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Task Force Endorses March For Jobs And Justice

Date: 
April 03, 1997

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) today announced its endorsement of the National March for Jobs, Justice, and People's Needs, to be held on April 27, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The March, coordinated by the National People's Campaign, calls upon the Clinton Administration and Congress to strengthen social programs and the federal safety net.

The March is being held on the same day as the "Summit for the American Future" which will be attended by President Bill Clinton and former Presidents George Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford. Former First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Lady Bird Johnson, General Colin Powell, and others will also attend. The Summit promotes "community volunteerism" as an alternative to the federal funding of social programs.

"In this period of conservative ascendancy, the federal government is pulling back dramatically in its historical role as guarantor of equal democratic rights and provider of a basic social welfare safety net," said Kerry Lobel, executive director of NGLTF. "We must stand up against this abandonment of the basic principles of fairness and compassion."

More and more activities are devolving from the federal sector to the states, a place where Right wing forces that seek to suppress dissent, equality, and freedom are increasingly well organized. NGLTF's own survey of state legislative activity showed a rise in anti-gay activity during the 1996 legislative session, and 1997 so far has proven to be even more hostile.

"Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people continue to be a target for the Radical Right in state legislatures across the country," continued Lobel. "NGLTF urges its members, allies, and all fair -minded Americans to join us in Philadelphia on April 27."

For more information on the National March for Jobs, Justice, and People's Needs, please contact the National People's Campaign at 212/633-6646, or visit their web site at http://www.peoplescampaign.org.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.