In December of 2004, I joined the statewide effort to stop the ban by helping coordinate a Lobby Day where over 400 people from across the state traveled to
Over the past 22 months, as the campaign has developed and reached different phases, our needs from our volunteers have changed—from lobbying, to coalition-building and organization outreach, to educating door-to-door. As the campaign evolved, so did my job.
After Lobby Day, my job turned to building our Speakers Network, which over a year and a half trained more than 1600 people in every part of the state on how to communicate effectively against the ban. From there, I worked with our leaders in each community – our Action Networks—to inform their neighbors using the Speakers Network and by going door-to-door.
In May, we opened our first field office in
Our field team focuses on building our volunteer ranks to ensure that we have the capacity to inform voters about the ban and find enough "No" voters to win in November. They work long, hard hours, to the exclusion of any real personal life; so if you get a call from one of these fine folks, be sure to thank them for their work, and say yes to a couple door-to-door canvass shifts.
My job now consists of working with these talented folks throughout the state. I travel from office to office, helping to keep the programs running smoothly and growing quickly.
While traveling from place to place, staying on random couches, and watching my odometer and cell minutes tick forward at an astonishing rate can make me tired at the end of the day, I wake up ready to win because of everyone around me. We—hundreds of volunteers and dozens of staff and other supporters—have done so much, and we only have more to do in these last 39 days.