Each year Dupont City hosts the Capital Pride Parade to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, which paved the way for decades LGBT rights activism. As a coalition working to create a greener and more equitable city, Put A Price On It D.C. is committed to working across all progressive movements.
That’s why last weekend we headed to the 2017 Capital Pride Parade to get the word out and speak with city Councilmembers.
Our committed campaign leader, Howard Crystal, recapped his valuable experience bird-dogging at the parade!
I’ve never been in the Pride Parade or witnessed the behind-the-scenes set-up process. This past weekend however, I not only got to be behind the scenes–I had the chance to join a terrific team bird-dogging councilmembers for the Put A Price On It Campaign!
The team started the day with an orientation from Climate Justice Organizer, Jeremiah Lowery. After the orientation, we searched the parade crowds for any councilmembers lined up to march.
We spotted Councilwoman Mary Cheh, a continued champion of sustainability politics, first and I volunteered to give her our pitch. After speaking with the councilwoman, we spoke to her supporters as well as other councilmembers.
In the end, I got the chance to talk to four Councilmembers and several of their supporters in the midst of the exciting parade. Everyone we spoke with was supportive. One councilmember even assured us he is on board with the campaign!
I hope you have the chance to get out there and speak with councilmembers about this important campaign. They need to hear from all of us!