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In the Streets Vs. Proposition H8

by Felix Barrett
Thousands of people took to the streets of San Francisco in opposition to the California Supreme Court's decision upholding Proposition 8 and banning gay marriage in the state.
Thousands rallied at city hall at 5 pm. Some of the most moving statements were from gay couples speaking about the decision. After a march to Yerba Buena Gardens, many people didn't feel like they had expressed their anger and outrage at this act of blatant discrimination. While some speakers were telling people "if they give you lemons, make lemonade" many others were going up against the police who tried to block in the demonstration. The protest eventually broke though police lines and continued the march. One woman was brutalized by the police and, I think arrested. A much more angry and liberated march, went back down Market Street to the Castro. Popular chant was, "Not the church, Not the State, we will decide our fate" and "When Queer people are under attack, what do we do? Act Up! Fight Back!" At least half the crowd from the initial rally joined the march to the Castro. When reaching the Castro hundreds (probably more like a thousand all together) people sat in the middle of the street at Market and Castro while various people took turns speaking on the bullhorn.
§Rally at City Hall
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§March from City Hall
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§Just Devestated
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§Fuck 8
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§Hope Will Never Be Silent
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§Don't make us Iowa
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§Stripped of Human Rights
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by Carol
These are some really beautiful and moving photographs of people's anger and passion over the unjust verdict over Prop 8. It is outrageous that people's fundamental rights are put up for a vote and that the Christian Fascists and other reactionaries have set the tone. Perhaps, this is the beginning of new challenges to the outrages of this system. It is right to rebel against reactionaries!
by bi-mom
the cops weren't trying t stop the demo. I don't know what happened with the woman who was arrested, but my impression is that she was heckling the speakers. Her arrest did energize and mobilize peopel back into the streets, though. And again I didn't see the cops try to stop that.

not that I love the cops, but accuracy is good.
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