ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act) will be in the U.S. House in September for an expected full committee hearing, committee mark up and vote. Now is crunch time for grassroots action — Congress’s August break is the LAST time for you tell your Representative and two Senators IN PERSON that ENDA is urgently needed and a top priority.
Metropolitan Community Churches’ Global Justice Team is joining United ENDA (UnitedENDA.org
) to gain assistance from citizens across the United States regarding this important legislation. Regardless of the positions of your elected officals, please consider meeting with them in August.
Two years ago, we saw this bill enter the House of Representatives, but the legislation passed then did not include our transgender siblings. This is our opportunity to participate in making a change for inclusion!
It is your personal visit – the faces and voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and friends and family – that will make the difference for this legislation.
Thanks to the efforts of advocate organizations, we have access to tools to make this action easy for you. Helpful tips on meetings, public events and more are readily available in the National Center for Transgender Equality’s ENDA Toolkit and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund’s ENDA Toolkit.
Senators’ and Representatives’ calendars fill up fast. Please get an appointment now, for August. You don’t need to be an expert, you just need a little information – but mostly, all you need is to speak from the heart as their constituent about why ENDA is needed. Need more information about ENDA? Click here
Once you’ve visited, please feed the information back to uson this report form or the form in NCTE’s ENDA Toolkit.
Please, act now. We cannot let this moment pass us by.
In solidarity, and with great hope,
– MCC Global Justice Team
Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair
For Additional Information, Contact:
Jim Birkitt, Communications Director
Metropolitan Community Churches
P.O. Box 691728
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tel. (310) 625-4177
Email: [email protected]
To Help Inspire You – A Success Story from Georgia
Months of organizing paid off in Atlanta when local volunteer ENDA organizers secured the support of a much needed Representative! This success came through the energy and dedication of a coalition of local organizations, including Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), local PFLAG chapters and Georgia Equality.
The leadership of Georgia Equality and their Executive Direct Jeff Graham were key. Jeff hosted several organizing meetings at Georgia Equality’s headquarters in Atlanta, invited local ENDA organizers to Georgia Equality advocacy trainings on other issues, facilitated a lobby training specifically on ENDA and supported grassroots lobbyists during the meeting with their legislator which led to this victory.
Jeff knows what it takes to get this job done and can imagine what a difference it might make. “We’re supporting the United ENDA work because employment protections are still rare here in Georgia,” he said. “When federal legislation does eventually pass, there will still be gaps in coverage that can only be addressed on a state and local level. Working on United ENDA allows us to build awareness and support for our own policy agenda.”