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Commemorating the First Protest Against Circumcision: Florida State Capitol building

December 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cockfight is hosting an entire 5-day tour to celebrate the legacy of brothers Van & Ben Lewis who bravely stood up, spoke out, and protested against the genital cutting of infants outside of the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital December 17th, 1970. They accurately described ‘circumcision’ as a sex crime and were calling for the abolition of the practice. Despite the event being a peaceful demonstration, police were called and they both were unjustly arrested and accused of ‘Disturbing the Peace’.

Van Lewis hosted an reenactment of the event on the 40th anniversary in 2010 and sadly passed away a few months later. Now every year since 2011 there has been a memorial march in honor of Van’s great courage, his love of humanity, & reverence for life. It is held outside the same hospital Van and Ben protested at all those years ago.
Since 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of this monumental moment in US history, human rights activists advocating for equal rights to genital integrity will be demonstrating at the following locations..
12/15 Tuesday – Florida State Capitol building: 9am-5pm
address- 400 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32399
12/16 Wednesday – Tallahassee Memorial Hospital: 9am-5pm
address- 1300 Miccosukee Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308
*𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟳𝘁𝗵, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝟱𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝗿𝘆*
12/17 Thursday – Tallahassee Memorial Hospital: 9am-5pm
address- 1300 Miccosukee Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308
12/18 Friday – Location: TO BE ANNOUNCED: 9am-5pm
12/19 Saturday – Location: TO BE ANNOUNCED: 9am-5pm
1: Signs will be provided if you RSVP but you are welcome to bring your own.
2: We are renting an Airbnb that you can join us in if you pay your share of the rental. It is first come first serve so please contact us in advance if you’d wish to stay with us. There are also plenty of hotels in Tallahassee if you wish to create your own accommodations.
3: Members of all intactivist organizations are welcome to come. While this is an event hosted by Cockfight, it is absolutely an ‘All Hands On Deck’ kind of event.
4: You don’t have to hold a sign to be an asset. We also need people willing to take photos, film, hand out leaflets, answer questions, or just spread the word about the event by sharing it or inviting friends.
5: While it is not required to wear a face covering, the State of Florida encourages you to do so. If you feel sick, please stay home and rest.
Interview with the late Van Lewis
‘American Hero Fights Sex Crime’


December 15, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Brett Johnson
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State Capital Building
400 S Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399 United States
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