Join local activists for a stand-out prior to the hearing!
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — On Wednesday November 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. the Stop the Hate and Homophobia Coalition of Springfield will be joining the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in Springfield Federal Court as they go before the magistrate for a scheduling conference in the Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Scott Lively case. This is the first known Alien Tort Statute case seeking accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The case will now be entering the discovery phase.
Prior to the hearing, starting at 10:30 a.m. the Stop The Hate And Homophobia Coalition is organizing a stand-out along State Street in front of the courthouse, where we will be holding supporting signs and handing out informational flyers so come early and join us!
Not convinced you should attend? Click the link below to read about Scott Lively’s latest anti-gay persecution in the U.S. and beyond, including Russia:
To attend the event, please note its scheduled day/time.
When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Federal Courthouse, Hampden Courtroom, 300 State St, Springfield, MA
What: Scheduling conference for SMUG v. Lively
Note: To attend the hearing an ID will be required to enter the Federal Courthouse
The Stop the Hate and Homophobia Coalition was formed in January 2011 upon learning that Scott Lively was living and ministering in Springfield. Lively is president of the Abiding Truth Ministries, which has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and he has been running the Holy Grounds Coffee House. The coalition deplores hateful messages and actions, and calls for community education about the impact of homophobia on our communities, as well as calling for community leaders, neighbors, co-workers, family members, etc. to speak out against homophobia whenever it is perpetrated. The coalition involves a number of community-based organizations, including Arise for Social Justice, Out Now, GetEQUAL MA, the LGBT Coalition of Western MA, as well as local college professors, students, leaders and members of the faith community and individual community members.
[From a News Release]