Tuesday, September 22, 2009

When Visiting San Diego, Just Say No to Pro-H8 Manchester

(Also at Stonewall)

Next door in California, this man has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to take away marriage equality and set back LGBT civil rights there and nationwide. But now, he wants us in Nevada and elsewhere to forget all about it. Please don't. Please join the boycott and stand with our LGBT and union brothers and sisters in San Diego.

Courage Campaign
Dear Nevada Progressive --
It's time for unity in the face of those who seek to divide us.

Doug Manchester, owner of the second-largest Hyatt hotel in the country -- and the man who donated $125,000 in crucial early seed money to the Prop 8 campaign -- has launched a cynical public relations campaign to divide the marriage equality and labor movements.

That's why the Courage Campaign and Equality California are teaming up to reject Manchester's attempt to divide Californians. Will you join us?


Here's the story:

Doug Manchester owns the Grand Hyatt hotel in San Diego. When he gave $125,000 in early seed money to the "Yes on 8" campaign -- a critical infusion of urgent cash that paid for the signature-gathering to put Prop 8 on the ballot -- Californians Against Hate teamed up with Cleve Jones and the hotel workers' union UNITE HERE to lead a boycott of Manchester's hotels, subsequently joined by the Courage Campaign, Equality California and several other organizations concerned about equality and workers' rights.

Launched in the summer of 2008, this highly successful boycott is believed to have cost Manchester's Grand Hyatt more than $7 million in lost business. Despite the success of this growing boycott, Doug Manchester has refused to apologize, refused to meet with the organizations leading the boycott, and refused to improve conditions for hotel workers.

Instead, Manchester has tried to buy off LGBT organizations by offering $100,000 in "hotel credits" and $25,000 to any 501(c)3 organization that supports "civil unions" -- a tax write-off for Manchester that dodges full support for marriage equality and could never be used to fund a repeal of Prop 8, the passage of which Manchester made possible.

No one has accepted.

Today, the Courage Campaign and Equality California are launching the new "Say No To Manchester" web site along with UNITE HERE and Californians Against Hate and asking our members to sign a pledge to join the Manchester boycott. Please click here to add your name today:


By signing this pledge, you will increase pressure on Doug Manchester to make a public apology for his $125,000 donation to Prop 8 and negotiate an honest, fair resolution with boycott organizers.

Thank you for joining the Courage Campaign, Equality California, UNITE HERE, and Californians Against Hate. Standing together in solidarity, this growing movement for equality and fairness will win.

Rick Jacobs
Chair, Courage Campaign

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