As someone whose day job is that of an organizer, it might be that solutions to many problems in my eyes look like they require organizing, just as the craftsman whose only tool is a hammer starts to see all problems as nails. But I really do believe in the people power of organizing, especially as a tool for achieving civil rights. And so I wanted to take a moment to encourage people to find ways to stay plugged in after May 8th, whether we win or lose, to make sure that organizing for equality continues.
It's great to belong to and support statewide groups, we have to in order to win statewide victories, but the real work of organizing is often done on the ground in your own community. That's why I think having local groups or local chapters of larger groups are important ways to get plugged in. I know PFLAG has many chapters across the state, college campuses often have GLBT student groups, there are some community centers around the state, and the new LGBT Democratic Caucus is another emerging group that has a regional set up.
Who have I missed? What other local groups or groups with local chapters exist in NC? If there isn't one in your area, could you use the energy from this amendment vote to create one? And most importantly, how do you plan to stay involved after May 8th?
There is a lot of work to be done. If we lose we'll have to console each other, do a heck of a lot of protesting, keep fighting against future attacks because this probably wont be the last one, and make sure we throw the bums out that put discrimination on the ballot.
BlueNC is dedicated to freedom and fairness for the people of North Carolina. If you share that vision, welcome. If your intention is to disrupt our efforts, please find somewhere else to express your opinions.