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More Protests Planned Over Passage of Proposition 8: Schedule

I will continue adding to this list today as I receive any information on new protests.

TODAY, FRIDAY:

Market_protestroad.jpg Tonight, San Francisco Civic Center, 5:30 pm. From Civic Center (Market/7th) to Dolores Park. Facebook event. "We have contacted local media and several popular websites have posted the event. Dozens of people have donated their time to hand out flyers. We are protesting on Friday in San Francisco because it was in San Francisco that the California Supreme Court decided to give equality to LGBTQ people earlier this year and it made San Francisco very happy. After all the work that so many people around the country and the Bay Area did to get to the point where we were earlier this year, we're not going to sit by and do nothing..."

road.jpg San Jose: "6:00 pm at Ceser Chavez park (Market and Park Ave) The fight for equality for all does not end or begin at the polls. So...bring your love and your rage to the Streets of Downtown THIS Friday at 6:00PM, and get the chance for everyone to hear our voices!!! Bring your friends, family, lovers, and SIGNS."

road.jpg Mission Viejo. 4 - 7 pm rally, 200 Civic Center. Equality for all Californians. "Sadly, fueled by misinformation, distortions and lies, millions of voters went to the polls on November 4, 2008 and said YES to bigotry, YES to discrimination, YES to second-class status for same-sex couples. Please join us at the Mission Viejo City Hall. Let our voice be heard. This is not about your sexual orientation, but a fight for equality and to defeat discrimination."

road.jpg Palm Springs: Community rally/candlelight ceremony, 5:00 p.m., Palm Springs City Hall, Corner of Taquitz Canyon Way and El Cielo (by the airport).

road.jpg Long Beach, California: Friday, November 7, 2008, 6:45pm - 9:00pm, Broadway and Redondo. "We will march from Redondo to Alamitos (Hamburger Mary's), to tell Californians, the nation and the world that we are not second class citizens and we will not accept being treated that way."

road.jpg Santa Barbara, California: Friday, November 7, 2008 Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm Location: De La Guerra Plaza Street: [700-756] De La Guerra Plz.

road.jpg San Diego - UPDATE. "For tonight's event, there WILL NOT be a march from Balboa Park to City Hall. Instead, the organizers are handing out flyers informing the public that do show up to participate in the march on Saturday instead. Regarding the march on Saturday, the public will assemble in the parking lot behind 301 University Avenue at noon, march peacefully east to the North Park Theatre. The parking lot behind the North Park Theatre will be used for march dispersal and a possible rally. The public is asked to be civil at all times and to follow the orders of the San Diego Police Department as they are doing their best to ensure the safety of all the participants."

road.jpg A protest in Salt Lake City is planned: "If Jacob Whipple gets what he's hoping for, at least 1,000 Utahns will turn out Friday night to protest the involvement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in helping pass Proposition 8, a California ballot measure that effectively killed, at least for now, same-sex marriages in that state. The call for people to gather at 6 p.m. at North Temple and State Street in Salt Lake City is to show solidarity with those protesting in California, Whipple explained."

SATURDAY:

road.jpg San Diego - UPDATE. "Regarding the march on Saturday, the public will assemble in the parking lot behind 301 University Avenue at noon, march peacefully east to the North Park Theatre. The parking lot behind the North Park Theatre will be used for march dispersal and a possible rally. The public is asked to be civil at all times and to follow the orders of the San Diego Police Department as they are doing their best to ensure the safety of all the participants."

road.jpg Laguna Beach, Saturday, Nov 8, 5:30 P.M. at City Hall - march to Main Beach for candlelight vigil. Parking available at Act V parking lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road - shuttle busses will be running every 15 minutes. Bring signs, flags, candles (or flashlights), whistles, and dress for a cool evening.

road.jpg This Saturday, November 8, 6pm, Gather at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake, Corner of Sunset Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles. Our reader Phillip Thomas writes: "There's a little event planned on Saturday afternoon. By little, I mean people are flying, driving, coming by bus and train for this. I heard on tv this evening that organizers are estimating 20,000 marchers for this. I think everyone needs to take part in this. Even if just for an hour or so. Numbers matter, and I can't think of anything that would be more memorable, historical, or significant that doing this on one Saturday evening. Forget the dinner, the mall, the bar, the movie, the relaxing night at home. If you have to work, call in or leave early. Add yourself to this crowd. Invite all of your friends, your coworkers, neighbors. Make a party out of it."

