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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEN OF ALL COLORS TOGETHER (MACT) - PHILADELPHIA
RESPONDS TO RECENT GUN VIOLENCE

PHILADELPHIA, July 12, 2016 -- In response to the recent massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando; the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota; and the deaths of five police officers in Dallas, Men of All Colors Together (MACT) - Philadelphia felt compelled to release our thoughts on these tragedies that affected all Americans -- gay or straight, black or white or latino, police or non-police.

All of these incidents, though different in detail, offer a sobering and disturbing look at life in America today. The senseless deaths of 49 people in a gay nightclub by an extremist rattled us, made us feel uneasy, tense, angry. The all-too-common deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by over zealous police officers made us feel uncertain, dubious, angry. The untimely deaths of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson and Dallas Police Officers Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Lorne Ahrens made us feel unsettled, muddy, angry.

What do these events have in common? They make us ANGRY. Very angry. And we are not quite sure what to do about it.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and loved ones involved, but we are certain that this is little comfort.

We’ve come up with three things that we feel strongly could help over time:
1. Close all national and state-wide loopholes for obtaining assualt weapons.
2. Resist homophobia, racism and sexism in every form.
3. Resist racism and sexism in every form in the gay community.

We know it’s an uphill battle, but we in the LGBT community know better, expect better, and will do better. To help, look up African-American Country Singer Coffey Anderson’s Traffic-stop Etiquette Video on Facebook for tips on what African Americans can do during a traffic stop.

Men of All Colors Together (MACT) - Philadelphia, Inc., is a gay, multiracial and multicultural orgainzation
committed to equality, diversity and justice in humankind through social, educational and other means to support the LGBTQAI communities.

Our meetings take place each month from September to June at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
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JULY
Please note, there are no Monthly Meetings in July and August.  They will return in September.


Meetings are on the 3rd Friday of the month from September to June at the William Way LGBT Community Center,
1315 Spruce St., from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

This fall, the Steering Committee meeting will precede the Monthly meeting and start at 6:00 PM. Then at 7:30 the Monthly meeting will begin.


In the meantime, join us as we camp at The Woods or some may just camp in heels!


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July 8th - 10th

Camping at the Woods
"Off-Season Holiday Weekend"

No reason to miss these off-season events -- we'll relive them all in one weekend!  Bring lots of aspirin!
  • Friday:  St. Patrick's Day
  • Saturday Evening:  Mardi Gras Block Party
  • Saturday Night:  New Years Eve  Celebration!    
For directions and information call Aaron at 215-455-6038 
   
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                       "Voices from our past.

                          Voices for our future."


NABWMT 36th Annual Convention

Memphis, TE
July 13 - 16, 2016

(See top of page for registration)



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Philly4Pulse
Dance for Orlando!


Thursday, July 21st
7 PM to 11 PM

William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia
   
The #Philly4Pulse Community & Youth Event is a benefit for the victims and their families of the June 12 shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub. 

Both the MACT and WWCC need help with staffing a table, and other volunteer opportunities.  So give Gary H. a call or use the Facebook link above to volunteer. 

Details:

The #Philly4Pulse Community & Youth Event is a benefit for the victims and their families of the June 12 shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub. 

Please join Philadelphia FIGHT, along with William Way LGBT Community CenterAction Wellness PHLGALAEI - A Queer Latino Social Justice OrganizationPhilly Black PrideMazzoni CenterColours Organization,The Attic Youth CenterIndependence Business Alliance, Men of All ColorsTogether, OUTMuslimAIDS FundSUPERobjectDVLFThe Bearded LadiesEquality Forum, and The Wilma Theater for dancing, music and dance performances, food, and fun. 

Featuring DJ NiiLO, Philly's own Nikki Lopez. 

Donations are welcome! 

Check out these other #Philly4Pulse benefit events: 

Queer Riot!!! for #Philly4Pulse Brings together queer artists, activists and community members to sing,
shout, scream & dance from 5 - 7 PM / The Wilma Theater

Philly4Pulse#ORLANDOSTRONG Visit participating Gayborhood bars with celebrity bartenders, dance parties, drag, quizzo, karaoke, burlesque, leather events, & more from 7 PM - 2 AM! 

