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Courage Campaign, EQCA join forces to support Manchester Hotels boycott

SAN DIEGO — The Courage Campaign and Equality California recently launched a new Web site and email campaign to ask activists to join the boycott against San Diego hotel magnate Doug Manchester, a major Proposition 8 donor who has struck back to undermine a successful boycott against his properties.

The Web site is SayNoToManchester.org, where supporters can join the boycott by signing a pledge not to patronize Manchester’s hotels.

The following is a joint statement from Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, and Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the Courage Campaign: “San Diego hotel owner Doug Manchester gave $125,000 to anti-gay campaigners in January of last year — an early infusion of cash that paid for the signature-gathering to get Proposition 8 on the ballot.

“In response, Californians Against Hate teamed up with the hotel workers’ union Unite Here to lead a boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Grand del Mar Resort. The boycott has cost Doug Manchester $7 million at the Hyatt property alone, and shown that there are consequences for those who attack the rights of minority groups, advocate discrimination and oppose the rights of workers. For more than a year, Manchester has refused to meet with those leading the boycott, and he has never apologized.

“Instead, his latest strategy is to try and break the boycott by offering free conference rooms to LGBT organizations if they’ll break
ranks and hold events at his hotels. He’s also tried to give away $25,000, but found no one who would accept it.”

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