Monday Madness (August 18, 2008)

¡Hola! Everybody…
I just noticed that I hardly ever visit the front page of my Multiply site. I apologize if you’ve left me a comment there and I haven’t responded. It’s just that I hardly ever go there. LOL!

The following is no prank, I met some of the women organizing the NYC portion of the event. The protest is to take simultaneously in major cities across the US. I gotta say I couldn’t agree more. Read on…

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-=[ National “Go Topless” Day! ]=-
“As long as men can be topless, constitutionally women should have the same right, or men should also be forced to wear something hiding their chest.”
— Rael


[Note: Events begin at noon in every city. Cities with events are listed below at the end of this post]

The following is taken from the Go Topless! website (click here to visit their site)

Welcome to Gotopless.org! – We are a US organization, claiming that women have the same constitutional right to be bare-chested in public places as men.

Rael, spiritual leader and founder of gotopless.org states: “As long as men can be topless, constitutionally women should have the same right, or men should also be forced to wear something hiding their chest.”

Why a National Go Topless Protest day? Gotopless.org claims constitutional equality between men and women on being topless in public. Currently, women who dare to be topless in public in the US are repeatedly being arrested, fined, humiliated, and criminalized. On Aug 23rd, 2008, topless women will rally in great numbers across the USA to protest this gross inequality in the law and will demand that they be granted the fundamental right to be topless where men already enjoy that right according to the 14th amendment of the Constitution (please see our exact legal argument on the right to be top-free for women under “14th amendment” at our website. click here)

Why this protest in August? In 1970, Congress designated August 26th as “Women’s Equality Day as a reminder of women’s continuing efforts for equality.” It is indeed on August 26, 1920, after a 72-year struggle, that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S. was finally ratified, granting women the right to vote nationwide.

What will happen that day? Across America, topless women and men will peacefully rally in the streets, parks, on the beaches of their towns and cities. Activities will start at NOON local time in each city.

Top-free performances will be given by various artists to honor Women’s Equality Day and to convey how natural it is to be top-free for women in public just as it is for men. Please write to us if you are an artist who would like to participate in one of our shows.

Go Topless! is organizing major events everywhere — starting time is NOON LOCAL TIME.

Participants in the Go Topless! event on August 23, 2008 are prohibited from engaging in any destructive or criminal conduct aside from the women’s possible civil disobedience act of being topless in public.

Participating Cities:

LOS ANGELES: Venice Beach — Where Navy Street meets the sand on the board walk

NEW YORK CITY: Central Park: Merchants Gate at Columbus Circle (59th Street at the corner of Central Park West and Central Park South), right by the giant Time Warner Mall

MIAMI: South Beach meeting time 12:30 PM — 7th and Ocean Blvd across from News Cafe. Look for the topless women *grin*

CHICAGO: Lakefront (across from Buckingham Fountain)

HAWAII: Honolulu and Hilo Big island

AUSTIN, TX: Hippie Hollow Park

BERKELEY, CA

SANTA FE, NM

OMAHA NE: “Heartland of America Park” near Downtown Omaha, Nebraska, and the parking lot is between Capitol Ave, and Douglas St. on 8th St. a link to the map is as follows. http://maps.google.com/maps?source=ig&q=41.25859%2C-95.926609
(starting time is not noon but 3PM for Omaha.

BLOOMINGTON, IN: at the sample gates on campus at Kirkwood and Indiana

DENVER: (on Aug 26) at the door steps of the Presidential Democratic Convention.

If you would like to organize an event in your city or town, please contact us, we will be delighted to assist you so you too can claim your constitutional right to be topless in public as a woman.

[Note: I say if your city is not listed above, that’s a sign that you’re either dead, or close to it. Check your pulse or if you live a Stepford Wife life. *grin*]

Past Go Topless Actions/ Victories:

GOTOPLESS Interview on Playboy Radio (August 19th)

Janet Jackson’s breast: The Nipplegate case. Recap of Janet Jackson’s legal repercussions from her breast exposure during Superbowl 2004

June 04 2007, NYC pays $29,000 over topless arrest. Police seized bare-breasted artist despite court ruling allowing toplessness.

Breast feeding in public: law and social pressure. In the US, many women prefer not to breastfeed their baby because of the stigma of breastfeeding in public.

USA latest breastfeeding court case. Here are the latest incidences about breastfeeding in public in the leading democracy in the world in the 21st century.

There’s more at their website, check it out, it’s more interesting and relevant than you would think. For example, here’s a brief vid on NYC’s famous “Top Free Seven” the women who made it legal for women to go topless in NYC:

http://gotopless.org/index.php

Love,

Eddie

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