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close up of jennifer's eyeIn the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jennifer Schumaker 760-445-9453

Escondido, CA May 26, 2009 – Jennifer Schumaker, representing the North County LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Coalition and Marriage Equality USA will be leading a peaceful Rally for Equality and recognizing 18,000 same-sex marriages as still valid in front of Escondido City Hall at 201 N. Broadway from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“Even though it’s sad that Prop. 8 was upheld, we are moving forward and connecting with one another as never before,” says Schumaker—lesbian soccer mom of four, “it is time to keep educating and communicating.”

Schumaker stood (in the evenings) on the corner Escondido Blvd and Valley Parkway from October 13 – Nov 5 of 2008 with a handwritten sign that read, “Hi, I’m your neighbor! Protect my Right to Marriage. Please Vote No on Prop. 8!” Schumaker rallied hundreds of people from the Escondido area—of all ages—who stood holding signs with her.



What Jennifer is Doing Now
Jennifer has settled back into her “regular life” as mom to four, including two in Junior High! Jennifer continues her activism for marriage equality and LGBT youth advocacy, volunteering for groups like Marriage Equality USA, Scouting for All and AIDS Walk San Diego. Jennifer is writing a book about her eight-week journey and all the fantastic folks with whom she interacted.

Jennifer is Currently Accepting Speaking Engagements
Jennifer has spoken at colleges, organizations, and other groups.



As Prop 8 is in the courts, the Prop 8 information on this site is now in archive status.

For past Overturn 8 events, please follow this link: Overturn Prop 8

Saturday, December 20, 2008. 5:00 p.m. - Light Up the Night Candlelight Vigil and a Food Drive for Equality. (Posted December 5, 2008)

Silent Candlelight Vigil Location:
North County Fair Mall, 272 E. Via Ranch Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025. Off Interstate 15, right at the Via Rancho Parkway exit. Food donations taken immediately, and until the date of the vigil. Meet at Main (South) Entrance next to Wells Fargo/Nordstrom's S. face (between parking markers M1 and M2). You can park in less crowded P section by JC Penney and take stairs down.

When you arrive at the vigil, please see one of the candle lighters (folks with the flame-starters) to receive your free White Knot. This white satin knotted ribbon symbolizes the right of everyone to Tie the Knot. Thanks to www.whiteknot.org.

If you are so motivated, visit www.whiteknot.org and see the simply design, then either make your own (or order) and start wearing, sharing, and talking about this unifying symbol right away.

For more information, please see:
http://jointheimpact.wetpaint.com/page/Escondido?t=anon

Food Drive for Equality:
Drop off location for all non-perishable food contributions:
Zen Pacifica Healing Arts Center
419 W. 9th Ave. #1 (Just east of corner of Centre City Parkway and 9th Ave.)
Escondido, Ca 92025
(760) 839-5200
All donations benefit Interfaith Community Services

Donations can be dropped off between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. through Saturday, 12/20/08. (If business is closed, enter from the door fronting 9th Ave. and leave donation in the marked box in the vestibule.)

Give generously in the name of Equality for all and help demonstrate that we are ALL in this Together! If you have any questions please contact Kimberly North at (760) 839-5200 or see the links listed below. Thank you for your generosity this holiday season, and always!

The California Constitution Requires That Proposition 8 Be Overturned (Posted late November 2008)
Read article here: wow gold

“I think the above article is very helpful for anyone who wants to better understand the legalities surrounding the attempts to have Proposition 8 overturned by the California Supreme Court.”
—Jennifer

March to Revoke 8 (Hmmm... it could have been, "Walk to Revoke 8") (Posted late November 2008.)
Valerie Paget and Tracie Jones, a Los Angeles couple affected by the passage of Proposition 8, are walking a walk similar in path to my Walk for Togetherness. Let's cheer them on as they seek to raise awareness about marriage equality and the need to overturn prop. 8 in California!
http://www.revoke8.blogspot.com/


Project Postcard (Posted on Nov. 21, 2008.) “Our friends at LGBTQ Civil Rights Front have come up with a brilliant way for us to ensure that LGBTQ issues aren't forgotten as President-elect Obama makes his transition into the White House. Their idea: Buy a postcard from your home town, include a handwritten message, and mail it to Obama's Presidential Transition Office.”—This text is from the Project Postcard site. Please visit their site here: http://jointheimpact.wetpaint.com/page/Project+Postcard
California Supreme Court Grants Review in Prop 8 Legal Challenges
Court to determine constitutionality of Prop 8 (Posted Nov. 20, 2008)
Today the California Supreme Court granted review in the legal challenges to Proposition 8, which passed by a narrow margin of 52 percent on November 4. In an order issued today, the Court agreed to hear the case and set an expedited briefing schedule. The Court also denied an immediate stay.
Visit:
http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer?pagename=press_prop8challenge111908

Articles about Jennifer's No on Prop. 8 Stand

CBS, Channel 8 TV (San Diego) news story interview with Jennifer Schumaker. —Aired on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008.

