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Nationwide Protests Called for Saturday

Jim Burroway

November 11th, 2008

This thing is now going viral, complete with its own Facebook page. Ordinary folks, disillusioned by our “professional advocates,” have shoved them aside and are now taking matters into their own hands. The web site they’ve set up, Join the Impact, is calling for protests in more than 125 cities across America on Saturday November 15, at 1:30 p.m. EST / 10:30 a.m. PST.

Their web site has been had trouble staying online because of the heavy traffic. So I’m re-posting the information below after the jump.

Update: I’ve updated the post above to reflect the more active and most current web site. I’ve also updated the information below.


Below is a list of Prop 8 Protest Locations By State – if you don’t see a location near you and want to rally people closer to where you live, you can register at Join the Impact and start gathering people in your area.

This list is being updated continually. Please check with Join the Impact the the latest updates.

Alabama: Birmingham | Dothan | Mobile

Alaska: Ancharage | Fairbanks

Arizona: Flagstaff | Phoenix | Tucson |

Arkansas: FayettevilleLittle Rock

California: Bakersfield | Chico | Eureka | Fairfield | Fresno | Inland Empire | Irvine | Long Beach | Los Angeles | Napa | Oakland | Orange County | Palm Springs | Pasadena | Sacramento | San Diego | San Francisco | San Jose | San Luis Obispo | Santa Barbara | Santa Cruz County | Santa Rosa | Ventura

Colorado: Denver

Connecticut: Hartford | New Haven

Delaware: Dover

District of Columbia: Washington

Florida: Ft. Lauderdale | Jacksonville | Miami Beach | Orlando |  Tallahassee | Tampa Bay/Pinellas | Tampa Bay/Hillsborough

Georgia: Atlanta, at 1:30 p.m. and at 5:00 p.m.

Hawaii: Honolulu

Idaho: Boise | Idaho Falls | Sandpoint

Illinois: Chicago

Indiana: Bloomington (Note: Organizer needed) | EvansvilleIndianapolis (Note: Organizer needed) | South Bend

Iowa: Des Moines | Iowa City

Kansas: Kansas City | Wichita

Kentucky: LexingtonLouisville

Louisiana: New Orleans | Shreveport

Maine: Portland

Maryland: Baltimore

Massachusetts: Boston | Columbia | Northampton

Michigan: Detroit | East LansingMarquette | Mount Peasant

Minnesota: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Mississippi: Jackson

Missouri: Kansas City | St. Louis

Montana: Billings | Missoula

Nebraska: Omaha

Nevada: Las Vegas | Reno

New Hampshire: Manchester

New Jersey: Newark | Montclair

New Mexico: Albuquerque

New York: Albany | Ithica | New York City | Rochester | Syracuse | White Plains

North Carolina: Charlotte | Greensboro | Raleigh

North Dakota: Grand Forks (Note: Organizer needed)

Ohio: Cincinnati | Cleveland | Columbus

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City (Note: Organizer needed) | Tulsa | Stillwater

Oregon: Corvallis | Eugene | Portland

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg | Philadelphia | Pittsburgh

Rhode Island: Providence

South Carolina: Charleston (Note: Organizer needed)

South Dakota: Rapid City (Note: Organizer needed) | Sioux Falls (Note: Organizer needed)

Tennessee: Memphis (Note: Organizer needed) | Nashville (Note: Organizer needed)

Texas: Austin | Dallas | Houston

Utah: Logan | Salt Lake City

Vermont: Burlington | Montpelier

Virginia: Alexandria | Charlottesville | Richmond | Virginia Beach

Washington: Olympia | Seattle | Spokane

West Virginia: Charleston (Note: Organizer needed)

Wisconsin: Milwaukee

Wyoming: Cody (Note: Organizer needed) | Laramie (Note: Organizer needed)



November 11th, 2008 | LINK

The link still says the Seattle protest will be at City Hall. From my understanding, based on an article at, the protest has joined with another and will begin at Volunteer Park at noon, not City Hall.

November 11th, 2008 | LINK

This site seems to be updated more frequently than the main site.

November 11th, 2008 | LINK

There is also a protest in Rochester, NY scheduled for Saturday. It’s not listed on the Join the Impact site that you have but it is on here.

November 11th, 2008 | LINK

Wow! How about respecting the rights of those that already voted?

November 11th, 2008 | LINK


Emily K
November 11th, 2008 | LINK

I’m there. Decided to do it 2 days ago.

November 11th, 2008 | LINK

According to the site, there will also be protests in Edinburgh, Ottawa and Toronto, and possibly in France and Australia as well.

November 11th, 2008 | LINK

There is also a protest being organized for Olympia, Washington.

Jim Burroway
November 11th, 2008 | LINK

I seem to have omitted the listing for Washington entirely. My bad.

The web site is changing constantly. The international links were just added only in the past couple of hours. It will be impossible to keep up with it.

For the latest info, I encourage everyone to check with Join the Impact.

Marla Stevens
November 12th, 2008 | LINK

Dissing the local groups is silly. For instance, this group “scheduled” demos at city halls across the country, not having a clue whether city hall in a particular location made any sense at all. In one such location, there’s no legal demo space sans a permit, so they’re literally sending people to do civil disobedience without their knowledge or consent, which is a really lousy and unethical thing to do. In another one, the gathering space address is on a tiny street with a building behind it that’s closed on Saturdays in a downtown area that, on weekends, all but rolls up the sidewalks and will show up very badly on camera, have no public restroom access, and where the government is actually quite supportive of gay families, meaning they’ll be literally demonstrating against our friends instead of demonstrating at the places nearby where our enemies are. A simple look at the Marriage Equality website would’ve put them in touch with good local organizers who would never have made these mistakes and are now in the unenviable position of having to undo the damage with almost no lead time.

Stefano A
November 12th, 2008 | LINK

Consider this a personal plea…

In the past few days there have been several reports emerging out of Utah about Mormon properties having their windows shot out with BB-guns.

Now a report has emerged that in Littleon, Colorado, a fire outside a Mormon church is being investigated as a bias-motivated arson that may have stemmed from the church’s position on a gay marriage amendment in California because a church member found a burning copy of The Book of Mormon on a door step.

Now, so far, other than for supposition, there has been no direct linking between LGBT protestors or activists and these events.

I support the protests and acts of civil disobedience.

But this is a plea for Box Turtle Bulletin readers to encourage their friends and advocates if they are aware of people in our movement translating our legitimate anger into such acts, we remind them to be civil acts of disobedience, not hooliganism and not to transform legitimate expessions of anger into actual hatred or hateful bigotted acts.

Jane mae
November 15th, 2008 | LINK

So, should the Yes on 8 also come to protest our rights as well? I think we pretty much got our point across when we won on Nov. 4th.

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