Protest Against General Peter Pace Marches Forward
More than two dozen LGBT and anti-war organizations organizations have joined together to support a student- and GLN-initiated protest against General Peter Pace set for 11 AM, Friday, May 18th in front the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 E. Wacker Drive (about 1 block east of Michigan Avenue).
Besides overseeing the Iraq war in his role as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pace is the infamous homophobe who said lesbians and gays are "immoral," compared us to adulterers, and used his "Christian" beliefs to justify employment discrimination against us in the U.S. military. While perhaps not quite the Imus of the American military in his belligerence against gays, it takes some chutzpah to oversee a war which has killed hundreds of thousands, wreaked havoc on a whole country, and then turn around and call others "immoral"!
The University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business has invited Pace to speak to its students and guests at the Hyatt in spite of the University's claim to support "inclusion." If the University were truly interested in inclusion, why not invite Pace to debate the military's discriminatory policy with a pro-gay speaker? Because the University's talk of "inclusion" is just PR chatter.
University of Chicago students, including their organization Queers & Associates (http://qa.uchicago.edu/), have launched a petition drive to uninvite Pace to the U. of C. Please take a moment to sign it at http://unaskpace.googlepages.com According to an April 24th Crain's Chicago Business article, "Comments by the nation's top military officer calling homosexual acts 'immoral' have ignited a firestorm at the University of Chicago where the Marine general is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a management conference next month."
The irony of the leader of one of the most poorly run military operations in U.S. history advising business students on how to better run their enterprises is not lost on protest organizers. What's next? The Enron-endowed Chair of Business Ethics?
Besides the University of Chicago, Harris Bank is the fiscal sponsor of the management conference. They apparently are already beginning to feel the heat, and have released a statement reading that "We do not support Gen. Pace's viewpoints.... We do not tolerate any form of discrimination against or from any group or individual." Please take a moment to contact them and let them know how you feel about their sponsoring someone of Pace's low moral calibre. Their general phone number is 1-888-340-2265 (Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 10 PM, and Saturdays, 8 AM to 5 PM) or drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their PR department can be contacted at (312) 461-6055. Letters can be written to William Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group, Harris Bank, 111 W. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603