert Leatherman, Eagle Scout
Phone: 212-974-6000 x165 or
Contact Person: Scott Pusillo, Eagle Scout
Phone: 732-863-5057
E-mail: S4A East
Protest Site: The Empire State Building
Time/Date: August 21, 9AM-2PM
Location: in Front of the Empire State Building,
350 5th Ave (33-34 Street)
Press Conference 12:30 that afternoon at the same location
Town Meeting and press briefing Monday Evening August 28th at 7PM until 10PM at the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, 1 Little West 12th Street (at Hudson St) in Manhattan.

Medford New York
Contact Person:Paul Sanders, I am a 25 yr old former Professional Scouter,
Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member of the OA and 10 yr Camp Staff Member.
Time/Date: 4:30PM-6:30PM, August 21, 2000
Protest Site: Suffolk County Council
7 Scouting Blvd.
Medford, New York 11763-2292
"I would like to help organize a protest at the SUFFOLK COUNTY council office. Please email me if you are interested in assisting me in my efforts."


Cleveland, Ohio
Contact: Lance Williams (Straight but not narrow) Email: ATWYSTOG
Time: 8/21, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Protest Site: Greater Cleveland Council
Woodland & 22nd St.
Cleveland, Ohio
Statement: Please join us in protest. Here in Cleveland, Ohio the ARA has organized a peaceful protest and has invited everyone to participate. For updates and current information please check the Cleveland AntiRacist Action website.


Oaklahoma City, Oklahoma
Contact Person: Nathaniel Batchelder
Phone Number: 405-524-5577
Email Address:
protesting at: Last Frontier Council
3031 NW 64th Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116-3257
Time of protest: Noon, August 21

Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Rally For Equality"
Contact Person: Greg Gatewood
Phone: 918.582.1173 (day) 918.743.4297 (evening)
Protest Site: Indian Nations Council
3206 South Peoria
Tulsa, OK 74105-2027
Time of Protest: 4 PM - 6 PM


Greensburg, PA
Contact Person: Shelly Strauss Rollison
Email Address:
Protest Site:Westmoreland/Fayette Council Office
2 Garden Center Drive
Greensburg, PA
Time of protest: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM EDT

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contact: Margaret Downey
Contact: Lori Martin
Phone: 610.352.5093
Contact Person: Andrew Park
Phone: 215.731.1447
Contact Person: Bill Brown
Phone: phone: 856.869.4559 (southern New Jersey)
Protest Site: Cradle of Liberty Council
22nd & Winter St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-1085
*Note:full Council offices are in Valley Forge. There also are satellite council offices on Winter Street in Philadelphia.


Memphis, Tennessee
Contact Person: Michael *BUBBA* Meyer
Phone: 901-388-9640
Protest Site: Chickasaw Council
171 S. Holloywood St.
Memphis, Tennessee 38112-4802
Time: TBA maybe 3 PM- 4 PM


Dallas, Texas
Contact: Scott Cozza, President Scouting For All
BSA Adult Leader Merit Badge Counselor
Phone: 707-778-0564
Protest Site: Circle Ten Council
8605 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX, 75235-0726
Time of Protest: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Scouting For All is leading the protest at the Dallas Scout Council. We would have liked to have been able to protest in front of the BSA national office, but we have been informed that there is not any place to protest at the BSA national headquarters. So we will be protesting at Dallas, but we will be sending a contingent from Scouting For All the day of the protest to the BSA national headquarters in Irving. Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout and Scouting For All board members as will as fellow scouts will be leading that contingent in an attempt to meet with BSA officials at the national office.

Scouting For All is also going to hold a Healing and Reconciliation Ceremony on August 20, the day before the National Protest for all those who have been hurt by the Boy Scouts of America's discrimination against gay youth and adults and atheists. The Ceremony will be held at the Gay, Lesbian Community Center, 2710 Reagan, Dallas Texas. The Ceremony will begin at 3 PM and close at 4 PM. We welcome all.

Houston, Texas
Contact Person: Bruce Reeves
Phone: 713-227-5973
Contact Person: Clarence Bagby, Houston NGLTF
Phone: 713-861-8238
Protest Site: Sam Houston Area council
1911 Bagby
Houston, TX
NGLTF Houston has also offered Scouting For All to help us coordinate our effort by providing support to persons throughout Texas in organizing a protest at the scout council in their local area. They will also have a Healing Ceremony on August 20, the day before the National Protest for those who have been hurt by the Boy Scouts of America's discrimination against gay youth
and adults and atheists.


Bellingham, Washington
Contact Person: Mike Duncan
Phone: 360-738-9846
Protest Site: Mt. Baker Council
3313 Meridian
Bellingham, Washington 98225
Time/Date: Our protest will occur on Scouting For All's National Day of Protest, August 21, from 3pm-6pm

Seattle, Washington
Do you believe in Scouting for all?
Rally for non-discrimination for LGBT and other diverse youth, leaders and families.

This Monday, 8/21.
Gather at 6.30 pm for song circles, knot-tying demonstrations, and snacks.
Rally at 7pm

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park (2200 MLK Way, MLK Way & Walker, a few blocks north of McClellan)

Featured Speakers:

- Paul Beeman,a retired local Methodist pastor, long time scout leader, and national president of P-FLAG;

- Mike Aylesworth, a local 21 year-old Eagle Scout, who is openly gay. When he "came out" to local BSA advisers, the Chief Seattle Council told him not to renew his BSA membership;

- John Wartes, an Eagle Scout and father. He has sent his badge back to BSA to protest their iscrimination policies;

- Sarah Luthens, co-chair of the Seattle chapter of the AFL-CIO's constituency group for lesbian/ gay/ bisexual/ transgendered union members and allies. The King County Labor Council is on record as opposing the BSA's discriminatory policies; and

- State Representative Ed Murray.

The rally, part of a national day of action organized by Scouting for All (, responds to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision which allows BSA to maintain a policy excluding all gay youth, leaders, and families from participating in the organization even in states with laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

For more info: 206-937-7242,,

SPONSORED BY: Scouting for All and Out Front Labor/ LGBT Pride at Work, AFL-CIO. ENDORSED BY: Safe Schools Coalition, Hands Off WA, American Friends Service Committee, People's Coalition for Justice, CEDL, NW Women's Law
Center, Fairness Lobby, SEAMEC, PNW Reconciling Congregations Network, King County Labor Council, Seattle Gay Culture Center, & Seattle P-FLAG

Washington, DC

Washington, DC
Contact Person: JOHN SCHUPPAN
Phone: 202-537-3609
Protest Site: National Capital Area Council
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814-3897
Date/Time: August 21, 9 A.M.
August 20th, 6 P.M.

If you find the courage to stand with us to support our gay youth and are willing to find the time to organize a protest we need the following information:

Contact Person:_____________________________________
Phone Number:_____________________________________
Email Address:_____________________________________
Address and Name of the Scout Council you will be protesting at
Time of protest:_____________________________________

Please send this information to Your local Scout Council is listed in the phone book. Please check out the new addition to our web page called the Action Alert Command Center for further details.




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