Karen Ocamb has an interview with Andrea Shorter the co-founder and director of And Marriage For All, who recently helmed the post-Prop 8 Equality Summit. Yesterday it was announced that Shorter has been hired by Equality California to shore up its outreach to demos that were sorely under-served in the campaign to defeat Prop 8. A snippet of what Shorter had to say:

“To really boil it down, here are some key priorities to which I proposed to start building a grassroots-driven, statewide coalition:

* Establish new and develop current relationships with diverse communities of all kinds: whether based on race, ethnicity, language, faith, geography, class or political affiliation to facilitate same-sex marriage education in California. This will occur to also build awareness of the Let California Ring coalition.

* Work with coalition partners to identify capacity building needs of coalition partners and work to provide financial assistance to under resourced organizations.

* Establish relationships with non-member allies.

* Create collaborative communication vehicle to keep all members updated on coalition activities and results.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with Geoff [Kors, executive director of EQCA], the EQCA team, and Marc Solomon. Marc and I just recently met and he seems very clear on the challenges ahead and ways to win marriage equality in California. He brings a great deal of experience and success from MassEquality. He is clearly one of the most sought out advisers and organizers on winning marriage equality. I think we’re fortunate to have him involved in our fight.

“Coalition building for the long term is my focus. Coupling this effort with the larger field operations that Marc will undertake will be key — I expect it to be a good marriage.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding