Organizing: To Do

Alright folks, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to it. The protest last night was fantastic. It was a spontaneous, grassroots and netroots uprising that resulted in thousand of people peacefully marching through the streets for the cause of equality and GLBTQI rights! And the best thing is, it’s just the beginning. We, the GLBTQI and allied denizens of SF, need to raise our voices and bring our cause to national attention and make sure that everyone knows that marriage equality is about civil rights and full equality under the law!

To that end, here’s a short list of things to organize for the Nov. 15, 10:30 A.M. rally at City Hall:

1. Get permits: Edited: We are getting a permit, thank you for all your help!

2. Speakers: Edited: Thank you all for your suggestions and emails, we have a full list of people to contact for speaking and have leads on getting ASL interpreters for the event.

3. PA System: Edited: We have leads on sound systems, thank you.

4. Publicity: There are a few ways to get the word out, and to be effective we need to use all of them:

  • Community Outreach: The need for publicity coincides with the outreach to all our communities. We need to contact GLBTQI organizations, political organizations, religious organizations, minority organizations, schools, etc. (any suggestions for the list? Please comment.) and ask them to contact their members. These requests for publicity and attendance are the most effective when they come from community members, so if you belong to a religious group, an activist group, a political group, etc., please talk to folks in your community about coming to the protest.
  • Schools: college and high school students, particularly members of GLBTQI organizations, that are interested in volunteering with publicity or organizing – contact your organizations for publicity, put up fliers around campus, etc. If you’re interested in organizing your school’s club for publicity or have familiarity with organizing events, please check out the fliers page and spread the word with your organization!
  • Fliers: We need to get fliers up and out, which is where everyone with access to a printer and a stapler or tape come in: print the fliers and put them up at your community centers, dorms, apartment buildings, coffee shops, stores, libraries, and any place where you see a bulletin board. Please be respectful of private property.  Print some fliers, put them in your bag in the morning, and stick them up as you go about your day. This is a (non-comprehensive) list of the areas that need to be fliered.
  • Internet: Go viral. We need as much publicity across the internet as possible. The Facebook event is Join the Impact – San Francisco. Link to this post and cross-post it to your blogs, your Facebooks and MySpaces and Orkuts and any other social network, add it to Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Newsvine, share it on Google Reader, and get the word out! If you are familiar with MySpace and want to create a page, email me.

5. Signs/Fliers: If you’ve designed fliers and signs for any anti-Prop. 8 protests and would like to share them, please send links or emails of the designs and I’ll link/post them here.  If you would like to make signs for people to print out and bring to the protest on Saturday, please send me links or emails.

Whew! Looking back at this list, it’s not all that long or hard. If everyone does something, we can easily take care of it all. However, that’s the key thing: everyone has to do something, whether it’s tell a colleague about the protest or stick up ten fliers or ask a leader to show their commitment to civil rights and speak at our protest. This protest is for our rights, it’s for our community, and it’s about our equality and dignity as human beings, which means that we need to step up and organize!



Filed under JoinTheImpact, National Day of Protest 11/15, Prop. 8, Prop. 8 Protest, San Francisco

19 responses to “Organizing: To Do

  1. Alex

    I am the fellow wearing the milatary clothes holding the gay American flag on your picture. I was the lead for most of the part from the United Nation Plaza to Dolores Park then City Hall and talked to the police so that they help with traffic as I took the croud to City Hall. I also introduce Pollo del Mar into the picture because I had lost my voice. Later that night we camped till the next day on Castro and Market. I was also the one who introduce people to the audience who wanted to speak up on Prop 8. I can be of great help again. Please feel free to contact me at 415 902 2052

  2. Ric

    Has anyone checked into having the Mayor speak? I think that would be valuable.

  3. suggestion

    10:30 is too early after a Friday night. Noon might be better

    All the events don’t have to be at the exact same time

  4. protest8sf

    Hi Alex, great job leading the rally on Friday! I’ll email you, we could definitely use your help!

  5. protest8sf

    Hey Ric, that sounds like a good idea. We’re pulling together a list of speakers and I would love to get Newsom to come.

  6. protest8sf

    Thanks for the suggestion about changing the time. All the fliers and publicity have 10:30 though, so it’ll be awkward if we try to change it now. It is early in the morning, but as Pollo Del Mar said, we need to get out of the bars and into the streets and take action!

  7. Mark Kemler

    My partner and I know plenty of people with speaker systems and microphones. Let me know if you need a sound system. Thanks.

  8. led

    wondering if any other inner sunset dwellers out there with an office job can obtain some copies of flyers? if so i’ll help flyer the ‘hood…there’s not much dialogue out thisaway

  9. Samantha

    I’d be happy to flier Inner Richmond and the USF campus. If anyone else lives in the area, maybe we can split the job in half — feel free to contact me at

  10. led

    contact info for led in inner sunset:

  11. Amanda

    I almost missed the SF protest on Friday there were almost no flyers up in my area (Alameda) but I got a last min. text thank goodness. So that doesn’t happen to anyone else I’d like to flyer Alameda (its tiny me and a few friends could do the whole thing in a day). Also I don’t know if you would be intrested in a DJ but my friend Brian frm Berkeley DJ’d at the Sac protest on Sunday and the crowd loved it we should definitly have him again.

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  13. Hi,
    I can make a Myspace and post the protest event on if you heard of it. Let me know what I can do! 🙂

  14. Mary

    Hi there. I voted no on prop 8 and am a allie to the GBLT community.

    I wanted to say that I hope the protest can get beyond being about prop 8 and stop being defensive.
    It seems to me that Equality is getting lost – I hope you have more signs and voice about “big picture” or equality. This is really about Fundamental Rights being denied to US citizens!

    Good Luck!

  15. Celeste

    “It is early in the morning, but as Pollo Del Mar said, we need to get out of the bars and into the streets and take action!”

    I would just like to point out for historical purposes that this chant’s orgin was The White Night Riots from the Havey Milk days, not Pollo Del Mar. I think Pollo did a great job on Friday night, but I think it’s important that we don’t muddy history.

    That being said, I’ll be there and I’m doing my best to get the word out in the leather communities and the butch/femme communities.

    Also, please consider protesting on Friday night at SF Chroncle 901 Mission St. They are totally downplaying our numbers and it’s very important that the world know our numbers.

    Thanks for your hard work!

  16. protest8sf

    Hi Carmen, the myspace is equalitynowsf. Please post the event at!

  17. protest8sf

    Hi Mary, I very much agree and we’d like to focus our event on the big picture: equality for all!

  18. protest8sf

    Hi Celeste, thanks for the heads up and correction! I didn’t know the historical origins.

    Thanks for getting the word out, it would be great to have members from every part of the GLBTQI community at the rally–it is for all of us! I’ll pass on the word about the Chron protest.

  19. david

    Please march and unify under the AMERICAN FLAG. If No on 8 campaign had used the GLBTQ or rainbow identity we never would have won as many votes as we did. This is a very strategic issue. I developed advertising for Nike. Remeber who we are talking to. Please protest with an American flag. It works.

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