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Protest Vigil

One Week After the Attack

7 PM, Tuesday, June 20th

In front of the Merlo Public Library644 W. Belmont, Chicago

By now many of you have heard about Tuesday's arson attack on the Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans section of the Merlo Public Library located at 644 W. Belmont in Chicago (see the Chicago Tribune account).

Outrageously, the Chicago Police are NOT investigating the arson attack on the Merlo Library as a hate crime!

Let's see, out of the EIGHTY-ONE libraries in the system, the ONE branch with an LGBT section is attacked, and of the many sections in that one library, it is the LGBT one which suffered most of the damage.

Anti-gay forces have long tried to use discriminatory legislation to intimidate people from coming out, and now they've used violence to erase our presence in the libraries as well. This attack comes just a few weeks after Illinois's leading anti-gay outfit, the Illinois Family Institute, led a battle to censor "objectionable" books out of the curriculum of a north suburban school district.

We strongly urge all opponents of hate violence to attend an emergency protest vigil against this attack:

7 PM, Tuesday, June 20th

644 W. Belmont, Chicago

If you can, send a message to the book burners by bringing a new LGBT book to donate to the library's collection -- we will have a bin at the event where the donations can be deposited (titles that aren't needed by the Merlo Library will be donated to Gerber Hart Library, Chicago's LGBT library).

Attacks of this magnitude demand a large, vocal and public response saying, "We WON'T Tolerate Hate Violence!"

Gay Liberation Network
Info: LGBTliberation@aol.com


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