Work Underway in Chicagoland for ENDA
March 31, 2014 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Lindsey Clark, HRC Regional Field Organizer
The last few weeks have seen a flurry of ENDA activity in the Chicagoland area. Our staff of organizers on the ground and their troupe of volunteers have been everywhere hosting community meetings, running successful postcard canvasses, phonebanking, and having one-on-ones with supportive organizations and faith leaders. Collectively, we are spreading the word about workplace discrimination and activating folks to contact their legislators about ENDA.
In the Southwest Suburbs, we spoke to voters and collected postcards at primary polling locations. We also connected with dozens of congregations in the area and found faith leaders who support ENDA because of their faith, not despite it.
On the South side, we recruited volunteers and collected postcards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We also reached out to business owners in the area who understand that workplace discrimination is bad for business and signed on to our ever-growing, small business coalition.
Downtown, phonebanks are now up and running full steam ahead. In its fledgling weeks, our phone bank has already generated over 5,000 calls to constituents talking to them about ENDA and connecting them with their legislators. Next week, we’ll be ramping up to three phone banks and introducing an additional location in Boystown.
If you’re in the Chicago area and have not yet gotten involved with the work that we’re doing to pass ENDA, shoot me an email at Lindsey.firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you more information about what’s happening in your area. This work can’t happen without the help of people like you!
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