Students speak out against Prop 8

Putting a human face on what is for most people an ideological battle, “No on 8” protesters chanted and cheered to Riverside City College students passing by. The “last minute” rally, as Griffith Fuller Jr. explained, was a passive protest with no real speeches or marches occurring.

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By Jason Lillard

By Jason Lillard

To take a look back at Viewpoints’ live coverage of Election 2008, including blogs, videos and coverage from local campaign headquarters, visit http://viewpoints.ning.com.

Putting a human face on what is for most people an ideological battle, “No on 8” protesters chanted and cheered to Riverside City College students passing by.

The “last minute” rally, as Griffith Fuller Jr. explained, was a passive protest with no real speeches or marches occurring. The event although primarily put on by the RCC Gay Straight Alliance, had garnered many attendees through flyers placed around the campus.

Chants included “No on 8, equality for all” and “No on 8, even if you’re straight.”

After half an hour of demonstrating on Oct. 30 in front of the Martin Luther King Center, the protesters moved to the corner of Magnolia Ave in front of RCC. Many in the smoking section in front of the MLK Center cheered loudly as the demonstrators passed by.

While some responded to the protesters with demeaning epithets or obscene hand gestures, many were supportive. After the event relocated, many passing cars honked in support-including a postal truck.

At the height of the event there were as many as 40 protesters.

The event concluded without physical incident, with plans made by protesters for other rallies throughout the weekend prior to Nov. 4.

Despite many such events throughout California, Proposition 8 passed by 4.7 percent in the Nov. 4 general election.

Viewpoints staff members discuss Prop 8.

To take a look back at Viewpoints’ live coverage of Election 2008, including blogs, videos and coverage from local campaign headquarters, visit http://viewpoints.ning.com.

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