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Where Were You On Saturday?

Jim Burroway

November 15th, 2008

You should be out there Joining the Impact. Please send us your pictures and observations — in comments or preferably by email. You can email me at the link under “CONTACT US” in the sidebar at left.

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AJD
November 15th, 2008 | LINK

I just got back from the New York protest across the street from Mayor Bloomberg’s office… I’m not good at estimating the sizes of crowds, so I’m going to try to make too narrow a guess, but it was definitely in the thousands. A lot of tour buses went by, and many of the passengers gave us thumbs up of support. I don’t know if there were any counter-demonstrators, but I didn’t see any.

One of the most refreshing things was the diversity in the crowd. There were people of every color, ranging from high school kids to elderly people, and quite a few interracial couples. That’s to be expected because it’s New York, but there seemed to be a sense of unity that transcended race.

Zeke
November 15th, 2008 | LINK

I was at the Tampa rally in downtown Tampa from 1:00 till about 4:00. There were about 200 people there. A little disappointing but the local organizations didn’t get the word out until Tuesday so I guess it was pretty good considering the short notice.

The crowd was lively, very mixed men/women, white/black/hispanic, gay/straight/bi.

Linda Saulsena, a Tampa city councilwoman, gave a moving and rousing speech.

Some of our people were on the street corners where they were getting tons of honks and thumbs up.

There were no Yes on 2 protesters to be seen even though they sent out a press release calling for a counter protest.

The weather was beautiful, sunny, mid 80′s until right after the rally when it started to rain. As we drove away a BIG, BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW formed in the sky. I kid you not. I snapped a picture of it.

Jason D
November 15th, 2008 | LINK

Have to say, I completely missed the point of the protests today. I thought they were an angry rally, but all the photos I’ve seen were breathtakingly obvious that this was all about hope, courage, and a peaceful request for respect.

oops.

Louie
November 15th, 2008 | LINK

Husband and I were in downtown Phoenix. Peacefully marching and chanting to and from the State Capitol.

The crowd was much larger than I had anticipated. This was a very pleasant surprise.

A mixture of every race, gender, color, faith, generation was present.

To say that we were inspired by the people we were marching with is an understatement.

The voters may have handed us a temporary setback in our civil rights struggle. But, they did not put us back in the closet and lock the door.

What we saw and heard was that we have had enough and that closet door has been taken off its hinges forever.

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