In a post earlier this week on Pam’s House Blend, I commented that I was going to post a copy of MarriageEqualityUSA‘s slideshow at last Saturday’s Equality Summit, entitled the Collective Wisdom of Our Grassroots Community (the link is to a PDF file of the PowerPoint slide show).
The PowerPoint slideshow was based on two written reports:
Some of the thoughts from some of the slides:
Clergy leaders were underutilized by the No on 8 campaign.
Over reliance on focus group findings directed clergy to phone banks, instead of visibility actions and outreach to congregations.
CA marriage case and now Prop 8 amicus briefs identified supportive clergy across California.
Leaders of color were underutilized by the No on 8 campaign.
There is a deep bench of Leaders from the Black, Asian, Latino and Native American communities. We must have a campaign where all communities are well-represented as leaders, spokespeople, and in campaign literature.
“I feel that some of the language used in the ads, particularly „unfair and wrong? was very Caucasian centric. Most people of color live in a world that is unfair and wrong, so this washed right over us.”
Funding to distribute Spanish and Asian language materials and ads were needed at the outset of the campaign.
We must make institutional changes so that the LGBTI leadership and organizations reflect the natural diversity of our communities.
No on 8 ads lacked heart and inexcusably excluded LGBTI people.
Survey respondents and town hall participants agreed:
No on 8 messaging was “swift boated”by the Yes on 8 campaign.
No on 8 ads were too abstract and “lacked heart.”
We can’t take the personhood out of a human rights campaign.
In moving ahead, community input emphasized the need to present personal stories.
It goes without saying that I believe the slideshow is worth watching, and the reports are worth reading. Lots of good info in the collected thoughts.
Crossposted from Pam’s House Blend. Material from Mariage Equality USA used by permission.