D.C. Region Volunteers Keep Equality Spreading
October 25, 2010 by Christine Sloane, Regional Field Organizer
The following post comes from HRC Regional Field Organizer Christine Sloane . Christine is working hard here in D.C. to support the 30 HRC staff that will be on the ground in 16 states by Election Day, working with HRC-endorsed candidates and engaging our membership about the upcoming elections:
Over 6,000 dials and hundreds of conversations later, the D.C. phonebanks are marching on. Volunteers have traveled from as far as Baltimore to give three hours of time to reach out to HRC members in districts that they cannot vote in, that are situated in counties they’ve never heard of. This is the kind of dedication and activism that inspired me to change careers and become a professional organizer. Our D.C. volunteers have been calling into states like New York, Ohio and Minnesota to protect and elect candidates who value members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as equals. The candidates we are working to elect will support issues like marriage equality, tougher bullying laws and employment non-discrimination. Here in the District, our volunteers have worked alongside me to make sure that my colleagues, who are scattered far and wide, have the support that they need to mobilize our members to not only get out and vote but to get involved. It’s an inspiring chain of event that looks like this: we make calls to D.C. area supporters and recruit them to come in and volunteer to Dial for Equality. Those volunteers make calls to even more supporters and recruit them to Dial for Equality with one of my colleagues on the ground in one of 16 states across the country. Then those supporters call even more supporters and the chain goes on and on. Grassroots magic.
It may not seem that making calls is glamorous, but in truth, it is one of the single most important (and easiest) things you can do to make change. There’s no time to lose. With just over a week until elections, we need your help. Please Dial for Equality tonight , Monday, October 25 from 6:00-8:30 and/or Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. After a quick, energetic training and few slices of pizza shared among like-minded new friends, you’ll get on the phone and become part of the chain for change. Will you join us?
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