Ann Arbor citizens, U of M Students join nationwide protests on passing of Prop 8

By |2018-01-16T08:09:23-05:00November 13th, 2008|Uncategorized|

Nov. 15 event 4 p.m. protesting Prop 8

ANN AROBOR – The passage of Proposition 8 in California and similar anti-civil rights initiatives in Arizona, Arkansas and Florida in this month’s elections has outraged the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and our families, friends and supporters. In recent days, LGBT Americans and their allies, no longer content to accept second-class citizenship have been taking to the streets to repudiate the politics of discrimination. On Saturday, November 15, 2008 this community will again take to the streets in what could be the largest organized protest of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement. To date, more than half a million people have pledged to take part in the nationwide event, gathering at city halls and state capitols in 300 cities as well as the Capitol in Washington D.C. to make their voice heard. Word is spreading quickly through the movement’s website, jointheimpact.wetpaint.com, and social networking sites such as Facebook.

University of Michigan student organizations, including the Law School’s Outlaws, and the LGBT Commission of the Michigan Student Assembly, in partnership with concerned citizens from in and around Ann Arbor, have organized a protest to begin downtown after the U of M football game. Neither the people of Michigan, U of M students, nor any other Michigan Football fan is willing to tolerate continued discrimination against LGBT people in America, and this message will be heard loudly, clearly, and festively in the streets of Ann Arbor this Saturday. The protest is scheduled to start at 3 pm as a rally at the Ann Arbor Post Office, 200 E. Liberty Ave., and become a march through downtown at 4 p.m., ending at the University of Michigan Diag.

A complete list of sponsoring organizations:

Law School: Outlaws, American Civil Liberties Union, National Lawyers Guild, Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Undergraduate: LGBT Commission of the Michigan Student Assembly
Public Policy School: Ford School Queers and Allies
Public Health School: OutBreak
Medical School: Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians and Allies in Medicine

Other locales in Michigan

Join the Impact!
Fight the H8 by attending a protest in your area of Michigan on Nov. 15. Across the nation and across time zones, a collective protest against Proposition 8 will be held in various locations to “get rid of H8.”

Detroit
City Hall
Two Woodward Ave., No. 308
12:30 p.m.
Contact: [email protected]

Marquette
Location and time TBD
Contact: [email protected]

East Lansing
Michigan State University
“The Rock” at Farm Lane and Auditorium
With speaker Julie Nemecek.
7 p.m.
Contact: The LGBT Alliance at [email protected]

Mount Pleasant
City Hall
401 N. Main
12:30 p.m.

Anger Into Action
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund is sponsoring a petition, the Anger into Action Declaration, to support fundamental rights of LGBT people. Visit the Task Force Action Fund Web site at www.thetaskforceactionfund.org to learn more and sign the petition.

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