A Conversation with Corinne
Corinne Rosen grew up in Milwaukee and attended Ohio State University where she studied sociology and was the captain of the women's ice hockey team. For the last couple of years she has been the assistant hockey coach of the University School of Milwaukee girl's ice hockey team. She is now working with Fair Wisconsin as our African American community organizer.
Why is this issue important to you?
Defeating the ban is important to me because it would hurt so many people. I don’t think this sort of language should be in our state’s constitution. Our constitution is supposed to protect us.
What are you responsible for on this campaign?
I am responsible for reaching out to the African American community. It is truly wonderful to be able to talk to people openly and honestly about how this ban would hurt our families, friends, and neighbors.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
It’s often difficult to get others to talk to their friends and families about the civil unions and marriage ban. The people I work with can be afraid to talk about it because they don’t see it as an issue that affects our people of color communities. But once they realize that all families don’t look like the Huxtables the discussion gets easier. Our families are made up of gay people, unmarried couples living in the same household, and grandparents raising children.
Can you share a positive or inspiring experience you've had while fighting the ban?
The most positive experiences I have are when I am organizing community outreach. Many people are not aware of the far-reaching consequences of this ban. The Martin Luther King back-to-school festival was probably the most enjoyable event I have done. Three high school volunteers and I handed out information on the ban at the event that gave away backpacks and had an all-day talent show. It was a great experience because we had overwhelming support, and a lot of people wanted to learn more.