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Houston – City Hall – November 15th 12:30pm
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This is going to be Big!
November 14th, 2008
Wow. I am really impressed.

Check out this post from the Houston Protest Facebook group:

Hello all. First of all, I am so thankful for the overwhelming support and attention this event has gotten. We now have almost 500 confirmed attendees, and another 500 or so who might be coming, and that is just on the Facebook Invite.

So, thanks to all of your for helping to get the word out!

The event will be held in Hermann Square, adjacent to City Hall. Remember that this is a nationwide event, so as we are gathering here in Houston, others will be doing the same in every state across the nation, allowing us to truly speak with one voice.

The event begins at 12:30, but we are asking that you try to arrive around noon so we can be ready to start on time. We have lined up some very exciting speakers, and this is shaping up to be quite a grand event. So, I look forward to seeing everyone out tomorrow! It is supposed to be chilly, so bring a jacket.

Our speakers include married couples personally affected by these measures, local politicians, local community organizers, etc. It should be really fun.

Scroll down for maps and ideas for parking. On-street is always an option but that will fill up fast. I recommend using the underground garages.

If you need any questions answered or have any suggestions/ideas, send me an e-mail at fighth8@airexposure.com – See you tomorrow!

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Prop 8 Had Support In Houston
November 14th, 2008
Lots of it. Click the link below to search the database of Prop 8 supporters who live in Houston. Data provided by the San Francisco Chronicle and the California Secretary of State. This database also shows people who contributed to No On Prop 8 (Our Friends & Supporters).

Proposition 8 Contributors – Search

Here are a few of the anti-gay Houstonians and their employer data.

Anyone you know? (Who’s the guy who donated $25,000 ???)

List Of Shame

Laurence E. Simmons Support $25,000.

00 TX Houston SCF PARTNERS
Nick Sorenson Support $5,000.

00 TX Houston PORTER AND HEDGES LLP
Grace International Churches Support $6,301.

63 TX Houston
Melissa Stephens Support $100.

00 TX Houston SHELL OIL CO
Mark Staggs Support $250.

00 TX Houston BANK OF TEXAS
Fernando Mladineo Support $50.

00 TX Houston EXXONMOBIL
Trina Morford Support $100.

00 TX Houston MORFORD CREATIVE

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Signs, Posters, & Updated Event Information
November 14th, 2008
Okay. So, we’re all set. It looks like the green light has been given for our protest/rally in Hermann Square at the base of the steps to Houston City Hall. It’s actually a great location for a protest. As the legend goes, George Hermann bequeathed this land to the City of Houston for several defined purposes – one of which was to have an area for the citizens to assemble. As such, we’re meeting with the city tomorrow to discuss the spirit and intent of Mr. Hermann’s will and what impact that will have on our permit fees.

I have sign making materials! If you would like to attend a sign making party, there are several, in Houston starting tomorrow (Nov. 14) at 5pm. For details please e-mail me at fighth8@airexposure.com – please include your phone number and how many people will be with you.

By the way, here’s a new site for sign ideas:
Downloadable Protest Signs

We need a stage setup! Something to be put up on the steps to City Hall. A backdrop, podium, and heavy duty extension cords. If you know someone who can lend these to us or rent them, please let me know ASAP: fighth8@airexposure.com

Let’s make this a huge event! Tell everyone you know. Bring friends. Even if you come alone, you’ll be among friends, but if you can bring a group it will make our impact more effective. Scroll down this page for all the information you need. If we’re missing something, comment on this post.

Thanks!

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Donation button back up…
November 13th, 2008
As this event comes together we’re realizing there are still a few expenses left. For example, we will need off-duty police officers present per city rules. Also, we need help paying for some of the setups, stage material, signs, posters, and possibly an audio system rental. For this reason, and due to popular demand, I am reinstating the PayPal Donation button. Any financial assistance you can offer will be appreciated – even just a dollar.

Thanks!
Josh

A note about dogs & signs:

We’re recommending everyone keep their 4-legged friends at home. We’re not sure how large the crowd is going to get, but it may be very crowded.


Signs: If you use a wood stake for a sign handle it must be less than 2 inches wide. If the sticks are round, they can be no larger than 3/4 inch in diameter.

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Downtown Houston Parking Information
November 13th, 2008
Here are some tips for parking downtown:

You might find the best place to park is one of the underground parking garages in the Theater District. For maps and information please click the link below.


Theater District Parking Map – PDF $7 All Day

On-street parking is available but space is limited. If you park on the street level please be sure to pay for parking at the meter.

See the posts below for additional details and maps.

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Thank you!
November 12th, 2008
Your response to our request for donations was quick and overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who contributed. We now have enough to cover all the permits.

-Josh

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More Protest Details
November 12th, 2008
We’re all set with permits and we’ve got the help and support of the Mayor’s office which is wonderful. The actual event will take place right next to city hall at Hermann Square.

Please see the map below:

If you’re looking for sign/poster ideas, please browse some of the files we have for you to print out. If you are a graphic designer and have something you’d like to share, please send the image files to fighth8@airexposure.com and I will post them in our media directory:
Sign & Poster Media Files

You can also check out these sites:
Against8.

Blogspot

Poster Graphics

I would like to briefly describe the mission of this event. This is not meant to be an angry protest.

There are really two objectives:

1. Show our support of GLBT friends & family in California affected by Proposition 8.


and
2. Make our voice heard that we will only accept complete equality. Anti-gay legislation like Prop 8, Amendment 2, Prop 102, and the like are damaging and wrong. We are not second class citizens.

It’s all about visibility.

Make us proud!

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Houston Event Growing Rapidly…
November 12th, 2008
Wow! The response has been amazing. I would estimate, at a minimum, that we will have 300-400 people in attendance on Saturday. The response has been overwhelming. Thanks to everyone who has offered their time and expertise.

Here are a few links for you. Please read them all.

You’ll find helpful information for Saturday’s event:

Equality Texas Alert

Join the Houston Event Facebook group

We’re also going to have a sign & poster making party on Friday night. If you’d like to attend please comment below.

Has anyone spread the word at the bars? JR’s, Mining Company, South Beach, etc? Drag em out!

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. This is sure to be a fun and historic event. I’m proud of everyone who is involved.

-Josh

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National Protest Spot
November 11th, 2008

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Poster & T-Shirt Ideas
November 11th, 2008
Looking for ideas? Not sure what to make? Check out this site for some sample posters:

http://www. against8. blogspot. com/

Also, if you have a suggestion, post it as a comment below.

We’re having a poster making party on Friday night, November 14.

If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail fighth8 [at]airexposure. com

Rules For Posters/T-Shirts:

1. No profanity or anything BLATANTLY offensive.

(We might be on TV)

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Houston Protest Location – Nov 15th
November 10th, 2008

Protest Information – November 15th
November 10th, 2008
Here’s the latest information. Please start to gather around 12:00 Noon on Saturday. Posters, signs, t-shirts, etc. are encouraged.

Houston Join the Impact Protest
Date: Nov.

15, 2008
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Houston City Hall
Physical Address: City of Houston / 901 Bagby / Houston, TX 77002
Please go to Hermann Square on the East side of City Hall.

This will be a peaceful, informative protest only. If you plan to attend, please comment below.

Thanks,

Josh

Prop 8 Protest – Houston
November 10th, 2008
There will be an event on November 15th in Houston. We’re finalizing the plans now. Tentatively it will take place in front of City Hall downtown. Please sound off if you plan on attending by leaving a comment below. Stay tuned to this site as we update the information.

Thanks!

Spread the word on Facebook and other networking sites.

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