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Washington State Action Alert! EHB 1809 Civil Rights Bill

Date: 
March 06, 2004

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is sending this message to our Washington state members on behalf of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied sister organizations working so hard to bring EHB 1809 to vote.

Below, please find their message:

Subject: URGENT! EHB 1809 Civil Rights Bill (Washington State)

WE CAN DO THIS!

This is it, Folks. Call your state senators NOW and tell them you want EHB 1809 to be moved to the senate floor for a vote. EHB 1809 would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's civil rights laws.

The simple two-second message: Please move EHB 1809 to the Senate floor for a vote.

How to contact your state senator:

1-800-562-6000.

You don't need to know your senator's name or your district number. Give the hotline operator your address and they will tell you your district number and your senator's name. Give your message to the operator and it will be passed on to your senator.

This is the Internet, let's use it. Together, we can help make this happen if you take two steps:
1) call your senator as explained above.
2) use your e-mail list to ask everyone you know to do the same two things.

Additional Information:

- Go to the ACLU Action Center at http://ga1.org/campaign/civilrights to send an email asking your Senator to support passage of the Civil Rights Bill, HB 1809.

- Contact Discrimination Free Washington Organizer Debbie Carlsen at (206) 324-2570 or discriminationfreewashington2004@yahoo.com to volunteer with the campaign. Volunteers are particularly needed to provide information about the Civil Rights Bill at local events, and expand the network of LGBT people and allies contacting their senators to pass this bill.

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Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality. We work to build the grassroots political strength of our community by training state and local activists and leaders and organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation. Our Policy Institute, the community's premiere think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a world that respects and makes visible the diversity of human expression and identity where all people may fully participate in society. Headquartered in Washington, DC, we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Cambridge. For more information on the Task Force, log on to http://www.TheTaskForce.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.