Last night over 100 people turned out for the Tacoma community organizing meeting for the Approve 71 campaign. Community Organizer Laurie Jenkens hosted the meeting , “We gave folks the opportunity to volunteer for phone-banking, a speakers bureau, letters to the editor and fundraising. We got volunteers for all of these things,” Jenkens said, “We had so many phone-banking volunteers that we’ve expanded our phone-banking from one night per week to 3 nights per week, from next week until the end of the campaign. Of course we’ll need more phone-banking volunteers to round out our shifts, but it was pretty exciting!”
The Tacoma meeting also generated over $6500 in campaign contributions even though the event was not designed to be a fundraiser.
Community meetings like the one in Tacoma last night and in Seattle on Tuesday are being held all over the state. The Approve 71 Campaign State Field Manger Darci Larsen attended meetings in Olympia and Vancouver, Washington, “Both went super well and folks are really excited. We got some organizers out of it, and people who are ready to charge ahead whom I can lean on,” Larsen wrote in an e-mail.
Tonight a community organizer meeting is scheduled in Kennewick (you still have time to make it!). Meetings are scheduled in Bellingham, Everett, Kingston, and Kitsap, during the next few days. People are encouraged to use Facebook and Twitter to promote the events to their social networks.
The success of these meetings is a great sign about the vitality of our community and the dedication of Washingtonians from all walks of life to treat all citizens equal under the law.
However, with only a few short weeks before ballots arrive in the mail no one should assume the Approve 71 Campaign has already won. In off year elections voter turn out among younger progressive voters is historically low. While there is widespread support for domestic partnerships, we need those supporters to vote or to register to vote if they have not already. Every vote counts. Close elections seem to be the norm lately so either side could win with just a hand full of votes. We should not surrender equality by not voting. It would set Washington State and our community back for years.