Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

My daughter was out canvassing for Marriage Equality today.

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:42 PM
Original message
My daughter was out canvassing for Marriage Equality today.
My GOD, people can be despicable. I was cringing listening to the remarks and insults she's been putting up with. Interestingly, supporters seem to be pretty ignorant about the degree of bigotry and hatred out there. She was at one house and the whole family gathered around the door and basically shouted her down and told her to get off their property. This she did, but a few minutes later a young man who'd been in the house came up behind her on his bike and stopped her. He apologized for his family, said they didn't know he was gay and by god, could he please sign her petition... cute, though sad for him.

It hurts to see my baby girl go through this but she amazes me with her strength and persistence for this vital cause.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:32 PM
Response to Original message
1. That took some real courage.
I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it. Too many bigots with guns out there...

Sounds like she inherited your bravery, your compassion and love, and your nine kinds of dazzle... ;-)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:54 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. You be crazy man!
She's more brave than I've ever been... I've opted to donate money rather than do what she's chosen to do. She's actually working her way up in the organization and doing very well. They've asked her to start an Equality Maine extracurricular group at the college she's attending next year and she was laughing about the challenge, noting that the only other such group is called "Wings of the Bible" or something like that.

I hope nobody makes her life hard.

Hi, Aristus!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:53 PM
Response to Original message
3. Wow, she is brave.
I went door to door for Obama last fall, but there is no way I'd go door to door for such a contentious subject such as marriage equality (unless I still lived in San Francisco).

I like the part about the young gay man who signed her petition.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 10:20 PM
Response to Reply #3
9. I'm with you.
I told her that I'd be a detriment to the cause if canvassing. I'm giving financial support instead because I'd probably start hitting people if they were so rude to me as they've been to her.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 02:18 AM
Response to Original message
4. TERRIBLY sad for him.
I won't forget him. Thank your daughter.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 10:22 PM
Response to Reply #4
10. I did convey your thanks.
And I hope that the young man sees that there is a way out, so to speak. The local organisation is strong and supportive.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 05:46 AM
Response to Original message
5. It sounds like she has a good heart,



good for her and good for us all. :hi:





Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 10:24 PM
Response to Reply #5
11. I don't know what to make of her.
She's partly outed herself and thus her devotion to the cause, but she's been an activist for whatever moves her since she was in middle school. She can't stand to see injustice and do nothing about it. She's a good girl, sort of like a hurricane sometimes.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 05:58 AM
Response to Original message
6. Thank her for me...
And I wish the boy the best of luck. I hope he can move beyond their bigotry.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 10:25 PM
Response to Reply #6
12. I hope he can, too.
Chasing her down was maybe a step in the right direction. And I did pass on your thanks. She appreciates it very much.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
knixphan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 03:20 PM
Response to Original message
7. I took the time to pat a canvasser on the back yesterday
And told him to keep up the good work.

There are more people in her corner than she knows. And like I say to my Facebook peeps, we should remind each other that we've got each other's backs. ( feel free to friend me, all Progressives welcome. http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Parris/598423721 )
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 10:27 PM
Response to Reply #7
13. I just sent you a request.
I bet you made a difference. After one particularly difficult encounter K was visibly shaken. At the next house they heard her spiel, then told her she needed a break and invited her in for lemonade. It's things like that, and your pat on the back, that help, truly.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 08:51 PM
Response to Original message
8. She can come to my house. I won't yell at her. :^)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 10:28 PM
Response to Reply #8
14. That's because you're a sweetheart.
We're in Bangor but who knows, she might find herself in other towns. And thanks!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 10:35 PM
Response to Original message
15. "supporters seem to be pretty ignorant about the degree of bigotry..."
That's because it's something we don't openly discuss with those whom we suspect may feel differently. I'm thinking we've been too PC with the homophobe culture.

Good for your daughter for taking a stand. How sad that the young man who signed the petition must hide who he is or estrange his family!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 12:10 AM
Response to Reply #15
17. ...
Thanks, GOG.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 11:23 PM
Response to Original message
16. She's got guts!
Dayum! That's a job that could get a person shot.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 12:12 AM
Response to Reply #16
18. I've told her.
I don't think she believes me, despite the shit she's confronted. At this time, this is her calling, though, and all I can do is advise caution, real caution.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 01:53 AM
Response to Original message
19. you apparently did a good job as a parent that she would do this work n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:22 AM
Response to Reply #19
23. My one triumph; I am a good parent.
If only I were also beautiful and shapely! :P
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 05:14 AM
Response to Original message
20. My hats off to your daughter's determination & courage.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:23 AM
Response to Reply #20
24. Thank you, and I will tell her what you wrote. n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 07:24 AM
Response to Original message
21. She sounds like a good girl.
You've done a good job there crimmie.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:25 AM
Response to Reply #21
25. I think I instilled the compassion.
The rest is all Kira. Thanks, my friend.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 01:47 PM
Response to Reply #25
27. Ah, I think you can take some credit for the intelligence as well,
not to mention the good looks!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
dembotoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:10 AM
Response to Original message
22. we SHOULD ALL DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS
maybe it would get us off our collective fat asses and back into the fray.

alas fellow du'ers we are asleep at the switch once again.....
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:26 AM
Response to Reply #22
26. We don't all have the courage; I know I don't.
But we should all do something beyond merely being aware, I agree.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 02:13 PM
Response to Original message
28. Please let her know that you have friends that really respect her
and what she is doing. :hug:

What she is doing is going to have an impact. Getting out there to meet people always has more impact than remote, impersonal stuff. Some people will open up to her, like that kid, who haven't opened up before. Some people will remember this and decide that now is the time to take a stand. :)

I'm very glad you're helping and supporting her while she does all of this. You're an awesome mom. :loveya:

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sat Dec 27th 2014, 07:15 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC