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Parade Without a Permit to Protest Quinn’s Endorsement of Parade Permit Rules

9:25 AM EDT on September 28, 2007

Assemble For Rights NYC will join with LGBT groups to protest City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's Endorsement of the NYPD's Parade Permit Rules.

Satuday's "Parade Without A Permit" will highlight that Ms.Quinn's endorsement, of the NYPD's rules, undermine the very same civil rights that made it possible for her, an out lesbian, to obtain political office. The Parade is being organized by Radical Homosexual Agenda (RHA). RHA says, "she has sold the queer community and her constituents down the historical river for her own political gain. We'll remind Quinn that she has her pot of gold, but she better not forgot the rainbow that led her to it! The Stonewall veterans never asked for a permit, and neither will we!"

Despite outcries from numerous organizations, NYC residents, and civil rights advocates and guardians, including The National Lawyers Guild, The New York Bar Association, and 12 City Council Members, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has praised the NYPD's rules. More over, the rules were created with no public hearings within City Council, and were never put to a vote by City Council - they were created unilaterally by the NYPD while Ms.Quinn stood by and watched.

Council members, including Rosie Mendez, have proposed legislation which would override the Police rules and would establish a Parade Permitting system which would balance first amendment and public safety concerns. Assemble For Rights NYC calls on Speaker Quinn to publicly endorses Ms. Mendez legislation and initiate the process to bring it to a full vote in City Council.

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