Organizers from TurnOUT! North Carolina (NC), a coalition of HRC, Equality North Carolina, the ACLU and the Campaign for Southern Equality, descended on a series of events in both Raleigh and Charlotte last weekend. TurnOUT! NC organizers worked at these public events to collect signatures on petitions calling for full repeal of House Bill 2 (HB2).
In Charlotte, organizers joined hundreds of people marching in the 20th Annual Charlotte AIDS Walk. Our TurnOUT! NC organizers collected petition signatures to Repeal HB2 from many of the event participants, who were there to help raise over $145,000 for RAIN.
A a field organizer for HRC, my time has been contributed to the TurnOUT! NC campaign as Deputy Director of Member Mobilization. In this role, I focus on getting members and supporters of pro-equality organizations to take action to fully repeal of HB2. As I collected petitions on Saturday at the Charlotte AIDS Walk, I was overwhelmed by the opposition to HB2. The only people who declined to sign the petition were people who had already signed the petition online or at other events. It is clear that this harmful bill is hurting North Carolinians no matter your race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
While our team was busy in Charlotte, another team of TurnOUT! NC organizers was busy collecting petitions at Out! Raleigh, a day-long LGBT festival just blocks from the North Carolina General Assembly.
TurnOUT! NC field organizer Maddie Majerus collected petitions at Out! Raleigh. They joined the pro-equality crowd to collect petition signatures calling on North Carolina legislators and Governor McCrory to repeal HB2.
TurnOUT! NC is working to mobilize thousands of pro-equality North Carolinians to speak out for full repeal of HB2. TurnOUT! NC has field organizers based in Asheville, Charlotte and the Triangle area. Additionally, HRC staff is on the ground working with coalition partners across the Tar Heel State. There are daily opportunities to volunteer with weekly phonebanks and weekend canvassing opportunities.
If you live in North Carolina and want to join the efforts to repeal HB2, RSVP for upcoming phonebanks and volunteer opportunities. For more information about our work in North Carolina, contact HRC Associate Regional Field Director Ryan Rowe at Ryan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above: TurnOUT! field organizers pause for a photo with Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts at the 20th Annual Charlotte AIDS Walk.
Above: HRC staff members Ryan Wilson (left) and Hope Jackson (right) catch a selfie with openly LGBT Charlotte City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield at the Charlotte AIDS Walk.