Movement to Repeal Prop 8 Goes to Fresno

by Paul Hogarth on May 29, 2009

Tomorrow, I will leave the Bay Area to join thousands of people from across the state – as we Meet in the Middle for Equality. The mass rally at 1:00 p.m. in downtown Fresno will protest the Supreme Court decision upholding Proposition 8, and launch a statewide effort to restore marriage equality at the ballot box. Why Fresno? Because last year, while the “No on 8” camp was having their volunteers do visibility in San Francisco, Fresno County voted 70-30 to repeal civil rights. But Fresno has gay people too – we’re everywhere! – and activists there like Robin McGehee have for years been organizing under trying circumstances, with little help or assistance from the top-down leadership. Whether we go back to the voters in 2010 or 2012, the campaign to repeal Prop 8 must meet Californians where they live – and this is the start of a historic effort. Chartered buses from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego are already full, but click here to get connected with carpooling. If you have a car and can take people, you are especially needed. San Franciscans who don’t have a seat on the bus should meet in front of the LGBT Center (1800 Market Street) at 8:30 a.m. to hitch — or offer — a ride to Fresno, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car is offering great discounts.

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