In L.A., A Weekend of Dueling Marriage Equality Meetings

picture-112While neither group is framing it as a competition, two different marriage equality meetings in Los Angeles this weekend are a study in contrasts. On Saturday, at the L.A. Convention Center, the Equality Summit sponsored by Equality California, will host a broad range of talks and plenary sessions with gay and lesbian leaders from both mainstream and grassroots groups. On Sunday, Rick Jacobs and the Courage Campaign (which has been critical of Equality California’s Geoff Kors) will hold the first southland version of its “Camp Courage”, designed to train marriage equality advocates with the tools of grassroots organizing. Cleve Jones will be in attendance.

Queerty plans on being at both events and throughout the weekend, you’ll be able to follow along via our Twitter account.

The L.A. Times has more on Camp Courage:

“This first training in Los Angeles is generously underwritten by Dr. Bill Resnick and Dr. Doug Cordell. Co-sponsors include the 150,000-strong SEIU-United Healthcare Workers-West (SEIU-UHW), led by openly gay president Sal Rosselli; the California Nurses Assn.; and Political Action.

“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.”