Originally Posted by tdogg
I think California has the potential to have the most impact on other state's actions, but that does not reduce the significance of what's going on in FL or AZ.
Agreed on both points.
CA has a very active group - Equality for all, that is pushing hard to make contacts of voters and discuss the initiative with them. They have a large volunteer base and part of that is due to the support of HRC. I haven't heard what HRC is doing for AZ or FL, it would be interesting to look at that.
As far as I can tell, HRC is not funding our campaign AT ALL. While I understand the significance of CA and why they are sending resources there, I can't say express how greatly it bothers me to receive one funding plea after another from HRC asking me to donate to the campaign in CA without even MENTIONING the one in AZ. And I'm sitting in Arizona! Every time I get a message from HRC I say "What about us?"
Our AZ campaign is vastly underfunded. Just see Burroway's comments on Box Turtle from the other day. We don't have funds to mount a campaign outside of Tucson.
For myself, I need to do more research on the AZ and FL initiatives. I've been a little lacking in that area.
I'll save you the time and send you some links later.
In these economic times it's also difficult for people to set aside money for every cause, but that is probably the number one necessity to continue our struggle.
I think our opponents are counting on that. These campaigns are probably at least in part designed to bleed us dry. I couldn't donate more than a paltry sum to our own campaign, and donating to other states right now is completely out of the question.
That's why I'm so fired up to give volunteer time, but there is nothing for volunteers to do because the campaign has not been funded.
Hopefully, Zerbie, Arizona has a group/some groups that are taking action state-wide, calling citizens, meeting & greeting, passing out information.
Well, check out the link I posted a day or so ago - that isn't happening, for lack of support. We need to change this!
And of course, we can always pray and send you our support Zerbie. But seriously, there must be other Arizonians here on Soulforce? And do you think, during your 7SN, that you will address the initiative there? Perhaps with the media attention, possible news articles and such, the word will get out a little more.
That's what I'm trying to do. It depends on media picking us up, and I'm hoping with the amendment on the ballot it will give our event relevance in the eyes of the media.
I feel such desperation but very little direction on how I could personally do from here. When Equalityforall did the decline to sign action, we basically stationed ourselves in public areas (where we would be allowed - mainly at Targets, Walmarts, Trader Joes, and a couple other places) and talked to everyone we could. Looking for supporters who pledged to talk to family & friends, and also those on the fence willing to listen and think about it.