Canvass for a Cause found its roots in 2009. In the aftermath of Prop 8, some young activists, unhappy with the way some older, more established marriage equality groups had handled things, decided it was time to try a different tactic. Focused on reaching “one heart, one mind, one person at a time,” they sought a way to go out into the community and talk to people about issues—not just same-sex marriage, but other LGBT and civil rights issues.

CFAC’s mission expanded to other progressive causes, for example: fighting for Prop 19, fighting to keep Carlos Marquez from getting removed from the SD redistricting board, and campaigning for prison reform. When the Marriage Equality fight came to New York in the summer of 2011, CFAC sent staff to train volunteers and worked with the HRC in New York to help them and provide people in the streets. CFAC also conducted phone banks from San Diego to support that victorious effort.

“Other groups can work behind closed doors in the capital while we work to open doors in neighborhoods. Both activities are valid and have their place.”

 

Because we maintain a ready force of trained staff and volunteers, we can respond to any crisis. For example, when the earthquake hit in Haiti and when a gay man was assaulted in North Park, we mobilized to raise over $1000 for each of those causes in a matter of days. As time has gone on, CFAC has seen that older, established institutions do have a role to play and are making inroads. Other groups can work behind closed doors in the capital while we work to open doors in neighborhoods. Both activities are valid and have their place.

CFAC activists continue to work daily to make the world a better place. We take our mission personally— we put our activism ahead of our fundraising so when a chance to do something important arises, we jump at it.