January 18, 2010
By Julia Rosen
Hello and welcome to the Prop 8 Trial Tracker, a project of the Courage Campaign Institute. This site has exploded in the past week in traffic, comments and attention. In seven days, the site has attracted more than 600,000 views and 4,504 comments posted.
We are about to start week two of covering Perry v. Schwarzenegger AKA the Prop 8 federal trial. We’ve been making some tweaks as we go along, so this post may be useful for our “Trial Trackers” — the community gathered here — as well as new visitors to the site.
We are liveblogging the trial as it happens, posting updates in chronological order with a very rough transcript of the trial’s proceedings, interspersed with commentary. Rick Jacobs, the Chair and Founder of the Courage Campaign Institute, has been doing the bulk of the liveblogging, with some pinch-hitting from Brian Leubitz and Paul Hogarth, both longtime members of the California blogosphere. Brian and Paul are also contributing commentary and legal analysis each day of the trial. Robert Cruickshank, Eden James and myself, all Courage staffers, are also contributing posts to the site. Throughout the rest of the trial, we will also be featuring other guest posters.
Curious to learn more about this site and about the trial?
- You can read more about Courage and this project on the About page.
- Each day, multiple liveblogging posts are compiled into one Daily Summary. All Daily Summaries are posted here.
- All of the posts are categorized by topic, which you can see in the “Categories” tool bar to the right. Each post is automatically added to the pages linked in the category toolbox. If you’re looking for the easiest way to navigate through the site, this is it.
- For those coming to this site as a result of a Courage Campaign email, you can read our response to Prop 8′s cease-and-desist letter here and Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissent from the Supreme Court’s decision banning cameras from the courtroom here. (If you would like to sign up for Courage Campaign email alerts, click here.)
- If you like what we are doing here, please contribute whatever you can afford to help us expand coverage of the trial in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision banning cameras.
There will be more to come, so stay tuned as we update the site in the coming days.
With the trial not being televised, it is more important than ever that readers spread the word about the proceedings to their friends and family members. As many of you know, the testimony from experts and plaintiffs has been riveting, moving more than a few people commenting here to tears. Don’t underestimate the power in sharing what you find on this site, from liveblogging threads to the robust analysis posted daily. So, please share links to the Trial Tracker via your favorite mechanism, whether that be email, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or carrier pigeon. One small step at a time, we can collectively change the conversation about equality across our country.
Finally, if this is your first visit to the Prop 8 Trial Tracker or if you’ve been following along closely but haven’t introduced yourself to the community gathering here, please take a moment to say “Hi” and introduce yourself, even if it’s brief. If you have time, share your story. Also, if you have any feedback for us or suggestions on how we can improve the site, we’re all ears.