This is pretty interesting: http://www.groundswell-movement.org/
Apparently, Groundswell promotes a LGBT agenda.
It is also noteworthy that in the very first picture on the website homepage, the blond in the clerical collar is wearing the same blue coat as in the VV protest photo. Must be a fairly young organization. Maybe Lynch has a new employer.
I recognize that some critics have a kinship with Tony Ortega because of his excellent reporting on Scientology, but this protest had nothing to do with Scientology, nor was it intended as a personal attack on Tony.
Tony is the editor of the Village Voice, whose Board of Directors, have no issue with classified ads of a sexual nature (massage, escorts, etc.) being published in the back of the newspaper, because this is a huge source of revenue for the newspaper. Publications that have permitted ads like this have always evoked anger & protest from feminists & community organizations opposed to, what they consider, the exploitation of women. http://www.flickr.com/photos/32633834@N ... 027355611/
The woman in the photo is the Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, President of Auburn Seminary, and one of the conveners of a clergy coalition demanding that Village Voice Media close the Adult section of Backpage.com. The protest included men & women of all ages. One of the protesters (middle) was John Buffalo Mailer, son of Norman Mailer, co-founder of The Village Voice.
Groundswell is a reputable organization that has zero to do with Scientology. Jim Lynch has nothing to do with Groundswell. He inserted himself into the protest as a well-paid stooge for the cult, solely because they have a beef with Tony O. & his reporting on Scientology.http://council.nyc.gov/d8/html/members/home.shtmlhttp://mmviverito.com/
This is not new. Scientology has often inserted itself in protests & community issues for solely PR reasons and to gain community sympathy to their being "attacked" by "religious bigots". Because the protest was coordinated by a religious coalition, the cult jumped right in, but had no interest in the purpose of the protest itself; only that it targeted Village Voice Media (that employs Tony O.)