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Heath Ledger memorial
by heathdefender (heathdefender)
at January 26th, 2008 (06:12 pm)

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Ouch! I've just found out that Heath's memorial is TOMORROW at the Shrine Expo Center, starting at 2:30 p.m.

I really don't know if we can swing a presence there, seeing as it's such short notice. But it would be great to try. If any of you are in the area and would like to give it a go, PLEASE comment below, so we can get together and go down there.

Darn. Wish I'd known about this before.


ETA: I just called the Screen Actors Guild. The memorial will be at the SAG Awards tomorrow, so I called to see if I could talk to anyone regarding permission to do the action. Unfortunately, the only person I could get was the after-hours operator, who's only there to take calls about on-set emergencies.

However, I have put the word out with a couple of friends in the gay community here in L.A., and they said they'd have anyone interested get in contact with me. So I may be able to put together a little contingent to go out tomorrow afternoon. If nothing else, we'll be THERE, with a table and sign-up sheets for pledges. Cross your fingers!

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Posted by: kiji_kat (kiji_kat)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)

Take heart. Even if you can't schedule something for this time around, why not shoot for other events?

Check out this essay. Even if you don't agree with the group, it's sort of interesting to watch how they're using the Internet to rally people.

Posted by: heathdefender (heathdefender)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)

Fascinating link. Thanks for posting it!

I'm not really discouraged - plans will still go right ahead. I had just hoped that a presence could be established at the memorial. If it doesn't happen, I won't lose heart. :)

Posted by: kiji_kat (kiji_kat)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)

If it doesn't happen, I won't lose heart. :)

That's far and away the most important thing. :)

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Posted by: heathdefender (heathdefender)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)

Thank you for letting people know! Please be sure to direct here, so that we can all be on the same page. I am not a member of Facebook, so I can't access the page that was openened there.

I just started this comm a few hours ago, so I haven't yet had time to promote. I have posted elsewhere asking people to spread the word, though. I'll be putting more time into promoting tomorrow. :)

Posted by: Madalyn (lovelynepenthe)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)

The facebook page does direct here. Once a devoted website is set up I'll direct it there.

Posted by: Moo mothafucka... moo! (bana)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)

Stumbled here from a link on another community, and I just want to say one thing.

These people absolutely thrive on the attention they get, and they love it when people get angry right back at them. They will also not hesitate to slap people with a lawsuit if you get physical in any way with them.

If you do manage to get even a couple of people there, the one thing I would recommend is that you do so peacefully. Things other people have done are a simple sign that aims right back at the picketers that says "Not Today Fred" or forming a circle around the picketers, symbolically shielding the city/awards show from the hate. Or just stand there with your backs turned to them.

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Posted by: heathdefender (heathdefender)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)

I have seen reports on that kind of action, but that's not the tack I want to take here. I'd like to keep away from judging their actions, but rather concentrate on deflecting their energy into better channels. It's a different form of counter-protest, but I think a better one. As has been said elsewhere, the cure for bad speech is not less speech, but more. Let them have their hateful say - speaking love and charity will drown it out.

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Posted by: heathdefender (heathdefender)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)

Heh-heh. Thanks. I've seen so many news reports over the years of protesters on both sides of a fence screaming at each other, and always thought neither side was doing their views any favors. Gandhi really was onto something when he said non-violence shows the world the injustice being perpetrated. It may not be comfortable or the first thing that springs to mind, but I believe it has a better chance of working.

Like our Mama said, "So if Johnny Whosits jumped off the Empire State Building, that means YOU have to jump off the Empire State Building?"

Posted by: heathdefender (heathdefender)
Posted at: January 27th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)

Oh, absolutely. What I'm envisioning is not interacting with them in any way, but solely with other attendees. In fact, I'd like it to be very polite and upbeat. Should there be any media attention, I think it would be excellent to thank them for their presence, since they would be helping us to raise money for a worthy cause. That would really drive them crazy as well, giving them no grounds whatsoever for any action against us, and it would highlight how ugly and ridiculous they actually are.

Basic aikido, you know - use the enemy's own energy against him. *grin*

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