Do you see the signs? The sky is getting darker, the wind is up in the Northeast, and the clouds are rolling in.
There's a cold front in DC. Congressmembers have put up their shutters, and no one's talking. It's coming soon, they say. Yup. In the House.
Well then! What better time to batten the hatches, make yourself a hot drink, and call your Representative? There are 5 in the Nor'east who are unconfirmed, meaning that they haven't said one way or the other yet. There's good reason to believe they could be yes votes. So light the fire, pull on a cozy quilt, and give them a call!
Names, district maps, sample script and a cup o' snark after the jump.
Two weeks after return from Easter break -- no real communication from the Hill, just Rep. Frank's "this week or next" snippet, but nothing scheduled yet, oh and yes, Rep. Jared Polis's incredibly awkward attempt yesterday to keep GetEqual activists quiet by suggesting that transgender people are the reason why they haven't moved on ENDA yet. And the invasion of the Traditional Values Coalition talking points in the mainstream media, while our advocacy organizations sit by and let them. Nothing from the Hill really except the whistling wind.
But put those dark thought out of your mind! Question not the Great Wizard of Oz! After all, 200 organizations just signed a demand yesterday to move ENDA now. Instead, if you're from the Northeast, check out whether you're from these fine districts. (Click here if you're from the sunny South for your list.) Give them a call and ask for ENDA, HR 3017, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
If you're not from their district, figure out which of your friends are, and call to ask them to ring up their Representative.
Here's the list, with some info about their positions.
* You can reach them at (202) 224-2131 (or toll-free 866-220-0044). Direct dial and local office numbers listed below.
* I ask that only people from their districts call, because now's crunch time and they need to hear from constituents.
* Click on name for email, click on District number for a map
* Here's a script of what to say if you want one.
New Jersey (NJ)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) 202-225-5034 973-984-0711
New York (NY)
Bill Owens (NY-23) 202-225-4611 518-563-1406
Kathy Dahlkemper (D-03) 202-225-5406 814-456-2038
Jason Altmire (D-04) 202-225-2565 724-226-1304
Jim Gerlach (R-06) 202-225-4315 610-376-7630
(You can check out Reps from other places here.)