We came, we saw, we protested

August 17, 2009

My husband and I joined over fifty people today down at city hall in order to protest Mayor Sullivan’s veto of Ordinance 64.  The energy was amped but positive as we shouted for “Equal Rights Now!” and “United We Stand, Divided We Fall!”  Michael Mason did a great job of keeping the energy up and everyone organized.  Tiffany McClain of Equality Works was there, as well as Mel from Henkimaa.com.  John was interviewed by one of the news crews, and I was interviewed by Christy Harvey, who took the time to come down and talk to protesters after she had only half an hour’s notice.

We heard rumors that members of Anchorage Baptist Temple had plans to come down to City Hall and throw bologna at us, but fortunately that didn’t happen.  However, Anchorage’s own personal pile of bologna, Eddie Burke, did show up.  He spent about fifteen minutes trying to bait people into an argument, but I think he was unprepared to find that lots of us were well read on many of the issues surrounding Ordinance 64.  He drove off in his shiny, red mid-life crisis not too long after.

Supporters of Ordinance 64 protest outside of City Hall after Mayor Sullivan's veto.

Supporters of Ordinance 64 protest outside of City Hall after Mayor Sullivan's veto.

We were there from 5:00pm-7:00pm, stopping twice to take a stroll over to protest outside of McGinley’s Pub, of which Mayor Dan Sullivan is a partial owner.  The tone was kept civil and positive, and we were pleased to be a part of it.  It was also nice to blow off a little steam from the frustration of Mayor Sullivan’s poorly based decision.

If anyone has any photos from the protest, we’d very much love to post them here, with permission of course.

There is another protest planned in the near future, so please check back frequently so we can get the information to our readers as soon as it’s available.  If you have any information about organized events that you want to let people know about, please let us know and we can post up information.

A great big “Thank You!” to all those who have worked so hard to get this ordinance passed.  We knew this would be a long battle, but we’re still here and we’ll keep fighting.

Update: Mel from Henkimaa.com posted a great summary of the protest with lots of pictures, so check it out when you have the chance!

Christy Harvey of Studio 1080 at KUDO also posted some pictures of the event.  Listen to her show on AM 1080 tomorrow at 3pm to hear the interviews she got while she was downtown with us this afternoon.



  1. […] “We came, we saw, we protested” by Heather Aronno (SOSAnchorage.net). (And Heather: feel free to make use of my […]

  2. Yo, Heather — just posted my photos, lots & lots of them — mostly in a slideshow, there are so many. Feel free. See Protesting the veto: Photos.

  3. So sorry I couldn’t get out there. I was on 1 mo. baby duty at home. I would’ve really liked to have gotten out there. Big time.

    I’m glad y’all got out, along with Michael, Mel and so many others. Nothing ended yesterday.

    Keep the faith,

  4. […] Mayor to Gays: You Don’t Count Submitted by E. Ross on Tuesday, 18 August 2009 – 12:47 AMOne Comment On Monday afternoon, Mayor Sullivan vetoed the LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance passed 7-4 by the Assembly last week, citing a lack of evidence and the will of the majority as his reasons. “I have received nearly 2,500 additional communications from Anchorage residents,” said Sullivan’s veto statement, and “the vast majority of those who communicated their position on the ordinance are in opposition.” “Civil rights are not a popularity contest,” countered Jackie Buckley, spokesperson for Equality Works. The news of the veto spread quickly through Alaska’s LGBTA community and protestors gathered at City Hall. A line of ordinance supporters along the street held big letters spelling EQUALITY NOW. Around them stood protestors with signs like, “Headline news: Anchorage Mayor Supports Discrimination” and “Celebrating 50 Years of Discrimination” based on the recent 50 Years of Statehood events. The Assembly has 21 days to override the veto, and they are 1 vote short of the 8 needed to override. Their next meeting is Tuesday, August 25. Please email the Anchorage Assembly at WWMAS@ci.anchorage.ak.us and tell them that we DO matter, and we are counting on them to protect all minority groups from discrimination, not just the popular ones. More detailed reports of the protest are posted on Henkimaa, Alaska Commons, and SOSAnchorage.NET. […]

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