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Blogswarm: Call Nancy Pelosi, Demand ENDA’s Passage

Jim Burroway

March 18th, 2010

LGBT bloggers and allies are today coordinating a national blog swarm, asking readers to contact their members of Congress and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to demand that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) be brought for a vote:

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, first introduced in 1994, would prohibit job discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But LGBT people have never been able to achieve the enactment of the bill, known by the acronym of “ENDA”. Last year, the Administration’s highest ranking gay official, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, indicated that ENDA was highest priority on the LGBT civil rights agenda.

“If we can get ENDA enacted and signed into law, it is only a matter of time before all the rest happens,” he said. “It is the keystone that holds up the whole bunch, and so we need to focus our energies and attention there.”

Hearings were held last Fall in the House and in the Senate to demonstrate the need for the bill, and testimony was heard on the severe unemployment, underemployment and harassment experienced by LGBT workers. Witnesses testified to the scientific studies demonstrating this. But nothing has happened.

A vote was promised numerous times last year, but nothing happened. A House committee delayed mark-up of the bill in late November and it has not been rescheduled. The House committee says it is ready to move on the bill, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that she would not move controversial bills.

Please call Speaker Pelosi at 202-225-4965, and politely ask that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, HR 3017, be moved to a vote. Please be polite, but firm. They need to hear our voices because you can bet they are hearing from those who oppose it loud and clear.

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Paul in Canada
March 18th, 2010 | LINK

Fingers crossed!! Demand action! All the best!

Eric in Oakland
March 18th, 2010 | LINK

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that she would not move controversial bills.”

Right. Like the health care reform bill isn’t contraversial?

Charlie
March 18th, 2010 | LINK

I just attempted to call, but the speaker’s voice mail is full. Hopefully it is full in response to this push.

Martin
March 19th, 2010 | LINK

I called and left a voicemail this morning (took 12 tries to get something besides a busy signal).

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