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posted Friday, May 14, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 20
ENDA is stuck - and ONLY YOU can help get it moving again. We need as many people as possible to show up in front of Speaker Pelosi's office - will you come? Will you bring friends?
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ENDA is stuck - and ONLY YOU can help get it moving again. We need as many people as possible to show up in front of Speaker Pelosi's office - will you come? Will you bring friends?

Tuesday, May 18 
4:30 - 6:30 pm 
7th & Mission Streets 
San Francisco, CA 
 
We know that Speaker Pelosi supports ENDA. We want her to know that this legislation is a community priority - and we support her efforts to move this bill through Congress. She needs to hear from her constituents. She needs our support to do the right thing. 
 
So we need to send a LOUD MESSAGE to Congress: PASS ENDA NOW! 
 
We have been waiting for decades to pass a simple law that would ban discrimination against LGBT people at work. We were asked to be patient for more than a year while Congress focused on the financial crisis and health care. We were patient. We were told to lobby our representatives in Congress to get the votes necessary to pass the bill. We did the work. 
 
Now we need to tell Congress: STOP STALLING! 
 
We are ready. We have the support. We want a vote on ENDA now. 
 
If we don't get a vote in the House very soon, we will not have time to get ENDA passed in the Senate. The President will sign ENDA into law - but only if it passes Congress. It could be years before we have another chance to enact this most basic civil rights law. 
 
PLEASE TAKE ACTION! JOIN US ON TUESDAY! 
 
Equality California 
Transgender Law Center 
San Francisco LGBT Community Center 
San Francisco Pride at Work 
Equality Federation 
Get Equal 
National Center for Lesbian Rights 
Out & Equal 
 
P.S. Actions are being planned around the country for a National ENDA week - to find out about ENDA events in other cities, please visit www.endanow.org <http://www.endanow.org/> . 
 
UnitedENDA 
 
Hundreds expected at the kickoff for the National Week of Action to Move ENDA Forward in San Francisco 
 
What: National Week of Action to Move ENDA forward kickoff 
 
When: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010 
 
Where: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco office at the San 
Francisco Federal Building 
 
Location: Corner of 7th and Mission streets, San Francisco 
 
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders from across the country 
are mobilizing, organizing a weeklong series of events in major cities 
to encourage movement of long overdue federal legislation that would 
protect LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination. 
 
The fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act continues to face delays despite growing support. The decision on whether ENDA will move forward or stall now rests with the leadership of the United States House of Representatives. 
 
The National Week of Action to Move ENDA Forward, set for May 17-21, officially kicks off on Tuesday, May 18, when LGBT community members and allies gather outside the San Francisco office of United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call on her to move ENDA forward now. 
 
To have a real chance for getting this bill to the President this year, ENDA must get a vote on the House floor within the next couple of weeks. Several National Week of Action campaigns are planned across the country to demand a House vote on ENDA. 
 
The campaigns range from letter writing, phone banks to demonstrations in Washington D.C. Many groups will use planned events in honor of activist and politician Harvey Milk's birthday to mobilize supporters and inspire participants to demand that federal leaders act on the legislation. 
 
While the LGBT community is confident that Speaker Pelosi supports ENDA, the community wants her to know that this legislation is a community priority and she must move ENDA forward now. 
 
Facts: 
 
* There are no federal laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans from workplace discrimination and termination 
 
* In 29 states it's legal to fire someone just because they're lesbian, gay, or bisexual. 
 
* In 38 states it's legal to fire someone who is transgender. 
 
Media contact: Jay Davis, Online Community Director, Equality California - 415-378-3831, jay@eqca.org 
 
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About United ENDA - United ENDA is a coalition of state, local and national LGBT organizations and allies committed to the passage of comprehensive federal legislation that protects individuals from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 
 
United ENDA is a coalition effort of nearly 400 organizations, where the power of the coalition comes from all of the work done by all of the organizations in the coalition. 

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