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Join United ENDA in Action!

Posted by libhom Monday, November 23, 2009

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United ENDA is a coalition of hundreds of lgbt organizations who support a fully inclusive Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA is under consideration by both the House and Senate, and we really need to contact the people who are supposed to be representing us in DC to let them know we want it to pass ASAP. From United ENDA's Action Alert:

This Thursday, November 5, a Senate Committee will hold a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S. 1584). Key witnesses will testify about how vital this legislation is for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers and their families. But we know that the most important voices to these Senators are the voices of people who live back home.

We have made it easy to call or send an email. Senators and Representatives and their staffs tell us that calls and emails make all the difference!

So CALL the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: (202) 224-3121. Give your zip code and ask to be connected to your Senators, and then your Representative.

Use this message: My name is _____ and I am a proud resident of (your city, state). I am calling in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017/S. 1584), to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from job discrimination. Please take action to pass ENDA now. I can be reached at _______ (give your phone number). Thank you.

Notes:

1) Since the Action Alert was put out, the Senate Hearings were delayed. That's all the more reason to push harder.

2) Whenever you get a phone script or default text in an email alert, you should always replace that with your own words and views. It's much more effective. The canned stuff is for people who get tongue tied or writer's block.

3) The Action Alert also has an email form.

4) The House and Senate bill numbers are H.R. 3017 and S. 1584 respectively.

5) Here's what I put in the email form, if you want another option of what to start from other than the default text that is there.
Please support an inclusive ENDA (H.R. 3017 / S. 1584) - the bill that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans from losing our jobs simply because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Also, please make sure that the final version of ENDA includes protections on the basis of disparate impact, which eliminates a huge loophole for corporate lawyers.

The Democrats should have passed employment discrimination protections at least as early as 1993. This is long, long overdue.

Please Take Action Now!

You can also join United ENDA's Facebook group.

 

1 Responses to Join United ENDA in Action!

  1. Wake up - ENDA is in big trouble. See http://www.bilerico.com/2009/11/enda_reading_the_tea_leaves.php

     

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