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Lee Hirsch's Bully.

Finally it has opened nationwide and with that PG-13 rating. There has been plenty of coverage of the effort to bring the rating down from an "R" which is truly a gift, as it shone a spotlight on this vital film.

I saw it a few months ago...

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Sometimes there is not much to say other than to get right to the point.  In the next few weeks, the people of California will decide if we will put Marriage Equality back on the ballot in 2010, or if we will allow Prop 8 to stand and ask the LGBT community to wait at least another two years for full equality.

We must deliver 1.2 Million signatures by April 12 if we are to return to the ballot.  And frankly, we are behind schedule.  If I could share a proven message that moves even Republicans on the subject of marriage equality would that inspire the support we need to make this happen?  A week ago Friday this ad was chosen by judges like George Stephanopoulos, Roger Stone, Chuck Todd, Christine Todd Whitman, Robert Traynham, Joe Trippi and more as the Best Television Ad for a Ballot Initiative at the Reed Awards, watch it now and then see what the focus group results were:

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I joined this site in 2004, shared in the ups and downs as we fought for change, sometimes fought each other, but what I have found most remarkable is how consistently this site gravitates to what can be.  We gather here with a sense of possibility, that our efforts individually and collectively can make the impossible, possible.

This is a place I can go where people focus on what they can do to change things, instead of merely complaining about how things should be and because of that it is the place I go first to share my new job and to ask for your belief and help to literally change the world...

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Restore Equality 2010

16%4 votes
84%21 votes

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My organization does not have the resources to handle two large issues as effectively as I would like at this point, so on election day here in California in 2008 I committed our work to restoring equality and repealing prop 8 as soon as could be, which is 2010.  However those that know me know that I like many of you was birthed into political activism to support Gov. Dean and my orgs name still bears tribute to that inspiration. Thus, this new effort of ours is ready today but I launch knowing the timing is poor as it coincides with Gov Dean once again taking the lead on the most important issues of our time.  

If we could find an extra resource or two I'd love to support him with our media as he supports all of us with his words and deeds.

Moving right along, first the video then the speech:

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Restore Marriage Equality for California in 2010?

28%7 votes
64%16 votes
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Last Friday afternoon I received a call from an associate stating that a film crew was needed straight away to document a woman's condition for a press conference that would be held the following Tuesday (10/20).  I was not clear on the details at the time, but we did have a crew available and scheduled for the next day (10/17).  I went to the shoot to assist in any direction that may be needed, and to get a first hand sense of the story.

All I knew clearly at the time was that Amelia had been injured on the job, was being cared for at home and this video was to help share her story in a visual way with the press.  What I witnessed in person is not so easy to describe.  I know there are many terrible stories of people being abandoned when they need care, due to our lack of real health care in America that puts the public first.  I do not imagine that her story is more or less important than another's, but it is real, I have seen it first hand and while I/We cannot help every person in a dire situation due to our healthcare crisis without Government intervention, we can help Amelia and her family.

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Frank Schubert is the President of Schubert Flint Public Affairs: the firm which ran the Yes on 8 campaign in California in 2008. Frank has claimed that his firm won in California "because we created superior advertising that defined the issues on our terms."  Now Frank is in Maine leading the Yes on Prop 1 campagin and once again using the same formula of fear based attacks to deny equality in marriage.

We believe that our media strategy while being simple, is just the right formula to beat back the fear that Frank and his team would use to deny equality for Maine, as they did in California: refuse to debate the rhetoric of fear, instead choosing to frame the issue of equality in truth.

HCD Research conducted a study of this TruthandHope.Org commercial, using its Mediacurves website which revealed that Republican and Independent voters may be moved by advertising to support marriage equality.

Four days ago Markos revealed the results of his poll which essentially showed Frank Schubert with a small lead at best or a statistical dead heat.  We believe this ad can help uphold equality in Maine:

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Thu Aug 06, 2009 at 10:54 AM PDT

This video made me cry

by TruthandHope

It is true.  I have watched this video many times and it never loses it's magic.  More importantly, supporters and friends across the country have shared their thoughts and feelings upon viewing this clip, which most often involve tears as well.  There was a diary a couple weeks ago which shared some personal reaction to viewing this clip.

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Today TruthandHope.org released it's first in a series of statewide ads that seek to support the ground efforts of so many groups canvassing for equality throughout our state, with an online and over the airwaves campaign to share real stories which connect with voters on a deeply visceral and emotional level.  Let us put the proper face(s) on the issue of equality.  This is not about a subgroup, or some hidden "them" as the failure to showcase real families in 2008 implied, but friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members with the same highs, the same lows, the same dreams of love, relationship and Equality we all share and this campaign will prove that.

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Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 02:59 PM PDT

“He’s Going To Die Anyway”

by TruthandHope

I try to minimize posting when it comes to requests, but sometimes something comes up where I have to do what I can to help.  The title quote was a response heard when asking for help in order for Gary Pease, someone I know personally, to save his & his wife's home as he tries to get the help he needs to fight colon cancer.

Sadly, this is a story we have heard too often & discussed on here to no end: American's who think they are insured, only to be turned away when they need it most.  In this case, Blue Shield is the culprit.  City of Hope has stepped in to help, but we need to refinance Gary's home to make up the difference.  We're trying to raise $55,000 & are half way there with time running short.  It's something no one should have to endure, either themselves, or as a friend to look in someone's eye, their families eyes & know that their life is at stake over dollars & cents.

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I've just returned from Washington DC, where we attended Politics Magazine's Reed Awards. TruthandHope.Org took top honors, by winning Best Presidential Ad of 2008, as well as Best Independent Expenditure Ad of 2008 for it's work with Lee Hirsch's Local Voices & the Ad: Darrell Hanschen on Race.

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The finalists have been announced for the Reed Awards, being put on by Politics Magazine in Washington DC on January 22.  There were 30 judges, including George Stephanopoulos, Joe Trippi, Tucker Carlson, Monica Dixon, Dick Morris, etc.

One of our ads from the Local Voices Project has been chosen as a finalist for Best Presidential Ad, as well as Best Independent Group Ad.

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It's been a long campaign & now that we've had a few days to celebrate & gather the data to best as possible ascertain our impact, it's time to share just what we accomplished with your help:

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