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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sit-ins target Speaker Pelosi to GetENDA

ENDA (Employment Non Discrimination Act) protecting LGBT workers in the U.S. was originally introduced into Congress under another name by Bela Abzug and Ed Koch in the early 1970's. It has been kicked around in Washington for far too long and today marks a great day in our political activism to get this long overdue piece of legislation to achieve passage.

Dr. Jillian Weiss and the Bilerico Project has taken the helm to create a blogswarm to get Speaker Pelosi to bring ENDA to the House floor for a vote.

Dr. Jillian from the Bilerico Project wrote about the standing of ENDA today:
Initially, the Committee said that some technical language required tweaking, ostensibly to insure that plaintiffs could not recover too much money or attorney fees, and to prevent lawsuits based on inadvertent discrimination. But it has become increasingly clear that something else is at work.
A clue to the inaction: Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly told Democrats that she would not move controversial bills. Meanwhile, the House Committee has stated its readiness to move, but is waiting for a signal from Speaker Pelosi.
That signal has not come. Meanwhile, LGBT Americans continue to suffer discrimination and harassment with no recourse.
Today, other activists from organized a peaceful sit-in at Pelosi's San Francisco office.

Please call Speaker Nancy Pelosi at 202-225-4965. Ask that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, HR 3017, move to a vote. Please be polite, but firm.
After you call, please tell us how the call went by clicking here. If you get a busy signal or hang up, let us know that too.

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