Field Help from Churches

Nick Halsted, one of our Milwaukee volunteer coordinators, has spent a large portion of the last few weeks reaching out to churches in the greater Milwaukee area. Three of them -- Plymouth UCC, Bayshore Lutheran, and the First Unitarian Society -- have agreed to host a phone bank one day each week for the entire month of October. They provide the volunteers and we bring the phones, scripts, and lists of people to call.

Last night we had the first of these phone banks at Plymouth UCC, located in Shorewood. Seven members of the congregation met at the church to help us recruit volunteers for our upcoming canvasses. These seven volunteers, together with eleven others who were making calls out of our of field office, recruited a total of 89 volunteers in 3 hours, setting a new Milwaukee record.

I can safetly say that there are few things which make a field organizer happier than having another organization provide volunteers. And what is particularly exciting in this case is that it's the churches -- institutions that many mistakenly think are the base of the "yes" vote -- that are providing so many of our volunteers.


At 1:46 PM, Blogger Eric Peterson said...

A huge thank you to all of the people of faith across the state who give so much to provide help and resources for the campaign.

Stories just like this, are exactly what we have been talking about at Fair Wisconsin. I often call it a "faithful witness" and it's exactly what faith leads us to. Regardless of what faith we beleive in--Christianity, Judiasm, Buddhism, Unitarian Universalism among others, we all beleive that we cannot just say what we believe, but we must do what we believe!

If your congregation is interested in helping, please contact us at Fair Wisconsin. Thanks to all you you for being faithful to that action. Your actions speak volumes!


At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Kristi said...

Well done Nick! You're an excellent organizer. We're lucky to have you in our city.

At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad to see churches working against this. I'm a Christian of a fundamental kind, but not interested in shoving it down anyone's throat; it especially troubles me to see Christians trying to violate the separation of church and state, and also the right to freedom of religion. I don't understand this thinking. Whether marriage or civil unions between gay people is right or wrong is a religious view, not a secular view. America chose to have a democratic government, not a religious dictatorship like the ones we've spent so many billions of dollars trying to defeat in the middle east. And if Christians expect freedom in America to worship as they see fit, they should extend the same freedom to everyone else - to worhsip or NOT worship - as they see fit.


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