NaBloPoMo Day Fourteen:
Why Protest?
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Why protest?

As in so many past experiences, our hopes bad been blasted, and the shadow of deep disappointment settled upon us. We had no alternative except to prepare for direct action, whereby we would present our very bodies as a means of laying our case before the conscience of the local and the national community.

[Protest brings injustice] out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

Let us all hope that the dark clouds of [prejudice] will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.

Excerpts from Martin Luther King’s
Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
I Have a Dream – Address at March on Washington, August 28, 1963

National Protest Against Prop 8

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Join the Impact!

For information about the nationwide protest in your city: CLICK HERE

If you cannot participate on Saturday, you can still help spread the word on your blogs, Facebook, and through Google and Yahoo groups.

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Readers, are you in?

16 comments on “Why Protest?”

  1. WOW! That gave me goosebumps and tears in my eyes!! That was the most awesome post ever!! Beautiful! I have posted badges on my Facebook, MySpace and Blogger pages. I have sent this link to everyone I know. And I wouldn’t have this info it I hadn’t been reading your blog, Cheri! Thanks a million!

  2. I, and possibly a few (all?) members of my family plan to be there, thanks to you. This is yet another reason why Obama in the White House is a very good thing. A couple Supreme Court noms and we might just see some real change.

  3. Like Lady Godiva, Gloria Steinem and Maude before you, your passion for fighting for what is Right and Just should inspire All to a call to action. The fact you do it with grace, wit and style is just icing on the gluten-free cake of life!

  4. Why argue Prop 8 while the Defense of Marriage Act is still law?

    Is it possible to argue that Prop 8 is unconstitutional under federal law if DOMA is still the law?

    Please, please, please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that DOMA is either right or wrong.
    I’m just saying that narrowing the focus to Prop 8 ignores some pretty big issues.

    Feels like there’s an elephant in the room.

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