Party for Socialism and Liberation members participate in gay rights march

From the Party for Socialism and Liberation:

As LGBT people around the country await the California Supreme Court ruling on the legality of Proposition 8, around 40 activists set foot on a five-day march from San Francisco to Sacramento to call for its repeal and to build solidarity with other communities.

Proposition 8 changed the California constitution to define marriage as only between one man and one woman, halting same-sex marriages in the state.

The march stepped off from Harvey Milk Plaza in San Francisco’s Castro district March 25 and ended on the steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento March 30. Members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation participated in the march and provided logistical support.

Walking through the rural Delta region, the activists were welcomed by farmers and workers in towns such as Locke, with a population of 80 people.

Locke resident Connie King, 87, expressed her solidarity by recounting a story of her struggle against anti-Chinese racism in Locke. She recounted how new white residents of Locke removed the toilets from old buildings in the 1970s because “they did not want to sit on toilets previously used by Chinese workers.” She left her house in the middle of the night and placed all of the old toilets in her front lawn, where she planted a garden in each. King’s message was clear: When people encounter bigotry, it is their duty to fight back in whatever way they can.

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