Momentum for Marriage Equality in WA State
November 29, 2011 by Adrian Matanza, Regional Field Director
This post comes from Maggie Thompson, one of HRC’s organizers on the ground in Washington State:
The excitement of making Washington the next Marriage Equality state is everywhere—even at the Farmers Market! Canvassers braved the crisp, autumn cold last Saturday to collect postcards in support of our campaign at a local farmers market in Bellevue. It was the last market day of the season and shoppers were busy buying fresh, local vegetables, flowers, and handmade delicacies in preparation for their Thanksgiving feasts later in the week.
We were grateful that so many of these people took a moment to talk with us about marriage equality and to sign a postcard in support of the campaign. Several individuals thanked us for talking with them, as it was the first chance they had to really engage in a conversation about this issue one on one. It was a perfect illustration of how talking with our friends, family members, and neighbors about marriage equality is one of the most important actions we can take to build a successful campaign.
Not only were the shoppers wonderful, but the vendors were equally amazing. On such a chilly day, we were well taken care of by the folks selling their delicious goods. We received warm gifts in the form of handmade pizza straight from Verace’s wood-fire oven and hot cider from volunteers with the Bellevue Farmers Market. Several vendors signed campaign postcards, like Rand Rasheed, co-owner of One Leaf Farm in Carnation, WA. Not only was Rand selling the most beautiful brussel sprouts we had ever seen, but she also signed her name on as a supporter of our campaign. Healthy, fresh food and support for marriage equality in Washington State—I couldn’t ask for a better homegrown combination in my local farmer!
If you are in Washington State and want to get involved, contact Maggie at Maggie.Thompson@hrc.org to find out how!
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