SUNDAY:

Sacramento, California. Equality Action Now. "We are planning an event for Sunday, 11.09.2008, Capitol West Steps: 1pm-4pm Rally. Speakers. Show up and be proud. Bring Signs, Wear Protest Shirts. People from SF will be showing up at the West Steps to show support with us."

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  1. As a gay man, I have a dream of marrying my partner of 14 years and it mean something. Is it true, that the majority of California's African-American community voted yes for this obvious civil rights violation? I guess gay men are now the world's secon class citizens.

    Posted by: Josh | Nov 7, 2008 8:18:12 AM


  2. Thanks for listing all the actions here, Andy. Even though I am on the East Coast I am actively encouraging everyone I know on the West Coast to attend these rallies!

    Posted by: CK | Nov 7, 2008 8:21:10 AM


  3. My partner and I are driving from Phoenix to LA for the event on Saturday. Can someone feed our dog?

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 7, 2008 8:55:50 AM


  4. This is our generation's Stonewall! It's the final straw. My fervent hope is that all LGBT people and our allies will finally take a real stand against discrimination and hate. Now is the time to once and for all stop the religious institutions of this nation in their drive to impose their narrow-minded, bigoted, ignorant, and unconstitutional rules and beliefs on everyone else. NO MORE MR. NICE GAY!!!!!

    Posted by: Brent | Nov 7, 2008 8:56:39 AM


  5. maybe the assholes in San Fran should have just tried voting!! there was barely 50% turnout there.

    Posted by: Tim | Nov 7, 2008 9:17:27 AM


  6. Forget it, Josh. You will be labeled a racist for even suggesting that the African-American community be taken to task for their particularly loathsome behavior in this recent voting cycle. It's just not going to happen, ever.

    Posted by: Yeek | Nov 7, 2008 9:18:15 AM


  7. I see that Josh read the same figures I did, that that a large majority of African-Americans (and Latinos) voted FOR Proposition 8 in the election... and overwhelmingly did so in the name of God.

    Was it not in the name of God years ago that people insisted slavery was biblical and right? Was it not in the name of God that interracial marriage was prohibited? And was it not in the name of God that segregation continued for so long?? I am not yet 40 years old, and I even remember the widespread whispers from my pastor father that "black people don't have souls!"

    SHAME on you African-Americans who have not learned from history and refuse to pass it on! SHAME on you who say that this civil rights battle is somehow different! SHAME on you for asking for YOUR rights in the name of equality, but not truly supporting equality!

    Yes Josh, we are the n***ers of the 21st Century. It is going to take nothing less than the same federal protections African-Americans were granted decades ago in order for us to enjoy true freedom and begin erasing the ignorance and bigotry (once again) of the church.

    Posted by: Jon | Nov 7, 2008 9:22:46 AM


  8. Laguna Beach, Saturday, Nov 8, 5:30 P.M. at City Hall - march to Main Beach for candlelight vigil. Parking available at Act V parking lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road - shuttle busses will be running every 15 minutes. Bring signs, flags, candles (or flashlights), whistles, and dress for a cool evening.

    Posted by: Steve H | Nov 7, 2008 9:31:53 AM


  9. As a gay African-American all I can say is COME SIT BY ME, JOSH!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 7, 2008 9:32:10 AM


  10. Yes, Josh, we did know, since it's been brought up maybe 1000 times here, usually by people who don't mention the 80+% Republican (i.e. white) vote or the power base behind Prop 8, which wasn't too black.

