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Tonight: Prop 8 Protest from Hollywood to Silver Lake
The day after the 2008 election, protestors took to the streets (more photos here) | AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian
One year ago tonight, thousands of disappointed voters hit the streets to protest the passing of Prop 8 which banned gay marriage in California. Tonight, people will gather again.
The Death to Discrimination March will begin at 7 p.m. at Santa Monica and Vermont, conveniently outside the Metro Red Line Station. Led by a flatbed truck decked out with sound equipment, the march will go north on Vermont, then east on Sunset Blvd. to Sunset Junction. In front of the Le Barcito Bar, a series of speakers will address the crowd.
Police say there will be traffic problems, so its best to avoid the area if you're not participating. The Eastsider LA yesterday noted that the LAPD's Northeast Division will be experimenting with a new text message notification system about the event.
"We will be using a Temporary Nixle Account that anyone who owns a cell phone can sign up and receive text messages regarding the March," explained Captain Bill Murphy in a newsletter. "The command post will have staff from our Media Relations Section that will send out updated one-way communications regarding the March. For example, we will announce the location of the marchers, what roads are shut down, etc. If you are interested in getting these updates, please do the following: type 25827 where you would normally type in a telephone number. Then in the text field, type buryprop8 (with no spaces). If you have done this successfully you will receive the following: You are now subscribed to receive messages from Incident Command Prop 8 Protest 11-4. To unsubscribe text: buryprop 8 off to 25827"