 Thank you to our sponsors, W.B. Mason Co.PhillyCAMMedia Copy, Thompson Studio, Holly Clark Photography, Signarama, Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, and media sponsor Philadelphia Gay News

For more information: Call 215-732-2220 or email info@waygay.org.

Those who wish to help but are unable to attend any of the #Philly4Pulse events can donate to the victims through this link: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund






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March for a Clean Energy Revolution!

Sunday, July 24th
Philadelphia City Hall,
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands will gather in downtown Philadelphia to march for a clean-energy future -- and you're invited. 

Please join the Center for Biological Diversity, Americans Against Fracking and other organizations on July 24 for a March for a Clean Energy Revolution. We're taking action to prevent climate catastrophe and demand a quick, just transition to 100 percent renewable energy. 

Gather your friends and come join us. Learn more about the event here and RSVP hereTransportation from bordering states will be coordinated to help bring people to the march. 

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Philly4Pulse
Dance for Orlando!


Thursday, July 21st
7 PM to 11 PM

William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia
   
The #Philly4Pulse Community & Youth Event is a benefit for the victims and their families of the June 12 shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub. 

Both the MACT and WWCC need help with staffing a table, and other volunteer opportunities.  So give Gary H. a call or use the Facebook link above to volunteer. 

Details:

The #Philly4Pulse Community & Youth Event is a benefit for the victims and their families of the June 12 shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub. 

Please join Philadelphia FIGHT, along with William Way LGBT Community CenterAction Wellness PHLGALAEI - A Queer Latino Social Justice OrganizationPhilly Black PrideMazzoni CenterColours Organization,The Attic Youth CenterIndependence Business Alliance, Men of All ColorsTogether, OUTMuslimAIDS FundSUPERobjectDVLFThe Bearded LadiesEquality Forum, and The Wilma Theater for dancing, music and dance performances, food, and fun. 

Featuring DJ NiiLO, Philly's own Nikki Lopez. 

Donations are welcome! 

Check out these other #Philly4Pulse benefit events: 

Queer Riot!!! for #Philly4Pulse Brings together queer artists, activists and community members to sing,
shout, scream & dance from 5 - 7 PM / The Wilma Theater

Philly4Pulse#ORLANDOSTRONG Visit participating Gayborhood bars with celebrity bartenders, dance parties, drag, quizzo, karaoke, burlesque, leather events, & more from 7 PM - 2 AM! 

 Thank you to our sponsors, W.B. Mason Co.PhillyCAMMedia Copy, Thompson Studio, Holly Clark Photography, Signarama, Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, and media sponsor Philadelphia Gay News

For more information: Call 215-732-2220 or email info@waygay.org.

Those who wish to help but are unable to attend any of the #Philly4Pulse events can donate to the victims through this link: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund



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GREAT WALL OF LOVE

Help is needed!


Tuesday, July 26th
1 PM to 4 PM

In front of Mazzoni Center
809 Locust St, Philadelphia



This is taken from a Facebook post:


If you can help, go to this Facebook post and sign up.  If that doesn't work, simply show up.

Details:

A VERY PEACEFUL BLOCKADE to shield the patients of the Mazzoni Center, an LGBTQIA-centric healthcare provider in Philadelphia.

The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is coming to protest the Mazzoni Center, specifically our trans brothers and sisters who receive care there. The Great Wall of Love is NOT A COUNTER-PROTEST; we are simply providing a barrier for the patients of the Mazzoni Center to shield them from the hate.

*We are coordinating this blockade with Mazzoni Center leadership and with the City of Philadelphia, but neither are involved.

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE:
WBC uses these protests as a way to earn money - they do so by trying to rile up counter-protesters and police in the hopes that they do something WBC can sue them for. DO NOT ENGAGE WITH WBC. Do not shout at them. Do not talk to them. Do not even look at them. And absolutely do not engage with them in any physical way - no touching, no shoving, no throwing things at them. PRETEND THEY DO NOT EXIST.

