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Report on Century Theatre Anti-Prop 8 Protest

EVANSTON, Illl -- Last Saturday night the Gay Liberation Network and our friends in JointheImpact.com organized a protest against the Century Theatre, whose CEO Alan Stock gave nearly $10000 to support California's anti-gay Proposition 8.

About 400 people showed up on a cold night for what was probably the largest picket line that Evanston has seen in a couple of decades.

Cinemark Corporation, the third largest movie theater chain in the country and the owner of Century Theatre, attempted to excuse the actions of Stock by saying it couldn't control the personal contributions of its employees. But Chief Executive Officer Stock is not just another employee – he's their primary corporate officer.

It would be shocking if other senior corporate officers took such a "hands off" attitude towards their CEO if he made big contributions to racist or anti-Semitic causes. The fact that they take such an attitude towards their anti-gay CEO shows that they think it's okay to have a double standard of tolerating prejudice against gays that they would think twice about doing against other groups.

After nearly two hours picketing in the cold, many still didn't want to wrap the protest up, and so the group embarked on an impromptu mile-plus march through the downtown Evanston to the Northwestern University campus, then back to the theater.

Since our protest we've learned of a Cinemark protest in Boulder, CO this weekend, and despite frequent press statements by Cinemark PR flacks, the chain has become the subject of a nationwide boycott tied with promotion of the new movie about gay martyr Harvey Milk.

Andy Thayer at Century Theater / Prop 8 Protest - 11/22/2008

Picket Line Century Theater / Prop 8 Protest - 11/22/2008



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