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Tens of Thousands March Against Prop 8 in San Francisco


All the activity on Prop 8 this weekend has been a bit overwhelming, so I'm just going to be posting about it a bit at a time. New Yorkers, please note the upcoming peaceful demonstration this coming Wednesday in Manhattan.

The leaders of the 'No on Prop 8' campaign. Dr. Delores Jacobs, Geoff Kors, Kate Kendell, and Lorri Jean released a statement late Friday in response to the defeat of Proposition 8, and called on the LGBT community to stand together rather than divide itself over the devastating loss.

Said the message, in part: "We achieve nothing if we isolate the people who did not stand with us in this fight. We only further divide our state if we attempt to blame people of faith, African American voters, rural communities and others for this loss. We know people of all faiths, races and backgrounds stand with us in our fight to end discrimination, and will continue to do so. Now more than ever it is critical that we work together and respect our differences that make us a diverse and unique society. Only with that understanding will we achieve justice and equality for all."

Read the full statement here.

Also, in related news, check out this great editorial by attorney and author James Brosnahan that appeared in today's San Francisco Chronicle.

Here are some shots from Friday night's march in San Francisco from a reader in SF (beginning with the one that lead off this post, top)

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The SF Chronicle reported on Friday night's march:

"The march began around 5:30 p.m., as the group worked its way west toward its final destination of Dolores Park. A large group remained around Ninth and Market streets, holding signs, chanting and jamming traffic. About a dozen Muni buses were stuck in the traffic mess. 'Our rights have been taken away,' said Debra Walker, a lesbian who has lived in San Francisco since 1981. She is a member of the city's building inspection commission and is the past president of the Harvey Milk Club. 'I came here because of the welcoming way of San Francisco. It is so troubling that in 2008, this would pass. The fear campaign was unconscionable.' Walker stood holding a banner across Market Street and said she was prepared to be arrested."

The Chronicle reported 1,000 protestors. Local station KPIX interviewed supervisor Bevan Dufty who estimated 25,000 were there at the march's height.

More photos and video, AFTER THE JUMP...



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Above photos by a reader from SF.

And a few more photos from reader James Loduca:

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Reports on the other protests to come.

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  1. The Silver Lake protest last night was so passive and so void of the anger I personally feel. It took a pointless route through a part of Los Angeles that isn't residential or has any kind of thriving nightlife. If a few media outlets weren't there you would have never known anything was happening. A real missed opportunity to express the disgust I, along with many people, feel over this proposition passing. Being corralled by my own community by rope and being forced to stop at the 4 major intersections to make the LAPD's job as easy and convenient for the LAPD was insulting. Bunch of sheep. It felt like this march was put on by the LAPD because they controlled the entire march from beginning to end.

    Posted by: Owen | Nov 9, 2008 12:43:29 PM

  2. ah, where is the best place to express your disgust Owen? This march was widely covered by the news. We're sorry there was no violence and people weren't out of control.

    Posted by: man | Nov 9, 2008 1:07:52 PM

  3. ACT UP didn't ask the police to orchestrate their protests in the 80's and 90's, if that were the case many more of would be dead now. I didn't mention anything about being violent or out of control, I just think it was a missed opportunity to make a much bigger statement by shutting hollywood down on a saturday night. Passivity does nothing to further this cause. Playing nice is why we got these marriage rights taken away.

    Posted by: owen | Nov 9, 2008 1:23:10 PM

  4. The Mormons aren't the only religious wing-nuts cramming their religion down people's throat. The Catholics and Anglicans should be protested too.

    Is anyone planning on picketing the Westboro Baptist Church?

    They've done plenty to spread hate too!

    Posted by: Wheezy | Nov 9, 2008 1:33:33 PM

  5. Here are the SUNDAY protests:

    Sunday, November 9

    East Los Angeles
    1 p.m. | Lincoln Park
    3501 Valley Blvd

    Sacramento, California.
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Capitol West Steps

    San Jose
    2 p.m. | Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center
    938 The Alameda

    Posted by: FunMe | Nov 9, 2008 1:46:57 PM

  6. Hey,

    Who do I contact to ask the question whether the leaders of No on 8 are using this as a chance to recruit the infrastructure for a new fight on Prop 8 going forward into the future. This energy is great, but I would hate for it to be wasted. Are they doing the Obama camapign strategy of using this as an approach to build a grassroots organization or is it only venting? The reason this matters if that people eventually will lose interest unles syou give them something to do. Who is organizing this?

    Posted by: akaison | Nov 9, 2008 2:13:06 PM

  7. Owen is right.
    Did those people who sat at the counter or front of the bus, marching in the streets in 60's ask for permission to protest from the powers that kept their Civil rights from them ?
    I think not

    Posted by: jt | Nov 9, 2008 2:46:52 PM

  8. I was there at the march in San Francisco.

    It was truly amazing to see so many people, gay, straight, black, white, latino, asian, male, female, all come together united as one against the passage of Prop 8.

    It was also disappointing though to see so many people in the bars enjoying themselves instead of joining us in the streets.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 9, 2008 2:49:49 PM

  9. Fuck being nice and not blaming anyone.

    Our enemies who funded and encouraged Prop 8 must suffer, beginning with the Mormon hate cult. Agitating to take away their tax exemption, boycotting their businesses, and protesting and tying up streets to get our cause noticed are all legitimate responses to their attacks.

    Blaming blacks, of course, is not an option.

    Here is a preliminary list of Mormon businesses to avoid:

    When I visit my family this Christmas I will not stay at a Marriott. I will to call them Monday and tell them that I am avoiding them, and telling others to avoid them, and why.

    Posted by: Miles | Nov 9, 2008 2:52:53 PM

  10. In fact the US is a very divided country,especially on these polarizing social issues. I understand that California repeated the 2006 Virginia experience: Despite gains by democrats in the state wide races, we lost ~4 to 6 points among working class voters.

    Mormons and the Christian religious right will be the very last to agree with us. We need to focus on the middle 4 or 6 percent of voters who leave us, but vote for more progressive issues-candidates otherwise.

    So, stop talking about the Mormons, and start talking to Church going African American, older white voters without a college education, and upper middle class Catholics. If win 51% of those folk we will win elections. We've got to get a lot more strategic as a community.

    Posted by: Tom | Nov 9, 2008 3:16:58 PM

  11. We can do both: positively educate people, and negatively shame certain institutions. We need to do both. The point in attacking the Mormon Church is not to plead with them to change, it is to stand up and defy them because they are wrong, and show all others that we are willing to do so. And meanwhile, we talk reasonably with our neighbors who are not our enemy.

    Posted by: Miles | Nov 9, 2008 10:29:15 PM

  12. Well said, Miles.

    Protesting the Mormon church isn't likely to change its mind, tho it might change a few individual Mormon's minds. What it does do is make the mainstream aware of the power and money behind Prop 8 and show that we won't allow our rights to be stripped away by religious bigotry without a fight. (It's also getting media attention, which is crucial.) Gentler forms of persuasion and education are appropriate for individuals who are persuadable; peacefully orchestrated but forceful outrage is appropriate for institutions who are using their might against us.

    I'm looking forward to the nationwide protest next weekend.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 9, 2008 11:05:39 PM

  13. I video'd the Friday, 7 November 2008, protest in San Francisco. By all accounts, it was bigger than the media are reporting. To check out the crowd, please check out the video at my blog at

    Spread the word: we will NOT sit by while our civil rights are lessened! Let's hear it for the new Stonewall Movement!!!!

    Posted by: James | Nov 10, 2008 11:33:53 PM

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