Pride declines to reinstate Manning as grand marshal (UPDATED)

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Bradley Manning is currently being tried in a court martial for leaking government documents

(Updated below with a response from Manning supporters, who held a press conference yesterday outside Pride HQ and drew attention to the Pride board's own violations of its rules.)

At a feisty community meeting last week, the SF Pride board had set June 7 as a deadline for reconsidering its controversial decision to strip Bradley Manning of his grand marshalship. Late in the day today, Pride issued a statement saying that the community proposals to reinstate Manning had failed to garner consensus majority within the board.

The Pride board also announced news in the case that had been filed against it with the city's Human Rights Commission: the HRC has declined to investigate the charges, based on a precedent set in a 2007 case against the Chinese New Year Parade. In that decision, the HRC determined that the city had not broken any discrimination laws when it funded the Chinese New Year parade after the parade had explicitly barred a group representing Falun Gong from marching.  

The full SF Pride boardpress release follows. (The board is really, really concerned with safety!):     

For Immediate Release: Pride Responds to May 31 Community Forum

June 7, 2013, 6:28pm

Over the past several weeks, SF Pride has sought to respectfully listen to and consider the various opinions and perspectives on the matter of Pfc. Bradley Manning and related interests in extending representative support for Pfc. Manning. The SF Pride Board of Directors recognizes the divergent opinions regarding the matter of Pfc. Manning, but none of the three main options we received from the community forum on May 31 garnered a consensus majority. 

Relatedly, a formal complaint to the City and County of San Francisco's Human Rights Commission (HRC) was recently filed. The HRC has recently determined that it will not investigate the discrimination claims filed against SF Pride. In its decision, the HRC cited a declaration in a 2007 court case regarding the Chinese New Year Parade that the City’s anti-discrimination laws do not: 

“restrict the ability of a grantee that is engaged in a constitutionally protected artistic or cultural expression to select the message that it will express. In the context of inherently expressive artistic and cultural events, such as the Parade and Street Fair,… [T]he selection of the message that those events will express cannot be separated from the selection of the persons who will participate in those events.”

Therefore, SF Pride will continue to produce this year's Pride Celebration to ensure a safe and joyful time for all attendees as safety and security is our number #1 priority. San Francisco is, and will remain, a beacon of hope for the LGBT liberation movement. We truly appreciate the vibrant diversity of our community, and look forward to advancing efforts to effectively “educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people.”

 

In response, Manning for Grand Marshal supporters charged that the Pride board is violating its own policy and procedures by altering the election rules. Here is their statement, and here is the Facebook page for Bradley Manning Pride events.

 

SF Pride Violates Its Own Community Grand Marshal Policy

The leadership of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade Committee, while stating that their Community Grand Marshal policy prevented them from allowing Bradley Manning to be a Grand Marshal in this years parade, has violated those same policies regarding its own Board's selection of additional Community Grand Marshals.

The Grand Marshal selection process is clearly spelled out in SF Pride's official "Policy and Procedures Manual." Under the chapter of that manual entitled 'Grand Marshal/Pink Brick Policy," there is a sub-section numbered "5.2.4" that clearly states:

Up to three of the community grand marshals shall be elected by the Board at its May meeting each year.

In their press release dated May 22, 2013, SF Pride announced and listed five Community Grand Marshals elected by the Board of Directors: Dr. Betty Sullivan, Mario Bemton, Veronika Fimbres, Chill D, Perry Lang & Kenneth Monteiro (as one). This is in clear violation of their stated policies and procedures.

In addition, the same policies governing Grand Marshal selection states under section 5.1.1, "There may by up to six Community Grand Marshals" in total. Because of the Board's selection of five Marshals, they bumped the total number up to eight, putting themselves in clear violation of that policy as well.

Former SF Pride Board President and former Community Grand Marshal Joey Cain said regarding this violation:

"I think it makes it pretty clear that adherence to policy was never the real issue regarding  Bradley Manning's election by the Electoral Collage. The Pride leadership overturned that election because of the pressure they got from groups outside of San Francisco, period.  Are they now going to drop two of the Grand Marshals in order to be in compliance with these other policies?  If they are purporting to adhere to their policies, it should be done across the board."

Cain and others have contended that the Pride Board approved Manning as a Community Grand Marshal at a meeting on April 23, the same meeting where they voted to select Dr. Betty Sullivan as a Grand Marshal. It was only after a campaign organized by an LGBT enlisted service members group in San Diego flooded the Pride office with calls and emails protesting the election of Manning that the Board overturned the vote.

