Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Race to the Ballot

It's been a long time coming...but we finally are back on the blogging trail. Courtney and I have once again been swept up by our schoolwork (a first world problem for sure) and have had little time to get in some fresh and precious. Luckily I was able to sneek away from the world before the going got tough and ventured from the coast to the mountains, across our fantastically unique state to the little mountainous town of Asheville, North Carolina. My mission: Race to the Ballot. Fresh and Precious is all about the community and nothing hits closer to home than this awesome organization that I have had the pleasure to watch grow over the past couple of weeks. 
Race to the Ballot in a nutshell is this freaking awesome organization with the goal to raise awareness about the harms Amendment One has to our community as North Carolinians. The extraordinary Jen Jones is running her way across our beautiful state from Asheville to Wilmington and she's got a great team to help her to the coast. To further educate yourself on what Amendment One fully entails, check out Protect NC Family's website asap.
Super talented team. Tucker, Ian, and John on the left are all sporting their not-so-trendy but appropriately "campaign" yellow sweatshirts. Chris down there in the bottom right is ready for business.
Asheville's First Congregational Church opened it's doors and invited us to be a part of their congregation.  This congregation was truly a blessing. They housed us, blessed us, and even threw a pot luck dinner for us. It was so great to see such an accepting community. 
Our home above the chapel. Mattress of choice: pew pads. (Seven of us slept in this space...)
Jen is a very very busy woman. And a wonderful speaker might I add. 
I dont know who this lovely lady is...please someone track her down...but I LOVED these red frames on her. Perfect in every way. Fantastic warm scarf to compliment an awesomely fair complexion and warm at that. Yay for trendy, active young shakers!
First of all how beautiful is this little supporter on the left? Secondly, how beautiful are these two supporters on the right? Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (right) and her wife, Meghann Burke are a power couple of awesome as they founded the Campaign for Southern Equality, a progressive organization promoting advocacy across the South. Check them out for sure!
It wasn't 34 degrees when I left the beach, but luckily I brought my suede military jacket from Zara to keep me warm. The vintage Brooks Brother's oxford is full of warm color combinations foreign to color palettes these days.  
And so the race begins....

Now you can help too! Come out to welcome Jen Jones and her lovely crew to the river front of Wilmington, North Carolina this Friday at 5pm on Water Street in front of the courthouse to celebrate this great journey and spread the word even more about this amendment. 

"We are husbands, mothers, brothers, sisters, friends—and we are all concerned North Carolinians. And while we may come from different backgrounds, we’ve come together for a common purpose: to defeat Amendment One. Our goal is to give voice to the families, individuals, and organizations working to protect ALL North Carolinians." -Race to the Ballot

Because we're obsessed. 


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