Thursday, October 28, 2010

McCance protest in Pleasant Plains

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 6:56 AM

Protests at the Midland School District in Pleasant Plains are on for tomorrow, with organizers saying they plan to keep returning to the school for further protests until controversial board member Clint McCance resigns.

McCance is at the center of a firestorm of media attention over remarks he made on his Facebook page saying that he wished all homosexuals would commit suicide, and that he plans to kick his children out of the house if they tell him they are gay. Max Brantley has written exclusively about the case on this blog, and appeared today in an interview on MSNBC

Tonight's planning meeting at Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Little Rock was hosted by local gay and lesbian advocacy group the Center for Artistic Revolution, and drew about 45 people, with 17 saying they planned to travel to the Midland School District tomorrow to hold signs and ask for McCance's resignation. The protesters will leave tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. from the McDonald's at the Kiehl Avenue exit off 67/167 in North Little Rock. They plan to be back in Little Rock by 1 p.m.

CAR director Randi Romo called tomorrow's protest a "visibility," and warned those attending to not engage anyone who tries to argue with them, to stay on the public sidewalk, and to obey any order by a police officer. There will be designated people to talk to anyone who approaches the protest. The protesters will hold signs bearing the faces of gay and lesbian children who have committed suicide in the last few months. On the back, the signs will say: "Is this enough, Mr. McCance?" CAR is also making signs which say "Resign" and "All Kids Matter."

"It's important that we present a cohesive and calm message," Romo told the group. She later said that if McCance doesn't resign before the November meeting of the Midland School Board, they will also picket the school then.

UPDATE: The video from last night's Anderson Cooper 360 about the case is now online. Part 2 includes a conversation with the original whistleblower, Anthony Turner:
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