 

Comments

about this and stop acting as the SFBG's shabbos gay on GLBT issues?

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

I know Marke wants us to care. But we don't. Total non-issue.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 9:52 am

There are a lot of things I don't care about... fashion, sports scores, local politics in Kazakhstan... I generally don't go seeking out articles on these things, and comment on them.

Odd sort of person that seeks out articles on things they don't care about, and sits around making comments on them.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 10:41 am

subject that matters.

Like, why nothing here on the IRS scandal that is all over Washington? Barely a peep here.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 10:49 am

You want to hear about manufactured non-issues like this mock IRS scandal? Just turn on FOX News, and they have it 24/7.

This stuff, however, you won't get much of in the corporate press. The government has done it's very best to make sure Bradley Manning gets as little coverage as possible. Dennis Bernstein on Flashpoints actually did a great show about this yesterday. Apparently the government rejected the press credentials of 75% of the media outlets that applied to cover the Manning trial. It wasn't for lack of space, because they have a 500 seat auditorium that sits mostly empty. And they had a hell of a time getting them to release the transcripts too. You can bet that the government's handpicked media outlets are going to be ones that they think will give the government's side favorable coverage. Incidentally, KPFA also had a guest from Iraq who said that among Iraqis, Bradley Manning is regarded as a hero, because he dared to tell the world about the truth of their plight. You won't hear that in the corporate press either.

I'm glad that the SFBG is covering stories that you won't hear much about in the self-censored and increasingly government-censored corporate press.

But hey, at least you're here reading it. There's hope for you yet, troll.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

because thus "stuff" is extremist left-wing nonsense.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 9:08 am

And what you post is radical, right-wing stuff.

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Posted by parishay899 on Jun. 19, 2013 @ 2:37 am

The war criminals he exposed should be in jail, not him.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 07, 2013 @ 8:52 pm
Posted by anon on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 5:47 am

Jason Grant Garza here ... the LAW of the LAND ... how can you say that with a "STRAIGHT" face. Wasn't the LAW of the land DOMA, DADT, and can we as GAYS get married in California ... what ABOUT the LAW of the LAND ... you know ... EQUAL PROTECTION, etc? This excuse for BAD LAW and decisions is same as saying ... I was only doing my job ... not worthy of an intelligent response (think of German War Criminals shoving Jews into the OVENS.)

Speaking of the LAW of the LAND and HOW it MUST be followed ... what about MEDICAL LAW of the LAND ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cP3jCmJFRo for here the LAW is BROKEN and DPH produces a CRIMINALLY FRAUD document to deny me my RIGHTS. Where is the LAW of the LAND? Look at the other videos to see my followup and naturally the delay, reclassification, risk management and inhumanity. Follow my misadventures with the Sheriff's Office, SFPD, Police Commission, Chief of Police, Office of Citizen's Complaints, SF Sheriff Investigative Unit, the Human Rights Commission, and the Mayor's Office of Disabilities. Where is the LAW of the LAND?

Oh, wasn't it the L:AW of LAND that over-looked the recent BANKING SCANDALS, HOME ROBOT SIGNING SCANDALS, WAR CRIMINAL statues (think GUANTANAMO) and what happened in regard to the VIDEO of the helicopter attack that killed and the KILLERS? Where was the LAW of the LAND?

So to use the LAW of the LAND ... I as a GAY person understand the GOLDEN RULE ... those with the GOLD rule.

So as you can tell by my above post ... I still await the LAW of the LAND.

Go to http://www.myownprivateguantanamo.com to see the LAW of the LAND in action as the city had my case (C02-3485PJH regarding FEDERAL MEDICAL LAW) dismissed with TESILYING and FRAUD only to sign a settlement/confession four (4) years later with OFFICE of INSPECTOR GENERAL admitting fault and guilt. Where was the LAW of the LAND and why has NO ONE from the COURTS, City Attorney or DPH explained how this could happen. Where is the LAW of the LAND for me? Yes, the Law of the LAND gave me an arrest record (never having been arrested before) for a CRIME the CITY committed regarding MEDICAL CARE ... LAW of the LAND ... whose LAW ... whose LAND?

