Equality Camp Kids are Revolting!
After reading this declaration of ideas and suggestions for the Equality Summit, which is being shaped by tired old Democratic hacks who happen to be gay, I must evaluate my assessment of the lesbian youths who organized the recent San Francisco Equality Camp.
The ideas presented below are from Heather Gold and seem to me a reflection of a real revolt against the standard operating mentality of Geoff Kors and his minions at Equality California. The EQCA way is create a few unnecessary layers of deciders, keep names and minutes closely held, don't adhere to sharing info and being transparent, develop and "us v. them" vibe.
Versus the transparent "let's put it on the web for all to see" thinking of the kids putting and attending the camps. Oh, and their willingness to work with their critics, such as me.
Whatever faults I found with the recent camp here, pales in comparison to the fine agenda for accountability and clarity articulated by Heath Gold, which I hope is shared by her colleagues.
BTW, if you're keeping score of Kors and EQCA promising in December to hire a firm to independently evaluate the No on 8 campaign, and a reversal of that decision to now only look at just EQCA's role in the failed campaign, as reported in the latest BAR, note that the kids were told by EQCA that indeed there will be an audit of the No on 8 campaign and some results will be presented at the summit.
I feel like Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" as my head spins round and round as EQCA makes confusing statements on the analysis issue. Par for the lame course of that group.
From the Equality Camp web site:
Equality Summit is a gathering in LA on Sat Jan 24th of mostly non-profit-y people to talk some more about how to repeal prop 8, work together, achieve 100% legal equality for queers, have people of colour and white people in the same room and actually discuss the No on 8 campaign. That’s what it says on the site.
EQCA is organizing this. Or they’ve hired Anne Marks to organize this and she’s doing a very friendly job of it too, emailing people ..including individual geeks like us to welcome us to the gathering. She’s also asking an important question “who else should be there that we haven’t yet invited.”
EQCA stands for Equality California. It’s the gay rights lobby for California. It is run by Geoff Kors who was also one of the main decision makers for the No on 8 Campaign. It must know something about lobbying because a bill to legalize marriage for all passed the California legislature two times two times.
(The HRC –Human Rights Campaign Fund, or national gay lobby has never passed a thing to the best of my knowledge)
However, the No on 8 Campaign showed, among other things, that EQCA and the many other alphabetical non-profits involved may not know so much about how to win a ballot initiative ...
In a later email I asked the executive assistant at EQCA they’d be presenting info from the independent study they said they’d do (which I knew about thanks to commenter and Equality Camp attendee Michael Petrelis) and they replied “Equality California will indeed be presenting about the independent study of the No on 8 campaign. .”
Equality Camp is not an official non-profit and we hope it never will be. We’re just some people who want to do what we can to achieve legal equality for all GLBT people and cohere this movement with very simple geekery.
At this point I believe individuals matter much more than non-profits. I am hopeful that there will begin to be accountability and transparency at Equality Summit. A few of us will be going and then attending Camp Courage the next day
a grassroots training in the same vein as Camp Obama and also inspired by Equality Camp. You don’t have to have anything to do with a non-profit to go do this. But you do have to register, after which Courage Campaign will have your email address and then probably consider you a member.
Courage Campaign is working hard to focus on grassroots. EQCA is doing what it can to reach our to people of colour. Some lessons have hopefully been learned.
But we still have a great deal of mistrust, anger and confusion about money and accountability regarding the No on 8 campaign among interested people across the state.
There are dozens of non-profits. Each with their own memberships and Boards of Directors and funders and pride. The No on 8 Campaign dealt with this by forming a big Executive Committee. I
I’m interested to see an hear what they all want to do on the 24th.
I know I’ll be looking for the same things we individuals involved in Equality Camp are committed to:
* 100% open accounting for financials
* focussing on problem solving first
* all data is open and shared
* 100% legal equality is our common goal
* a commitment to the grassroots/ netroots principles that worked for Obama and that are worth believing in: Respect, Empower, Include
* an emphasis on intelligent analysis when looking at information, strategic thinking when planning and heart when communicating
I’ll blog, tweet and vlog and let you know what I se and learn. If there are particular questions you want asked, post them here.