39 CA Groups Working for Gay Marriage;
[Update: We're up to 40. See note below. -mp]
[Second Update: Change that to 42. See revision at bottow. mp]
Over the weekend, while under the 420 influence, I began a list of all minor and major political advocacy organizations, non-profits, gay pollsters, foundations or volunteer-driven groups working on behalf of gay marriage in California. I also threw the names of foundations and polling firm, all of which played significant, but not out-front and public, roles in the No on 8 debacle on to my list.
There's a need for me to know exactly who all are the existing players, and you know there will be more as the gays plot and implement a losing strategy for 2010 or 2012, and try to keep tabs on them. Would be great if there were genuine coordination, intelligence-sharing, and community-engagement among all groups, but I don't expect miracles to become fashionable and bring about those necessary ingredients for success.
Yeah, I'm already saying whatever year the leaders and money-changers decide on for the next gay marriage initiative, it's going to be a failure. Anyone who's half-smart and has watched the fumbles of the new crew in San Francisco on the day of the Supreme Court decision, and the following weekend's events in Fresno, knows the new faces are closely imitating the worst non-transparent ways of the old No on 8 committee.
My list is in alphabetized format. If you know of a group I've missed, please send along their name and I'll revise the list.
- ACLU of Northern California
- And Marriage for All
- API Equality
- Bayard Rustin Coalition
- Bohnett Foundation
- California Faith for Equality
- Courage Campaign
- David Binder Polling
- Equal Roots Coalition
- Equality California
- Equality Network
- Freedom to Marry
- Get to Know Us First
- Grassroots Equality Network
- Haas Jr Foundation
- HONOR PAC
- Join the Impact
- Lambda Legal
- Latino Equality Alliance
- Liberty Hill Foundation
- Los Angeles Gay Community Center
- Love Honor Cherish
- Marriage Equality USA
- Meet in the Middle
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Farce
- One Struggle, One Fight
- Roots of Equality
- San Diego Gay Community Center
- San Diego Advocates for Marriage Equality
- Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
- Transgender Law Center
- Unite the Fight
- White Knot for Equality
- Yes on Equality
I know the Marriage Equality USA/CA chapters are getting their act together and taking it on the road, I think, to 80 towns and cities and the next two months. Sure hope they talk to locals and avoid the "import the ghetto and only talk to ourselves" approach at the rally at the city hall in Fresno last month.
But what about an honest attempt by these groups to stage a truly transparent series of summits over the summer, present a coordinated plan of engagement with the community, on gay marriage AND all the other queer issues, like AIDS drugs about to be cut by the state?
I'd welcome more open talks with and from the group. As far as I can tell from the Equality California and the Courage Campaign web sites, no such summits are planned, and both group are competing to establish twenty-five separate, but equal, canvassing teams across the state.
Seeing the competition for the same queer dollars, to do the same damn queer thing, for the same purpose of gay marriage, is why I said before, the 2010 or 2012 ballot prop is going to fail with the two biggest CA groups acting this way.
From the EQCA site:
Help us meet our goal by August 23 to hire 25 grassroots organizers to support the thousands of volunteers talking directly to voters to win marriage back.From Rick Jacobs' Courage Campaign site:
25 teams in 15 counties are contacting voters every weekend. Courage plans to expand into all 58 counties in the next 18 months.
Note From Robin Tyler:
You forgot my group. We actually are a non-profit (all volunteer) 501c4 called The Equality Campaign, Inc.Second Update:
We did www.dayofdecision.com, www.dontamend.com, (Federal Marriage Amendment).
We also were the same activists who did the protests for stopdrlaura.com and the celebrations in
50 cities when Lawrence v Texas struck down the sodomy laws.
(I am the ED. We get titles, just no $)
Karen Ocamb reminds me that there's the Gill Foundation, which played a pivotal role in the No on 8 effort, and should not be counted out from future initiatives.
She also says to add the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the David Bois and Ted Olson group that filed a federal lawsuit recently to win gay marriage.
We're now up to 42 groups and entities on my list.