Inspired By Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been an inspiration for my work and a motivation to stay involved in the movement for equity and social change. When I was young, his speeches would make me tear-up and his pictures would make me smile. As I grew older and started to organize, his team of organizers, including Byard Rustin, became a source for strategy and encouragement that even if we do not see the results of our hard work—our work will not go in vain.

Dr. King once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.” This quote is repeated often in social justice circles, and for me has come to represent our work against the amendment. I know that if we maintain and grow our core of volunteer leaders and donators we will win!

For the past two years, I have heard over and over again, that we have no chance of defeating this amendment. Nineteen states have lost, so why would Wisconsin be any different? People say that we are investing in a losing battle.

No doubt, we are the underdogs in this campaign to defeat the amendment, but we are also one of the most prepared states to fight the good fight. For over two years, we have been working to identify people who are against a constitutional amendment. For over two years we have been building our base, lobbying legislators, and preparing for the November ballot. Week after week, day after day, we have volunteers coming in and out of both the Madison and Milwaukee office working to stop the ban. Of any state in the nation, except for maybe California (but hey it’s California), we have the most voters in our database, a working infrastructure for the campaign, dedicated volunteers, independent networks around the state working to educate people about the amendment, local coalitions members marching by our side and most importantly…courage!

Wisconsin is going to win! We are going to win! But it will take all of us believing that we can win to win. If people don’t invest money into the campaign, we will lose. If people don’t volunteer on a regular basis, we will lose. But if everybody who cares about keeping our Constitution free of discrimination, protecting all families in Wisconsin, and reaching fair minded voters, regularly volunteers and donates what they can, we will win.

We can no longer afford the negative sentiments of being told that we will lose. In honor of Dr. King, I do dream and I “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.”



At 2:51 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Go Pabitra! Thanks for the words of encouragement!

I am glad to be here working on this in WI - we have such great organizations and individuals with such great energy working on this issue.

At 2:05 AM, Anonymous Jay said...

I love this message too, and often rely on it to get through hard times. King was quoting the original from Margaret Mead. The second part of her quote is equally powerful to this cause:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Mead, Margaret American anthropologist (1901-1978)

Keep spreading the message everyone!! Freedom and justice will eventually triumph over discrimination and bigotry!!!


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