Lens on Detroit: Controversial men’s rights group draws protest

Men rights protest

Dozens of protesters converged on a downtown Detroit hotel on Saturday to protest an upcoming conference for a controversial men’s rights group.

Protesters demanded that Hilton Doubletree on E. Lafayette cancel Voice for Men‘s International Conference on Men’s Issues on June 27 and 28, saying the group is misogynistic and dismissive of sexual violence. Voice for Men, for example, accuses women of exaggerating the severity of rape. Its members also “denounce the institution of marriage as unsafe and unsuitable for modern men.”

Part of the group’s mission is to “educate men and boys about the threats they face in feminist governance.”

Organizers of the demonstration amassed more than 3,000 signatures from opponents of the conference but the hotel declined to take the petitions until after the protest dispersed.

All Photos by Steve Neavling

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.