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Thank you to the Plattsburgh & Clinton County Community for helping to discourage members of
the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing at the 2005 Mayor's Cup Festival & Regatta

and several of our beloved local churches. The scheduled 2009 picket will provide us the opportunity to come together as a community once more, we will
not counter protest or engage in any negative activity which could undermine the spirit of our mission.

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© Rebecca Leonard, 2005
Please note that our "Stop Hate" logo has copyright protection. For permission to use our
logo please contact us at plattsburghpeace@aol.com.


The following locations are supplying Stop Hate materials to the community:

Under One Roof Video - 267 Margaret St. Plattsburgh - 563-6200
North Country Co-op - 25 Bridge St. Plattsburgh - 561-5904
Haila Conant, CPA PC - 403 West Bay Plaza (near GP Mill) Plattsburgh 563-5072
Harkness & Keeseville United Methodist Churches - Pastor Edie - 834-7577
Gioiosa's Liquor Store - 28 Skyway Shopping Center Plattsburgh - 563-3740
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh - 4 Palmer St Plattsburgh - 561-6920


WHO DOES PHELPS & THE WBC HATE***?
Click on each link for exact quotes from Phelps & the WBC.
PLATTSBURGH, NY
AMERICA
CHRISTIAN
JUDAISM
LGBTQ
AFRICAN-AMERICANS
CANADA
SWEDEN
FDNY (FIRE DEPT OF NY FROM 9/11 ATTACK)
INDIAN OCEAN EARTHQUAKE/TSUNAMI VICTIMS
***The SPLC has officially declared the WBC to be a Hate Group. Plattsburgh For Peace does not condone the use of the word "hate" to describe any person or group.
Welcome

Plattsburgh For Peace (PFP) is a non-profit, non-political, nondenominational committee of volunteer members in the Plattsburgh, NY community. Its mission was to respond in a constructive way when Fred Phelps and other WBC (Westboro Baptist Church) followers picket and broadcast hateful messages at the 2005 Mayor's Cup and our local churches in July 2005. We did not counter-protest their pickets. We are proud of our community and of its diversity. We intend to do everything in our power to maintain the spirit of family and richness of our diverse community.

Plattsburgh For Peace In The News

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Feb. 27 2009) - This year, SUNY Plattsburgh's Month of Action will take on a new twist as students, faculty, staff and community members unite to create "Walk on By" week.

"The week is a chance for people to come together and celebrate the
values of tolerance, compassion and love in response to the hatred
shown by those who are coming on campus to picket the theater
department's production of 'The Laramie Project,'" said sophomore Nic
Cappon, organizer of "Walk on By" week and a Student Association
senator.

The Month of Action has become an annual event on the SUNY Plattsburgh
campus. Every March for the past three years, student groups have
united to raise awareness and to take action, donating time and energy
to various causes.

"A general consensus is that people are tired of hearing others
talking about the news and claiming that 'there is nothing I can do.'
Now there is," said P.J. Miller, an audio and radio production major
and the chair of the Month of Action Committee. "We are trying to fuel
the passion of students around campus."

"Walk on By" week will kick off the month and will feature a variety
of awareness activities, along with two big events: a unity rally on
Friday and a march to City Hall on Saturday.

Held in Amitie Plaza in front of Angell College Center, the rally will
provide individuals with a chance to come together and listen to
speakers including Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Town of Plattsburgh
Supervisor Bernie Bassett, Plattsburgh City Firefighters President
Edmund Sanderson and former Plattsburgh Mayor Dan Stewart. There will
also be music and a color guard from American Legion Post 1619, West
Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Members of SOUL are hoping to draw people from all walks of life to
the march from Hawkins Hall to City Hall the following day.

"Our goal for the march is to have a reclaiming Plattsburgh event,"
said SOUL Male Co-chair Sean Watson, a French and English major with

an anthropology minor. "Fred Phelps' church can come here and say what
they want to say, but no matter what he does, we'll still have
Plattsburgh, and this is our way of saying that."

For more information on "Walk on By" events call Cappon at
585-613-1995. For more information on the Month of Action call Miller
at 518-657-9000.

