ENDA Organizing Gets Moving in the Buckeye State
August 23, 2013 by Lynne Bowman, Regional Field Director
This week, I had the opportunity to spend time with the new field organizing team in Ohio for the Americans for Workplace Opportunity campaign.
As is to be expected, Ohio is an important state in the strategy to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on the floor of the United States Senate this fall. Senator Brown is fully supportive of the legislative and has long been a co-sponsor. However, the state’s other senator is not quite there yet. Because of his support for marriage equality, and because we know he wants to do the right thing, winning Senator Portman’s YES vote is a priority towards winning on ENDA.
As part of the campaign work, HRC has placed 4 field organizers in Ohio. They are being joined by 2 organizers from The Task Force, another campaign partner. Together, this team of six will cross the state working with volunteers, progressive organizations, communities of faith and non-typical supporters to do the work necessary to show Senator Portman that it is safe to vote “YES”. Ohioans overwhelmingly support non-discrimination protections and moreover, believe that they are already in place for people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Our team will be educating Ohioans on the reality of the law, talking directly to the senator and the circle of influencers around him, and making sure that when the vote comes, Senator Portman knows he can be on the right side of history with this vote.
Ohio is a large and important state politically. Winning Senator Portman's support is a priority for passing ENDA. It’s going to take a lot of effort to hit our goals and make the impact we know we must. To do so is going to take every supportive person’s engagement. Our organizers, Rai, Simon, Aaron, Aliya, and Rob, can do a lot, but they need your help to do it all. In the next few days we’ll be announcing community meetings across Ohio where you can find out how to give some of your time and energy to this campaign over the next two months. In the meantime, if you’d like to get involved, contact me at Lynne.Bowman@hrc.org and I’ll be sure to get you connected to the field organizer covering your part of Ohio.
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