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Press Release: Light Up The Night

For Immediate Release

December 14, 2008

Primary Contact: Tim DeBenedictis
Alternate Contact: Eric Lunow
Alternate Contact: Cat Kim

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. The local organizers of the national November
15th protests against Prop 8 have planned something positive for the
holiday season.

Join The Impact ( is planning a national candlelight
vigil, open to all individuals, organizations, and families who support
marriage equality and the repeal of Prop 8.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT will take place in San Francisco at Union Square on
Saturday, December 20th, from 5:00 – 6:00 PM.

Early response indicates an attendance figure in the thousands, creating a
visual holiday spectacle. The San Francisco vigil will be coordinated with
hundreds of other vigils happening simultaneously in cities across the
United States.

According to organizer Tim DeBenedictis, “We want to show a positive image
of unity and hope – an image that will be seen not just here in San
Francisco, but across the Bay, in the Central Valley, over the Sierras, and
in 100 million homes across America.”

For more information on the San Francisco event:
For more information on the national event:


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Press Release: Day Without A Gay

For immediate Release

December 8, 2008

From: Join The Impact SF.

Contact: Ryan Rudnick, Cat Kim,

Day Without a Gay (Lesbian/Bi/Trans/Queer/Intersex) is coming up December 10th!

What: A rally at 24th & Mission, followed by a march up Valencia to the SF LGBT Center (Market & Octavia).

Who: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano;Andrea Shorter, the campaign director of And Marriage for All; Renee Saucedo, Founder of INS Watch; Cat Kim, organizer of Join The Impact SF; Gregg Cassin, Inspirational Speaker.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, 6:00 P.M.

Where: 24th and Mission St., San Francisco, CA [BART: 24th & Mission]

How: RSVP to the Facebook event at Day Without A Gay – San Francisco. And please pass this message to everyone!

Why: To show support for American civil rights and equality for all, including gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, queers, and intersexuals. Our intent is to show everyone else that this movement is not a flash in the pan. The 21st century Civil Rights Movement is not going to disappear. Victims of discrimination are not going to quietly and passively wait for
our rights. And our communities will never forget Prop. 8 and the constant hatred that people face simply for living in a sexist, paranoid world.

Demonstrations show politicians, the media, and society at large that there is widespread, powerful, and vocal support for civil rights. Demonstrations bring us together as a community and show that both GLBTQI and their straight friends are united in this fight. Wednesday, Dec. 10 is the next big protest – it is time for everyone to gear up, make your signs, and come with enthusiasm and all the courage of your convictions!

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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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