'Walk on By' Week Events

Sunday, March 1

   * "The Times of Harvey Milk," a documentary, 1 p.m. Cardinal
Lounge, Angell College Center. Sponsored by SOUL.

   *  "The Most Hated Family in America," a documentary, 9 p.m.
Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center.

Monday, March 2

   * "Storm the Dorms," 6:15 p.m. The College Democrats and
Progressives will work to gather donations and pledges in support of
the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

   *  "Fall from Grace," a documentary, 7:30 p.m. Alumni Conference
Room, Angell College Center.

Tuesday, March 3

   * "The Laramie Project" matinee for area high schools, 9:30 a.m.
Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building.

   *  "Religious Tolerance" forum featuring local clergy, 9 a.m.
Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center.

Wednesday, March 4

   * Greek Ally Project, 7:30 p.m. Cardinal Lounge, Angell College
Center. More details to come.

   * Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Pluralism Panel:
"Inflammatory Rhetoric: Building an Ethical Community Response," 4-6
p.m. Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall.

   * Debate: Same Sex Marriage, 6:30 p.m. Amnesty Room, Angell
College Center. Sponsored by the College Democrats and Progressives.

   * "The Laramie Project," 7:30 p.m. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine
Arts Building.

Thursday, March 5

   * T-shirt Designs, noon-3:30 p.m., the Point (by Subway), Angell
College Center. Sponsored by the Student Association.

   * Presentation, Cartographies of Struggle: Palestinian Women's
Resistance Under Occupation/As Refugees, 12:30-1:15 p.m. Krinovitz
Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall. International Women's Day Celebration
discussion with Dr. Laila Farah from DePaul University focusing on
struggles to end sexism, racism and homophobia as well as on
Palestinian women's resistance under occupation and as refugees.

   *Public performance, Cartographies of Struggle: Palestinian
Women's Resistance Under Occupation/As Refugees, 7-9 p.m. Krinovitz
Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall. International Women's Day Celebration
performance focusing on struggles to end sexism, racism and homophobia
as well as on Palestinian women's resistance under occupation and as
refugees.

  *"The Laramie Project," 7:30 p.m. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine
Arts Building.

Friday, March 6

   * Campus/Community Unity Rally for Love and Hope, 6 p.m. Amitie
Plaza. Sponsored by the Student Association.
   * Making a Unity Banner, 6 p.m., Amitie Plaza. Sponsored by the
College Democrats and Progressives.
   * "The Laramie Project," 7:30 p.m. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine
Arts Building. The cast will host a "Talk Back" session following the
production.

Saturday, March 7

   * Reclaim the Streets: March to City Hall, 2 p.m. This march for
love and peace will start at Hawkins Hall and wind through the city.
Sponsored by SOUL.
   * "The Laramie Project," 7:30 p.m. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine
Arts Building.

Sunday, March 8

   * "MILK," 8 p.m. Warren Ballrooms, Angell College Center. This
award-winning film will be followed by a discussion with Dan Stewart,
former Plattsburgh mayor.

February 10, 2009 - Plattsburgh For Peace continues to support
our diverse community and strongly believes in not counter
protesting or engaging in any negative activity which could
undermine the spirit of our mission.

Plattsburgh For Peace will be offering Stop Hate wristbands, posters and
stickers to the Plattsburgh community in preparation for the Westboro Baptist
Church's scheduled visit on March 6, 2009. For more information about
Stop Hate items call 518-563-6200. Local businesses which currently carry
Stop Hate items are:

Under One Roof Video - 267 Margaret St. Plattsburgh - 563-6200
North Country Co-op - 25 Bridge St. Plattsburgh - 561-5904
Haila Conant, CPA PC - 403 West Bay Plaza (near GP Mill) Plattsburgh 563-5072
Harkness & Keeseville United Methodist Churches - Pastor Edie - 834-7577
Gioiosa's Liquor Store - 28 Skyway Shopping Center Plattsburgh - 563-3740
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh - 4 Palmer St Plattsburgh - 561-6920

November 2, 2005 - A letter from Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center was
received, thanking us for supporting their charity via our pledge drive. Plattsburgh For
Peace will have our name listed on the Wall of Tolerance when it is dedicated in
the Fall of 2005 :-)

