Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Results

The following is from Gavi Wolfe, Legislative Counsel at the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Yesterday was a heartbreaking defeat on the road to a victory that is sure to come in the not-too-distant future. To all of us, it seems preposterous that anyone (let alone 53% of a neighboring state) would be motivated to vote to deny a whole group of fellow citizens equality when it costs most people nothing but means the world to those whose lives it directly affects. But, clearly, we’ve still got a lot of work to do.

That said, I want to acknowledge the good work of the group that went up to Maine yesterday. Together, we knocked on hundreds of doors, made hundreds more phone calls, and got people to the polls who otherwise wouldn’t have had their votes counted. Even just in our limited conversations, and by adding our energy to a tired campaign at the final push, we made an impact.

I want to give a special shout-out to the four members of our team that had never done campaign canvassing before – Megan, Kerry, Danielle, and Anne. You guys were awesome! I hope you won’t let the disappointing outcome on this one keep you from getting out there in future elections. As Danielle and I marveled while going door-to-door on random backroads, in the end, this very human, very old-school, foot-leather work is the stuff that campaigns are made of, and it’s all about more and more people getting out there and talking to other human beings face-to-face. May this be the first of many (more successful) campaigns in your futures.

Next time,

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