October 11, 2011
Success! This morning, the Stop SB 48 campaign announced their failure to qualify the FAIR Education Act (SB 48) for a ballot referendum, writing in an e-mail “…it is doubtful we will get the number of signatures we need to qualify.”
This represents a major victory for the community. Protecting fair, inclusive and accurate history by including the contributions of the LGBT community is a first-in-the-nation moment. The failure of the Stop SB 48 campaign to qualify it for the ballot is a testament to the ability of Californians to see through the lies that our opponents spread.
Unfortunately, the fight isn’t done. Already hate groups are making noises about trying for November 2012 with a new signature drive, and the National Organization for Marriage is raising money around it. This effort was intended to qualify for June 2012, but with Gov. Brown signing SB 202 and the failure to gather enough signatures, they are able to try again with lessons learned. So, we aren’t resting.
Below is a message to our members we just sent, noting our community’s hard work to tell the truth about the FAIR Education Act and confront our opponents’ lies. The subject notes that we’ve succeeded and the FAIR Education Act is safe…for now. Emphasis on “for now.” Please chip in to help defend it permanently and keep it off the November 2012 ballot.
We did it! Just now, the Stop SB 48 campaign announced they’ve failed to collect enough signatures to qualify the FAIR Education Act for a ballot referendum! We all pulled together and made it happen.
But this isn’t over yet. It looks like they’re going to try a new signature drive to place it on the November 2012 ballot, which means we’ve got a new fight on our hands. Can you chip in NOW to beat them a second time?
Our decline-to-sign campaign worked, Adam, because we took the fight to them. When they announced this effort, we immediately began our “Ban Me?” public education campaign to raise awareness on what the FAIR Education Act really is and does. We were the first to spot signature-gatherers at Calvary Chapel Church in Chino Hills.
We also put the spotlight on their lies. When we caught their signature-gatherers lying, Courage Campaign members like Max Disposti got video and we immediately reported them to the state’s law authorities for violations of California Elections Code. We confronted hate group leaders like Rev. Louis Sheldon in person about the lies he was spreading. And we placed media stories throughout the state on the Stop SB 48 campaign’s lies, so that potential signers of their referendum petition heard about these people and knew what they were selling was garbage.
But it ain’t over until it’s over. Big national hate groups like National Organization for Marriage have already begun raising money to put this on the November 2012 ballot, and we can’t let ourselves be outmatched. They have to start collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures again, which means we’ve still got work to do. We can do everything above and more, but only with your contribution.
Thanks for everything you’ve done. We’ve notched a big win and beat back the forces of homophobia to defend inclusive, fair, and accurate history for California kids. Now let’s do it a second time!
–Arisha, Adam, Ana, Anthony, Cait and the rest of the team at the Courage Campaign