All politics is local

(Cross-posted from The Bilerico Project)

We’ve all heard the old maxim, “All politics is local.”  While we talk a lot on TBP about national politics and state-level, there’s one area of activism that’s vitally necessary – the local level.  We’ll never get anywhere as a community if we don’t elect inclusive local candidates of either party to positions where they can help us achieve our goal of equality.  To that end, I’d like to introduce you to Scott Keller, Indianapolis City-County Councilor.  He needs your help.

I realize many of our readers are now outside of Indiana, but several of you are still in-state.  Honestly, I could care less where you reside; I want you to care about my city for a minute or two.  Scott barely won his election for the council last time – his first time in the seat – by, literally, a handful of votes.  So what would you do if you’d barely won your seat?  Scott decided to sponsor an LGBTQ inclusive human rights ordinance for Indy and worked really hard to ensure its passage.  In fact, other councilors stood up at the meeting where it passed, stormed out of the chambers and demanded that Scott leave the party immediately.  Why?  Scott is a republican.As an aside, I’ve never voted for a republican in my life.  Never.  Ever.  I will this time though – and gladly.  This is a strong-willed man who has been willing to buck expectations and stand defiantly in the face of hate and discrimination to demand equality and dignity for Indiana’s LGBTQ citizens.  He not only scrapped and fought for the HRO, he testified in front of the state legislature against SJR-7, the same-sex marriage constitutional amendment, has raised money for LGBTQ organizations, marches in the Indy Pride parade, and attended countless meetings and brainstorming sessions.  Most of you know how hard I worked to ensure passage of the Indy HRO and to stop SJR-7; Scott was beside me the entire time working his butt off too.  He is a dedicated public servant – and he’s in another tight race this year.  And, as you can imagine, the Republican party isn’t giving him much help…

So I’m proud to say that Indiana Action Network and the Greater Indianapolis Fairness Alliance are hosting a fundraiser for Scott’s campaign tomorrow evening from 6pm-8pm.  We’re asking for $25 at the door; that’s not much at all, but if you can’t afford it, come anyhow and talk to Scott.  Maybe you can help in other ways; he’s always in need of volunteers.  The fundraiser will be held at 115 E Ohio Street in downtown Indianapolis.

And, if you’re not a local reader but still want to help Indianapolis keep a majority of fairness-minded individuals, send Scott a donation.  Skip those Starbucks lattes for a couple days and send it to him instead.  Whether you’re from Indiana or not, keep in mind that all politics is local.  By helping us locally, you’re helping yourself.  When other Republicans see that helping the LGBTQ community isn’t a death knell for their political careers, we can entice them to “come out” more and more often in favor of equality.  While the democrat running against Scott is a nice enough guy, we need to support those who have supported us.  It’s just that easy.  After all, why would any politician want to support our community if we abandon them to the wolves after they do?

So send a check.  $25.  $50.  $100.  Whatever you can afford.  But Scott Keller needs our help now!  You can send donations to:

Keller for Council Committee
1523 Southeastern Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46201

Tell ’em the Bilerico Project sent you.
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