The grassroots group that pulled together the National Equality March is leaping into local organizing in a big way by calling for a National Week of Initiative, November 1 - 8.
This is the best news I've seen in months. From a political point of view, it is far more important than the Oct. 11 march.
EAA is calling on people from all over the country to organize Congressional District Action Team meetings that week. The action team materials now available on the EAA web site are smart and sophisticated, and they include a mechanism for local groups to report back to EAA.
From what I can see, EAA organizers borrowed heavily from Barack Obama's presidential campaign for their procedures. That's a smart move. Obama's effort may well have been the most effective grassroots campaign ever waged in this country.
My only concern is that the newly minted action teams remember to reach out to existing local and state pro-equality groups. These folks have been working on the ground for LGBT equality for years, and they have the expertise, resources and contacts that can help the Congressional Action Teams succeed.
I've been critical of Equality Across America and the national march, but this gives me real hope. If those who went to the march and those who stayed home will follow EAA's lead and organize locally, then we will win the day -- and sooner than any of us might have dreamed.
Kudos to Equality Across America.