Organizing Eastern North Carolina Against Amendment One
May 7, 2012 by HRC staff
The following post comes from HRC Diversity Intern Ray Mays:
Last week, HRC field organizer Karess Taylor-Hughes and I traveled to the eastern part of the Tar Heel State to educate North Carolinians about the harms of Amendment One.
We met with many of the coalition’s leaders to provide them with tools and resources to better organize their constituents. We held presentations for the leaders of Wilmington Pride on attracting and keeping young volunteers. We also consulted with members of the Carteret Coalition against Constitutional Amendment and the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship.
Phone banks provided an opportunity to educate Carteret County constituents on the harms of Amendment One. We also distributed “Vote Against Amendment One” signs throughout the county.
Our fieldwork led us to two college campuses. At East Carolina University, we met with the LGBT student union and canvassed on campus. At UNC-Wilmington, we joined partners for a “Get Out the Vote” drive called “Ice Cream for Equality.” We offered free shuttle services to the polls and free ice cream as an incentive.
Being on the ground for a total of four days, we collected well over 200 pledges to vote against this discriminatory amendment and rallied many supporters to vote against Amendment One.
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