Philadelphia

Speaker List for Public Rally Against Hate Crimes at Love Park 2PM

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Sims announces speakers for Thursday’s public rally against hate crimes
PHILADELPHIA – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., announced several confirmed speakers for the Thursday public rally he is organizing
in response to the recent attack on two gay men in his legislative district.
The rally, which will be held to support the victims and to call for the passage of hate crime legislation, will be held at
2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in LOVE Park, 1599 John F. Kennedy Blvd., with elected public officials, LGBT community leaders, and friends and supporters of the victims.
Confirmed
speakers include: Sims; Caryn Kunkle, friend and spokesperson for the
victims; Council President Darrell Clarke; Phila. District Attorney Seth
Williams; First Deputy Commissioner
of the Phila. Police Dept., Richard Ross, Jr.; Representative Cherelle
Parker, Chairwoman of the Pa. House Philadelphia Delegation; Pa. State
Senator Larry Farnese; Councilman Jim Kenney; Ted Martin, executive
director, Equality Pennsylvania; Chris Bartlett,
executive director, William Way (LGBT) Community Center; Tom Earle,
Chairperson, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations; a
representative of the Mazzoni Center; Elicia Gonzalez, executive
director, GALAEI, an LGBT Latino social justice organization; Sharron
Cooks, community organizer and consultant at Making Our Lives Easier
LLC; and Charles Goodwin of the Center City Residents Association.
Sims
will also host and co-chair a public hearing of the state House
Democratic Policy Committee at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Kimmel
Center, Hamilton Gardens, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia,
19102, on the issue of LGBT hate crimes.

Sims
represents the 182nd Legislative District, which includes Rittenhouse,
Fitler and Logan squares, the Gayborhood and parts of Washington Square
West, Bella Vista, Graduate Hospital and
Grays Ferry. 
 **** Bring your Umbrella!