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Harvey Milk Day of Action in Illinois

IL Day of ActionYesterday would have been Harvey Milk’s 84th birthday so to honor his memory in Illinois, we turned Harvey Milk Day into a Harvey Milk Day of Action. The Chicagoland area was awash with political activity as volunteers from across the city (and suburbs) took action to help pass the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This bill would prohibit nationwide denying employment or firing folks based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Southwest of the city, we held a rally outside of Congressman Dan Lipinski’s Chicago office to show support for the bill. Amidst a torrent of happy honks from passersby, rally participants waved signs and flags in support of ENDA’s passage. The outpouring of support from the community during the course of the rally was deeply moving. It’s becoming more and more clear that support for workplace protections for all Americans is high in every corner of our country. And the time to pass ENDA is now.

In downtownChicago, volunteers came together in Harvey Milk’s memory to phone bank for ENDA. Food for the evening was to theme: phone bankers snacked on every kind of milk you can imagine plus milk’s constant companions, cookies and cereal. The phone bank was one of our best attended to date and a smashing success; we made ~2,000 calls in less than two hours of calling.

With just over two months left in this legislative session, we still have lots of work to do to secure the support we need to pass ENDA. If you would like to hear about future rallies or volunteer opportunities, shoot me an email at Lindsey.clark@hrc.org and I’ll get you plugged in to our team.

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