Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Pictures from the National Prop 8 Protest (11/15/08), Oakland Style
The Oakland protest was smaller than I expected, probably 400-500 people, but with the kids in tow, that was fine - I don't think they could have handled the crowd of thousands in SF. Plus with such a small crowd, it was actually very personal. Two of the protest's organizers personally thanked us for coming to Oakland vs. SF. As one said, "You know San Francisco is going to be fine - but we need to make a showing here too."
We wore our custom-made "Castro Valley parent voting no on Prop 8" shirts, and no less than 5 people came up to us and thanked us for being there, and for wearing the shirts. They were either CV residents themselves, or former residents, or had gay or lesbian friends from CV, and were happy to see us.
The girls held up well, despite having just finished a soccer game at the completely unreasonable time of 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. The heat was hard though, it was easily in the 80's on Saturday, a little hot for marching and standing around.
I was so impressed with the creativity of the protesters, and their home made signs. Below are some of my favorite shots from the protest. Enjoy.