The Great Wall of Love is being organized by and attended by volunteers who have no financial or legal liability and no financial or legal resources to protect you in a legal battle against WBC. Please follow the rules to protect yourself.

OUR PLAN:
This will be a VERY PEACEFUL blockade. We will be doing two things only:

1) HOLDING UP VISUALLY PROTECTIVE BARRIERS between WBC and the Mazzoni Center entrance, such as trans-pride flags, umbrellas, "angel wings", and signs with messages of Love and Support for our trans brothers and sisters. 

[We encourage you to make/bring your own wings, banners, umbrellas, etc., but a limited number of printed signs will be available for use by attendees who cannot make/bring their own. SIGNS WITH MESSAGES DIRECTED TOWARDS WBC WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. The Philadelphia Police Department has requested that any banners/signs over 5' in length be made of segments 5' long or less that connect together (with or without Velcro), in case they need to get through the crowd quickly in an emergency.]

2) SINGING SONGS OF LOVE and playing music as loud as we can to block out the sounds of the WBC protestors.

We are creating this blockade for ONE REASON: to protect patients and staff of the Mazzoni Center from having to see or hear WBC. No matter how much the WBC folks yell, spew hate, and antagonize us, we will hold steadfast and NOT argue with them, we will NOT engage with them, we will NOT acknowledge them. 

LOCATION:
Details about where to gather, including where we can meet beforehand to create signs and where we will and will not be allowed to stand as part of the Great Wall of Love, will show up here once confirmed. We are busy coordinating with many organizations, including the Mazzoni Center, the City of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Police Department.

SONGS + MUSIC:
We are thrilled that the Philadelphia Freedom Band has agreed to come play at the Great Wall of Love! If you'd like to sing along, familiarize yourself with the following list of songs they have agreed to play:

- Seasons of Love (Rent)
- Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
- Rainbow Connection (Kermit the Frog)
- Let It Be (Paul McCartney)
- When You're Smiling (Mummer style)
- Imagine (John Lennon)
- Hey Jude (Beatles)
- God Bless the USA (Lee Greenwood)
- more may be added!

SPONSORS:
Banners, signs, and other printed materials, as well as live music and water are being provided through the generosity of our sponsors:
- the Philadelphia Freedom Band
- (other sponsor names will be listed here)

A CONCERN:
As many of you have noted, the Mazzoni is an active healthcare facility and patients going in and out will be in different states of mind and physical health - some may be just coming in for a checkup, but some may not be feeling well, and some might receive bad news while inside, because that's what happens sometimes at the doctor's office. Please be sensitive to the fact that some patients may not want to engage with us and may want to be left alone. Please be aware, use your observation skills, and respect their desire to be left alone.



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AUGUST
August 19th - 21st

Camping at the Woods

"Latin Islands Weekend"


Every time you visit the Caribbean, don't you wish you could take a little bit home
with you?
 
La mejor parte del Caribe es su gente.  Vive la experiencia este fin de semana en The Woods Campground!



For directions and information call Aaron at 215-455-6038



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SEPTEMBER

Friday, September 16th
 
Steering Committee Meeting
 
6:00 to 7:30 PM
 


at William Way LGBT Community Center

1315 Spruce St.  


Please note that the Steering Committee meeting will precede the General meeting which begins at 7:30 PM.
This is something new.  It was successful in June so the committee decided to keep it for the fall.
Normally, the committee meets in members' homes.

The Steering Committee meeting is open to anyone who wishes to observe it.  So come early and see how it functions. 
You might want to become part of it, or volunteer for a committee!



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Friday, September 16th
 
 
General Meeting

 
Nellie Fitzpatrick
The Liaison between the LGBTQIA Community and the Mayor's Office will speak to us. 
 

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

 
at William Way LGBT Community Center
 
1315 Spruce St.
 
 
 Light Refreshments Available     Everyone Welcome! 


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