Post submitted by Lucas Acosta (he/him), former Deputy Director of Communications, Politics
Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced the endorsement of Rev. Raphael Warnock for U.S. Senate, and Cori Bush and State Sen. Nikema Williams for U.S. House.
In 2019, the U.S. House made history by passing the Equality Act -- crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws -- for the first time. However, despite the support from over 70% of Americans including a majority of Republicans, the Equality Act was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell has made clear he will do everything he can to roll back progress made by theLGBTQ community, including a rushed and divisive confirmation process to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion for LGBTQ equality, with someone who is likely to be anti-equality. The candidates endorsed today are crucial to holding the pro-equality majority in the U.S. House and establishing a pro-equality majority in the U.S. Senate to finally break Sen. Mitch McConnell’s stranglehold on LGBTQ rights, including passing the Equality Act and ensuring the American people have a say in the future makeup of the Supreme Court.
Newly-Endorsed Candidates include:
In the 2018 midterms, HRC mobilized our grassroots army of 3.2 million members, supporters, and volunteers to work on behalf of pro-equality candidates and engage pro-equality voters primarily in six key states: Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This unprecedented grassroots mobilization worked to recruit and train volunteers, register and mobilize voters and grow the organization's political organizing efforts in order to pull the emergency brake on the hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda of the Trump-Pence administration and elect a Congress that would hold them accountable.
In 2020, our engagement and mobilization efforts have only deepened. In addition to our expansive volunteer network, HRC has had significant full-time staff in seven priority states (Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin) since 2017. The organization is also expanding our efforts with additional staff focused on a second tier of states. While in-person organizing has been limited by the COVID-19 pandemic, HRC has embraced digital organizing, launching a new tool called TEAM that allows our broad network of volunteers and steering committees to engage their networks personally as well as hundreds of virtual phone and text banks to engage pro-equality voters in key races.
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