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Working for Equality in Bridgeport, Illinois

Post submitted by Lindsey Clark, HRC field organizer 

This week, HRC’s organizing team hunkered down in Bridgeport to get folks excited about the Americans for Workplace Opportunity campaign’s efforts to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). We hit the pavement to talk to hundreds of Bridgeporters about the work we’re doing to show support for ENDA in Illinois’s Third Congressional District.

First, our team of staff and volunteers blitzed local small businesses and invited them to sign a coalition letter in support of ENDA. In just one day, our canvassing produced dozens of signatures from Bridgeport small business owners who understand that workplace discrimination is bad for business and want employment protections for all Americans now.  Later, we hung out at the LGBT Neighbors in Bridgeport meeting at the First Trinity Lutheran Church. There, we discussed plans to unify the LGBT community in Bridgeport and the ways folks can engage on ENDA. We also had the opportunity to join a Bridgeport Alliance meeting at the Meyer Center where we got to participate in a broader discussion of legislative goals in the area and bring ENDA to the table.

We will be holding a Bridgeport Community Meeting next Saturday, April 19 at the Richard J. Daley Library in Bridgeport at 3pm. Join us to learn more about the work we’re doing in the area to #PassENDAnow! For more information, you can email me at Lindsey.clark@hrc.org or check out our event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1492032737685239/

In Chicago, phone banks are well underway and are cranking out voicemails from constituents to Representatives about ENDA. As of this upcoming week, we will be phonebanking five days a week. ( Monday-Thursday nights in the Loop from 5:30-9 pm and Saturday mornings from 11-2 at the Center on Halsted.) If you’re in the Chicago area and have not yet joined us for a phone bank, shoot me an email at Lindsey.clark@hrc.org and we can get you looped in.

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