By the way, Manning has NOT been JUDGED yet ... another LAW of he LAND remember ... INNOCENT until PROVEN GUILTY ... oh, I forget NOT this LAND ... look at GUANTANAMO.

Mr. Manning is a HERO and ROLE MODEL ... he answers to a HIGHER LAW ... the LAW of HUMANITY and GOOD conscience.

Shall we speak to all the young gays that could not join the BOY SCOUTS ... LAW of the LAND ... yes, that flimsy excuse suffices for most fools ...

the same can be said for the PRIDE COMMITTEE'S decision ... FLIMSY.

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 7:00 am

Exposing war crimes is not a crime. It is not the law, anonymous troll, but the government's interpretation of the law. The government takes the bizarre position that exposing war crimes to the public is aiding the enemy. If that is really the case, then that effectively puts an end to all whistleblowing, all journalism uncovering government malfeasance. The law is worthless if the government uses the constitution to wipe its ass.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 9:16 am

judge rules on it, rather than some anonymous commentator on the internet.

I'm not betting on you being right though.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 9:46 am

in a secret kangaroo court. Lovely.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 10:33 am

"kangeroo court"?

Just like every election you lose was "bought", suffered from voting fraud, or was prejudiced by wilful misinformation as part of a giant right-win conspiracy?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 10:48 am

It's a kangaroo court regardless of the way the judge rules. War crimes are crimes under the law of the land, which includes all the treaties we have signed. When a soldier encounters war crimes, it is not only his right, but his legal duty to report them. Not only that, but no democracy is able to function if the people do not have accurate information. If the people do not know the true nature of our conduct in the war, how can they make an informed decision about the war? Considering those things, the very fact that he's the one being prosecuted rather than the war criminals he exposed, makes this a kangaroo court. Even if the government loses its case, it has a chilling effect on other heroic individuals like Bradley Manning. But we can rest assured the government won't lose. They've tortured this kid for three years in conditions that violate his human rights, and now they put him in front of a secret military tribunal like in some third world dictatorship. If you think the government doesn't get to pick the judge too, you're very naive.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 8:11 pm
Posted by Guest on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 5:26 am

If there are war crimes, you tell the world. That's what you're supposed to do. Legally, and morally. It's really that simple.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 8:00 am

But, as I said, we'll see what the judge rules.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 9:05 am

Promoting Countries and groups that advocate KILLING ALL LGBT people, which he did, is!

Posted by Buck on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

would these be that Bradley Manning is promoting? Here I was thinking that all he was doing was telling the American public the truth of what's going on there. I didn't hear him say one word promoting any country or group... except the United States of course.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

Manning provided information that assisted Countries and groups that KILL LGBT people. That is not heroic.

Posted by Buck on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

I can see that identity politics has eaten away your brain. What you have posted is complete nonsense.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

The Military Code of Justice requires serving members of the military to report war crimes and to disobey unlawful orders. Manning was following the rules of the Military Code by reporting war crimes. He attempted to report to his superiors, but they weren't interested. Then he want to the NY Times and Washington Post, and they turned him down, too. So he sent the stuff to Wikileaks. Good for him!!!

Posted by Guest on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 3:46 pm
Posted by Guest on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

This year's shirts should have "PRIDE" on the back; pride in where we've all come from, and "SHAME" on the front; shame in what we've become. Just my 2c.

Posted by Patrick Monk.RN. on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 1:58 pm
Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

How can anyone be "Proud" of someone that help groups and countries that publicly state that ALL gays should be put to death? Manning admits that he gave the information that straightened the killers of LBGT people. That IS NOT someone that I would want honored.

Yes, he may have exposed criminal acts by the US, but at the cost of OUR lives. Never forget that the President of Iran has said, over and over again, that LGBT people DO NOT exist in Iran. Providing support to that type of thinking make the Prop 8 supporter feel like friends.

Posted by Buck on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

... with a name like "Buck," probably some godforsaken redneck backwater. Yee-haw!

But around these parts, (we call it civilization), we're damned proud of American heroes like Bradley Manning.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

Correct.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

I'm in San Francisco and I am appalled by what Manning did, and hope he gets some serious hard time.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

My given name does not change the facts. And I an a gay man that has lived in San Francisco for most of my life. Sorry that your inability to think causes you to use name calling as a resort for the lack of intelligence.

Posted by Buck on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

The name kind of fits, because you sound like a redneck, with your ridiculous, wild, unsubstantiated claims. Again, which countries and organizations was Bradley Manning "promoting?"

