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Widespread Support in North Carolina For Inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Post submitted by Ryan Rowe, Senior Regional Field Organizer for HRC. Ryan was the Director of Faith Outreach and NAACP liaison for North Carolina’s Amendment One campaign and the NAACP Outreach Director for the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign. He continues to advance HRC’s work in marriage equality, ENDA and other campaigns across the country to build and support partnerships at the intersection of faith, civil rights and LGBT equality.

HRC Southern Regional Field Organizer Shelena Williams talks ENDA and collects postcards at Moral Monday in Raleigh, NC.

Despite last year’s loss on the anti-LGBT Amendment 1 and recent attacks on voting rights in North Carolina, people across North Carolina from all walks of life and political leanings seem to agree on one issue: No one should be fired for who they are.
 
HRC organizers have been on the ground and working with our members, volunteer leaders, and local partners including Equality North Carolina, the NAACP and the large faith network from last year’s Amendment One campaign to put out an urgent call to action regarding passage of a federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) this year. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr (R) will cast a key vote when the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee takes up the bill next month.  Also on the HELP Committee is North Carolina’s other U.S. senator, Kay Hagan, who is a co-sponsor of ENDA.  Once again, the voices of North Carolinians will be critical in the federal debate around equality.
 
Despite yesterday’s historic victories on DOMA and Prop 8 regarding marriage equality, married or unmarried, you can still be fired solely for being gay, lesbian, or bisexual in 29 states and for being transgender in 33 states. HRC Senior Field Organizer Ryan Rowe is leading a dynamic team of volunteers and staff, including Southern Regional Field Organizer Shelena Williams and Former Amendment One Regional Field Organizer William Robinson that has already garnered over 2,000 postcards, over 300 calls, and over 300 emails to Senator Burr urging him to do the fair and right thing and vote yes on a fully inclusive federal ENDA to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace in all 50 states.
 
From the mountains to the coast, from pig pickings and beach festivals to Salisbury Pride and the Moral Monday protests at the state capitol, people from every region and background in North Carolina see this as a “no brainer” commonsense issue of basic fairness.
 
If you are in North Carolina and would like to volunteer to help reach out to Senator Burr, please email Ryan at ryan.rowe@hrc.org.  And supporters of equality everywhere can contact their senators online at www.passENDAnow.org.
 
Equality for  ALL y’all! 

William Robinson collects ENDA postcards at Salisbury Pride.

 

Photos (c) Fannie Thompson

 

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