Back in December I signed up to attend a Speakers Training. I was excited to go, but when the day of the training rolled around I started to get nervous. I wasn’t sure what I'd have to do at the training, and I really didn’t want to have to talk in front of a whole bunch of people. But I gathered my courage and went, because defeating the ban was important to me. It turned out to be really fun; I met Ingrid, Lindsey and a whole bunch of fair-minded people. So began my journey with Fair Wisconsin.
After the Speakers Training I decided that I had to do what I could to defeat the amendment or I couldn’t complain about it if it passed; so I signed up for Tuesday night volunteer night. I woke up on Tuesday and I started to get nervous again. I worried about what they were going to make me do, that I wouldn’t be good at whatever they needed me to do, and that I was going to be the only new person. I called Fair Wisconsin and made some excuses. I told them I had to work until 6 (which was true) and since volunteer night started at 6 I would have to be late, so I should probably just skip it, right?
Pabitra said no. She was adamant that I come in to volunteer even if I was late. So I gathered my courage again and walked to
From that Tuesday on I volunteered every Tuesday night. Some nights I got home from work feeling pretty tired, and sitting on the couch and watching TV was very tempting. But I knew Fair Wisconsin was counting on me, so I went in every night. I never regretted volunteering once I got there. The staff was always so friendly and helpful, even if I had to ask them the same questions a few times. It also felt good to be part of a team that was fighting for something I felt so strongly about.
Slowly I built up my courage and worked up to phone calls and door canvasses. Eventually I started to help run volunteer nights and canvasses. Since I had taken on so many responsibilities at Fair Wisconsin, Pabitra asked me if I would consider moving to open an office somewhere in greater
Defeating the ban is very important to me. I was raised to believe that everyone deserves equal rights; regardless of the gender of the person they love. Being a part of the campaign has meant doing many things that make my palms sweat and my stomach feel queasy, but I cannot sit by and watch this ban pass.
So I gathered up my courage one more time and went back and said ok. A few weeks later I packed up my car and moved out to