- Our campaign to win must begin now, regardless of when the movement decides to place a marriage equality initiative on the ballot.
- To unite the strength of activists across California, the campaign must be independent, accountable, and not dominated by any one organization.
- To gain the trust and full commitment of supporters, the campaign needs a representative and functional governance structure.
- Victory on election day requires a strong, experienced campaign manager who understands California politics and has won battles like this before. Our opposition is well-organized, and we need exceptional leadership on our side to prevail.
After this past Saturday's Summit, this is music to my ears. Though Sarah proposed these principles earlier, Courage Campaign has now officially gone on record with a proposal to unite our movement. Our fractured approach and in-fighting has been the cause of much distress for this blogger who truly means to stick by his mission to help unite the fight for equality. The question remains - Will the other organizations - EQCA, Love Honor Cherish, Prepare to Prevail, MEUSA and more - sign on to these principles?
"Winning a campaign to repeal Proposition 8 will take hard work and sacrifice from thousands of activists, community leaders, contributors and volunteers," the press release also said. "The marriage equality movement is powerful and determined. The next step for the movement is to add structure that empowers the grassroots and netroots to win as soon as possible..."
ACTION: Courage Campaign is continuing its great work this weekend of training and empowering the grassroots and community. They, along with API Equality LA, Bienestar, California Faith for Equality, Equal Roots, HONOR PAC, Latino Equality Alliance, Somos Familia, and The Wall Las Memorias Project will host their fifth Camp Courage in East Los Angeles this weekend August 1 and 2.
For more information and to sign up, go here.
I will be there myself. Hope to see you there, too.