Still Growing

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 Madison to lobby their legislators.

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 Green Bay, and from there we’ve opened seven others across the state. We hired field staff to work with our volunteer leaders in each community. All of our field staff are amazing people who have dedicated a tremendous amount of time, energy, and enthusiasm to stopping the ban.

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.

11 Comments:

At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lindsey is amazing! She hardly ever gets to sleep in a real bed, yet she's the one who keeps our spirits up every day and pushes us set high goals for ourselves and to meet those goals.

We would not be where we are today without Lindsey.

hannah

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mad respect for Lindsey for her hard work on the road and her teams for doing the tough job of reaching out to voters around the state

 
At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just like that Lindsey starts every announcement every day on our conference calls with, "Good Morning Everybody!" Such a ray of sunshine.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Justin Sweet said...

When we win this November it will be in large part because of Lindsey's hard work. Thanks Linds!

 
At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is becoming to the old fashion husband & wife team?? Kids don't have much to say in this matter but how embarrassing to say I have 2 mom's or 2 dad's . You were born to a mom & dad.This country needs to work on how to save a husband & wife marriage not how to win a vote for Gay Marriage. Where do you see this is so normal? Was Adam & Eve gay? Sure I'd like to see all kids get adopted but to a mom & dad. say NO to gay marriage

 
At 6:29 AM, Blogger Diane Wensel said...

Evidently anonymous is not educated on the civil union and marriage ban amendment. Wisconsin statutes already defines marriage between a man and a woman. When we defeat this amendment gay marriage still would not be allowed. We are fighting for the right of any unmarried couple (gay or hetersexual) the right to enter into a civil union and/or be eligible for or continue receiving domestic partnership benefits through their partners employers. Why shouldn't a commited, loving couple be eligible for over 1,000 rights currently offered to married couples? What would you do if you were denied the right to be involved in making medical decisions for the one you love. What would you do if your right to access to health insurance were in jeopardy for you, your partner and children? Do you want your current rights in jeopardy if the legislators concot another evil, mean spirited amendment
aim at anther group of people? As far as children growing up in a 2 mom or 2 dad home, I know many families like this and all the children are well adjusted, high acheivers. Their parents realize the obstacles they have to overcome because of closed minded people like you. These children have devoted parents who generally spend more one on one time with their children and have a more loving and closer relationship. Open your mind and your world. You might just meet a 2 mom or 2 dad household and see the loving relationship they have. Even better yet, come down to Fair Wisconsin volunteer office and meet the people who are diligently working to ensure everyone has equal rights. They come from all walks of life.

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Rob said...

It's amazing how closed-mined people can be. Instead of letting a kid have a home where two people (regardless of sex) would love them and raise them there are people like the above who would deny a home to a child in need because of sexual orientation.

The religious right just amazes me. Of course, just bring on CNN in any web browser and when the top 3 stories are about conservative, republican corruption (including a pedophile who got caught) and then ask yourself a long, hard question ... who is the REAL threat here?

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Eli Judge said...

See you on the finish line Ms. Saunders ;)

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Andy said...

You Rock Lindsey!

 
At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lindsey's my hero! She has earned one hell of a vacation...

 
At 9:31 PM, Anonymous MOM said...

You make a mother proud, Linds...!!

 

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