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Voices from the Campaign: Danielle Kim and the Washington Bus

Post submitted by Adrian Matanza, Former HRC Regional Field Director

The momentum for marriage equality in Washington just keeps growing. Working with our partner organizations, like the Washington Bus, has proven to be an effective way of getting our message out:  now is the time for marriage equality for ALL Washingtonians.

This post comes from Danielle Kim, Fellowship Coordinator for the Washington Bus:

I believe that the best way to fully appreciate the scope of the challenge we face in shifting towards marriage equality in Washington State is by volunteering. This year, the Washington Bus is proud to be working with HRC and Washington United to bring marriage equality to the state, making sure that we reach as many supporters as possible. Volunteering is one of the most fulfilling experiences that I have ever had. As a person of color, I have always considered equality as the defining value when assessing any situation or person. Governor Christine Gregoire said, “The arguments used today to discriminate based on sexual orientation should remind all of us the arguments used to discriminate in the past, and specifically the laws banning interracial marriage.” I have been given all the opportunities I have had because of the progress society has made. Let’s not stop here.

A couple weekends ago, I volunteered out on Camano Island with HRC’s organizer Halei Watkins to help build support for marriage equality. Folks I stopped asked what I was doing. I explained to them how we’re building support for marriage equality and almost everyone I spoke to expressed how amazing it was to see local supporters out on Camano Island, and proud that we were “finally helping this state do something right.”

The Washington Bus envisions a progressive state by instilling equity into our political system. This is why the Washington Bus has been working with the campaign. We phone bank. We canvass. And we blog. We love to inspire collective action.

On top of being out in the cold to collect postcards in support of marriage equality, we’re hosting several nights of phone-banking starting tomorrow, January 19, at the Bus headquarters. If you can’t make it out tomorrow, we will also be making calls on January 26 and February 2. Come out for a night of good company, while helping us call supporters!

Join Danielle and everyone at the Bus this Thursday. For more information or to RSVP, contact me at

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