Both the Human Rights Campaign and the National Stonewall Democrats have launched national calls to actions to urge members of Congress to support an inclusive ENDA. HRC is the nation's largest political organization working for LGBT civil rights. Stonewall is national network of Democratic LGBT groups and activist.
Human Rights Campaign:
In most states, you can be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, regardless of your performance or qualifications. HRC has been fighting since 2004 to pass a federal law against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Congressional leaders have decided to push a version of ENDA that includes sexual orientation, but not gender identity. It has long been HRC's policy not to support a version of the bill that does not cover gender identity. Tell Congress we won't rest until all GLBT people have full employment equality.
Write to Congress today, and make sure all GLBT people are included in ENDA.
HRC President Joe Solomoness also taped a video urging Americans to join the fight to build congressional support for an inclusive ENDA. View the video here.
Send an email message to your member of Congress at PassENDAnow.org.
Yesterday the National Stonewall Democrats and more than 150 groups announced the launch of a united lobbying and advocacy campaign to win passage of the fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), H.R. 2015. United ENDA is a coalition and campaign to build upon the unprecedented solidarity in strategy demonstrated by more than 150 organizations determined to pass the original ENDA.
Jon Hoadley executive director of Stonewall says:
National Stonewall Democrats are united in our support for the original ENDA which includes protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity. We recognized early that this week would quickly become a tipping point in how our movement organizes and how Democrats interact with our community. We have helped launch United ENDA in order to capitalize on that momentum and ensure that our party is pushed towards a winning strategy to end employment discrimination for working Americans.
Additionally, Stonewall has launched the No Substitutes campaign which I wrote about here.
Here are the actions Stonewall is urging you to take to build support for an inclusive ENDA:
1) Recruit two contacts now to sign our petition at NoSubstitutes.org
2) Visit your local Congressional District office this week and ask to meet with your Congressperson. Chances are you may meet with a key staffer...or even an intern. The face-to-face contact with the office is what is important.
You can use your zip code to look up your Representative here at Congress.org.
3) Ask your Representative to a) Support the original ENDA (HR 2015) which includes gender identity and b) oppose any effort to advance a substitute bill that does not include gender identity.
These three steps are crucial. We need more people to sign our petition at NoSubstitutes.org and we need face-to-face contacts this week with your Representative.