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National DOMA Protest

January 10 is the National DOMA Protest, a day to stand up against the Defense of Marriage Act and urge President-Elect Obama to repeal DOMA.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denies same-sex marriage at the federal level:

1. No state (or other political subdivision within the United States) need treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state.
2. The Federal Government may not treat same-sex relationships as marriages for any purpose, even if concluded or recognized by one of the states.

During the primary campaign, Obama pledged to completely repeal DOMA, and he reaffirmed in his Civil Rights Agenda after the election:

Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.

On January 10, people in cities across the U.S. will hold a Nationwide DOMA Protest and collect over 1,000,000 signatures urging President-Elect Obama to repeal DOMA. The nationwide goal: 1,000,00 signatures. San Francisco’s goal: 100,000 signatures! These one million signatures in support of marriage equality will be delivered to Barack Obama on his first day in office.

Join The Impact has an Open Letter to Barack Obama. On Saturday, there will be a rally at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro & Market). Speakers will discuss DOMA and at the end of the rally, volunteers will lead groups to different neighborhoods in SF and the Bay Area to collect signatures.


We will provide these supplies for those who are unable to bring them.

After collecting signatures: We are working on a drop off location in the Castro neighborhood to drop off the signed petitions and open letter copies, along with the borrowed clipboards and pens. Please check back for more information.

What: National DOMA Protest and Signature Gathering: Collect 100,000 signatures to repeal DOMA! RSVP at Facebook
When: Saturday, January 10, 11 A.M.
Why: Show President-Elect Obama and the world that GLBTQI people and our allies support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and fighting homophobia. Hold Obama accountable and urge him to turn his campaign promises into reality.
Where: Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro & Market (Castro Muni Stop)

Join us on January 10th for One Million Signatures to Repeal DOMA!

For more information on the nitty gritty of the petition, Continue reading



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Day Without A Gay

Day Without A Gay demonstration is on for Dec. 10, 6 P.M. at 24th and Mission! RSVP at Facebook.

Click on the images below to get full-size fliers (PDFs). Print and put up in your neighborhood, hand them out at Milk screenings, community centers, etc. Clubcard Printing has generously printed up fliers for us – stop by the shop, say thanks, and pick up some fliers to hand out and put up! Clubcard is open 10A.M.-6 P.M., M-F, at 2275 Market (near 16th St.).


Flier in English.

For more fliers in Chinese, Spanish, and English, click here: Continue reading

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Day Without a Gay (Lesbian, Bi, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Straight Ally) Demonstration

Dec. 10 is the Day Without a Gay (Lesbian, Bi, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Straight Ally):

Gay people and our allies are compassionate, sensitive, caring, mobilized, and programmed for success. A day without gays would be tragic because it would be a day without love.

On December 10, 2008 the gay community will take a historic stance against hatred by donating love to a variety of different causes.

On December 10, you are encouraged not to call in sick to work. You are encouraged to call in “gay”–and donate your time to service!

In San Francisco, there’s a demonstration and march on Dec. 10. During the day, step away from work if you can and show the country what the economy would be like without GLBTQI people and straight allies. In the evening, come to 24th and Mission and show the world who we are! Show your support for same-sex marriage and GLBTQI rights and put a face on the fight for equality, justice, and love! Bring your friends, families, and colleagues and show that you are committed to this cause for the long haul, that you’re in it to succeed!

Y’all turned out in the thousands for JoinTheImpact’s National Day of Protests on November 15, and you’ve turned out for meetings, marches, demonstrations, and vigils. We must not stop. Demonstrations show politicians, the media, and society at large that there is widespread, powerful, and vocal support for GLBTQI rights. Demonstrations bring us together as a community and show that we’re in this fight together. Wednesday, Dec. 10 is the next big protest – gear up, make your signs, and come with enthusiasm and all the courage of your convictions!

When: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, 6:00 P.M.
Where: 24th and Mission St., San Francisco, CA

Why: To show your support for GLBTQI rights and equality for all, and to show everyone else that this movement is not a flash in the pan. We’re not going to disappear. We’re not going to quietly and passively wait for our rights. And we will never forget Prop. 8 and the constant hatred that we face simply for living in a heterosexist, transphobic world.
What: Meet at 24th and Mission for a demonstration and then march up Valencia St. to the SF LGBT Community Center at 1800 Market (at Octavia).
How: RSVP to the Facebook event at Day Without A Gay – San Francisco. Anyone interested in organizing should join the Protest8SF listserv (open membership).
Who: You and everyone you know. Use this demonstration as an opportunity to talk to people about marriage equality and homophobia.

