Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Congress swears in today! Let them know you care about ENDA!

Action Alert from NCLR

Today, January 6, members of Congress raise their right hands and swear to uphold the Constitution as they begin the new legislative session.

Let’s make sure the first thing they hear about is the importance of an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that protects all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

In DC, make their phones ring!
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and have them connect you to your Representative (find yours based on your zip code). Tell them: “I am a constituent and I would like you to please tell Representative _______ that I strongly support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would ban discrimination against all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

Then, call back and leave messages with your two Senators too!

At home, set up a visit!
Request an in-person meeting for you and other community members with your two Senators and your Representative (or their staffs) in their home district offices. You can call the district offices to request these meetings but they often want you to fax a meeting request. To find contact info for district offices, go to http://www.senate.gov/ and http://www.house.gov/.

Sample meeting request letters, and other talking points and resources for your meetings, are available in the following toolkits:

The Task Force ENDA Grassroots Toolkit (pdf)
National Center for Transgender Equality’s Making Your Voice Heard (pdf)
PFLAG’s Bringing the Message Home

Let Us Know!
Let us know how your meeting went. Go to http://www.unitedenda.org/ and fill out the Lobby Report Form to tell us whether your Representative and Senators expressed support.

Kate Kendell, Esq.
Executive Director
National Center for Lesbian Rights

Useful Links & Downloads

NCLR's ENDA Action Center

United ENDA

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The National Center for Transgender Equality

PFLAG's Bringing the Message Home

Lambda Legal