Spotlight on Leah, Statewide Student Organizer

We're extremely lucky to have Leah Israel running our aggressive Students for a Fair Wisconsin campaign. Originally from Highland Park, Illinois Leah recently earned a degree in English from the University of Iowa. She also attended UW-Madison which is when she started becoming interested in politics. She's worked as a student organizer on Howard Dean's campaign and later for America Coming Together.

Why is this issue important to you?

The proposed ban on civil unions and marriage is a consequential issue to me because it prohibits certain individuals from basic civil liberties and crucial legal protections. As a recent UW student, I want to defeat the ban because it would perpetuate and maybe even encourage discriminatory behavior and feelings.

Why should students care about the ban?
Students, regardless of whether or not they can vote, should care about the ban because it affects their future in Wisconsin and a wide range of Wisconsin families. This ban is extremely far-fetched and it if passes, gay families will be unable to receive the rights and responsibilities that our government should provide to all citizens with marriage--possibly for generations to come.

Describe an average day on the job.
On an average day, I oversee the Madison, Milwaukee, and greater Wisconsin student organizers. I'm also always thinking of beneficial ways to conduct student outreach. In order to recruit students and get them involved and excited, my daily events usually include meetings, attending campus events, phone conferences with other student organizers, and lots and lots of emails!

What is the most challenging part of your job?
I'd have to say that the most challenging part of my job is also one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. While it is extremely difficult to just walk up to a group of students and start talking about Fair Wisconsin's efforts to defeat the ban, I also have found that students are much more invested in the issues than most people give them credit.


At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Jordana said...

Its great to see students so involved!

At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Nick said...

We love and miss Leah Israel in Milwaukee

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Mike Jay said...

Do you have student organizing going on in high schools?

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Shira Roza said...

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the question. Even though most high schoolers can't vote, they can definitely get involved to help defeat the ban. This Sunday in Milwaukee we have a training and a canvass specifically for high school students. If students are interested in getting invovled or organizing other students in their high schools to get invovled and vote, they should contact the nearest field office.

At 11:35 PM, Blogger str8shooter1 said...

The ban would not restrict civil liberties and responsibilities.
I am in favor of the ban, and hope to see that it does pass.

At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ban would, in fact, restrict liberties and responsibilities; moreover, it's vague enough that we can't even predict right now exactly which ones. That's dangerous.

It also codifies the notion that some people, by virtue of their sexuality, are entitled to rights and responsibilities and others are not. That's discrimination, and it doesn't belong in the constitution.

That's why we here are all working so hard to see it defeated.


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