March 3, 2011
By Adam Bink
Friends: Prop8TrialTracker needs your help to keep going.
P8TT has been on the front lines of the Prop 8 trial for over a year. Since we launched to cover the trial in Judge Walker’s courtroom, we have received over 4.2 million pageviews and now over 102,000 comments. Consider:
- Together, we covered the Prop 8 trial better than anyone, becoming the #1 Google result for “Prop 8 trial”
- Expanded to be one of the leading sites covering and driving action on successful repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
- Lead the way in fighting back against NOM by exposing the fraud, hate and #FAIL that they and their two bus tours embody to the national media and public, landing massive numbers of press hits, including Newsweek
- And jumping into fights to win the freedom to marry in states around the country, such as our recent success in New Hampshire
Now, as we enter the next phase, we need your support to keep our lights on.
We need to raise approximately $12,000. It’s a specific number because it didn’t just come out of a hat; as someone who organizes action online and has a deep respect for people’s hard-earned money, I am a firm believer in calculating needs and telling people what their contributions what exactly their contributions will go towards. Every dollar will go to cover costs of maintaining P8TT (including writers, technical support, web hosting) through the summer, as well as helping fund several of our actions around Prop 8, such as collecting hundreds of stories of couples wanting to marry, putting them on TV, and filming them so as to persuade the public and the courts. $12,000 won’t cover all the expenses (if we raised $18-20K, we could really rock and roll on some awesome projects we’ve got cookin’!), but it will maintain this site that we have all come to call our community.
But that’s not the only reason to give. We’re also asking because we as a community are not being seen, and we need to step it up.
Two days ago, California Supreme Court refused to trade in its summer recess for the sake of same-sex couples waiting. Meanwhile, the 9th Circuit is considering lifting the stay and we have to bring visibility to the stories of couples waiting- some even dying, like Ed of Riverside, CA, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and would like to marry his partner before he can’t recognize him anymore- to create the environment to lift the stay.
In Maryland, legislators are horse-trading their votes for couples’ fundamental freedom to marry. In New Hampshire, where we organized (and you funded) Camp Courage trainings and drove people to an incredibly successful public hearing, we won for the time being, but not yet permanently. We are also considering jumping into other fights
We need to be more visible. We need to make the courts and the public see us and our family and friends. This site is a huge part of that.
So please contribute with a tax-deductible donation so we can make them — judges, legislators, and Americans around the country — see us. Contribute so Prop8TrialTracker can remain the #1 Google result for “Prop 8 trial,” and so we replicate our success stories on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” on the NOM bus tours, and in New Hampshire.
Most importantly, please contribute so our community can remain together and strong. If you can make a recurring monthly contribution, which helps provide P8TT with a more steady source of funding, please do so here.
And thank you for all that you do.