Thursday, November 6, 2008

REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER



Last night was the massive protest in West Hollywood against Proposition 8. We heard from members of various religious faiths, the head of Equality California, leaders of the No on Prop 8 campaign, and many more. The message was simple: We are angry. What started as an already considerably-sized rally turned into an enormous march on the streets of West Hollywood, Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Literally thousands upon thousands of protesters filled the streets (at many points with cars still in them) to show that - as one sign said - "This Isn't Over".

I personally believe that last night was the beginning of the real movement towards equality. It's not going to be an easy road...there will be tough times ahead. But we will succeed. We're just getting started! Below are photos I was able to snap during the march, which lasted around 4 hours.


Rally at San Vicente Blvd, in between Santa Monica Blvd & Melrose Ave in West Hollywood


Several miles later, we arrive at Hollywood & Highland


Police stand-off with the LAPD at Hollywood & Highland


A few people were arrested during this stand-off (note the LAPD's riot gear)


Police barricades at Santa Monica Blvd and La Brea Ave, heading back into West Hollywood


Filling the streets on Santa Monica Blvd at Plummer Park, back in West Hollywood


About 95% of cars were honking and cheering in support

FYI - there is another protest this afternoon at 2pm, at the Mormon Temple on Santa Monica Blvd. Unfortunately I won't be able to make this one, but I did get confirmation that a large group of protesters proceeded in that direction last night, after the initial march. What do we want? EQUALITY! When do we want it? NOW!

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