Task Force fighting for fairness in Kalamazoo: Victory!

Task Force fighting for fairness in Kalamazoo: Victory!

Nov. 3, 2009, voters in Kalamazoo, Mich., passed Ordinance 1856, which bans discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in housing, employment and public accommodations, according to unofficial results. The Task Force has been working side-by-side with One Kalamazoo continue to ensure this win.

Rea Carey, executive director of the Task Force, had this to say:

"This marks an important victory for Kalamazoo, where voters have affirmed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are part of the fundamental social fabric of the city, which now joins nearly 20 other cities in Michigan that have enacted nondiscrimination ordinances." Read the full statement here.

What we've been doing

  • Contributed $10,000 to One Kalamazoo, the campaign heading up the effort to preserve the ordinance.
  • Dedicated Task Force organizers to work on the ground shoulder to shoulder with One Kalamazoo for months leading up to the election.
  • Organized the Kalamazoo LGBT Power Summit, which brought together local leaders for an intensive three-day training. The Power Summit taught core skills necessary for building any successful initiative campaign, including volunteer recruitment, direct fundraising and door-to-door voter canvassing.

Photo credit: Nick Martinez.

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