The Detroit hotel hosting the controversial International Conference on Men’s Issues later this month is nervous about the convention and has asked the Houston-based organizers to beef up the police presence.
The conference is scheduled to take place at the DoubleTree Fort Shelby on W. Lafayette in downtown Detroit on June 26-29, but thousands of people have signed a petition calling for it to be canceled, Elisha Anderson reports in the Free Press.
The organizers, A Voice for Men, are concerned about misandry, the prejudice against men and boys, and what they feel is the mistreatment men receive in divorce cases and in criminal cases involving rape and domestic violence. They have criticized feminism, and feminists and others have slammed them for what they believe are the men's misogynist views.
“The threats have escalated to include death threats, physical violence against our staff and other guests as well as damage to the property,” said a letter provided to the Free Press by a group official, who said it was sent by hotel staff.
The paper could not reach the hotel management for comment.
On the petition, Kelly Jackson of Detroit states:
Men's Rights Groups "are linked to the recent mass shooting in UCSB, wherein a young man declared that he would exact revenge on all the women who had rejected him. MRAs are linked to false rape statistics, further perpetuating the dangerous myth that women “make it up for attention.” MRAs are linked to threats of rape and murder against women who dare to speak out against them. Simply search the phrase “MRA” and you'll see the violence, hatred, bigotry, and misogyny that MRAs support.