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EQCA's Passive Aggressive Town Hall
Patrick Connors is a skeptical colleague of mine who blogs at Uppity Fag, where he primarily tracks news accounts of heterosexual people sexually abusing or otherwise mistreating their kids or adult acquaintances, and he also attended Equality California's town hall meeting in San Francisco on Thursday evening.
He didn't come away persuaded that a 2012 Prop 8 repeal ballot initiative was a serious proposal before the community, and he uses the right dose of snark summing up what went down at the meeting.
Memo to EQCA: it behooves you all to start writing reports about each town hall and posting the reports within days after the town hall meeting takes place. It says much about what is wrong with your communication skills that you have not yet issued a briefing back to the community about the May 19 forum. This is the age of quick info, and trust me, gay Californians hunger for fast reports about your town halls.
Here is a long excerpt from Patrick's essay, EQCA's passive aggressive town hall meeting, and I urge you to read the entire piece, especially his end point involving a sleazy used car salesman. Take it away, Patrick:
The evening began with a presentation from Mr. Minter about the Prop 8 trial ... The CA Supreme Court has to chime in about standing. The 9th Circuit court takes over again after that. Decisions can go in any direction and could end up at the US Supreme Court sooner on one matter or later on the big picture which makes everyone shit their pants just a little bit. ...
Mr. Minter didn’t specifically mention this overused phrase, but at the end of his spiel he could have uttered: “I’m just sayin’…” and it would have been fitting.
Next up was David Binder from Binder research with a SURPRISE! He had a slide show to present with results of a telephone survey (that was commissioned by EQCA and others for an undisclosed fee) conducted with 900 Californians between May 10 and 14. ... I can’t exactly regurgitate ANY of the specific findings because the results weren’t made available to the audience in a printed take away format.
The panel was asked if the slide show would ever be accessible and the panelists all took turns looking at each other and belching.
I guess that means the results probably won’t be available. ...
Any questions raised about a campaign to repeal were deferred to the “we’ll have to take that under consideration” file because the matter of campaign strategy hasn’t been addressed. Any opinions raised about the dismal No on 8 campaign that was directed by EQCA in 2008 were politely considered, defensively addressed or more or less ignored.
EQCA wants us to decide if we are interested in participating in a campaign that they won’t tell us anything about. ...