Updated March and Rally Information

We have a rally site after our march!

We will be meeting at 6th and Upas at 10am. We will depart promptly at 10:30 and march toward the County Administration Building at 1600 Pacific Highway. At the County Administration Building, we will have a rally for our rights that will begin at 1pm. Here’s a map of our starting and ending sites:

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Remember that this is a peaceful march and rally. We are at the County Administration building because that is where marriage licenses are issued. We have a mayor and city council who have consistently supported marriage equality and we are grateful to them for that. We are also not targeting any religious or ethnic group. Our opposition wants our movement to appear divisive. We are going to reclaim and reframe the discussion. We are about gaining equal rights for all and ending bigotry and discrimination. This is a cause every proud American can support!

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Rally Update

The meeting with the SDPD regarding the route is tomorrow.  So by tomorrow evening, we will be able to post the final route for our march. We will be marching out of Hillcrest toward downtown and City Hall.

Wonderful people who are committed to fighting for fairness have volunteered to post flyers and get the word out in Hillcrest, North Park, La Mesa, Del Mar Highlands Mall, and Torrey Hills.  Thank you!  But, we need more people to help spread the word about this march for equality.  Can you volunteer to increase the visibility of our rally?  Especially in areas where our community has not have been as active as we need to be?  Go to Spread the Word! and print out the flyers and leave a comment about where you’ll be posting.

We also need people to spread the word through social networking.  RSVP to our Facebook event and invite your friends.  Talk you your friends and co-workers about this historic national event.  Send out some text messages to your address book.  Here’s a suggestion:

“Hey, we’re rallying for equal rights in San Diego on Sat. Nov. 15, at 10am, at 6th and Upas! Pass it on!”

We’re on our way to making a powerful statement that we will not stand for bigotry in California.

See you on Saturday at 10am at 6th and Upas.

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And We’re Back!

Everyone,

The Facebook problem has been resolved!  We were purposefully and specifically targeted, and our event was deleted in the hopes that this would deter us from marching.

We will not be deterred!  We will march for our rights!

Here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=35213645923

Be sure to RSVP and forward to your friends!

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Facebook Problem

From Beth:

EVERYONE: We have a FACEBOOK event page which may have been hacked because it says our event has been cancelled. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Rally for this Saturday the 15th is still on and in full swing!!

To get to SD Rally Community, try this alternate URL:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sd-marriage-rally/

Please tell everyone it’s still on. We are trying to reactivate Facebook front door. In the meantime, try alternative entry. THANKS
Beth

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Rally Information

We will begin gathering at 6th and Upas at 10:00am on Saturday, November 15 and will depart promptly at 10:30.

Protest Gathering Place

We are currently debating where it should end; the conventional wisdom right now seems to say City Hall.  Please stay tuned for more information.

THIS PROTEST IS NON VIOLENT.  Last weekend, 10,000 of us marched without a single arrest.  It was a proud moment for our city when every news network was able to lead with “The police did not make any arrests.”  We expect nothing less this weekend!

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Join The Impact: National Day of Protests, Nov. 15

On November 4, after a campaign of bigotry and lies, supporters of Proposition 8 wrote hatred into the California Constitution.  JoinTheImpact, together with people across the United States who support equality and justice, is organizing a national day of protest for marriage equality:

I’m sure all would agree that with the election of Barack Obama, this week has been one of amazing wins in the world of equality!  Still, Tuesday night was one of bitter-sweet celebration, as we came together to witness the first black man who will become our president, and watched in sadness as Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, and California all voted down equal rights for all citizens.  Pendants and bloggers alike have put their focus on Proposition 8, trying hard to find an explanation for the anti-gay wins in the face of a huge pro-equality event.  Some have blamed the voters, others blame religious groups, and even others blame the LGBTQ community for not being able to mobilize on a larger enough scale.  And you know what, there is truth in every argument.

As a community, we have to admit to the fact that we are polarized in various ways.  Honestly, I’m not sure what community isn’t and I believe that our polarization is proof to our humanity – we are no different than anyone else, regardless of color, creed, or sexual orientation.  Still, our polarization has hindered us from mobalizing as one strong voice.  We all come together in the month of June to celebrate Gay Pride, but few of us are even aware of why Gay Pride exists.  Gay Pride is a celebration to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969.  Many say that the Gay Rights Movement began in 1969, which means that we are still a young movement and have accomplished a great deal in such a short amount of time.  The generation that fought for us in 1969 deserves our gratitude and respect.  This is a generation of amazing people who fought for our ability to hold hands in the street, to speak out against hate, to dance to our own “thumpa thump”, witness television shows with a queer cast, and come together in the streets celebrating for an entire month!  This is the generation that opened the doors for us to even have a conversation about gay marriage, and this is the generation that deserves our help and our voices now.  On June 27th, 1969, this generation came together in protest, jumping from closets, taking to the streets, and mobilizing in ways this country had never seen before!  And what happened?  The country was forced to respond.  The Queer identity was forced onto the front pages and coffee tables of people’s worlds and people had to once and for all accept that we are human too!

Now, almost 40 years later we NEED to come together again.  We need to show this nation that we are ONE LOUD VOICE THAT DEMANDS TO BE HEARD! We need to be one organized unit.  Our gay pride shouldn’t be something we celebrate one month out of the year.  Our gratitude towards the ones who came before us shouldn’t be ignored and wasted away with one party after another.  We beg to be given a right that requires responsibility and commitment, yet we, as one strong community, have not proven to this nation that we deserve to be taken seriously!  The gay pride parade has become a great party, but it has lost the memory of Stonewall and therefor given the nation another reason to cast us aside as irresponsible.  It’s time we come together for debate, for public recognition, and for LOVE!  Let’s move as one full unit, on the same day, at the same hour, and let’s show the United States of America that we too are UNITED CITIZENS EQAUL IN MIND, BODY, SPIRIT AND DESERVING OF FULL EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW!

On the steps of your City Hall on November 15th at 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST, our community WILL take to the streets and speak out against Proposition 8 and all of the other pro-equality losses that we have faced in our lifetimes, in our parents’ lifetimes, and for many generations before us.  WE CAN’T DO THIS ALONE! WE NEED YOUR HELP!  We need organizers in every major city to work with us and get out the protest!  I know you’re all tired from all of the work you’ve done for this great election year, but I’m asking for one more push!  Let the country hear our voices together.  Let them see that we are a strong, adamant, and powerful community that deserves equal rights, and CAN’T BE DEFEATED!

Send this post to everyone!  We have one week and must react to the pro-hate votes cast against us!  Let’s help our LGBTQ friends, families, neighbors, and each other to IMPACT this country with a demand for our basic human rights!  Join the cause, join the voice, and JOIN THE IMPACT!

Here in San Diego, we are not passively accepting injustice.  We are actively fighting against it!  We can fight hate with love and we can fight injustice with tolerance!  On Saturday, November 15, we will march to remind our community that hate is not a family value, that discrimination is affecting their neighbors, co-workers, friends, daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, and fellow citizens.

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