Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thank you...

To the 3,700 volunteers in Los Angeles county who showed up to work on election day.

To the 180 volunteers who went through my dispatch site.

To L, who was threatened with arrest

To K, who brought us homemade signs.

To R and the other all-day volunteers who arrived at our location at 6am and left at 8:30pm.

To A, who had the cops arguing with her even though she was well beyond the 100 feet perimeter

To S, who had a poll worker point a finger in her face in a threatening manner

To C and C, who roved between our 21 polling locations with coffee and snacks for the folks who were braving an unseasonably chilly evening.

To Ad, who was being harassed by poll workers

To J and J, my fellow dispatchers.

To R, who gave me my 4:30am wakeup call.

To T, who dealt with cops that accused him of being threatening and harassing.

To the folks who clarified that a Yes vote did not support same sex marriage.

To C, T, and all the others who have been living in homes away from home for the past five months. To J who took the semester off. All to devote as much energy as possible to fight for equality.

To A who was able to converse with voters in her native language to help them understand the proposition.

To the staff at the West Hollywood Office.

To the volunteers that knocked on doors when Obama's victory was certain at 7pm and we needed to get the vote out.

To everyone that devoted their time to a cause that was so much bigger than themselves.


WeezerMonkey said...

I don't even know these people, and I am teary.

Liz said...

Way out here in Minnesota, I would also like to thank all of you. The rest of the country is mourning along with Californian supporters of equal rights for same-sex couples.

Ann Marie said...

Thank you Insom, for all the hours you spent at the phone banks, the hours you spent canvassing polling locations, the work you put in to dispatching and overseeing volunteers yesterday and for your tireless efforts on this blog and elsewhere to keep people focused on this issue.

A Feminist Gold Digger said...

I'm crying. Thank YOU.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for letting me (an outsider) be a part of something important like this.

in regards to the results:
this is the first time I've ever been ashamed to be a californian.

remember this hurt. use it. don't give up - never, ever give up.

'if you're going through hell, keep going...' - Winston Churchill

Trisha said...

You are AMAZING!!! All of those workers are amazing as well. Thank you, on behalf of my uncles who had to travel to another country to be legally married.