On Tuesday evening I was at the Fairfax County Democratic Committee meeting, but there was also a rally in the Dupont Circle area in downtown DC. The rally was just one of many across the country that was organized to protest the Supreme Court of California's decision on Tuesday to uphold Prop 8 (the ban on same sex marriage in California). I had heard from several of my friends that the rally had a good turnout even though the weather wasn't too spectacular so I decided to go through youtube to see if there was any decent footage of the event.
The following is a video of an activist named Dana who I've seen at a variety of events over the years. What I think is very noteworthy here is that she talked about how we cannot simply wait for Obama to give equal rights to all Americans. People must stand up and make sure that the Obama Administration and our elected officials know understand that they cannot get away with denying a group of citizens their basic civil rights. That is why a group of activists got together and wrote the Dallas Principles, which lay out the fundamental principles beneath their call to action for equal rights.
Another interesting aspect of this speech is that I think it can apply to any issue that you care about. Nothing is going to be accomplished if you simply sit back and wait for someone else to take care of it. People must stand up for what they believe in and take the action that will help improve our communities. Of course, one of the most important things we can stand up for is the fundamental fact that nobody should have their basic civil rights violated.