Mark Reed of GetEQUAL reports that activists are moving ahead with planned protests outside three local ExxonMobil stations on Friday afternoon. The protests are designed to draw attention to Irving-based ExxonMobil’s anti-gay employment policies, as well as the need for passage of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
“Everything is looking good,” Reed said in an e-mail Thursday afternoon. “We have reached out to the 80 confirmed [Facebook] guests. It’s hard to tell how many will actually show up. We will have a police officer at each location. We will have signs available and T-shirts. As long as we stay on the sidewalk, we are perfectly legal. The tie-up-the-pump is something that will morph at the scene depending on the numbers that show up for the event.”
“Tie-up-the-pump” is a possible effort to have people in their cars purchase a very small amount of gas and take a very long time to pump it. The idea is that this will cost the stations money. Remember, GetEQUAL activists have demonstrated that they’re willing to get arrested to make a statement, so things could get interesting.
And if nothing else, they’ve come up with some really nice graphics like the ones above and below, so it’s probably worth stopping by just for a T-shirt. More on Facebook.