repeal prop 8 action

in an ironic twist of fate after my last post, i ended up on an action team to protest the passage of prop 8 last night in san francisco.  there was a mass march planned from civic center to dolores park starting at 5:30pm, and after the march stepped off at 7th and market, 10 of us (after quickly forming an affinity group in 24 hrs), followed the march to 9th and market where we then stopped, linked hands, and formed a human chain across market street, displaying a banner that said, “We Will Not Be Silent: REPEAL PROP 8″.

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our street blockade effectively stopped traffic for several hours, and the energy of the group and the crowd that surrounded us was amazing.  there weren’t more than 30 seconds pause between the endless chants, some tried and true, and some innovated on the spot.  then, just when we were considering an escalation of tactics, the main march came back to join us, and our group led the crowd past the cops, throughout the city, taking over the streets and ending with an occupation of the castro well into the night.  you can read my report of the night’s events on the ruckus society website.

although there were no arrests (the cops behaved in typical SFPD “another day, another protest” fashion, making no arrests as long as things remained nonviolent, which they did), the spirit of the night was empowering for all who participated, and perhaps introduced many to the world beyond permitted marches and rallies, even if just slightly.

below is a really grainy video from my phone during the castro occupation of one of the individuals from our group, yelling “how many people held 9th and market?!” and the group standing up to cheers from the crowd:

when i was asked to support the action and participate in the blockade, i didn’t hesitate.  and while some may find that ironic or confusing, given my stance on marriage, to me this was a grassroots endeavor worth participating in:  an entire section of society (which includes myself) just had some of their rights stripped from them on tuesday, when prop 8 eeked past 50% support in the state-wide election.  although the state (and federal) constitutions may not have ever originally intended to permit marriage rights to same-sex couples, the constitution also never meant to include blacks and women, when it said “all men are created equal”.  they meant white men who owned property.  don’t tell me the word “men” is a shorthand, inclusive term!

so despite the fact that i hope one day state-sanctioned marriage becomes irrelevant, prop 8 has stripped people of their rights through pure discrimination and blatant bigotry, which to me is more important to fight than marriage itself.  our rights are being eroded regularly, and we can’t let one slide, lest we find ourselves under martial law (oh wait…).

adrienne maree brown wrote a heartfelt piece about the hate experienced through the prop 8 campaign.

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    Hey!
    It was so awesome to stand with you in solidarity! I think that we both have similar views, ‘marriage’ is a patriarchial and f’ed up institution I don’t want any part in, but still there are some 1000+ federal rights, and 400+ state rights attached to it! So it was more than stripping 34,000 people who were already married of ‘one right’ (their marriage) but the 400+ state rights, and the potential to gain 1000+ federal rights. I don’t have faith in the courts anymore.. which have handed down bad decision after bad decision on any number of things. YOU RULED!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for the amazing night! Really looking forward to hanging out again! *YAY*

    Warmest,
    Danielle

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    closerview said,

    Marriage is between a man and a woman. Call it anything you want, but marriage. You CANNOT (!!!) change something that has been there for centuries. Call it a partnership or a union, anything BUT marriage.

    In any case, people have VOTED in a referendum against same sex marriage. By protesting this decision you are trying to undermine the very essence of democracy. People voted and this means that the MAJORITY is against same sex marriage. Deal with it.

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    closerview said,

    Are you stupid? Marriage is a religious matter at its root. Separation of church and state, my friend. And just because you don’t want any part in marriage doesn’t mean that same sex marriage is allowed. And as I said – PEOPLEРhave voted.

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