Operation Save America, the national Concord, N.C.-based anti-LGBT and anti-choice street-preaching protest group, is bringing their national, annual gathering to Charlotte July 17-24.
According to their website, their “The King is Coming to the Queen City” event will “storm the gates of hell” in Charlotte with protests and rallies at abortion clinics and churches.
In response, local Planned Parenthood organizers will hold two defense training sessions in the week prior to Operation Save America’s visit. According to the group, the defense sessions will “educate advocates on how to protect patients and staff at the major family planning health centers in the Charlotte area.”
The first session is scheduled for July 10, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at Morrison Regional Library Auditorium, 7015 Morrison Blvd. The second will be held July 15, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Student Union Multipurpose Room, 9201 University City Blvd.
To get more information or to RSVP, email Patricia.Dillon@pphsinc.org.
Planned Parenthood will also be holding a Pro-Choice Block Party on Tuesday, July 13, 6 p.m. The Common Market-South End, 1515 S. Tryon St.
As of yet, no LGBT organizations in Charlotte have announced education, protest or other counter-events.
Led by the Rev. Flip Benham, Operation Save America has made itself known for its vocal and often confrontational protests and street preaching at reproductive health clinics and LGBT Pride events across the country and particularly in North Carolina.