See? He was fired up:
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Oh, I hear he’s a mayoral candidate…
Just minutes after the news came down from the California Supreme Court this morning, a crowd of hundreds on McAllister Street started marching past City Hall towards Van Ness Avenue. (Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Minister of Information Nate Ballard can be seen Twittering the scene camera left):
“Prop 8 – A Modern Day Witch Hunt”:
The marchers ended up at Grove and Van Ness to block the intersection with the intent of some them doing whatever it takes to get arrested. Supervisorial candidates Debra Walker and Rafael Mandelman linking up to block the street:
After a while, the people blocking the intersection started to sit down…
…under the pouring sun
Interestingly, all the cops in with the crowd blocking the normally busy intersection were “liason officers” familiar with the Castro area and the No on 8 movement. That’s quite a different approach compared to the way the SFPD handled the White Night Riots of three decades ago.
Non “liason officers” standing guard outside of the scrum:
The California Highway Patrol was up in the sky – there’ll be no embarrassment for them today, unlike this situation from last year when they didn’t know what was going on at first. Orbiting low and slow with the flaps extended a bit. It’s a living…
All the while, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera was hosting a news conference inside City Hall:
The names of same-sex couples adorn this sculpture in the South Light Court:
Dennis Herrera with Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart:
See what they, and others had to say about today’s decision, after the jump
The anti-Prop 8 crowd in San Francisco has managed to express itself without getting arrested so far but all that might change on Tuesday, when the California Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling.
Read below for some of what’s planned.
There’s lots of interest in this issue around town - here’s Market Street a few month’s back:
“This morning, the CA Supreme Court announced that next Tuesday, May 26, we will have a decision about Prop 8. A dangerous precedent has been set that any minority’s rights can be stripped away at the ballot, but the Supreme Court has the opportunity to restore justice and sanity.
“Our rights hang in the balance. Now is the time to act. Next Tuesday, join us for an interfaith prayer service at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco (at the corner of Church & Market). Following the service, we will march down Market St. to the Civic Center, where we’ll gather with our community to hear the Court’s decision.”
Tuesday should be memorable no matter how the Court rules.
This is what it looked like this evening in San Francisco’s Castro District, the starting off point for the Eve of Justice march to the Civic Center. Tomorrow, the California Supreme Court will hear the challenges to Proposition 8.
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Joseph Smith had 34, Brigham Young had 55…
What civil rights Would Jesus Deny?
Headed towards Civic Center:
Lots of people and lots of signs filling Market Street.
It will start up again tomorrow morning…
Eve of Justice: Lighting The Way For The Supreme Court. Gather at Market and Castro from 5:00PM to 6:00PM for pre-march rally in Harvey Milk Plaza. March steps off at 6pm down Market Street to the CA Supreme Court (Civic Center) at 6:45pm for vigil program, re-commitment ceremony, speakers and moment of silence. [map] For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
These two were at the candlelight vigil in November – will they come back tonight?
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Then on Thursday, March 5th, 2009, the 100,000 March Supreme Court action begins.
See you there!
Some folks have been up in arms over the disclosure laws that apply to people who gave money promoting California’s recent Proposition 8. You know, the one about same-sex marriage. Donors might feel “exposed,” says the New York Times.
So of course there’s a lawsuit over this now. If you want, read what the Attorney General has to say himself. It’s a fairly accessible document. Or, take the easy way out, and read on, below.
California’s dogged AG:
“Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today filed a brief in federal court opposing a preliminary injunction that would conceal the identities of contributors to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign.
“Political democracy demands open debate, including prompt disclosure of the identities of campaign donors,” Attorney General Brown said. “Backers of Proposition 8 should not be allowed to carve out a special privilege of anonymity for themselves alone.”
The opposition brief, filed today with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, contends that Proposition 8 supporters do not meet the criteria for the limited exemption to valid campaign disclosure laws, an exemption developed by the Supreme Court to protect the ability of historically persecuted minority parties to engage in political speech. This limited exemption has applied to groups like the Socialist Workers Party in Ohio and the NAACP in Alabama in 1958, which both demonstrated that disclosure would result in significant harm and threaten the viability of their organizations.
By contrast, the supporters of Proposition 8 are a well-financed association of individuals who raised nearly $30 million in support of a ballot measure that received 52.3 percent of the vote. There is no risk that disclosure of donors will harm their ability to organize or otherwise pursue their political views.
Additionally, there is no justification to shield donors from post-election reporting requirements. Rather, these requirements help to prevent kickbacks, laundering, and other improper uses of campaign funds.
Any instances of violence or harassment against donors are deeply regrettable, but California’s civil and criminal justice systems are the appropriate venues to seek relief from potentially illegal conduct.
The bottom line is that the State’s campaign finance disclosure laws result in more speech, not less, and the public’s interest is better served in this case by requiring disclosure from those supporters of Proposition 8 who donated $100 or more.”
Despite some criticism for this and that, the No on 8 campaign seems to back on track. At least that’s the way it appeared yesterday at the Market Street headquarters. Mayor Gavin Newsom, California Assemblymember Fiona Ma, Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, Supervisor Tom Ammiano, Assessor Phil Ting, and Treasurer Jose Cisneros were all on hand to encourage the No on 8 workers at HQ.
Talk of the day concerned how much Pro-8 “Mormon money” from Idaho and Utah was coming into the state of California and how many phone calls the hundreds of volunteers were making.
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The mayor went off on a tangent about how constitutions have “never been changed to take peoples’ rights away” and how the U.S.(?) Constitution has been amended 17 times since the time of the Bill of Rights (which is true, they’re called the “subsequent amendments“) for the sole purpose of giving people rights. This would be correct only if you ignore a few, such as the 16th, or the 18th, or the 22nd, or the…
But don’t worry about that, just sign up for the campaign if you want. And ask about perks you might get, such as free massages:
It can’t hurt to ask them, anyway.
Will Attorney General Jerry Brown get the credit for defeating Prop 8, as this article suggests? Only time will tell.
Read all about it at Equality California‘s website.
California Assemblymember Mark Leno spoke out against Prop 8 at an event last night in San Francisco:
The kick-off rally tomorrow, September 6th, should be well-attended: