Saturday, January 16, 2010

Picketing of Grandin Scheduled Tonight

Beth Deel among protest leaders>

John Johnson is organizing a protest of the Grandin Theatre's firing of long-time employee Jason Garnett tonight at 7 p.m. in front of the theater. Those participating are asked to meet behind the Roanoke Valley Natural Foods Co-op at 6:45 p.m.

Beth Deel, who has been leading the the Internet protests against the firing, emphasizes in her e-mail that "this must be a civil, intelligent protest." She says signs should be in support of Jason Garnett and "nasty signs ... will not help the situation."

She also points out that "We should not persuade people to not buy tickets tonight, but if they ask why we are there we must use that as an opportunity to inform them of the situation ... We cannot be viewed as a rabble rousing group of trouble makers ... If we are a GO I will contact media prior."

I will caution that this demonstration should be peaceful, intelligent, supportive of the mission of the Grandin Theatre Foundation. This is a fragile time and the risk of losing the theater is very real. Behave yourselves.

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