Rally for a Trans-Inclusive ENDA
Monday * May 3 * 5:30 PM
Northampton City Hall Steps
In 38 states in the USA you can be legally fired for being Transgender.
In 29 states, you can be fired for being Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual.
This is especially devastating with overall unemployment near 10% and more than 5 people applying for every 1 job opening.
89% of US residents oppose employment discrimination.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), would outlaw employment discrimination on the federal level, giving LGBT workers equal rights on the job in all 50 states.
Activists across the country will be turning up the heat to get ENDA passed this Spring.
THIS IS A CRITICAL TIME WHEN WE CAN MAKE HISTORY. WE MUST ACT NOW!
ENDA needs just 16 more votes in the House, and 14 in the Senate to pass. And there are 60 Democrats in the House and 16 in the Senate who have not committed to support the bill.
We need to urge them to do so now, and educate and rally others to do the same! 9 in 10 people are with us, so let's get the message out and rally their support!
Even though Representatives Neal and Olver are co-sponsors of ENDA, we can urge them to be more vocal advocates and get their uncommitted colleagues to vote "Yes" for LGBT civil rights!
And, we must demand that ENDA pass with protections for Transgender people, 97% of whom face discrimination on the job or in finding work. We cannot compromise on the rights of our Transgender brothers and sisters!
We cannot let this moment pass us by. We are so close, but nothing is automatic. As Frederick Douglass said, "power concedes nothing without a demand," so let's make our demands heard on May 3rd!