    I only wish I was closer to CA so I could join the protests. I salute everyone out there on the streets. At this point, action is more important than wallowing in who is the most to blame.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 7, 2008 9:38:41 AM


  11. to quote an eloquent comment on Americablog
    ""Just like us progressives to do the circular firing squad thing whenever one of our goals falls short. Blaming 10% of the population for something the other 90% didn't support is really stretching it, though.

    I am quite pleased to see that the progressive side is just as quick as those religious conservative baddies to scapegoat the black community for every ill that befalls society. Banks failing? Blame the blacks. Candidates losing at the polls? Claim the blacks are committing voter fraud. Housing market failing? Accuse those coloreds of buying homes they knew they couldn't afford in the first place. Having trouble defeating that anti-gay legislation? Blame 10% of the population to hide your failing to mobilize them and the other 90% of the voters in the state to fight against it.

    This isn't something that's been bandied about by anonymous commenters in a blog. Even the great Andrew Sullivan has been attacking the black community about Proposition 8. You guys have tried attacking the people who's support you need in past initiatives and it blew up in your faces. I suggest you learn to reach out to the black community in the future instead of falling back on the same, divisive tactics that have never done a thing to help your cause. Or, you can keep lashing out at the black community and continue to struggle. Its your choice."

    Posted by: Fred | Nov 7, 2008 9:42:52 AM


  12. You could try it in a non-racist style like some gay African-Americans.

    I've some pretty disturbing comments at HuffPo. This African-American "Christian" states that he voted pro 8 because of children indoctrination and the King & King book (so he's probably pretty dumb). He also thinks he's an example for the Christian Left because he's an Christian fanatic who voted for Obama ...

    I conclude that the task of the gay community is to educate children against their parents' will. Distribute stories like King & King as flyers. Demonstrate near schools. Make their nightmare come true.

    Posted by: Chris | Nov 7, 2008 9:45:43 AM


  13. Sacramento California is mobilizing via a newly formed grassroots movement titled "Equality Action Now". We are planning an event for Sunday, 11.09.2008, Capitol West Steps: 1pm-4pm Rally. Speakers. Show up and be proud. Bring Signs, Wear Protest Shirts. People from SF will be showing up at the West Steps to show support with us.

    Posted by: Steven P | Nov 7, 2008 9:48:11 AM


  14. I'm sorry, but what exactly is the point of all these protests? What is anyone expecting to happen because a bunch of angry gays are holding candlelight vigils?

    If the people at large had cared at all about gays, the measure would have failed in the first place.

    Also, just out of curiousity, but where were all these protests LAST week?

    If you want to make a statement, maybe you might want to consider moving out of CA and taking your tax dollars with you. I, for one, would LOVE to see Ellen declare not only that she's "saddened" and "deeply disappointed", but that she's going to pick up and move her show to another state...like MA or CT, perhaps?

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 7, 2008 9:48:24 AM


  15. Want gay marriage?
    1. Stop all pride parades.
    2. Drop BT from LGBT.
    3. Oppose abortion on demand for birth control.
    4. Stop all contributions and support of the democrat party.
    5. Stop having sex in public places.
    6. Stop supporting activities like Southern Decadence and Folsom Street Fair.
    7. Be kind and patient.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 7, 2008 10:00:28 AM


  16. Joseph Smith declared that the moon was inhabited by people about 6 feet tall who dressed like Quakers and lived to be 1000 years old.

    TRUE. Look it up.

    Posted by: Olive Yurdich | Nov 7, 2008 10:01:27 AM


  17. I'm almost getting the feeling that Prop 8 could be the best thing to happen to our community at this time. Yes, it's awful but it's united us against our complacency and I think we've finally said enough is enough, compromise is no longer good enough for now, you have taken a right away from us and we will fight back by any means (hopefully legally and peacefully) necessary for all the rights we are entitled to and we want them right now.

    Posted by: John M | Nov 7, 2008 10:06:44 AM


  18. Hi all,

    Did you all see the article Melissa Etheridge wrote?

