This week we will see dozens of actions around the country asking the Congressional leadership to move ENDA and DADT repeal forward. These are our most basic legislative issues.
If we can't move anything forward, then we will have visibly failed as a national movement to make any impact on the federal level during a highly favorable Democratic Administration and Congress.
What will that say about us as a movement? What will that say about our support of the Democratic Party?
Failure is often useful - it tells you that a relationship, a job, or a life is not working. That does not, of course, mean abandoning the relationship, the job or the life, but it does mean that one needs to change course in order to succeed.
There is a press conference today in DC at the National Press Club to demand immediate action on ENDA. It will take place today at noon, 529 14th Street, N.W., Lisagor Room.
There is also a rally in San Francisco at the office of Nancy Pelosi to demand movement now on ENDA. It will take place today at 4:30 - 6:30 pm at 7th & Mission Streets.
What should the rest of us be doing while DC is press conferencing and San Francisco is rallying?
First of all, email Nancy Pelosi. Then click here to send letters to your Congressmembers with one click. If you've previously sent a letter, send another bunch. The language on the letter changes every day, and you should send one everyday.
Then call them at 202-224-3121 and demand ENDA, H.R. 3017, coming to a vote now.
It's crunch time!
Many actions are taking place around the country on Saturday. Check Equality Across America'[s website for a list of local actions. Also look at the sidebar, which has a number of actions not on the main list. Facebook's Harvey Milk Day Actions Page also has some actions listed that aren't yet on EAA's page.
Here's NYC's Harvey Milk Day March on Saturday the 22nd.
Get out into your community and speak up!
Today's DC Press Conference at noon will include many important speakers. Here's the list.
Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director, PFLAG National
Frank Kameny, longtime activist who was fired from his job over five decades ago due to sexual orientation discrimination; 50-plus years later, he is tired of waiting for equality as he turns 85 this week
Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality
Sharon Lettman, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition
Michael Mitchell, Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats
Gloria Nieto, California resident, former member of the Democratic National Committee, former executive director of the People of Color AIDS Foundation, currently unemployed
Liz Seaton, Director of Projects and Managing Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Peggy Shorey, Executive Director, Pride at Work
Terrance L., a gay man who has been closeted in previous employment
Donna P., a transgender woman from the Baltimore area who was fired from two jobs