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"Day of Decision" Actions To Respond to CA Court Decision on Prop 8

GLN permalink posted March 23, 2009

People around the country who support equal rights are preparing for the forthcoming California Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8.

Prop 8 represents no less than the taking away of equal rights from a whole group of people – a dangerous enough action in "normal" times, but made doubly so by an economic crisis which, as history has showed us, can sew scapegoating, discrimination and violence against minority groups.

When the court announces its decision on Proposition 8, the LGBT community and its allies must respond.

With this in mind the Gay Liberation Network's Andy Thayer, working long-time Lesbian activist Robin Tyler, have launched the www.DayofDecision.org website to help facilitate local actions around the country on the night the California court announces its decision. (Tyler for those who don't know, was the first nation's "out" Lesbian comic and with her partner, Diane Olsen, are among the plaintiffs against Proposition 8).

In Chicago, the action will begin at 7 PM sharp in front of the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, from which we'll march to a location decided by the participants.

Under California law, the court must announce its decision sometime between now and June 3rd – we will get 24 hours notice before the decision is to be announced, at which time we will send out alerts to all who are on our email and Facebook lists.

The reasons for the "Day of Decision" actions are simple – whatever the court decides, we must respond. We must either:

1) celebrate a positive decision from the court and attempt to spread its impact well beyond California, or,

2) if the court rules against us, make sure that our angry voices are heard around the nation. Anger at denying an entire group of people our civil rights is perfectly legitimate and appropriate.

But to make sure that our protests or celebrations on the day that we hear the ruling regarding Prop 8 are most effective, we must begin to organize right now.

If you would like to volunteer to help with publicity for Chicago's Day of Decision action, please email us at LGBTliberation@aol.com

Organizing now will send a message that we will no longer accept discrimination against us.

Become a Day of Decision Organizer

Find a Day of Decision Action in a City Near You


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