RALLY to PROTEST NPA INTOLERANCE and DISCRIMINATION
Rally To Protest NPA “Intolerance and Discrimination”
Tuesday Evening Event Called In Support of Jamie Lee Hamilton
Event: Rally To Protest NPA’s Shut-Out of Jamie Lee Hamilton
Date: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 Time: 7 pm
Venue: Little Sisters Book Store / 1238 Davie Street
Former City Councillor Alan Herbert;
Little Sisters co-owner Jim Deva;
Michael Harding, past executive-director of The Centre;
Parks Commissioners Loretta Woodcock and Spencer Herbert;
2010 Cooperative brothel campaigner Sue Davis;
Chinatown community leader David Wong;
Esther Shannon, founding member of FIRST
Contact: Jamie Lee Hamilton at 778.329.1981
On Friday, August 29 at 5pm NPA park board hopeful, Jamie Lee Hamilton was called by the NPA board and informed that they were denying her the opportunity to run as a candidate for municipal office this November 2008. They were refusing to allow her candidacy to come before the membership in a free and democratic vote.
The reasons that Ms Hamilton was turned away were based on her sex worker history and an old online advertisement from 2000 which appeared on a transsexual website called She-male Canada.
"I honestly thought that we had overcome these types of issues 40 years ago when Pierre Trudeau proclaimed the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation, but apparently the NPA hasn't accepted or adopted this thinking", states Ms Hamilton.
Jim Deva, co-owner of Little Sisters Bookstore is a personal friend of Jamie Lee Hamilton and was outraged upon learning of this human rights violation.
States Deva: "This issue goes to the very core of disrespect, discrimination, intolerance, ignorance, bigotry and injustice. For a party in 2008 to be displaying these types of abuses is absolutely outrageous".
A rally condemning the NPA actions will be held on Tuesday, September 2 2008, at 7 pm in the parking lot of Little Sisters Bookstore, 1238 Davie Street
Confirmed speakers so far include:
Jim Deva, co-owner of Little Sisters Bookstore
Sue Davis, Leader for a 2010 Cooperative brothel for sex workers
Mike Harding, past Executive Director of the Centre
Alan Herbert, former City Councillor
Park Commissioner Loretta Woodcock
Park Commissioner Spencer Herbert
David Wong, Chinatown Leader