|Original Artwork (c) Keith Haring 1988|
National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as a gender or sexual minority and is observed annually by members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies.
This year October 11 is also when the nation comes to Ferguson/St. Louis to demand justice for Mike Brown and an end to the crisis of discriminatory and violent policing nationwide. On Saturday October 11, we "Come Out for Justice!" and march in solidarity with our Black and Brown community, to raise our voices for a criminal justice system that honors the lives, safety, and dignity of all communities. “Black Lives Matter!” Martin Luther King, Jr. so poignantly stated, “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.”
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Saturday, October 11, 10:00am the Justice for All national march and rally begins at Memorial Plaza Park, 14th Street and Market (across from Peabody Opera House) and march to the Old Courthouse, 11 N 4th St, St Louis, MO 63102.
Around Noon, protesters will rally at Kiener Plaza, 500 Chestnut St, St Louis, MO 63101, featuring many leaders from the #Ferguson movement and around the country.
(See http://fergusonoctober.com/ for details.)
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!
The St. Louis LGBTQ+ community can help by volunteering as: Marshalls, Medics, De-escalation, Mobilization Ambassadors, and Hospitality. If you are interested in any of these roles please click here http://bit.ly/comingout4justice to sign-up.
Schedule of other events for the week:
Clayton, MO - Friday, October 10, 3:00pm - The Weekend of Resistance will start with “Justice Now,” a march and rally outside Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s office in Clayton to call for him to step aside from the case against Darren Wilson and allow a special prosecutor to be appointed. http://fergusonoctober.com/
St. Louis, MO - Monday, October 13: Taking their cue from the “Moral Monday,” movement in the South, activists and faith leaders will participate in civil disobedience actions around the St. Louis region. http://fergusonoctober.com/