You never bothered to answer that. Instead you shifted your "argument" (if it can be called that) from saying that Bradley Manning "promoted" certain unnamed countries and groups, to saying that Bradley Manning "assisted" still unnamed countries and/or groups (in what way, still unspecified). Does that mean you're now abandoning "promoted?"

But this is a microcosm of the absurdity of the government's case. If the government has its way, it essentially means the end of all national security journalism, because any whistleblowing uncovering government wrongdoing can be construed as aiding the enemy.

But promoting the enemy? That's a new one. Even the government, absurd as it is, isn't saying that. They leave that to the wild yahoos out there.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

enlightened statements?

"name like "Buck," probably some godforsaken redneck backwater. Yee-haw! "

"The name kind of fits, because you sound like a redneck"

However to the point, you just did not want to read and admit the fact. Even Manning is MAN enough to admit the truth, He provided the information that added groups and Countries that want you and me dead. But the "truth" does not matter, I guess

Sleep well --- don't let the NSA watching over your shoulder keep you awake

Posted by Buck on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

Ever heard of the transgender porn star Buck Angel? Somebody's name does not really tell you much about their political or social beliefs.

A distant relative of mine was married to a Greg, a big fat redneck homophobe, and yet I give you the benefit of the doubt that you are not one yourself, Greg.

I get tired of reading comments on this board because any interesting discussion/debate just degenerates into childish name-calling, and stupid "your mamma" type insults. I understand its a symptom of the general dumbing down of our culture, but it is still disappointing.

If you want to have a thoughtful discussion or even a passionate but intellectual debate about Bradley Manning, then have one. If you just want to engage in name-calling, then get the hell of this discussion forum and go find someone on the street corner to argue with.

Posted by Chris on Jun. 12, 2013 @ 10:23 am

does tend to go postal when he starts losing a debate, and then makes snide personal attacks on his adversary.

It's also not lost on the constituency here that Greg has quite a pet list of classes of people that he doesn't like, e.g.

Asians
Cops
Republicans
"Rednecks" (I think he means poor, rural whites)
America

Posted by Guest on Jun. 12, 2013 @ 10:58 am

Oh, I'm sorry man. That must really suck.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

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Posted by Duane Paulson on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 9:06 am

Obama and Holder are the criminals and Obama is a war criminal- a cold blooded murderer.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 25, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

It's not even worth debating online anymore when it comes to government positions because the government is actively engaging in psy-ops against its own people. How do we know the anti-manning comments aren't being posted by government shills? and i wonder what kind of backroom arm-twisting was done to have Manning removed as Grand Marshal. So much for Obama's "transparent" Government. And Obama only sided with marriage equality because Biden flubbed by offering his own personal support for marriage equality which force Obama to take a side. Remember, Obama sat on the fence a long time before that. Too many self-serving, self-dealing double-talkers in gov't. Where are the true public servants? =(

FREE BRADLEY MANNING
PARDON EDWARD SNOWDEN
FREE JULIAN ASSANGE
RESTORE THE SECOND AND FOURTH AMENDMENTS
END THE US DOLLARS-FOR-OIL EMPIRE WARS!
CLOSE GUANTANAMO NOW!
STOP THE MASS DRONE KILLINGS AND "DOUBLE-TAPS"

Posted by Guest on Jun. 27, 2013 @ 2:10 am

It's not even worth debating online anymore when it comes to government positions because the government is actively engaging in psy-ops against its own people. How do we know the anti-manning comments aren't being posted by government shills? and i wonder what kind of backroom arm-twisting was done to have Manning removed as Grand Marshal. So much for Obama's "transparent" Government. And Obama only sided with marriage equality because Biden flubbed by offering his own personal support for marriage equality which force Obama to take a side. Remember, Obama sat on the fence a long time before that. Too many self-serving, self-dealing double-talkers in gov't. Where are the true public servants? =(

FREE BRADLEY MANNING
PARDON EDWARD SNOWDEN
FREE JULIAN ASSANGE
RESTORE THE SECOND AND FOURTH AMENDMENTS
END THE US DOLLARS-FOR-OIL EMPIRE WARS!
CLOSE GUANTANAMO NOW!
STOP THE MASS DRONE KILLINGS AND "DOUBLE-TAPS"

Posted by Guest on Jun. 27, 2013 @ 2:13 am

Gee, where have I heard that before?

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