Joe Mirabella

Making a Change at Change.org

Filed By Joe Mirabella | May 04, 2011 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: LGBT, organizing, rights

I have a change in my life that I am incredibly excited to share with you. Today, I will join the Change.org team, as the Organizing Manager for LGBT Rights.

CHANGEORG.pngI am thrilled to join Change.org because they are working for full equality and so many other issues I care deeply about - like the environment, human rights, education, and sustainable food.

It is an exciting time to join the team. More than 300,000 new members a month are joining Change.org and adding to the voices that successfully encouraged Apple to remove a "gay cure" app from their app store, that are urging the postal service to honor Harvey Milk with a stamp, and who are demanding that the employees on duty at McDonald's be held responsible in the beating of a trans woman.

I am thrilled that I will be working with Michael Jones who will continue to freelance with Change.org, and Eden James, the Director of Organizing at Change.org. I have tremendous respect and admiration for both of these outstanding members of our community.

I was immediately attracted to the opportunity at Change.org because I believe in their philosophy. When enough voices come together and demand change, anything is possible.

I am also honored that I will be able to work with so many people like you who care about a future where everyone is treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. This is an exciting time in our movement. We have tools that never existed before at our disposal, and access to hundreds of thousands of hearts and minds at the click of a button. I have no doubt, that when all of us work together, we will achieve the change we so desperately need, not only here at home but throughout the world.


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Woo Hoo...
Change.org is waaaaaaaaaaay lucky to have you on board.

Eric Payne | May 4, 2011 11:00 AM

Congratulations, Joe, and good luck.

Congratulations, I think this site will be better with you on board!

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | May 4, 2011 11:49 AM

Congratulations Joe! This is a big plus for Change.org and for the LGBT movement.

Congratulations, Joe! This is really exciting news for Change.org, who is landing a rock star in the LGBT movement.

I actually stopped paying attention to change.org, care2 and others after some causes that were major campaigns went forward without getting all the facts. The one that stands out most in my mind is the vilification of craigslist and other contact lists used by sex workers, a campaign that wildly conflated all sex work with human trafficking.

There were others -- some of them (I don't remember if change.org was one) jumped all over the recent Susan Stanton thing too and although she might be not exactly squeaky clean, it was also clear that the claims weren't 100% straightforward as presented, either.

I realize that in environments like this, people get very excitable and all fired up, but until they can get their facts right and make important distinctions, there will be some of us who won't take them seriously.

That said, I'm glad you've found an opportunity that you're positive and energetic about. Take this as a challenge, not a slam.

Thanks for that feed back. Part of Change.org's mission is to empower anyone to start their own campaign, so I'm sure it is possible for people to make mistakes when the present information. Challenge accepted, though. I will keep my fact checking eyes wide open.

So is your first order of business to change the title of the "Gay Rights" page on Change.org to "LGBT Rights" or maybe even "Queer Rights"?

This is an issue that Change.org was aware of before I came onboard and one we will all address together in the near future.

Does that mean that you're no longer going to write for the Seattle PI? Will you have to leave town?

The SeattlePI likes me to make it clear that I write "on" the SeattlePI not "for" the PI. So I will continue to blog on that platform when inspiration strikes. I also will continue to write here on Bilerico because I love the community and conversation here so much.

I will remain in Seattle for as long as I wish. I could relocate to one of Change.org's hub cities, or anywhere else I suppose. But for now, Seattle is my home. I love it. Especially on days like today when the sun is out and the mountains are out in full glory.

Yay for staying in Seattle!

Congrats Joe - so very happy for you and them!!! Can't wait to see the flame you add to the fire - let us know how we can support you!

I'm so proud of you and happy for your success, Joe! Since you told me about it, I've been on pins and needles waiting for the big announcement so I could shout to the rooftops, "JOE MIRABELLA IS A ROCKSTAR AND CHANGE.ORG IS HELLA LUCKY TO HAVE HIM!" :)

Michael Jones, ironically enough, will be best known on Bilerico as the author of the original "Rockstar Energy Drink" post that got us threatened with a lawsuit by Michael Savage's son.