To those claiming that nothing but a "storm the barricades" approach to LGBT activism will work, take note of these actions generated by Organizing for America in just the last ten days of the push for health care reform:
- Made nearly 500,000 real-people calls to Congress.
- Sent 324,000 letters to Congress.
- Held nearly 1,200 health care-related events with more than 10,000 attendees.
- Sent nearly 1 million localized text messages.
- Called nearly 120,000 supporters using OFA's Neighbor-to-Neighbor tool online
No handcuffs, flashy protests, celebrities, or self-congratulatory media interviews. Just the grinding and thankless work needed to get to 216 votes in the House of Representatives.
This kind of grassroots organizing effort is not beyond the scope of the LGBT movement. If we spend less time attacking one another and more time focused on getting to 216 votes in the House and 60 votes in the Senate, we could see the passage of an inclusive ENDA and repeal of DADT this year.
Eyes on the prize.