5 degrees and still hot

January 28, 2011 at 11:23 am 18 comments

By Adam Bink

As Arisha noted in her post last weekend, “Cold in New Hampshire, but warm stories“, she, along with Anthony and Jackki are currently in New Hampshire running our Camp Courage training program for local activists. The reason she hasn’t been able to send in more dispatches (though more coming soon) is because of the incredible enthusiasm and response from the local community keeping everyone busy. Folks are fired up and ready to go to defend equality and keep the legislature from taking away rights. We even have some video to show next week.

We didn’t expect this going in, but there’s been so much enthusiasm that folks have asked us after the training if we would bring them to other parts of the state. On Wednesday, in partnership with Granite State Progress, we finished our 3rd training, which was down in Portsmouth. We have two more (in Hanover and Conway on Saturday and Sunday, respectively- go here if you’d like to sign up or pass on information to someone) planned.

It’s been literally 5 degrees at different points over the past week, but Arisha and the team (who, being from California, aren’t fans of that kind of cold… who is?) are willing to stay in the state to run them.

So we’re reaching out to our members and to you. If you can throw in $10, or more, to help bring these trainings to other parts of the state, it would certainly warm things up for gay and lesbian couples who are faced with having their rights stripped away, like in California after Prop 8.

Arisha penned an e-mail about how things are going, which can be found below. Please check it out. It’s payday this weekend, so I threw in a bit extra myself. Hope you can join me and chip in to bring more Camp Courage trainings to New Hampshire.

Courage Campaign
“I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into Camp Courage — sometimes these trainings can be a hit or miss — but I walked out feeling empowered and inspired. I’ll carry this day — and the story I developed here — my story — forever.  I don’t know what else to say, I was moved.” 

— attendee at Granite State Camp Courage, Keene, NH

Dear Adam,

I arrived in New Hampshire last week, where it’s 5 degrees, but still hot. That’s because it’s ground zero for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The Tea Party came to New Hampshire and wants to take marriage away from loving gay and lesbian couples. The state legislature has flipped to veto-proof Republican control.

That’s why I came to NH to run our Camp Courage trainings with Granite State Progress, teaching citizen activists how to organize in their communities. We had incredible turnout at our first three Camps from gay and lesbian couples, straight folks, LGBT activists, business owners who support the new law — all gaining new skills to defend equality. Everyone left ready to tell their stories and organize, and in a state of just 1.3 million with just over 400 part-time legislators, every conversation matters.

We’ve got two more trainings to go. It’s been so successful that we’ve been asked by local organizers to run more Camp Courage trainings in other parts of the state. We’re excited to do it, but travel is expensive.

Can you chip in $10 to help fund more trainings in New Hampshire?

Granite State Progress is already working with our trainees on their “next steps,” so everyone we train will be part of a permanent, local movement.

We’ve been asked at every training to stay here (or come back) to do more. Jackki, Anthony and I would do it in a heartbeat.

But that all costs money.  Courage keeps the lid on expenses- we’re staying mostly in donated housing—but we have costs for an occasional hotel room, meals, cars, and materials.

Can you contribute today to help cover travel expenses to bring Camp Courage to other parts of New Hampshire?

We’ve trained 1,600 activists and counting. Let’s get to 2,000 in New Hampshire. It’s unsure how the Prop 8 and “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) court decisions will go — which is why it’s especially important to defend the freedom to marry in every state where we’ve achieved it.

Help me protect equality in New Hampshire. Chip in today to cover more Camp Courage trainings.

It may be cold in New Hampshire. But we can warm it up a little for gay and lesbian couples.

All my best,

Arisha Michelle Hatch
Courage Campaign

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18 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ann S.  |  January 28, 2011 at 11:25 am


    • 2. Peterplumber  |  January 28, 2011 at 11:33 am


      • 3. Lesbians Love Boies  |  January 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

        • 4. JonT  |  January 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm

          • 5. Ronnie  |  January 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm


    • 6. Kathleen  |  January 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      Not sure how I missed this post. Hmmm…..

      • 7. Peterplumber  |  January 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm

        Cuz you were having fun with me!

  • 8. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

    donated to cc earlier today…is this a separate cause?

    • 9. adambink  |  January 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Depends, we’ve sent some different e-mails over the last several days on different causes. You should check the e-mail, but we’re raising for different purposes and always try to tell folks specifically what their money will go towards.

      • 10. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

        tx 4 explanation. I’ll send Arisha $10 too then : )

  • 11. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I will be sending some in on Monday. Would love for you guys to come to NC and work with Ian and the rest at Equality NC on the same thing here. We have also just flipped to a veto-proof RepubliCANT legislature in both houses. Of course, we also have a Democrat as governor who is a NOMbie!

    • 12. adambink  |  January 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks Richard!

  • 13. Sagesse  |  January 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Once more with feeling. Scribin’

  • 14. Andrew_SEA  |  January 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Donated… payday here as well.

    Go Arisha! :-)

  • 15. Rhie  |  January 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I have no extra cash, but my warm wishes and happiness. I will also send around emails and posts to friends. Is the camp coming to other states? Is there a schedule I can post on Facebook or a blog?

    • 16. adambink  |  January 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      Possibly. We’ve been asked to.

  • 17. fern  |  January 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    A few years B4 ‘o8 Dame

    A few years ago in ’08 Dame Elton Jane in New york stated that she did not support Same Sex Marriage, I think I read this in some California paper and it was on the net and I henceforth called dame Jane Elton.
    she racked three millions for AFER and that is great but at the same time I wonder if my poor foreign ass should save and make a donation.
    One day I read in the LA Times the sup. court deemed the one man one woman unconstitutional, I smiled and told myself it was about time too, then came prop8 and I watched all I could, I am stupid but I have a good memory.

  • 18. Andrew Freshour  |  January 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Come to my Manchester……. W could get the art school involved! :)


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