Grassroots Campaign Will Target Representatives and Senators in Key States
WASHINGTON - GetEQUAL – a national, direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization -- announced the launch of its grassroots “ENDA Summer” campaign. The campaign, designed to target Representatives and Senators from several key states, will focus on “pull[ing] out all the stops to get ENDA passed in 2010.” The 2010 target date for passage comes from repeated promises by Democratic House and Senate leadership that a vote on ENDA would be scheduled this year. Recently, GetEQUAL released a timeline showing decades of broken promises and excuses from elected officials that have led to the stalling of any federal protections being in place for LGBT workers. The timeline can be viewed in its entirety at: www.getequal.org/endatimeline.
Earlier today, GetEQUAL launched its “ENDA Summer” campaign with a national email sent out to supporters across the country. In the email, GetEQUAL co-founder and director Robin McGehee wrote, "We're heading into the end of summer, and there has been both an eerie silence from Congress and whispers of surrender from the White House about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Despite these challenges from our elected leaders, GetEQUAL is determined to pull out all the stops to get ENDA passed in 2010."
McGehee went on to write in the email, “This isn't a legislative issue -- this is a moral issue. And we're targeting legislators in specific states who have not yet shown the moral courage to support this legislation. We're tired of legislators telling us that basic job protections for LGBTQ Americans are politically inconvenient -- that some are more concerned with securing their own jobs than those of their constituents. We're tired of being asked to wait -- we've been waiting for 40 years.” To view today’s “ENDA Summer” campaign launch email, please go to: http://getequal.org/2010/08/enda-summer/.
To join in and be a part of “ENDA Summer” by making a commitment to take bold action for LGBT equality, please visit: www.getequal.org/endasummer.
In addition to today’s email, GetEQUAL has identified local organizers in each state who will spearhead this campaign. Those who sign up to join the “ENDA Summer” campaign will submit their contact information and will be paired with a local organizer in their particular state in order to obtain more information about actions planned in that state and how they can get involved.
The 15 targeted states, and the corresponding representative(s) and/or senator(s) in each state are:
Arkansas: Sens. Blanche Lincoln & Mark Pryor; Reps. Marion Barry & Mike Ross
California: Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Reps. Ken Calvert & George Miller
Georgia: Reps. Jim Marshall & Sanford Bishop
Illinois: Reps. Daniel Lipinski & Jerry Costello
Indiana: Sens. Richard Lugar & Evan Bayh; Rep. Joe Donnelly
Louisiana: Rep. Charlie Melancon
Minnesota: Rep. Collin Peterson
Missouri: Rep. Ike Skelton
Mississippi: Reps. Travis Childers & Gene Taylor
New Jersey: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen
North Carolina: Reps. Heath Shuler & Mike McIntyre
Ohio: Senator George Voinovich
Oregon: Rep. Greg Walden
Pennsylvania: Reps. Jim Gerlach & Christopher Carney
Tennessee: Reps. Lincoln Davis, John Tanner & Bart Gordon
In addition to this latest national “ENDA Summer” campaign, GetEQUAL has continued to make the passage of ENDA a cornerstone piece of its legislative priorities by pushing federal lawmakers to make good on their promises to the LGBT community that this 40-year-old piece of legislation would be scheduled for a vote in 2010. GetEQUAL has staged sit-ins in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Washington D.C. office, inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, and across Las Vegas Boulevard -- all calling for the passage of ENDA in 2010. Those actions, along with two GetEQUAL-sponsored protests at Speaker Pelosi’s San Francisco district office, were designed to draw attention to the unfulfilled promises of both the Democratic House Speaker’s and Senate Majority Leader’s promises to the LGBT community that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would receive a vote before the legislative session ends in 2010. To view footage from the U.S. Capitol Rotunda protest, Las Vegas Boulevard protest, and others, go to:www.youtube.com/getequal.
GetEQUAL is a national, direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Emphasizing direct action and people power, the mission of GetEQUAL is to empower the LGBT community and its allies to take action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information on GetEQUAL, please visit: http://www.getequal.org. You can follow GetEQUAL on Twitter athttp://www.twitter.com/getequal, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GetEQUAL, or on YouTube athttp://www.youtube.com/getequal.
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