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Manhattan Calls on New Yorkers for Tony Avella

The following post comes from HRC Field Fellow Errin Doyle. Errin is working with HRC staff in New York, as part of our team 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:

As a member and Field Fellow for the Human Rights Campaign, I am so proud of our election work across the country and in my home state of New York. Last week, HRC members gathered at the LGBT Center in Manhattan to phonebank and urge voters in New York's 11th state Senate District to vote for HRC endorsed pro-equality candidate Tony Avella. Motivating individuals to take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer is never an easy task, yet it is one of the main objectives of our work.

As field organizers, it is our job to encourage individuals to take action and get involved in the communities we live in order to ensure progress is made. Wednesday night's successful phonebank was the result of the collective hard work and dedication of HRC members and employees in western New York, New York City and Washington D.C. My manager David Turley and I organized our phonebank at the LGBT Center. With the help of HRC Regional Field Organizer Christine Sloane and our D.C. based volunteers, we recruited New York City area members to volunteer for Tony. Our Greater New York Co-Chair, Chris Carolan, with the help of HRC volunteer Gustavo Pedroza, led our phonebank. Volunteers were enthusiastic in their efforts, assuring voters that Avella deserved their vote. Chris Carolan, said the callers were “smooth, efficient, smart on their feet and really impressive.”  It's this kind of contribution that will help attain marriage equality in the state of New York, enabling us to join Washington D.C. and  progressive states like Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. There are many more great opportunities to help our push for pro-equality candidates across New York State. We will hold another phone bank this Wednesday, October 27, at the LGBT Center in the West Village of Manhattan. If you're interested in getting involved in the fight for equality, please don't hesitate to call Regional Field Organizer David Contreras Turley at 202.330.3790.

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