Monday, May 23, 2011

Tennessee is in Trouble...We Need Your Help

I am going to make this simple..

1. Nashville passed an anti-discrimination law that includes everyone under the rainbow and states that if you want to do business there you must also have the same anti-discrimination policies. Cool so far.

2. This upset a few people and The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce - chaired by Nissan, and whose other board members include such companies as Nissan, FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare - actively lobbied for a religious right bill in the Tennessee legislature that would rescind Nashville's civil rights protections for its gay and trans citizens, and which bans every city in Tennessee from passing any civil rights laws, for anyone, ever again. These companies aren't just members of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce. These compares are all on the board of directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce. They run the TN Chamber.
The bill passed yesterday. It's on its way to the state's Republican governor for his signature, unless he vetoes it.
3. Tennessee also is pushing for the "Don't Say Gay" bill that would require that no one can talk about, offer counseling, or information about being gay in any school. 

WTF! It looks as if they don't talk about it and deny protections to prevent unfair firing, loans, and housing practices that we will simply not exist in their state.

Only a few companies have responded to the cries of the oppressed with confusing statements. Most have not.
There is a letter being passed around to those companies but only one has signed so far to beg the Governor to veto the bill.

Please sign this open letter to those companies


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