Michael Crawford

Fight for Inclusive ENDA Heats Up

Filed By Michael Crawford | October 13, 2007 2:05 PM | comments

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Tags: Congress, Democrats, ENDA, gay rights, Human Rights Campaign, LGBT, lgbt rights, politics

The efforts to move forward an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination H.R. 2015 continue at a fast and furious pace.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a meeting with a coalition of LGBT and allied organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, National Stonewall Democrats and Pride at Work. In the meeting, Pelosi committed to a floor vote in the House on an inclusive ENDA as soon as the votes had been secured to pass the bill.

That commitment, however, does not end movement of a sexual orientation only ENDA that will most likely have a hearing in the House Education and Labor Committee on Thursday.

To help secure the votes needed to advance an inclusive bill, HRC has launched 10 in 10, a grassroots campaign asking supporters to recruit ten friends to contact their Congressional representatives and urge them to support the most inclusive version of the bill. The goal is to generate 10,000 contacts with members of Congress in 10 days. To date HRC members have generated more that 80,000 calls, e-mails, letters and visits to Capitol Hill. In a recent lobby day at the Capitol more than 100 members of HRC's board of governors and volunteers visited more than 130 congressional offices. More on HRC's efforts here.

National Stonewall Democrats continues to be a leading force in UnitedENDA, a coalition of LGBT and allied groups pushing for an inclusive ENDA. NSD has brought the Young Democrats on board and have been working with them to mobilize young Democrats across the country in support of H.R. 2015. Stonewall members have also organized in-district lobby visits with numerous members of Congress and staff. Their online petition campaign No Substitutes has exploded and is exceeding the original goals set for the campaign by nearly 30%. Sign the petition here.

Pride at Work, the affiliated LGBT constituency group of the AFL-CIO, issued the following alert urging supporters of equality to contact the members of the House Education and Labor Committee in support of an inclusive ENDA:

Democratic Leadership Moves Forward With Plan To Push Sexual Orientation Only ENDA

Friday- October 12, 2007:

Today in the U.S. Capitol, a coalition of LGBT and allied organizations, including Pride At Work, met
with leadership from Speaker Pelosi, Congressman Frank, and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin's office about the status of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Pride At Work is part of the UnitedENDA campaign which is calling for passage of H.R. 2015, ENDA, which includes gender identity. Our community has spoken and demanded an inclusive bill. Rest assured that this demand was vocally expressed to
leadership in the House. Unfortunately, House leadership has decided to go ahead with the strategy of pushing an inadequate bill that does not include gender identity.

It should be noted that Congresswoman Baldwin opposes this strategy.

Pride At Work opposes this strategy unequivocally. We have been raising our voices and this struggle is far from over.

We encourage you now to call members of the House Education and Labor Committee and ask that they only support HR 2015, ENDA with gender identity inclusion and not HR 3685. The members of the committee are below. Take a moment and call some offices and let them know that you support an inclusive bill. The House switchboard is 202-224-3121. If you have a good relationship with one of the Representatives below or your union does, please ask them to make a call.

We also ask you to call Speaker Pelosi directly and demand she take the road that protects all in our community and not just a few.

Unfortunately. just like with the Iraq War, our leadership is taking the road of political expedience. We have to let them know we will not travel that road with them.

We expect the bill to go to committee this coming Thursday, please speak up now.

The Committee members are listed below.

1. George Miller, CA
2. Dale E. Kildee, MI
3. Donald M. Payne, NJ
4. Robert E. Andrews, NJ
5. Robert C. ``Bobby'' Scott, VA
6. Lynn C. Woolsey, CA
7. Rubén Hinojosa, TX
8. Carolyn McCarthy, NY
9. John F. Tierney, MA
10. Dennis J. Kucinich, OH
11. David Wu, OR
12. Rush D. Holt, NJ
13. Susan A. Davis, CA
14. Danny K. Davis, IL
15. Raúl M. Grijalva, AZ
16. Timothy H. Bishop, NY
17. Linda T. Sánchez, CA
18. John P. Sarbanes, MD
19. Joe Sestak, PA
20. David Loebsack, IA
21. Mazie K. Hirono, HI
22. Jason Altmire, PA
23. John A. Yarmuth, KY
24. Phil Hare, IL
25. Yvette D. Clarke, NY
26. Joe Courtney, CT
27. Carol Shea-Porter, NH

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I believe others are right...it's all BS. Pelosi might as well have told us she'll introduce an inclusive ENDA the moment aliens land on the White House lawn.

As hard as it is to gather support for something like this just in general, Frank and Pelosi are literally going out of their way to make it as difficult for us as possible to gather the votes we need. Instead of helping to try to include everyone, they're doing everything in their power to push along the non-inclusive version of the bill and to dampen support for the inclusive version.

"That commitment, however, does end movement of a sexual orientation only ENDA that will most likely have a hearing in the House Education and Labor Committee on Thursday."

I hope this was a typo, and you meant "doesn't end movement of... " The reality is quite the reverse: the SO only ENDA is absolutely moving forward because they're marking it up, unless we can do something by Thursday to stop it.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | October 14, 2007 1:25 PM


It was a typo and thanks for catching it.