URGENT Action!! Tell Seattle City and Public Library to Fight Censorship and Uphold the Civil Rights of Free Speech and Assembly

The Issue

Seattle Public Library booked a Women’s Liberation Front private event on Feb 1, 2020, “Fighting the New Misogyny: A Feminist Critique of Gender Identity.” Trans activists are deluging the Library with factless propaganda, harassment and a scheduled rally to shut the event down. Executive Director and Chief Librarian, Marcellus Turner, has issued a statement in response to concerns voiced over the event. We need to be loud and visible in our protection of our civil rights of free speech and free assembly.

What You Can Do

Make our collective voice stronger than the propaganda and harassment! Phone, email and tweet the Library, Mayor and City Council. Urge them to challenge censorship and protect intellectual freedom, free speech and assembly. (“Challenging censorship” and protecting “intellectual freedom” are their words and are official Library policy.)

Phone Script

My name is [NAME]. I thank you and fully support Seattle Library booking the Feb 1, 2020 Women’s Liberation Front event: I urge you to stand strong against the factless propaganda and harassment intended to shut down free speech at this peaceable private event. Please protect our civil rights, First Amendment free speech and free assembly. Thank you.

Targets:

Marcellus Turner, Executive Director and Chief Librarian
(206) 386-4147

Cara Cronholm, Event Services Manager
(206) 733-9608

Jenny A. Durkin, Seattle Mayor
(206) 684-4000

Email Script

Dear Mr. Turner, City Council and Mayor Durkin,

My name is [NAME]. I thank you and fully support Seattle Library booking the Feb 1, 2020 Women’s Liberation Front event: I urge you to stand strong against the factless propaganda and harassment intended to shut down free speech at this peaceable private event. Please protect our civil rights, First Amendment free speech and free assembly. Thank you.

[YOUR NAME]

 Targets:

chieflibrarian@spl.org, amy.lawson@spl.org, cronholm@spl.org, lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov, teresa.mosqueda@seattle.gov, sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov, mike.obrien@seattle.gov, debora.juarez@seattle.gov, alex.pedersen@seattle.gov, kshama.sawant@seattle.gov, bruce.harrell@seattle.gov, lisa.herbold@seattle.gov

Email Script

Tweet # 1
I fully support Seattle Library booking the Women’s Liberation Front private event for Feb 1, 2020. I urge you to stand strong against the factless propaganda and harassment intended to shut down their civil rights of free speech and assembly.

Tweet #2
I urge you to honor intellectual freedom and the Constitution. Protect our civil right of free speech and assembly to discuss issues that affect women’s rights, this Feb 1, 2020 at the Women’s Liberation Front private event

Tweet #3
Please uphold the Library’s stated policy to “challenge censorship” and “protect intellectual freedom.” Do not let factless harassment and baseless ad hominem attacks shut down freedom of speech. I support Women’s Liberation Front event Feb 1, 2020.

Targets:

@SPLBuzz, @MayorJenny