September 22 - Judy Shepard of The Matthew Shepard Foundation wrote a very kind
thank you letter for the monetary donation made by our successful pledge drive :-)

September 18 - Larry Allen of The Interfaith Council of Plattsburgh and Clinton County
wrote a very nice thank you letter to PFP for our donation to their charity and a congratulations
to us for completing our mission :-)

September 6, 2005 - Maureen Bradish of the Greater Plattsburgh Interfaith Hospitality Network
program telephoned in a heartwarming thank you to PFP for the monetary donation made
by our pledge drive :-)

September 1, 2005 - Michele McClave of the Aids Council of Northeastern New York
mailed a grateful letter to PFP for the monetary donation made by our pledge drive and a kudos
to us for promoting our "Hate-Free Community" and for our peaceful response to the pickets :-)

July 4, 2005 - The annual 4th of July parade was a hit! Thank you to all the volunteers who
marched on behalf of Plattsburgh For Peace. We were cheered along the entire parade
route and we'd like to thank the community for its support and encouragement.

July 3, 2005 - SUCCESS! The last of todays very mild and uneventful pickets went well.
The Westboro Baptist Church picketers left Plattsburgh early and our Stop Hate campaign
was overwhelmingly embraced by the entire community and visitors! Thanks to all!

July 2, 2005 - PFP would like to thank all the community members and our visiting neighbors
from Vermont and Canada for their support during the Westboro Baptist Church pickets.

We're proud of all the people who are supporting the Stop Hate campaign with no counter
protesting. Our campaign is successfully distributing 10,000 wristbands, almost 5,000
buttons and 10,000 window and bumper decals!

June 30, 2005 - Plattsburgh For Peace has been inundated with requests for
interviews with the news media. Here is the press release and statement we are
issuing to them for use in their news broadcasts. We appreciate their support in
helping us spread the word of our mission to everyone in the community.

June 24, 2005 - Rachel Maddow of The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America
Radio spoke of Plattsburgh For Peace on her morning show. At the end of her
"Rachel's Front Page" segment she strongly supports our pledge drive and our
mission. You can listen to this program and read about her program and her
show by clicking here.

June 24 & 25, 2005 - Aubrey Bresett, Producer of Mountain Lake Journal PBS
show did a program on the different/possibly conflicting strategies of the
media coverage anticipated at the Mayor's Cup. She interviewed the Co-Chairs
of Plattsburgh For Peace and we are grateful to her and to Mountain Lake PBS
for the opportunity they gave us...to talk about our mission.

June 10, 2005 - Pat Bradley of WAMC Northeast Public Radio interviewed
Plattsburgh For Peace Secretary, Scott Sayward. We'd like to thank Pat for the
opportunity to speak to the community about our ongoing mission of spreading
the word of our Hate-Free Zone community to everyone.

June 9, 2005 - Plattsburgh's Press Republican newspaper placed a photograph
of 3 members of Plattsburgh For Peace painting over the hate-filled message on
the billboard sign (on
Route 9 near Scomotion Creek in Plattsburgh) on page A5 of
their newspaper. The billboard has the "Stop Hate" logo on it along with the words :
"Welcome To Our Hate-Free Community". PFP would like to reiterate that the billboard
sign was paid for and anonymously donated to the community by a local business.
It is not the property of PFP but PFP is very grateful to the business for its generous donation.

June 8, 2005 - News Channel 5 WPTZ, featuring Kelley Morris, aired a report of
the attempted defacement of a billboard sign on Route 9 near Scomotion Creek in
Plattsburgh by an unknown person or persons. A report of this vandalism was filed
with the State Police. PFP painted over the hate-filled message in a matter of
minutes. The billboard has the "Stop Hate" logo on it along with the words:
"Welcome To Our Hate-Free Community". The billboard sign was paid for and
anonymously donated to the community by a local business. It is not the property
of PFP but PFP is very grateful to the business for its generous donation.

May 30, 2005 - PFP would like to thank Kevin Duniho, Democratic Chairman, and
Clayton Morris, GOP Chairman, City of Plattsburgh, for their joint Letter to the Editor
of the Press Republican, May 30, 2005 in support of Plattsburgh For Peace.


