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We The People and the HRC

October 14, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Featured, Thought of the Gay

hrcmoneyBefore you start reading below, I would like to caveat this.  While I’m frustrated and angry with the “Human Rights Campaign” for disregarding “We the People,” I acknowledge that they do very important work.  Indirect action matters as much as direct action, but frankly, I can’t afford to go to HRC events.

This morning, I received another request for funds from the HRC.  The email had no less than three direct links to give them money and several to a video about what their $200,000.00 would accomplish.  Now, I’ve kept my hands clean of the HRC issue, but now I have to admit they’ve gone too far.

You may recall that the HRC provided little or no support of the march up until the final few days before.  While “officially” they were mildly supportive of the effort, the elite HRC folks in confidential message boards called the march things like a “shit storm” and declared that we the people could not possibly effectively lobby congress.  They said no one would come to the march.  They said our resources are better spent in Maine and Washington.  They said a lot of things except, “Come one, come all and we will win this fight together.”  Now, they expect me to write them a check.

They also claimed that we need to fight these battles on a state by state basis – yet now they ask for money for their federal campaign?

As a counter-proposal to sending your check to the HRC via this email, please consider donating money to the No on 1 campaign in Maine or Refrendum 71 in Washington.  These groups could really use your help.

As to the HRC – I do hope the next email from them says something like, “Momentum is building and we need your help.  We need you to step forward in your area and build a stronger more united presence.  We have to keep fighting at all levels – city, state and federal.  In that spirit, we are hosting a series of workshops in communities across the U.S. to help build a stronger force to oppose the oppressors and fight back against bigotry.”  Of course, I’m spitting in the wind.

Here is the email – all links have been removed:

After this weekend, we have a burst of momentum.

But without a major advocacy push now, it could be lost.

Watch this video and help us raise $200,000 to capitalize on this moment.

Click here to watch the video!

This weekend was big.

From President Obama’s speech at our National Dinner to final House passage of hate crimes to the National Equality March, the nation’s attention is on LGBT equality – we have a burst of momentum.

But this is no time to grow complacent. We need your help to capitalize on this moment. [emphasis added]

The next month and a half will be tough – while we fight against anti-LGBT ballot initiatives in multiple states, we must also act NOW to push our federal agenda to its tipping point, or we could miss this window.

We need to raise $200,000 for a renewed effort to seize this opportunity and advance our federal agenda and fight for marriage equality in the states without delay. Will you be part of this fight?

We’ve created a video that shows how your support helps us cut through the lies.

Watch the video and help us raise $200,000 by October 26 to make sure a signed hate crimes law is just the first victory we seize this fall.

We’ll have to be strategic to build on our momentum. It won’t last forever. Because the signs of our opposition are all around:

  • Right-wing groups up in arms over President Obama’s speech, declaring that he “used the bully pulpit tonight to defy the Creator” and supports “radical social policies,” while demanding that he meet with “ex-gays” at the White House.
  • Anti-LGBT groups behind a Prop. 8-style initiative in Maine blanketing the airwaves with the same fear-mongering ads they used in California, including their claim that same-sex marriage would be “pushed on students.”
  • The new President of the UN General Assembly – which is charged with protecting rights and safety around the world – calling homosexuality “totally unacceptable.”

A workshop at a right-wing conference in St. Louis – “How to Counter the Homosexual Extremist Movement” – on how to be less “nice” in fighting against gay rights.

We’re fighting back. With your support right now, our first step is to get the hate crimes bill signed into law; then we’ll make it illegal to fire and harass LGBT employees once and for all with an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act and an end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

These vital protections – and the millions more LGBT people who will be able to come out because of them – will lay the foundation for the toughest Congressional battle: repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.

I know exactly what it is that will allow us to win these battles. I saw it in the crowd at our dinner. I see it in the hundreds of volunteers who have met with Congress members through our No Excuses campaign. And it was in every face at the National Equality March.

It’s determination. Plain and simple and unrelenting.

Please give as generously as you can today – help us pass the life-changing bills before Congress and win multiple state-level challenges.

Thank you for being part of this historic fight with us.

Joe Solmonese
President

Dear Jason,

After this weekend, we have a burst of momentum.

But without a major advocacy push now, it could be lost.

Click here to watch the video!

This weekend was big.

From President Obama’s speech at our National Dinner to final House passage of hate crimes to the National Equality March, the nation’s attention is on LGBT equality – we have a burst of momentum.

But this is no time to grow complacent. We need your help to capitalize on this moment.

The next month and a half will be tough – while we fight against anti-LGBT ballot initiatives in multiple states, we must also act NOW to push our federal agenda to its tipping point, or we could miss this window.

We need to raise $200,000 for a renewed effort to seize this opportunity and advance our federal agenda and fight for marriage equality in the states without delay. Will you be part of this fight?

We’ve created a video that shows how your support helps us cut through the lies.

We’ll have to be strategic to build on our momentum. It won’t last forever. Because the signs of our opposition are all around:

  • Right-wing groups up in arms over President Obama’s speech, declaring that he “used the bully pulpit tonight to defy the Creator” and supports “radical social policies,” while demanding that he meet with “ex-gays” at the White House.

  • Anti-LGBT groups behind a Prop. 8-style initiative in Maine blanketing the airwaves with the same fear-mongering ads they used in California, including their claim that same-sex marriage would be “pushed on students.”

  • The new President of the UN General Assembly – which is charged with protecting rights and safety around the world – calling homosexuality “totally unacceptable.”

  • A workshop at a right-wing conference in St. Louis – “How to Counter the Homosexual Extremist Movement” – on how to be less “nice” in fighting against gay rights.

We’re fighting back. With your support right now, our first step is to get the hate crimes bill signed into law; then we’ll make it illegal to fire and harass LGBT employees once and for all with an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act and an end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

These vital protections – and the millions more LGBT people who will be able to come out because of them – will lay the foundation for the toughest Congressional battle: repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.

I know exactly what it is that will allow us to win these battles. I saw it in the crowd at our dinner. I see it in the hundreds of volunteers who have met with Congress members through our No Excuses campaign. And it was in every face at the National Equality March.

It’s determination. Plain and simple and unrelenting.

Thank you for being part of this historic fight with us.

Joe Solmonese
Joe Solmonese
President

This link is specific to you, so please make your donation to this campaign before you forward to your friends. Having trouble clicking on the links above? Simply copy and paste this URL into your browser’s address bar to take action today: https://secure3.convio.net/hrc/site/SPageServer?pagename=fall_campaign_go

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4 Comments to “We The People and the HRC”


  1. Unfortunately, HRC seems to have a reputation as an organization that, first and foremost, exists to ask for donations. Everything else seems to be secondary.

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  2. I replied to HRC's email: Please contact me in 2017. Thanks.

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  3. christopher says:

    "help us raise $200,000 to capitalize on this moment." Really???

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  4. I’m switching my equality investment plan to Equality Across America and investing in pro LGBT candidates. I like the prospectus better.

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