This news report sums up what Jennifer is doing to promote
Vote No on Prop 8 in Escondido, California (North County, San Diego) is found here on a Yahoo News link. (This link is not working. We will try to re-link the video.)

North County Times newspaper (San Diego) story. October 22, 2008:
http://www.nctimes.com/ (This link links directly to the news article)

The CW, Channel 6 TV (San Diego) news story. —Aired on Friday, October 24, 2008:
http://www.sandiego6.com/
(This link is not working, unfortunately. We will try to re-link.)

Gay and Lesbian Times newspaper (San Diego) article. —October 30, 2008:
http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=13392&terms=rick,braatz

NBC, Channel 7/39 TV (San Diego) news story. —Aired on Saturday, November 8, 2008: See entire news article as text here:
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/


Got Hope? Harvey Milk video.
(Click on image below to go to video.)



Another News Story and a link to a Blog:

News Story (The Gay & Lesbian Times newspaper in San Diego, CA)
Local faith leaders line up to defeat Proposition 8
http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=13310

Blog Entry (Blog by a professor at Cal. State San Marcos)
What if hate crimes got equal coverage? (Concerning Prop. 8)
http://professorwhatif.wordpress.com/

News story re-edited on youtube.com about the November 8, 2008 march to Overturn Prop. 8 passing on November 4, 2008. Nice job
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dd-IfkWTf8


Some Vote No on Prop 8 YouTube Videos

Equal rights march new mosiac video. San Diego, California, November 11, 2008.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dd-IfkWTf8

No On 8 rally in Escondido, California (Late October or early November 2008).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybe0JziRHWI
(The video quality is poor but the message is there!)


close up of jennifer's eye"In many ways, it is easier to walk 500 miles than to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender in America."
—Jennifer Schumaker


Togetherness Ribbon
2006 (Past news)

The below past news from 2006 is posted here below for those who would like to know (or don't know) why Jennifer started this site and where and why her inspiring walk started and is now taking her.

Jennifer Schumaker—writer, lesbian, and single soccer mom of four— walked 500 miles from Balboa Park in San Diego beginning on April 8th, 2006 to Crissy Field in San Francisco ending on June 3rd, 2006. The Walk was a success!

During her walk, Jennifer spoke with many Californians to encourage dialogue that recognizes that people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) and their families, friends, and allies are fully interconnected. She believes that our private and public discourse can and should continue to grow in reflecting this reality.

Jennifer hopes that allies of people who are LGBT will show their support and LGBT folks themselves will show their pride by wearing and displaying the Walk's symbolic “Togetherness Ribbon.”

Youtube.com Videos

• Jennifer completing her walk on Youtube.com.
• Watch Jennifer's finale speech on Youtube.com.

Jennifer Schumaker greeting the kids, June 2006.Articles about The Walk
Read the articles about the Walk in the San Diego Union Tribune, Bay Area Reporter, the Santa Barbara News-Press (The Santa Barbara News-Press has an article titled, "Long Walk for Awareness" dated May 4, 2006; however, you would need to register on their site and then do a search using the above headline, to view their news archive.), Gay & Lesbian Times (San Diego), Gay.com, Planetout.com, and the Advocate.

What Jennifer is Doing Now
Jennifer has settled back into her “regular life” as mom to four, including two in Junior High! Jennifer continues her activism for marriage equality and LGBT youth advocacy, volunteering for groups like Marriage Equality USA, Scouting for All and AIDS Walk San Diego. Jennifer is writing a book about her eight-week journey and all the fantastic folks with whom she interacted.

Jennifer is Currently Accepting Speaking Engagements
Jennifer has spoken at colleges, organizations, and other groups.


Webmaster note:
Consider reading the About the Walk page, as this page explains—in an easy to read fashion—the reason and need for Jennifer's Walk for Togetherness.

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"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.