The National Equality March is over, and here we are waking up on a long holiday weekend. Now what? What next?
Our next step in our federal agenda should be focusing on ENDA in the Senate. Of all our initiatives, that will affect the largest number of people in our community in the most important area of our lives: the ability to get and keep a job. And it's achievable in the next few months.
The House is practically on board, and the vote will happen in the next few weeks. My calculations, as shown in the Inclusive ENDA House spreadsheet, show 212 likely yes votes, with another 6 needed for passage. We're 98% of the way there, so we mustn't drop the ball now.
The real fight on ENDA is in the Senate, where there are only 49 confirmed yes votes. That's only 82% of the way there. Another 7 are likely yes votes, but they're not saying, so they need to be targeted. Even so, we'll need to drag the river to find 4 more bodies to get ENDA passed.
We can do it, if we as a community get focused on calling our Senators. (Calls are much more persuasive than emails.) Names and contact info of the legislators to target after the jump. If you'd rather not read all this, skip to the part about the Senate, and pick up the phone and call one.