Nancy Pelosi is probably... gee... just a bit busy today. There's an awful lot on her plate. But activists and bloggers—Daily Kos, Open Left, Americablog, Towleroad, Pam's House Blend, Joe My God, Michelangelo Signorile, GoodAsYou, and more—are nevertheless asking their readers to contact the Speaker of the House today to demand action on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Hearings were held last Fall in the House and in the Senate to demonstrate the need for the bill, and testimony was heard on the severe unemployment, underemployment and harassment experienced by LGBT workers. Witnesses testified to the scientific studies demonstrating this.... Various sponsors promised that the bill would move to a vote in August, September, October, and November of 2009. But in order to go to a vote, the bill had to pass through the House Committee on Education and Labor via a "markup" procedure. Markup was finally scheduled for November 18, 2009. But at the last minute, the markup was postponed, and has still not been rescheduled.
It is currently legal in 30 states to fire someone for being gay or lesbian. The president promised action on ENDA and the Democrats who control both houses of Congress promised action on ENDA. Some will say that now is not the time to get in the Speaker of the House's face about ENDA. But there never seems to be a good time for gay rights. LGBT people are sick of being told that our issues have to wait until the day comes when there's nothing on Congress's or the president's plates. That's as good as being told that Congress and the president will never take action on our issues. That's unacceptable. If ENDA is a distraction for Congress—or if DADT is distraction—the only way to end the distraction once and for all is for Congress to pass ENDA and put the bill on the president's desk.
Here's what to do:
Please call Speaker Nancy Pelosi at 202-225-4965. Ask that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, HR 3017, move to a vote. Please be polite, but firm. After you call, please tell us how the call went by clicking here. If you get a busy signal or hang up, let us know that too.
More details at The Bilerico Project.