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DON'T protest the AVFM Conference in St. Clair Shores, say the organizers of original June 7th action

The June 7th protest. Original photo by Steve Nealing;  click on pic for more.
The June 7th protest. Original photo by Steve Nealing; click on pic for more.

Keep your distance from A Voice for Men’s conference at its new location in St. Clair Shores.

That’s the basic message the organisers of the original June 7th protest against the AVFM conference want to get out to anyone thinking of  protesting the conference this Friday and Saturday. In an open letter posted on Amanda Levitt’s Fat Body Politics, the original organizers urge would-be protesters to boycott the conference and stay out of St. Clair Shores.

While the original organizers reaffirm their opposition to the conference and to “the horrific and vile hatred that A Voice for Men spreads on their website,” they are concerned about the safety of anyone who might be considering protesting:

We have had numerous people reach out to us to let us know of the very real danger we could be in by protesting. Due to concerns for physical safety we have decided the best way to oppose the conference that is now going on in St. Clair Shores is to keep our distance. With AVFM’s history of attempting to provoke protestors, harassing individuals by following them to their cars or home, and filming or photographing them in order to release their private information online we don’t feel that protesting at the VFW hall could keep people reasonable safe.

While there may be others who decide to protest the conference, we want to make it perfectly clear that there are real concerns for safety. If you are planning to protest the conference, please make sure the people who are coming are informed enough about the kind of vicious tactics that AVFM has used to derail and trivialize the response to their own ideology.

Be in solidarity with us this weekend as we ensure the safety of our organizers and other protesters by tweeting to #NoMRA about why this conference and the beliefs of AVFM shouldn’t be tolerated.

Emphasis added.

I should say that I agree with this approach: DON’T protest AVFM’s Conference in St. Clair Shores this weekend. Speak out against AVFM’s misogyny, and against its efforts to intimidate its critics — on social media and any other way you can.

But unless you are covering the conference as a journalist, don’t go to St. Clair Shores. Not only do you risk being doxxed and harassed by AVFM and its supporters, but you also will be giving AVFM what it wants: a confrontation, and yet another excuse to play the victim.

Make no mistake: AVFM and its supporters want to see protesters at their conference this weekend. Don’t give them what they want.

You will be far more effective critic of AVFM if, instead of confronting them in person, you speak up online, through letters to the editor, and by spreading the word in other peaceful ways that don’t involve actually going to the conference.

I don’t personally oppose AVFM’s conference taking place, but I think it’s very important to show the world what AVFM, its supporters, and its invited speakers really stand for.

I urge you to do what you can to publicize the video I helped to put together in collaboration with Mancheeze.com that highlights the hatefulness of a number of those scheduled to speak at AVFM’s conference– link to it, embed it on your blog, whatever you can do.

You can also help to spread the word by posting the graphic I’ve pasted in below, after the jump, which collects together the statements quoted in the video. You can click on it for a larger version.

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Bostonian
Bostonian
7 years ago

Even the one coming in with sympathy was put off by these yo-yos! No surprise, but still gross.

Auntie Alias
Auntie Alias
7 years ago

One of the misters posted this in the comments directed at the reporter:

You do know Paul Elam is on video now telling that this man you met was asked to leave cause he had was loathsome, had issues and the conference did not have the resources needed to help him. Your biased reporting hardly helped anyone! Congratulations you must feel so proud!

katz
7 years ago

And we’re supposed to believe that the guy’s being asked to leave the conference had *nothing to do* with a reporter specifically talking about his creepiness?

marinerachel
marinerachel
7 years ago

I can’t understand that post.

Auntie Alias
Auntie Alias
7 years ago

Maybe that falls under “loathesome”. I guess we’ll have to see if Elam’s words were captured on video.

Auntie Alias
Auntie Alias
7 years ago

Thanks, David. That was a bad decision on my part. I’m sorry.

brooked
7 years ago

I know a reactionary can’t resist a chance to bellow “false flag!”, but saying it was a plant doing some weird performance to embarrass them via a Detroit news blog? Okey Dokey.

A commentator on Metro Times wrote this criticism of MRAs:

2. In this thread you see an embodiment of the problem with the MRM. Instead of actually trying to accomplish something– such as managing to dredge up more than 30 attendees at a conference– they prefer to stay at home in front of their computers, filling comment sections on newspaper articles with whining screeds about how society has done them wrong, how they are oppressed by women, and general fits of entitlement.

That led to this gem of a response:

RubberPunch
The whining screeds show other men that they are not alone. It also shares ideas, good and bad, and helps the MHRM to develop better theories to guide activism.

What you call whining is activism in it’s own right. This movement will develop as all movement do, it is a process of work.

Work involves talking, thinking, and developing ways to reach the goal, including creating interest in other people for them to join the process.

“What you call whining is activism in it’s own right.” LOL. MRAs may not know what satire is, but they do a bang up job with self-parody.

brooked
7 years ago

Huh? My last post got cut off somehow. After the second quote I wrote, “The MRAs may not know what satire is, but they do a bang up job with self-satire”. Oh, well, the quote does speak for it’s self.

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