<p> <span style="color: #444444; font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal">Activists from all over the country are preparing for the National Equality March (NEM) in Washington D.C. on October 11, and momentum is growing. Events are now taking place in every state for a national call to action to support full equality for LGBT people in all matters governed by civil law in the United States. Whether you plan to travel to the March or not, activists are still encouraged to participate in other meaningful ways. The following are ten things that anyone can do in advance of the NEM:</span></p>
National Equality March – Activists from all over the country are preparing for the National Equality March (NEM) in Washington D.C. on October 11, and momentum is growing. Events are now taking place in every state for a national call to action to support full equality for LGBT people in all matters governed by civil law in the United States. Whether you plan to travel to the March or not, activists are still encouraged to participate in other meaningful ways. The following are ten things that anyone can do in advance of the NEM:
1) Banners & Flyers – The National Equality March has promotional materials for downloading and distributing to encourage people to come to DC and support the March. (http://equalityacrossamerica.org/blog/?page_id=1867)
2) Friends & Word of Mouth – October 11 is the 21st anniversary of National Coming Out Day. Tell friends about going to D.C. to demand full equality under the law – as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
3) Equality Idol – Produce and submit a 3-minute video to win a chance to speak to the crowds at the post-March rally. Winners will receive free airline tickets to the NEM! (http://equalityacrossamerica.org/blog/?page_id=1080)
4) Equality Song Contest – Aspiring songwriters can submit a tune for consideration to be played at the March and Rally. (http://equalityacrossamerica.org/blog/?page_id=2406)
5) T-Shirts, etc. – A whole host of products are available online for purchase. The proceeds from these sales go directly back to offset NEM production costs. There are no corporate sponsors for the NEM, therefore every grassroots sale helps. (http://www.cafepress.com/NtlEQMarch)
6) Busloads – Organize a busload of your friends, family, and neighbors to come to D.C.! Visit the NEM website for possible buses in your area. (http://equalityacrossamerica.org/blog/?page_id=2935)
7) Fundraisers – Many events and fundraising initiatives are already underway for the NEM. And even those not attending the NEM may want to support the activists who are! http://equalityacrossamerica.org/blog/?page_id=3040
8) Call Congressional Offices – The purpose of the NEM is to let our leaders know that we are full citizens and demand equal protection in all matters governed by civil law. Let your elected officials know that you support the NEM and full LGBT equality under the law.
9) Start a Local Facebook Group – Stay in touch with NEM organizers and let everyone know what is happening in D.C. The momentum is growing every day, so make sure everyone is aware of the scope and impact of the March!
10) Donate Miles to Travelers – Frequent flyers who cannot attend the NEM may want to consider donating miles to one of the activists who may not be able to afford the airfare. (http://equalityacrossamerica.org/blog/?page_id=1519)
For more information about EAA and the NEM, and for a full list of endorsements, visit: www.equalityacrossamerica.org
Equality Across America (EAA) is a network of decentralized organizers in every one of the 435 Congressional districts. These organizers form Congressional District Action Teams (CDATs) that work within their own communities to achieve full equality for LGBT Americans and their families. EAA supports the following key pieces of legislation: the Employment Non? Discrimination Act (ENDA), the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), the Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT). With members of every race, class, faith, and community, EAA sees the struggle for LGBT equality as part of a larger movement for peace and social justice.
The National Equality March (NEM) is being organized by EAA to show broad-based support for full equality for LGBT Americans on the doorstep of those who can make that happen – the United States Congress. The event will be held Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, 2009, in Washington, D.C. Each EAA Congressional District Action Team will mobilize its community to attend the event.