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Three Reasons to Call Your U.S. Senators!!

Date: 
June 05, 2002

  1. National Hate Crimes Prevention Call-In Day continues today!
  2. Faith-based initiatives to considered by the Senate this week!
  3. Senate continues consideration of welfare reform!

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HATE CRIMES
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NATIONAL HATE CRIMES PREVENTION CALL IN DAY
FINAL DAY - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

TAKE ACTION!
Call your Senators about hate crimes legislation using this special toll-free number: 1-877-242-0100.

MESSAGE "Senator ______: I urge you to vote YES on the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (S. 625) with NO amendments. I also ask you to vote YES on all efforts to move the bill to a vote."

Background information and resources available at
http://www.ngltf.org/federal/lleea.htm

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FAITH BASED INITIATIVES
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The faith-based initiative (S.1924) being considered in the U.S. Senate would allow religious institutions to take our tax dollars and discriminate on the basis of religion in hiring and in the provision of a wide array of social services. Religious discrimination often functions as a proxy for race and sexual orientation discrimination. This could mean that anti-gay churches could deny gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people jobs and services in a number of sectors, including child care, adoption and foster care services, services for people with disabilities, adult education programs, anti-poverty programs, domestic violence prevention, juvenile justice, and other social services.

NGLTF supports an amendment to S.1924 that would ban discrimination on the basis of religion. Activists are also encouraged to call Senator Joseph Lieberman, the faith-based initiative's lead sponsor and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Urge them to support nondiscrimination language similar to that found in Section 175 (c) of the National and Community Services Act of 1990, as amended by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. This provision stipulates: " a project that receives assistance under this title shall not discriminate on the basis of religion against a participant."

TAKE ACTION!
Call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121 to let your senators know how important this issue is to you. Also call Senator Lieberman, the bill sponsor, at 202-224-4041 and Senator Daschle at 202-224-2321. They need to hear from you!

MESSAGE
"I'm asking Senator ___ to amend S. 1924, faith-based initiatives, to ensure that it bans discrimination on the basis of religion."

Background information and resources available at
http://www.ngltf.org/federal/faith.htm

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WELFARE REFORM
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TAKE ACTION!
Call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell them you support just welfare reauthorization that includes the needs of GLBT people.

MESSAGE
"Senator___: I'm asking you to ensure that the welfare reauthorization bill reallocates the $300 million from marriage promotion and abstinence-only education into programs that are proven to reduce poverty, like education and job training. The bill does not take into account the reality of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people."

Background information and resources available at
http://www.ngltf.org/federal/welfare.htm

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