‘No on 8’ activists on Oakland’s streets

Sitting at my desk yesterday afternoon, I listened on the newsroom scanner as a police dispatcher sent officers to Fruitvale Avenue and Interstate 580, where activists for and against Proposition 8 were engaged in… well, agitated discussion.

Apparently no arrests ensued, but after taking a call from one of the “No on 8” folks this morning, I decided to take a spin up there today to watch as they returned. I sat in my car for about half an hour and watched five or six activists holding signs with slogans such as “Don’t teach the children to hate — No on 8” at the corner of Fruitvale and Harold Street, facing the off-ramp from eastbound I-580. I saw no “Yes on 8” signs and nary even a rude gesture, just a lot of honking horns, friendly waves and thumbs-up, at least for the duration of my stay.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • norcalmod

    well… in concord (at treat and clayton), one of the demonstrators yelled out “f-a-g-g-o-t” as i gave them the thumbs down when i drove by… i guess they taught him that at church.

  • Sounds exciting!

    Both my immediate neighbors have “Yes on 8” lawn signs. Sigh.

  • rosa

    Coming home on the bus along MacArthur Blvd on Thursday night, there was a small group of both Yes and No proponents at Lakeshore, but the biggest kerfuffle was at the High and MacArthur intersection.

    Inexplicably, since the shouting was good-natured and the Yeas and Nays were elbow to elbow, there was a large OPD presence, and they’d blocked traffic continuing up High St to MacArthur Blvd, making them go onto 580 instead.

    I posted a short video, taken at about 6:30pm on YouTube. A protestor I spoke to said that the police had been there for about an hour already at that time.