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Sunday, April 03, 2005
Update On "Colleges Supporting Equal Marriage Rights"
Here is a the rough schematic of how things should be going down in the next couple of weeks, for those who are interested:
Phase 1: Write the bill and submit it to the ASUC for passage. Also, begin designing the website and start accumulating a list of those people interested in helping out with this effort. All three of these tasks have been completed.
Phase 2: Pass the bill. This will occur on Wednesday night at the Senate meeting, if all goes according to plan. Launch a working version of the website. The initial version can be found here, and within a day, www.csemr.org will redirect to that site. For now, the site could best be described as a [very crude] template, but very soon a spruced up version with the content filled in will be available. Also, after the bill is pased on Wednesday we will begin distributing it to people at the other UC's and the Ivy League schools to ask them to pass it.
Here is where I could use your help. If any of you know someone who is a Senator at another school and you would be willing to send then a copy of the bill and ask them to support it, please let me know, as it would be more effective to have friends urging people to pass this bill, as opposed to strangers. If you can help out in this way, please e-mail the name of the Senator, his or her e-mail address, and what school the person attends to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Phase 3: Begin seeking endorsements from various groups, and public figures to support this bill. Begin expanding to a wider range of large state universities to pass this bill. Form some type of group (maybe ASUC sponsored) of people interested in helping out, so I wouldn't have to keep putting updates here. Also, getting an article in the NYTimes or some other large newspaper (or a news source targeted at college students) would be useful in terms of alerting people to this effort so that they would seek out www.csemr.org on their own and see the instructions of what to do in order to pass the bill and join this movement, as that would be much more effective than us e-mailing hundreds of schools across the country.
This will probably be my last update here about this, as future news will be posted over on the new website. Again, if you are able to help with any of these efforts, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. Ideally CSEMR will grow big enough to begin touring speakers to college campuses, donating to supportive politicians, engaging in civil disobedience, and other efforts that could hopefully produce some change in the world. First though, we need to get the word out and have schools pass this bill. Thanks again to everyone who has e-mail so far with helpful information and pledges to support us in our efforts.
P.S. A special thank you to Michael Sherman for massive assistance with the website, and to the UC Berkeley ACLU for endorsing our Senate bill.Email This Post!
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