Ahh. Interesting. Yes, good idea to do it yourself, but there are two things that made me think doing it with HRC would be nice:
1. I thought I might be part of a small group, making it a face-to-face show of friendly faces in numbers.
2. And this is the odd thing: I'm not aware of any specific equality legislation facing Congress right now, now the hate crimes bill passed. My impression was this lobbying was a show of support for equality GENERALLY (pro-ENDA, anti-DOMA, anti-Don't Ask, etc), and I have never written a letter to a representative unless it was about a SPECIFIC legislation. Therefore, I thought it only made sense within a larger context, a framework provided by the organization and a group of local volunteers.
Or have I missed something relevant?
Anyway - interesting comment, guys, about the call for donations. I've been pretty frustrated by HRC in the past for their lack of support of activism combined by the desire to document credit for everything desired that happens, and the frequent calls to support financially. I would be more inclined to donate to them if they would slim down their operation some and stop being so hugely bureaucratic.
I am feeling inclined to skip this one.
Never linger too long with the ignorant,
throw stones at their talk.
Walk only with the lovers,
the mirror of the soul gets rusty when
dipped in muddy water.