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Tell the ACLU to stop defending genital mutilation

Date: 
Sunday, December 13, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Impact Hub Oakland
Address: 
2323 Broadway, Oakland, California

JOIN BAY AREA INTACTIVISTS AS WE DEMAND THAT THE ACLU STOPS DEFENDING THE GENITAL MUTILATION OF CHILDREN!

UPDATE: This protest will take place rain or shine so don't let rain discourage your attendance.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California will hold its 2015 Bill of Rights Day Celebration at Impact Hub Oakland on Sunday, December 13. Human rights advocates will hold a peaceful protest outside the event venue to condemn the ACLU's work to deny male minors equal protection from genital mutilation.

In 2011, the ACLUNC viciously fought the San Francisco Male Genital Mutilation Bill, a ballot initiative to restrict non-therapeutic circumcision to consenting adults. The ACLU argued that parents should be free to subject their sons to ritual genital cutting without medical indication in order to satisfy their religious beliefs.

Joining forces with the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the ACLUNC launched a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco to have the ballot initiative (which had the support of over 12,000 San Francisco voters) removed from the ballot thus squelching democracy and denying the the voters their voice.

Later that year during a public hearing in Sacramento, Valerie Small-Navarro, Senior Legislative Advocate for ACLU California, conveyed the ACLU's support for AB 768, a state law which prohibits any city in California from protecting boys from forced and unnecessary genital cutting.

In response to outrage from the community over these actions, a representative from ACLU National defended the actions of its Northern California affiliate:

"Conducting a popular vote on whether to criminalize a minority religious practice fosters sectarian strife. This initiative would have undermined the right to religious liberty that we cherish in a pluralistic society."

The ACLU's convoluted definition of "religious liberty" to wound and disfigure the genitals of children (so long as the children are male) is steeped in sexism. No ACLU affiliate has ever attempted to justify a "parental right" of parents to cut the genitals of their daughters in order to satisfy religious beliefs.

Female minors have been protected (without any religious or cultural exceptions) from genital mutilation in the United States since 1997 by Federal law. Not only do the actions of the ACLUNC seek to continue denying males the right to autonomy over their own bodies, they also deny the religious freedom of children (and the adults they become) by sanctioning the religious branding of children's bodies without their consent.

The foreskin is the primary erogenous zone of the male genitals. It contains an estimated 20,000 highly-specialized nerve endings. Its excision results in a permanently diminished capacity for sexual pleasure. The ACLU's work to enshrine forced genital cutting is also a severe blow to those fighting for sexual freedom.

We will not stand by and allow the American Civil Liberties Union to get away with condoning the religious abuse, sexual battery, and mutilation of children.

TAKE A STAND WITH US AS WE DEMAND THAT THE ACLU STOPS DEFENDING MALE GENITAL MUTILATION!

A limited number of signs will be available to those who wish to participate in the protest. You are also welcome to bring your own sign. There will also be literature available which further explains the shameful actions of the ACLU in regard to its defense of the genital mutilation of children.

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Bay Area Intactivists members hold protest signs during the During the 2014 ACLU of Northern California Bill of Rights Day Celebration to condemn the organization's defense of genital mutilation.