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Series V. Grassroots Organizing and Mailgrams [series]:
Included here are HRC(F)'s efforts to mobilize citizens to send messages to Congress at key times.  HRCF adopted this approach when it merged with Steve Endean's Fairness Fund in 1988 and created SpeakOut and a Field Division for grassroots organizing.  The records of the Fairness Fund are also included here.

  18, 58-59  
Fairness Fund, 1986-1988 [subseries]:
Steve Endean created the Fairness Fund (FF) in December 1986 to fight right-wing amendments in Congress and encourage positive federal legislation relevant to the gay and lesbian community by providing overnight constituent mail to national political leaders. FF fund staff wrote the text for letters and mailgrams and arranged to have them delivered on behalf of concerned individuals. FF tried to capitalize on the large crowd at the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. These records include organizational vital records (including article of incorporation, bylaws, and the 1988 merger documents), FF board meeting documents, and correspondence.

Field Division and Speak Out, 1988 - [subseries]:
When the Fairness Fund merged with HRCF in 1988, HRCF created a Field Division for grassroots organizing, and Steve Endean returned to lead this unit. Some of this kind of work had been formerly conducted by the Constituent Mobilization Division, and some of the files here may have originated with the Constituent Mobilization unit. Endean created Speak Out to carry on the constituent mail functions of the Fairness Fund.

The records in this series document the work of the Field Division, including event materials, grassroots lobbying, education, the Marches on Washington in 1987, 1988, and 1989, state based activities, and Speak Out. They include the records of Seth Kilbourn, National Field Director, 2000-2004.

  18, 21, 54-59, 61, 63, 65, 67-69, 78  
Administrative [subseries]:
  22, 23, 54, 78  
Subject Files [subseries]:
National Organizations
  23-27, 80  
Field Division, State-by-State Files, pre-1998 [subseries]:
  23, 61-62, 64-72, 122-126  
Field Division Events, 1988-2007 [subseries]:
National Field Director Seth Kilbourn Files, 2000-2004 [subseries]:
  29, 54-56, 59-60, 69, 71-76, 78  
  29, 54-59, 73-74, 77  
Subject Files
  29, 54-56, 60, 75-76