Pam Spaulding

NC's ready to rumble with Prop 8 protests

Filed By Pam Spaulding | November 11, 2008 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: National Day of Protest, North Carolina, Prop 8

Friend of the Blend, Bilerico Project contributor and former candidate for the US Senate Jim Neal sent out this call to action, as we are going to have a demonstration against Prop 8 on Saturday, November 15, in Raleigh at 1:30 PM (location TBA).

The passage of Prop. 8 in California is not a "California Issue." It is a setback for equal civil rights for all Americans. And-- it is important that North Carolinians band together en masse this Saturday in Raleigh, in solidarity with millions across our nation.

So here is what YOU CAN DO. Each and every one of you- whether you are attending or not-- can take personal responsibility for contacting 10 of your friends and securing their pledge to attend. Coordinate transportation amongst them; and then ask them to recruit 10 of their friends and family.

I want to see a minimum of 500 people turn out in Raleigh. And if you work hard, that number could exceed 1,000.

More below the fold.

Many of you busted your butts get Obama elected. But your job did not end on November 4th. I'm here to tell you: there's much work to be done. CHANGE is about action on your part and my part. CHANGE manifests itself when people come together for a purpose.

Attend, recruit, organize, canvas online-- you know the drill.

If the rights guaranteed all Americans under the 1st and 14th Amendments to our Constitution are denied to a single person, then the rights of any American are threatened. Think about it.

This is a nationwide event guys. Do you want NC to record only 100 or so people present? I'll be there. I'd be there for anyone whose civil rights were under assault. This has nothing to do with my being gay.

Standing up for each other is as fundamental as is voting as a means of protecting our democracy.

I would greatly appreciate your support.

A bunch of the amazing young folks from the Chapel Hill High GSA are going to be there taking part in the activism. When I visited them a few weeks ago (my post w/video is here) and I told Jim that he needed to give a talk to them to meet the next generation of LGBT activists; he did so last week and he was just as impressed as I was. GSA co-sponsor Tom Greene and Will Elliot are coordinating the march (Facebook pages here and here). For more information, call 919-795-4966; email:

In what is incredibly bad timing, this Prop 8 protest is on the same day as the long-scheduled 2008 EqualityNC conference, where I am serving on a panel, "Building People of Color LGBT Visibility," with Mandy Carter and Alexander Robinson. Even worse, my panel actually coincides with the time of the march -- and the panel is not slated to be videotaped for march attendees to see later if they wished to. Also, directly related to Prop 8, the ENC conference will feature Kate Kendall, one of the co-chairs of the No on 8 Campaign. Register online at:

Ian Palmquist of ENC:

The passage of Prop. 8 in California, taking away the right of same-sex couples to marry, has awakened many to the need to take action and make change. If you're like me, you couldn't fully appreciate some of the good news last week knowing that Californians had voted to deny equal rights to their fellow citizens.

We are so fortunate to have Kate Kendell, one of the co-chairs of the No on 8 Campaign and Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which is leading the legal battles, as a keynote speaker at our Equality Conference & Gala this Saturday.

  • Where does our movement go in the wake of Prop. 8?

  • Is taking to the streets a useful strategy?

  • What are the legal cases filed to stop Prop. 8 and do they have a chance?

  • What's the plan to win marriage in California and beyond?

We'll be asking asking Kate all those questions and finding out what each of us can do right here in North Carolina to be a part of the movement for full equality.

It's not to late to register for the Conference & Gala. Sign up today to join us for a day of amazing conversations as we chart the path forward, and an evening of celebration of how far we've come and the people who will get us to victory. You won't want to miss it.

What to do? Well, if you don't already have tickets to attend the conference, then by all means head over to Raleigh to make your voice heard at the rally. The conference will be in Durham at Duke's Bryan Center all day, so come back from the march and tell us how it went. I don't see this as an either/or; it's just too bad that they are on the same day.

Also, I will be on WUNC's "The State of Things" on Friday at noon with Will Elliott, so we have an exceptional opportunity to get the word out about both events. We will discuss Prop 8, the resulting blame game, the EqualityNC conference, and what we can look forward to here in NC if the fundies decide to target the Tar Heel state.

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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | November 12, 2008 7:36 AM

There is nothing the organizer in me loves to see more than people getting politically active.

Let's hope that this movement grows and is channeled towards real achievements.

Is this the 1st LGBT protest in North Carolina?

Angela Brightfeather | November 13, 2008 12:12 AM


No, this is not the first GLBT protest in NC. As far as I am concerned the first was over five eyars ago when Transgender people in NC gathered at an HRC dinner to protest our exclusion in ENDA.

And like the protests that are happening about Prop 8 that I fully support, the warm up for these protests were the earlier protests for an inclusive ENDA. I think that they helped set the stage this year for the Prop 8 issue and showed GLBT people that getting out and protesting is not only a good thing, but it also works to creates unity in the community. I mean if you can protest for Trans rights, you sure as heck can protest for important GLB rights also.

I also think that with the election came a new sense of purpose in the GLBT community which makes being discriminated against in ways like ENDA and Prop 8, very simply intolerable any longer for GLBT people to simply keep quiet and be nice about. There is a lot of pent up anger out there that has been unleashed. Due to our feeling part of being able to change the system with our vote, it is being displayed and enunciated by saying "we are sick of this and we aren't going to take it any more."

But I also want to note Bil, that while this is not the first protest by GLBT people in NC, while the protest is going on in Raleigh, there is also going to be a meeting the day after the protest as a part of the ENC Gala event, to chart a path for the Trans community in NC. You see, for the last 10 years I have been protesting that Equality NC has not had adequate Transgender representation on their Board of Directors. That has to change also.

This is going to be an exciting year for everyone, inside and outside of the GLBT community in North Carolina. As an activist for many years, it does my heart good to see so many people getting involved enough to shout about it. I'm just sorry that things like a bad ENDA and Prop 8 have to happen to make people mad enough to get them of their couches and become a part of the issues that affect their lives. It's about time we took it to the streets.

Don't know that it's the first Bill-- but I certainly hope it is the largest.

Aethist Patriot | November 15, 2008 12:25 AM

California thanks you all.