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I originally posted this yesterday, but it sank like a stone with little comment or notice. I'm going to keep publishing this diary until it either gets rec'd or rescued so people can find the "Impact" event near them.

Size matters......

November 4th was a bitter-sweet celebration for our Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters. Even as they worked to take back our country, Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, and California passed initiatives to take away their civil rights.

President-elect Obama publicly opposed California's Proposition 8, saying he instead favored extending "fully equal rights and benefits to same-sex couples under both state and federal law."

"And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states,"

Folks, let's follow his example. Our work on the Obama campaign taught us we have the power to change the world. So please join us this day to peacefully celebrate the lives and rights of all our citizens!


Every state in the Union. To learn about rallies in your area,CLICK HERE


Saturday, November 15 - 1:30PM Eastern, 12:30PM Central, 11:30AM Mountain, 10:30AM Pacific

To download and print the Join The Impact flyers, CLICK HERE

Spread the word! Rec this up!





Originally posted to msblucow on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 07:44 AM PST.

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  •  Thanks - N/T (4+ / 0-)

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 07:50:12 AM PST

  •  I will be at the Chicago protest (4+ / 0-)

    ...and have convinced two friends to join me. (It will be cold as hell, but I wouldn't miss it for the world! First time I've been at a protest rally since the rally against the war in D.C. in September of '04!)

    The last time I checked, the Facebook link for the Protest 8 rally in Chicago was at 1,200+ confimred attendees...and that was yesterday's number!

  •  Just copied, pasted (3+ / 0-)

    and sent out to all my contacts in South Florida. Will be attending the Lake Worth event. Thanks for the heads up.

  •  Los Angeles County And Prop 8 (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    Here is a link to an interesting map of Los Angeles County published this morning by the Los Angeles Times.  Blue indicates precincts that voted against Prop 8; green indicates precincts that voted for Prop 8.

    There has been much discussion here at Daily Kos regarding black voters and Prop 8.  If you look at the map, areas to the south of downtown Los Angeles to south of Compton voted for Prop 8, which are majority AA.  Keep in mind the area has seen a huge influx of Hispanic voters as well but the soul of the AA community in Los Angeles county is in the Crenshaw district, south of downtown, as is the church going population.  

    Areas to the east of downtown Los Angeles to the city of Pomona, and south to Whittier, are heavily Hispanic areas and these areas voted for Prop 8 as well.  The city of San Fernando, and areas due south, are also heavily Hispanic and voted for Prop 8.  

    Areas in and around Palmdale also voted for Prop 8, in big numbers.  These areas have significantly larger white populations than east of south Los Angeles, but they are much less educated and earn significantly less than their counterparts on the westside of Los Angeles - they have a much higher rate of church attendance than westsiders as well.    

    The areas from Pasadena to Malibu, including West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and the cities in the San Fernando Valley, all voted against Prop 8, as did the affluent and well educated beach cities south of Santa Monica to Redondo Beach.  These areas are whiter, gayer, heavily Jewish and ethnically diverse. These areas are also more affluent, better educated with low levels of church attendance.

    Perhaps income level, education levels and weekly church attendance markers are better ways to determine who voted Yes on Prop 8 as opposed to strictly race.  

    But it seems that level of church attendance on a weekly basis is really what determines how you voted on Prop 8.

    Think about it - what ties majority populations in Los Angeles county in Palmdale, Compton and Pomona together regarding Prop 8?  Weekly church attendance.    

    Palmdale is majority white, Compton majority black and Pomona majority Hispanic.  Add to that, white voters in Orange, San Diego, San Bernadino and Riverside counties, where weekly church attendance is quite high and you can see this prop was going to pass regardless of how the more liberal northern part of the state was going to vote.  And in more liberal, urban areas in the north, Prop 8 still passed with AA and Hispanics voters.  

    Opponents of Prop 8 need to start communicating with voters who attend church on a weekly basis.      

  •  I posted the Austin info (1+ / 0-)
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    Texas Blue Dot

    in C&J this morning

    We have done the impossible and that makes us mighty - Firefly

    by anotherdemocrat on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 08:31:49 AM PST

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