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  •  It is an enormous pity, however, (2+ / 0-)
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    that there was not more action before the election. No on 8 lacked organization, materials printed in Spanish, readily-accessible phone lists, etc., etc.

    Book excerpts: nonlynnear; other writings: mofembot.

    by mofembot on Sun Nov 09, 2008 at 08:53:52 PM PST

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    •  well (4+ / 0-)
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      ZAPatty, SoCalLiberal, mofembot, csquared

      I took the week before the election off work to volunteer full time for the No on 8 campaign.  If there were more volunteers, maybe they could have done more.  The kids (and they were almost all in their early-mid 20s) who were running the Weho office were working their butts off for basically no pay.

      •  Yeah, that is what makes up most (4+ / 0-)
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        Field Staffers.  I don't blame the Field Staffers, I blame the leadership of the campaign.  

      •  Anthony (1+ / 0-)
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        I hope you took some time off.  When we're this emotionally invested, it wears on us physically and emotionally.  The day after the election, one of my brother's dearest friends (from the Latino Eastside power elite) called me to console me.  She advised me to take the day off from school (she was a law student as well) and just take some time for me to recover since I was so emotionally invested.  She told me "when you're this invested, law school will always be there, just relax and make sure you're okay."  I'm glad I took her advice because apparently one of the snotty conservative kids in class was telling some people how glad he was 8 passed.  Everyone hates him anyway and he didn't vote in CA (he's an uber Republican and voted in a swing state for McCain) and I might have done something to him that I would have later regreted.  

        My friend was very upset by it even though she's straight.  Her whole family voted No and was so opposed to it that they wouldn't allow anyone in their home who supported 8 and cut off friends from their social circle who invited them to an 8 fundraiser.  

        I really did all I could though next time I'll do even more.  I helped people get their absentee ballots to vote No, I reached out to every conservative friend and got them all to vote no, I wrote an article against 8, I donated $600 in 8 seperate donations, I got friends and family to donate all sorts of money, got my mom to even volunteer, tracked down every voter I knew to get them to vote No, lobbied my congressman's chief of staff to get him to publicly oppose 8, and even offered their campaign information that other campaigns in CA had used.  Still I'll do more next time......I will.  And next time with the right campaign, we'll beat it.  :)

        •  You rock!! (3+ / 0-)
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          Your commitment should be applauded.  I took the day after the election off from work, but attended the No on Prop 8 rally in west hollywood.  then I went to the westwood protest on thursday.  I did go to work friday but was not too productive.  Went to the Silverlake protest on Saturday, but I'm seriously getting back to work on Monday (lest I lose my job!).

          I am actually looking forward to making this effort a permanent part of my life.  I'll participate in the city hall rally on Saturday, and just keep going to these things until we see some results!

          Hopefully you didn't already tell me this, but where are you going to law school?  First year, right?

          •  Okay (2+ / 0-)
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            anthonyLA, mofembot

            Your commitment should be applauded.  I took the day after the election off from work, but attended the No on Prop 8 rally in west hollywood.  then I went to the westwood protest on thursday.  I did go to work friday but was not too productive.  Went to the Silverlake protest on Saturday, but I'm seriously getting back to work on Monday (lest I lose my job!).

            Thanks.  My mother was never contacted by the No campaign even though she signed up but promised me that she would volunteer against 8 if I volunteered for Obama (my proposal).  She finally gave up on the campaign and she and her best friend grabbed their no on 8 signs and rallied down at the Federal Building on Wilshire for several hours.  I spent 14 hours on a volunteer legal team for Obama on election day.  It was worth it.  

            I am becoming completely ineffective.  I fell behind on reading this week, a huge memo is due next Thursday and right now it is in piss poor shape.  But I am continuing to work hard and catch up on all my reading.  I hate falling behind.  It's pitiful really but it was just a hard and weird week.  Don't lose your job!  If you lose your job, you won't be able to donate.  :)

            Hopefully you didn't already tell me this, but where are you going to law school?  First year, right?

            I didn't, I'll tell you later actually.  I am a first year student.  

            I am actually looking forward to making this effort a permanent part of my life.  I'll participate in the city hall rally on Saturday, and just keep going to these things until we see some results!

            Listen Anthony, you and I are millenials.  We will find a way to make this all work and get the change we need.  You can't take away people's rights with a 51-49 or 52-48 vote.  I think what we need to do is find a good campaign manager for Equality California who won't fuck things up and truly understands California politics, vote by mail, messaging, and how to cut ads.  I have some ideas and I am going to be making a push.  This is the next priority (second to law school though).

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