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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Advocates Join Forces at Power Summit in Southern California

Date: 
May 05, 2005

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to train over 100 top leaders from California and across the nation.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

Leading California advocates -- Equality California, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and The Center-Long Beach – co-sponsor Summit.


What: The Power Summit is an intensive three-day training and action program for dedicated people who are highly motivated to build powerful state and local campaigns, organizations, and coalitions aimed at creating positive community change within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In a four-day intensive convening, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force staff will train more than 100 leaders selected from a large pool of applicants from the southwest on electoral, legislative and fundraising strategies for communities facing battles against discriminatory legislation.
Who: The Summit is co-sponsored by: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Equality California, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and The Center-Long Beach. Over 100 participants are expected, at least half of whom will be from California. Other attendees are from states preparing for or currently battling anti-gay ballot measures.
When: The Power Summit will take place Thursday, May 5th – Sunday, May 8th
Where: The Coast – Long Beach Hotel
700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA
Why: In California, there is the threat of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage as well as the possible repeal of AB 205, the comprehensive domestic partnership legislation that went into effect this year. Nationally, more than a dozen other states are facing potential anti-marriage constitutional amendments in 2005 and 2006 as well as other types of anti-gay legislation. The Power Summit is organized in the spirit of the Task Force’s mission to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement at the state and local level. It is intended to help equip activists in every city and state with the tools necessary to mobilize their communities around critical public policy issues such as those currently being faced in California.
Canvass Schedule: Canvassing in Long Beach on Saturday, May 7th. The canvass training will begin promptly at 9:15 and end by 10:00. Participants will be in the field door-knocking from approximately 10:15 am – 12:15 pm.
Media is invited to: Opening Plenary 7-8 pm; Thursday, May 5th Coast Long Beach Hotel;
Canvassing: Saturday morning May 7th, 9:15-10:00 (same location)
Door to door knocking, 10:15: -12:15 pomp
Media must register in advance to attend either event
On-Site Media Contact: Jason Cooper 310-909-9088

Media contacts:

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Jason Cooper
Senior Field Organizer
310-909-9088
jcooper@thetaskforce.org

Roberta Sklar
Director of Communications
646-358-1465
rsklar@thetaskforce.org

Equality California
Eddie Gutierrez
310-248-3692
Eddie@eqca.org

The Center Long Beach (Gay and Lesbian Center of Long Beach)
Matt Cunningham
562-434-4455 ext 229
mattc@centerlb.org

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
Jim Key
323-993-7623
jkey@laglc.org

What is a Power Summit?

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force convene intensive trainings and action programs with local coalition partners across the country throughout the year. These Power Summits are for dedicated people who are highly motivated to build powerful state and local campaigns, organizations, and coalitions aimed at creating positive community change. Each training focuses on cutting-edge skills and strategies necessary for building political, organizational, and community power. Each training is also tailored to meet the practical needs of the community leaders participating in the training; we practice doing for real everything we talk about doing. For example, in the trainings listed above, we will discuss how to campaign effectively one-on-one with swing voters to persuade them to stand with us; we'll role play these conversations; then, we will go out campaigning for real, together, to make sure all participants have truly learned how to apply the ideas to the real world situations they will be facing.

Electoral Campaign Trainings focus on how to defeat anti-LGBT ballot measures the curriculum includes such topics as: Strategy: How to develop your campaign plan, Building our base: How to identify the voter base we need to win Building multi-racial teams: How to build progressive alliances and action-oriented campaign partners across race, class, and gender lines: Message: What works and what doesn't Fundraising: How to ask for money Volunteer recruitment: How to build a team of 500 active volunteers GOTV: How to build a door-to-door canvass operation and then Get Out the Vote. For more information contact our Organizing and Training Department by e-mailing Trainings@TheTaskForce.org.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.