May 19, 2005 - We are very grateful to the Press Republican for their "Hate-free idea
embraced, group says" news report. The response to the report has been very
positive and we've received lots of community support.


May 18, 2005 - Thanks to Jessica Sudol ("Dear Lauren") of the Lake Champlain Weekly
for printing a letter written by a member of the Plattsburgh For Peace committee. We
appreciate the opportunity to explain our group's mission and function.


May 4, 2005 - The North Country Democracy For America generously invited the PFP
Co-Chairs to their meeting to distribute PFP material, and they voted unanimously to
dedicate their "Event For May" community volunteer day to make "STOP HATE" buttons
for Plattsburgh For Peace.


April 29, 2005 - News Channel 5 WPTZ, featuring Kelley Morris, ran a two-day report on Fred Phelps and the
Westboro Baptist Church. At the end of the second day's segment, Ms. Morris informed viewers of
Plattsburgh For Peace. We'd like to thank WPTZ for mentioning our committee. We'd also like to thank
WPTZ for putting a link to our web site from their web site, it is greatly appreciated.

April 28, 2005 - The local news at WIRY Hometown Radio Station, featuring Ducky Drake, ran a news report on
Plattsburgh For Peace during their eight local newscasts
throughout the day at 5:45, 6:45, 7:45 & 8:45am, 12:30, 4:00, 5:00 and 11:05pm. We'd like to thank WIRY for their accurate reporting of Plattsburgh For Peace's mission statement and events.

April 12, 2005 - Committee Organization:
Amy MacLeod Co-Chair
Becky Leonard Co-Chair
Scott Sayward Secretary
Joe Brush Treasurer

April 4, 2005 - It has come to the attention of the Chairs of PFP that someone may have sent out emails to
several members of Plattsburgh For Peace for the purpose of spreading their own message, one not associated with the very specific mission of PFP;  these messages may have been unsigned or signed as a representative or officer of Plattsburgh For Peace.  Please remember, the ONLY official Plattsburgh For Peace email notices will come from our Yahoo Group, or the following email addresses:  plattsburgh_peace@yahoo.com or plattsburghpeace@aol.com. While we hope the work of PFP will inspire individual people to communicate with each other about many connected issues and current events, the individual opinions of our many members do not necessarily reflect the mission and objectives of Plattsburgh For Peace.

March 23, 2005 - WPTZ-TV received a statement from the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). The statement
sarcastically taunts our committee's pledge drive efforts. Click here to read this statement (content may not be
suitable for children). Amy MacLeod and Becky Leonard, Co-Chairs of PFP, were interviewed by WPTZ and
responded to the statement which aired on WPTZ's local news broadcasts on March 24 & 25, 2005. PFP's
response to the statement, which attacks one of our pledge drive charities, is as follows: "Plattsburgh For Peace will continue to support and collect pledges for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). We are aware
that the SPLC has declared the WBC to be a hate group and will not be distracted by WBC's inflamatory
accusations and actions. We are committed to making sure Plattsburgh and Clinton County become and
remain a hate-free zone."

Fred Phelps News Releases To Plattsburgh

On December 20, 2004 Fred Phelps wrote a letter (content may not be suitable for children) to Mayor Dan Stewart announcing his plan to purchase a booth at Plattsburgh's 2005 Mayor's Cup. On December 30, 2004 a news release (content may not be suitable for children) regarding Phelps feelings toward the Plattsburgh community and churches was issued.

Pledge To Stop Phelps - Here's What Was Pledged!

Plattsburgh For Peace (PFP) had a positive and constructive fundraising scheme to discourage Phelps
from picketing in Plattsburgh. People were asked to pledge money to a charity FOR EVERY MINUTE
PHELPS AND ANY OTHER WBC MEMBERS PICKETED IN PLATTSBURGH. In this way, the longer Phelps
and other WBC members stayed to spew hate, the more money was raised for the exact causes they picket
against! Our pledge drive, based on each minute of the 404 minutes of picketing by the Phelps group,
has raised the following pledges for local and regional charities:

picture of pledgeometer

 



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Last updated on February 28, 2009