January 19, 2011
By Adam Bink
A few weeks ago I wrote about our efforts taking off in New Hampshire to protect the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
Today, we’re announcing the dates and locations of our Camp Courage trainings in the state, in partnership with Granite State Progress. See our e-mail below. If you are in the state, please join us! And if you have friends in the state, send them the details. These are the tools to start doing the hard work of protecting hard-won equality.
You can RSVP here:
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And by the way, check out who the invitation is from below. You may recognize the name- Rep. Serlin comments here on P8TT. I asked him if he would consider joining with us, and he was 100% onboard. So thanks to Rep. Serlin. Another way P8TT builds our movement!
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From: New Hampshire State Representative Christopher Serlin, for Courage Campaign <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 9:21 AM
Subject: Please join us to protect equality
To: Adam Bink
It did not take long. The freedom to marry for same-sex couples is under attack in New Hampshire.
I’ve already seen it in Concord, where I’m proud to represent Portsmouth in New Hampshire’s State House of Representatives. You’ve probably seen the news- opponents are already working on legislation to take away rights from New Hampshire’s citizens. Whether through an outright repeal or a Constitutional Amendment, they and their allies want to undo our years of hard work. But we’re not going to let equality be taken away without fighting back.
On January 22nd-31st, in collaboration with Granite State Progress, concerned citizens will be gathering around the state for organizing workshops to discuss recent legislative threats to take away marriage rights from same-sex couples, and how we can organize in our community to protect equality.
Please join us for one of five special Granite State Camp Courage trainings in your neighborhood. Click here to see the details and find the training nearest you.
Modeled on the “Camp Obama” training events that helped propel President Obama into the White House, Camp Courage uses the “Story of Self” to transform personal experiences — each participant’s unique inspiration for supporting marriage equality — into compelling and authentic narratives that can persuade community members and elected officials. It’s a proven method that has worked.
I am proud to have run my campaigns for office on a platform of supporting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, and to have been a part of achieving that historic success here in New Hampshire. During that long struggle, I saw many of my colleagues come around because their communities organized to tell them these important stories — the right way.
Since the freedom to marry became a reality, over 1,000 gay and lesbian couples have found happiness, and have been recognized as fully equal under the law, while no one’s marriage has been harmed — including my wife’s and mine. Camp Courage will help train activists on the best proven methods of telling that story.
Come to a Camp Courage near you. I’ll be attending the one in Portsmouth myself. You can find the details and training nearest you by clicking here.
It’s never the right time to hurt New Hampshire families. It’s always the right time to stand up for equality. That’s the New Hampshire Way.
I will fight in Concord to protect our citizens’ rights. I need your help, and your voice.
Please join me — starting at Camp Courage.
All my best,
NH State Representative
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