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Making Arizona Open for Business to Everyone

Unity PledgePost submitted by Josh Zaragoza, HRC Senior Regional Field Organizer

Today, HRC is partnering with ONE Community to make it clear that Arizona is OPEN for business to everyone.  Every reader of the Arizona Republic will open their Sunday paper to find an “Arizona is OPEN for Business to Everyone” signWe are encouraging readers to display the signs in their homes or businesses to send a strong message that Arizonans believe in equal opportunity for all.

One Community is a local member-based coalition of socially responsible businesses and individuals who support diversity, inclusion and equality.  Their efforts are so critical because Arizona is one of 29 states with no state law protecting people from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and one of 32 with no protections on the basis of gender identity.  Governor Brewer earlier this year vetoed anti-equality legislation and just last month indicated that it might be time for state lawmakers to hold hearings on anti-LGBT workplace discrimination.

I’m working on the ground in Arizona with the folks at ONE Community and other local partners to pass new non-discrimination ordinances at the local level and to lay the groundwork for passing a state law to protect LGBT Arizona residents and visitors from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  Phoenix and Tucson have strong non-discrimination ordinances, and they were joined earlier this year by Tempe.  We’re now working to build support for non-discrimination protections in Southern Arizona, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Chandler and Northeast Arizona, with the simple message that protections from discrimination are fundamentally fair pro-business measures that lend to the vitality of our economy.

By visually demonstrating that Arizona truly Open for Business to Everyone, we are helping position Arizona to retain and attract top talent and businesses.

Arizonans can show support for inclusion by signing the Unity Pledge on ONE Community’s website.

We also need support to help make history in Tempe where we are working to defend the city’s non-discrimination ordinance in an August 26 election.

Become a local change agent by contacting me at josh.zaragoza@hrc.org or check out the HRC Phoenix Steering Committee and help us make history.

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