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-11-06/you-can-forget-my-taxes/

    It's GREAT!

    Posted by: Steven | Nov 7, 2008 10:08:18 AM


  19. They are organizing an event in Orange County CA for tomorrow (Sat) evening. Click my link for more info.

    Posted by: Gavin | Nov 7, 2008 10:13:10 AM


  20. Hit the streets folks! I am reluctant to target churches too much, we will not win people over to our side with that. Stick to the message that the pro prop 8 people lied repeatedly and pandered to citizens most nasic fears and prejudices. We will not remove the tax exempt status from the Mormon and Catholic church. There are good catholics and mormons who are with us. African American churches who are with us. Let's build on that. The young memebers of our community who are out in the streets need to focus their anger in a productive way. Pressure the democrats to repeal DADT & DOMA and enact ENDA!

    Posted by: busytimmy | Nov 7, 2008 10:16:29 AM


  21. And furthermore, more anger need to be directed at the Catholic church, the largest diocese is in Los Angeles. I'd like to see a march to the cathedral.

    Posted by: busytimmy | Nov 7, 2008 10:26:23 AM


  22. My partner and I (married in Mass. but living in Virginia) sent money for No on 8.
    Don't just sit there and do nothing like the gay community in Virginia did when the most restricted state constitutional amendment in the country was passed.

    Speak out!
    Fight back!
    Define it for what it is - Pure Hate!

    Posted by: Judd | Nov 7, 2008 10:30:36 AM


  23. John M said: "I'm almost getting the feeling that Prop 8 could be the best thing to happen to our community at this time."

    Yes, John, I'm starting to feel that way as well.

    Let's face it - most progress in civil rights movements has been made through bold confrontation, not by cautious and respectful outreach to opponents. Take a look at ACT UP, Malcolm X, MLK, etc. Once people are forced to hear unflattering things about themselves, a certain percentage dig in but others start to wonder, start to feel regret, even guilt. And without admitting it, they look for an excuse to change their views.

    Another advantage we have here is a really good sense of who to target, thanks to exit polling data and the not-too-subtle behavior of the Mormon church. Some of these groups are far too monolithic and widespread (e.g. all Republicans) to confront in any meaningful geographic way, but we always know where to find an LDS temple. The AA community is another group that everyone has very strong feelings about right now, including me, and I don't believe that a consensus will ever be reached the right way to address that particular issue. Hands on or kid gloves? There's too much tortured history.

    On the flip side, that difference of opinion might help. The combination of angry, toxic bastards like myself and more nuanced, considerate voices of others may be the "good cop, bad cop" approach that reaches more hearts and minds than any one method alone. I think that's how it usually works.

    Ernie in particular has said some thoughtful things on this issue, though we're not in total agreement of course. His blog is pretty good: http://placeinsun.blogspot.com/

    Posted by: Yeek | Nov 7, 2008 10:44:33 AM


  24. "Want gay marriage?
    1. Stop all pride parades.
    2. Drop BT from LGBT.
    3. Oppose abortion on demand for birth control.
    4. Stop all contributions and support of the democrat party.
    5. Stop having sex in public places.
    6. Stop supporting activities like Southern Decadence and Folsom Street Fair.
    7. Be kind and patient."

    Mark, you forgot 8. Be self-loathing and blame LGBT people for not being good enough for basic civil rights. And 9. Delude ourselves into thinking that if we behave like nice little straight puppets, the fundamentalists will like us.

    Protests, in conjunction with other actions, have a history of bringing about social change. Being kind and patient does not. Amazingly enough, Canada has both full marriage equality and pride parades, go figure.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 7, 2008 10:48:49 AM


  25. I should add that being kind isn't a bad thing, it's just not a very effective protest tool.

    Thanks, Yeek. We haven't agreed much, but I appreciate the dialogue and shout-out.

    OK, time to remember that there is life outside of blogland. :-)

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 7, 2008 10:53:47 AM


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