If You’re in DC…
Lt. Dan Choi wasn't the only one who got arrested on March 18.
That day, elsewhere in our nation's capitol, four members of GetEqual, a new organization aimed at using grassroots campaigning and civil action to advance LGBT rights, entered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office with one purpose in mind: to get the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) through mark-up to a floor vote by the end of the month.
The four people, Samantha Ames, Janine “Jay” Carmona, Chastity Kirven, and Michelle Wright, were arrested for refusing to leave Pelosi's office. They now face up to six months in federal prison on a federal misdemeanor charge for Unlawful Entry.
If you are in DC this Tuesday, April 6, please show your support for the Enda 4 by coming out to the Washington, DC Superior Courthouse at 500 Indiana Avenue NW from 8am until 1pm. Let's prove that the LGBT movement supports ENDA 4's efforts and that they should not be imprisoned for using the same tactic – civil disobedience – that was used by the civil rights leaders of the 1960's.
Skip work if you have to. Cut class if you have to. Call in sick, send in a substitute, do what you need to do to make sure you're at the Courthouse on Tuesday morning. Flooding the Courthouse with positive support could send a clear message to those who would be against us that we are willing to do what it takes to ensure that the LGBT community gets the same rights as everyone else.