Last week, some felt angry. Last week, some felt defeated. Last week, some felt hopeless.
Today we have shown the world that we will not be victims anymore! Today, our community has risen and shown our opponents that we are MUCH MORE THAN 1 MILLION STRONG! We brought the world’s attention to the outrage that is Proposition 8. We brought the conversation of equality into the living rooms of America and around the world! Today, we took a gigantic step into the next Civil Rights Movement. We have brought the conversation to a national stage. Now it’s time that we keep it going. Join us in a challenge over the next 10 months that will make an IMPACT. 10 months – 10 lives changed. Everyone in this movement must help keep the conversation going. We are asking each and every one of you to engage in 10 conversations with someone who does not understand our struggle and help them to see our point of view. We are not asking that you try to infringe on or disrespect their beliefs. Change can not occur with insult, it will only occur with respect. If all of us work hard to positively affect 10 lives, we can change this entire nation! To help keep the conversation going, we will work with you to launch (at least) 10 national demonstrations of equality outreach. We have already begun taking the steps toward our next big event: Day Without A Gay on December 10th. It is now time we work with our nation to help them see who we are: citizens of the USA who deserve equal protections under the law!
This community has impressed JoinTheImpact in ways that we can not explain! We asked you to volunteer, and you stepped up to the challenge. We asked you to start a conversation, and this nation is buzzing. We asked you to show your pride, support, and love – and today, you all went above and beyond! You are the future of this movement! On behalf of the JoinTheImpact team, I thank you! You are the IMPACT! THANK YOU THANK YOU and again… for your amazing turnout, initiative, and ambition…. THANK YOU! Our rights will be achieved and WE SHALL OVERCOME!
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. – Gandhi