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Proposition 8 touched off the beginnings of the marriage defense network through the DNA, a resource sorely needed in today’s media era where the mainstream media holds such bias against traditional family and values.
The DNA teaches you how to support traditional marriage through blogging, Facebooking, contacting legislators, talking with neighbors, and writing letters to the editor for your local newspapers. When there’s an issue that needs immediate support, the DNA responds.
Whether you’ve got 30 minutes or four hours each day to be an activist, every effort can help make a difference.
The opposition is also gathering it’s troops and training them to be activists in the new media. Boot Camp type trainings like these are happening in states all across the nation from Hawaii to New York as gay activists ramp up their efforts to bring down marriage. See this from the L.A. Times yesterday:
Determined to avoid the mistakes of their last, losing campaign for gay marriage, gay rights activists are launching the first of what they hope will be many “marriage equality training camps” in Los Angeles this weekend.
The idea is to train activists in “the practical, hands-on skills to organize in their communities to restore marriage equality for same-sex couples to California.”
“The Camp Courage training, inspired by ‘Camp Obama,’ is based on grassroots organizing models that have developed leaders and nurtured progressive social movements for many years, including the fundamentals of community organizing; volunteer recruitment and management; voter persuasion and more,” according to a statement.
The opposition is a small minority, but they are organized and vocal, and they have the mainstream media pushing their rhetoric daily.
The birth of the internet has changed so many things, it’s exploding with information, alternate news sources, groups and networks that allow people from all over to communicate and organize. Marriage is under attack as never before, but the tools are out there to organize our defenses.
What Can You Do?
You can do as much or as little as you have time for. It is through the work of hundreds and thousands of us that information is spread and our voices are heard.
To get you started with the Digital Network Army (DNA):
Step 1 – Sign up for a new email address. You will need an email address that has no connection to your family or any facet of your life (for instance, don’t use BobSmith@yahoo.com). There are many forces working to destroy the family and as the 2008 Proposition 8 Election in California showed, anonymity is best when working online. We suggest a Google email account, so that you can join the DNA group online.
Step 2 – Sign up with the DNA here. Once you sign up with the DNA, you will get email updates with links to the latest news articles, videos, blog posts and other online information regarding the battle for families and morality. When you sign up, you will be able to choose the frequency of the emails: daily, weekly, etc.
Step 4 – Make your voice heard. As you have time, comment on the blog posts, videos and articles that are listed on The Kingfisher Column, the related blogs and any relevant articles you read. Comments help to convey establishment and build rapport, encouraging blog-reader growth. This is your opportunity to speak out and unite your voice with countless others who share our common beliefs in marriage and family online. Your comments can be simple expressions of support. Every little effort helps.
*Use your new email address always and do not share any personal information that could lead the opposition back to you.
Step 5 – Let us know. When you find new information about the battle for family values (it could be a news article, a blog post or a video), send it to the DNA or to the Kingfisher Column.
Step 6 – Pass it on. When you read something important to the discussion, let your friends, family and co-workers that share your same beliefs know about it. Email them and let them know about the DNA and resources such as the Kingfisher Column so that they can enlist in the battle as well.
Step 7 – Join the Facebook group for the DNA here (you will need a Facebook account).
Step 8 – Start your own blog. Write about families, marriage, and moral values. We suggest using either WordPress or Blogger. They are both free and easy to use. Use your new email address to register. It’s OK to report, summarize and rephrase articles and posts that you like from other bloggers and sites such as Kingfisher. If you want help or tips, just ask!
Step 9 – Write to your elected representatives in support of marriage. All across the country, legislation is being considered to either strengthen or redefine marriage and your voice can carry weight with your senator or congressman.
Small efforts can collectively make a huge difference if we’re organized. The opposition is organizing, and so are we. Join us! —Beetle Blogger
Digital Network Army – “Truthfilled. Respectful. Relentless.”