They call themselves members of the New Civil Rights Movement. They are a group of young people, including high school and college students, from across the Bay Area, dedicated to promoting gay rights. About 200, some arriving by BART, gathered in Walnut Creek on June 15 at the corners of Civic Avenue and North Main Street.
The students are coming back to lead another sign and rainbow-flag bedecked rally, and this time they’re inviting all people who support gay rights to join them.
The Monday rally will start at noon and last until 3 p.m. Again, it will be at the corner of Civic and North Main Street. Says my source, a recent graduate of a local high school: “This time, we’re not just looking for students. We want everyone there. So if you, your friends, or your family would like to show up and help us rally, bring yourself and your sign.”
UPDATE: Like readers, I was curious about where some of these young people come from and why Walnut Creek. Here are the answers from one of the organizers:
Typically [students come from] high schools like Las Lomas, Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley, Miramonte, Northgate, Orinda Prep, Carondelet, De La Salle, Bentley, and Oakland Tech to name a few off the top of my head. College students come as well, and so far we get people from DVC, San Francisco State, San Jose State, and we had a group from UC Santa Cruz come up as well.
Why Walnut Creek? Well, for most younger people, Walnut Creek is almost a central meeting place for high schoolers and college people in this area. It also gets a great deal of traffic throughout the day, the businesses that we protest near don’t mind our presence, and it’s easily accessed. We didn’t want to go to San Francisco to protest because we knew that for the most part, there would be a lot of support. We wanted to go somewhere close to home … but that would also stir up thought in people that aren’t really at the heart of the matter, like San Francisco is. Not to say we want to create some sort of controversy, but to just evoke thought in local people and remind them that just because Prop. 8 passed, the fight is not close to over.