Protest will highlight community’s demand for resignation of LGBT Pride Board of Directors
(HILLCREST) -- A group of concerned members of the San Diego’s LGBT community yesterday announced they have organized two protests “in response to recent unethical actions committed by the organization’s Board of Directors”.
According to the January 21 press release, the first protest will take place on Friday, January 22 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the San Diego Pride office building during a welcome reception hosted by San Diego Pride for attendees of the annual CAPI conference.
The second protest will be held on Saturday, January 23 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at The Chuck Jones Gallery, which will be the first of four locations in “A Taste Of San Diego” event, designed to entertain guests of the CAPI conference at various locations throughout the city.
The group of citizens organizing the protests are demanding the resignations of three members of San Diego Pride’s Board, Dr. Phillip Princetta, Mike Karim, and Carl Worrell after it was revealed they voted to provide Board Chair Princetta with a $5,000 stipend for his service, which was in violation of the organization’s bylaws. Pride’s Executive Director Ron deHarte was terminated on January 4, 2010 after making this transaction public. Two Pride staff members, Ken St. Pierre and Jeffrey Redondo, resigned the same day citing loss of confidence in their leadership.
"We want to make it clear that the protest is not against the CAPI conference, in fact we support it," said protest media contact Kurt Francis. "What we don't support is the three people on the Board who are representing San Diego Pride. It will be a peaceful protest to carry across a message to the community and the Board members. Our goal is to convey the message to [Princetta, Karim, and Worrell] that the community is not satisfied with them still being on the Board. We feel there is no confidence in Pride's leadership right now and we would like that confidence restored- and the only way that will happen is if those three Board members step down."
The organizers of the protest hope to continue to pressure the sitting Board of Directors to do the right thing by resigning, making way for other community leaders to come on board. The protest has been planned to bring light to the board’s actions in front of their national Pride organization peers.