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
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
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
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
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.
more information, please see:
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
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
Read article here: wow gold
“I think the above article is very helpful for anyone
who wants to better understand the legalities surrounding
Proposition 8 overturned
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!
Postcard (Posted on Nov. 21,
friends at LGBTQ Civil Rights Front have come up with a brilliant
issues aren't forgotten
as President-elect Obama makes his transition into the White
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.
Articles about Jennifer's No on Prop.
CBS, Channel 8 TV (San Diego) news story interview with Jennifer
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
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:
link links directly to the news article)
The CW, Channel 6 TV (San Diego) news
on Friday, October 24, 2008:
(This link is not working, unfortunately. We will try to re-link.)
Gay and Lesbian Times newspaper (San
Diego) article. —October 30, 2008:
NBC, Channel 7/39 TV (San Diego) news
on Saturday, November 8, 2008: See
entire news article as text here:
Got Hope? Harvey Milk video.
(Click on image below to go to video.)
Another News Story and a link to
News Story (The
Gay & Lesbian Times newspaper in San Diego, CA)
Local faith leaders line up to defeat Proposition 8
Blog Entry (Blog
by a professor at Cal. State San Marcos)
What if hate crimes got equal
coverage? (Concerning Prop. 8)
News story re-edited
on youtube.com about the November 8, 2008 march to Overturn Prop.
8 passing on November
2008. Nice job
Some Vote No on Prop 8 YouTube Videos
Equal rights march
new mosiac video. San Diego, California, November 11, 2008.
No On 8 rally in Escondido, California (Late
October or early November 2008).
(The video quality is poor but the message is there!)
"In many ways, it is
easier to walk 500 miles than to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or
transgender in America."
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.
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
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
• Jennifer completing
her walk on Youtube.com.
• Watch Jennifer's
finale speech on Youtube.com.
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
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
mom to four, including two in Junior High! Jennifer continues her
activism for marriage equality and LGBT youth advocacy, volunteering
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
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.