Call Frameline Wednesday June 1
For the second year in a row, the San
Francisco International Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans Film Festival has
accepted Israeli sponsorship and money. This is unacceptable
to queers who are committed to promoting human rights for all
people, not just narrow civil rights for some queers. Several
months ago, we forwarded to Frameline, the presenters of the
Film Festival, an open
letter from Palestinian queers for BDS asking
international artists and activists to respect the cultural
boycott of Israeli institutions. It is deeply offensive that
an institution which claims to promote diversity and
liberation for queer people would slap Palestinian queers in
the face by accepting money from the Israeli government.
Palestinian Queers for BDS have called
for a boycott of Frameline because they are crossing the
international picket line against the Israeli
government. Note that the boycott does not target
individual Israeli artists or filmmakers who are not
representing the government or participating in "pinkwashing"
of Israeli apartheid.
EVERYONE - QUEER, STRAIGHT OR IN
Please call Frameline any time on Wed
June 1st and demand that they return the consulate's money
and renounce their sponsorship. If you are or have been a
member, please let them know that and say that you will not
renew your membership and might consider boycotting the
festival if they continue to partner with the Israeli
If you get a voicemail, leave a message.
If you get a busy signal or no answer, send a fax (preferably)
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE DO NOT JUST EMAIL. Emails are good but
easily ignored. Phone calls will force them to pay
attention at a very busy time and let them know we are
You can also FAX messages to them in
addition to calling.
The Frameline phone number is: 415
703-8650. The FAX number is: 415 861 -1404.
Hi, I am calling because I heard that you have accepted the
Israel Consulate's financial sponsorship of the festival this
year. I am very upset about this especially because
Palestinian Queers have specifically asked LGBTQ organizations
and institutions NOT to partner with the Israel Government.
I am asking you to return the money this year and not
accept Israeli sponsorship in the future. I was looking
forward to attending the festival, but I will have to respect
the call of Palestinian Queers for BDS to boycott the festival
as long as you are sponsored by the Israeli consulate .
If you are a member, say you are a member. Say you will not
renew and will not become a member and will not be attending
movies until the money is returned.
For more info about the Frameline campaign, see
www.quitpalestine.org. If Frameline does not return the money,
we will be demonstrating at the Castro Theater on Friday, June
17 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Please join us and please help spread