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California Marriage Equality: A Grassroots Effort? We’ll See.

EQCA has made a public statement / launch of their effort to gain marriage equality in California (below from an email they sent out).

THE QUESTION of the day in my mind is how EQCA will truly be open to sharing this fight with the grassroots. The Equality Summit in Los Angeles this winter emphataically stressed the importance of grassroots-based leadership and energy for this effort.

It is my fervent hope that

1) the grassroots will set the tone statewide for this fight, in collaboration with EQCA;

2) EQCA will truly reach out to actual grassroots networks,

3) if 2 cannot happen, then progressive people will give the grassroots the only thing that might otherwise make this a truly representative and grassroots-based effort: funding and donations, so they can at least have a seat at the table.
As Unitethefight.org recently pointed out on the Blend, the grassroots has been mobilizing in force in California around marriage equality and preparing for public campaigning.

Torie Osborn channeled the energy of the movement when she  announced that the Courage Campaign would be there to support and empower the grassroots for a November 2010 initiative to repeal Proposition 8 if the state's supreme court didn't overthrow it.

EQCA now makes their public statement / launch of efforts, too (below from an email they sent out).

    THE QUESTION of the day in my mind is how EQCA will truly be open to sharing this fight with the grassroots. The Equality Summit in Los Angeles this winter emphataically stressed the importance of grassroots-based leadership and energy for this effort.

    It is my fervent hope that:

    1) the grassroots will set the tone statewide for this fight, in collaboration with EQCA;

    2) EQCA will truly reach out to actual grassroots networks,

    3) if #2 cannot happen, then progressive people will give the grassroots the only thing that might otherwise make this a truly representative and grassroots-based effort: funding and donations, so they can at least have a seat at the table (for better or worse, sometimes $ is the only thing that will get anyone's attention).  
 

May 7, 2009
Equality California | www.eqca.org

“This is exactly the kind of person-to-person, peer-to-peer outreach we need to be doing to change minds and win support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.”
                    –San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

    

Watch the first two of a series of ads featuring real couples and families explaining why marriage matters and how they are hurt by inequality.

“Win Marriage Back: Make It Real!” is the largest grassroots mobilization and public education campaign ever to win support for marriage equality in California.

Keep the ads on the air! Make a donation now!
    

 

Dear [Sir],

Any day now, the court will decide the fate of
Prop. 8.

We are hoping for a victory. But, no matter how the court rules the critical grassroots work of talking to voters in the field and telling our stories needs to happen.

And it needs to happen now.

Today, we are launching a brand new grassroots mobilization and media campaign and we need your help.

“Win Marriage Back: Make It Real!” is a grassroots mobilization and public education campaign designed to win majority support for marriage equality in California.

The campaign includes:

    * Airing television ads featuring real families telling their stories. The first two ads feature Frances & Cynthia, and their teenage daughter, Mary Kate, and Ruben & Hector discussing why marriage matters to their families.
      Watch the ads and help get them on the air >

    * Hiring 25 organizers to harness the energy and support the grassroots, community-based field efforts EQCA and so many of our coalition partners are already undertaking. We already have six organizers who will hit the ground this weekend and 19 more will be joining us soon.
      Donate to hire field organizers >

    * Expanding our broad and diverse coalition to ensure that this effort is as diverse as our great state. Help us expand the coalition fighting to win marriage back >

Your story—all of our stories—are the heart and soul of this campaign. By having one-on-one conversations in our communities, we will make our families—and the families of our friends and loved ones—real to people who are not yet on our side. And in so doing, move them to support the freedom to marry.

We know we must fight to regain our full equality and we need your help to do it. Please, make a generous donation now.

Together we will prevail.

In solidarity,

Geoff Kors
Executive Director
Equality California     

Marc Solomon
Marriage Director
Equality California

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