- September 24, 2013
Post submitted by Donna Payne, former HRC Associate Director of Field Outreach
Our Jacksonville team from Jasmyn made a lobby visit to Senator Nelson’s office on Tuesday, September 17. The Senator’s office received a visit from Cindy Watson, Dan Merkan, and Jim Crooks.
The Human Rights Campaign has been working with a diverse, bipartisan steering committee of 11 organizations representing millions of Americans who support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Our visit was about expressing support for ENDA in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Jasmyn, a Jacksonville based organization dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBT youth, took the time to lend their support and speak with Senator Nelson’s office.
Cindy Watson, Executive Director of Jasmyn said, “The meeting went very well and Senator Nelson is evolving on the issue. This was a great time for us to make sure our Senator knows where we stand and expect his support in return. I hope others call their Senators and express their support too.”
Although ENDA has broad support among Americans from all walks of life, because everyone recognizes the importance of preventing discrimination in the workplace, there are no state laws protecting LGBT Americans against bias based on sexual orientation in 29 states, and gender identity in 33. This is why the bipartisan steering committee is so important. The campaign is undertaking grassroots organizing in a number of key states.
The steering committee members are the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Federation of Teachers, the American Unity Fund, Gill Action, the Human Rights Campaign, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the Service Employees International Union, Communications Workers of America and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.