On a final note, the CA Supreme Court is hearing the case to repeal Prop. 8. Regardless of their decision, there will still be a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars same-sex marriage at the federal level. There will still be bans against same-sex marriage in dozens of other states. There will still be states with bans against non-heterosexual (and presumably non-cisgendered) people adopting. There will still be states where it is perfectly legal to fire people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. This is why we’re demonstrating. This is why you should spread the word, pitch in your help, and show up: because the deck is stacked against equality and social justice, and that will never change unless we continue to show that GLBTQI rights matter and that we won’t stop until we have full equality as well as marriage equality!

See you on the 10th!


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Event Information

Event: Marriage Equality and GLBTQI rights Rally
Location: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
Time: 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

The rally this Saturday will feature speakers from all parts of the GLBTQI community and its supporters, including local politicians, civil rights leaders, and religious leaders. We are committed to being an inclusive, anti-racist event. The event will be a peaceful rally in support of marriage equality and full equality, and we welcome everyone to attend that supports equality for all!

Speakers will provide perspective and action plans for restoring the rights of all people to marry, as advocated by millions of Californians including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The rally will provide our movement with a huge local network on which we can organize future protest actions.

A handicapped-accessible area will be reserved for persons with disabilities on the sidewalk in front of the City Hall steps, and there will be ASL interpreters present.

We encourage people to make signs to express their support for marriage equality and civil rights. Against8 and wistfuljane have downloadable flier designs in a variety of sizes.

Via Protest8LA, Shepard Fairey, designer of the Obama Hope poster, has generously created this image for people to use as signs and fliers:


(Click image for full size image).

We encourage people to bring video cameras and cameras to record the event. Put your rally photos up at the protestprop8 flickr and your video footage up at YouTube (and link it in the comments here)!


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Press Release: National Day Of Protest

For Immediate Release

November 11, 2008

Contact: Cat Kim,

Alternate contact: Eric Schiller (

Join the Impact SF calls on all those who find Proposition 8 unacceptable to join us for a protest Saturday, November 15 at 10:30 at City Hall in conjunction with the National Day of Protest. Speakers will provide perspective and action plans for restoring the rights of all people to marry, as advocated by millions of Californians including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In coordination with protests at city halls all over the nation, the rally will chart the way forward for equal rights guaranteed to us by the United States Constitution. The diversity of the civil rights movement will be on display, showing the nation that this struggle includes all of us, not just those desiring same-sex weddings. We are reaching out to all, especially members of groups that have suffered oppression and discrimination.

We support the right of individuals to have whatever religious beliefs they wish, but are prepared to confront institutions of bigotry and hate. We demand the reversal of the bigoted Proposition 8, as a major step in the struggle for civil rights that will continue until discrimination on the basis of sexual and gender orientation is eliminated entirely.

We will be asking for outreach efforts and will be mounting a campaign for all Americans to publicly publicly show their support for same-sex marriages that have taken place by signing an online holiday card celebrating their union. The protest will provide our movement with a huge local network on which we can organize future protest actions.

Featured speakers include

State Senator Carole Migden
State Senator-Elect Mark Leno
Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis; Plaintiffs in the California marriage case
Mark Oliver and Clark Pingree; Representing “Mormons for Marriage”
Rev. Dr. Penny Nixon
Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake

and many more. Our speakers and organizers will be available for media interviews at the event.

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Fliers Available!

Heads up:

Clubcard Printing in the Castro will have english and spanish posters and fliers ready for anyone to pick-up.

If you need a specific language version please call us at 415-865-1930 or email mikew or juan
@ clubcardprinting. com

We are easy to get to on Market & 16th street between (J-line streetcar, and we are between the Castro and Church Muni stations)

Flier DISCOUNT: Express Print has agreed to give us discounted rates for flyers. To get the discount, say that you’re copying fliers for the protest this Saturday.

For black and white: 5 cents each (100 for 5 dollars) For color: 35 cents each. The shop is located at 1410 Franklin Street (between Sutter and Fern), 94109. Phone Number: (415) 928-7865 Email: ep1410 AT

Thank you very much to Clubcard Printing and Express Print!

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More Fliers

If you want to put up fliers in any other language, email your translation and the area you plan to flier to protest8jon AT gmail .com. Requests must include translations of these phrases:

Rally Against Proposition 8
More info at
Join the Impact // National Protest

Clicking on the images below will take you to the full-size PDFs.

From Nathan, Winson, and Jon:


A Japanese flier.

From Tim:


For more fliers, click this link: Continue reading


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