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  •  Hopefully HRC's handling of Prop 8 opp (11+ / 0-)

    Will be the last gasp of centralized "organizing."  This debacle has been one of the most frustrating political events of my life.

    I offered to stay home from my forays into other states to work on Vote No on 8, repeatedly.  But no wanted me, so I went to Nevada weekend after weekend instead.

    In hindsight, I should have organized something myself; but hell, I am just a straight almost-middle age white woman hell bent on getting Obama elected.

    What a fucking disaster this has been.

    Dogs have so many friends because they wag their tails instead of their tongues. -Anonymous

    by gloryous1 on Mon Nov 17, 2008 at 06:58:56 PM PST

    •  It's funny (10+ / 0-)

      When I first got involved in the gay rights movement, it was not centrally organized.  When we had a microphone, anyone who had something to say had the chance to say it.  

      Then came "organized" protests where only selected speakers were involved, and there were fewer and fewer opportunities for raw spontaneous outbursts of hope, rage and joy.  

      I'm liking what I'm seeing in response to Proposition 8.  The anger is real.  It's not choreographed.

      I'm not dismissing planning and strategy.  They're of great value, but they need to be done with the community instead of in spite of it.  

      Birding in New England: advocacy for birds and birders.

      by juliewolf on Mon Nov 17, 2008 at 07:05:27 PM PST

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    •  Itwon't be like that again. (3+ / 0-)
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      After I worked my ass of for Obama during the primary season, I got pretty torqued about his FISA vote.  (I got over it, mostly).

      Anyway, in late september, still being unemployed, I wanted something to do so I call up the local number for the No on 8 "official" campaign so I can phone-bank.  "Come down and bring your cell-phone" is the response.

      I don't have a damn cell phone - I'm barely making rent.  They had no way for me to phone bank from home, at least at that time.

      So, I did my own thing, pretty much alone, made my own signs and flyers, ect.

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