Volunteering in Rhode Island for Marriage Equality
March 29, 2011 by Christine Sloane, Regional Field Organizer
Here in Rhode Island, we’re on the heels of the biggest volunteer weekend thus far in the fight for marriage equality. Over Saturday and Sunday we sent no less than 10 canvass teams out to knock doors in key Senate districts across the state. Meanwhile, we ran simultaneous phonebanks, transferring supporters directly to their representatives with a message urging them to vote yes on this fundamental civil rights issue.
With a vote in the State House looming, we’ve got more boots on the ground than ever before. I’ve been in the state for only one week and in that time I’ve been amazed to watch the momentum grow. I’m getting to know the volunteers here, like Mike, who comes in nearly every day to help us make calls or manage the data we’re collecting, and Michelle, a high school senior who recently wrote a paper on attitudes towards the LGBT community (and got a Blue Ribbon at her science fair for it!). Last weekend, a volunteer brought her husband to canvass for equality. When asked why they’d decided to come out, she responded “because marriage is fun and I love my husband and my life, and I want that for everyone”. It’s been great seeing straight allies and members of the lgbt community come together to make this happen.
Things are moving and shaking, but we’re far from done with the work it will take to ensure that all Rhode Island families, regardless of sexual orientation, are recognized. We need your help during this critical time. Please join us and become part of history.
Weekly Phonbanks in Providence Every Sunday | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Every Monday | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Every Thursday | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (except St. Paddy’s Day) 1st Floor MERI Office | 17 Gordon Ave. | Providence RSVP: Karl.Bach@hrc.org Door Knock for Equality Saturday 10:00-1:00 p.m./4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 1st Floor MERI Office | 17 Gordon Ave. | Providence RSVP: Karl.Bach@hrc.org If you’re joining us for one of the events listed, please be sure to let us know! If you’re attending a phonebank, make sure you don’t forget your laptop (if you have one), phone and phone charger.
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