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Just received the following email:

A newly proposed Allegheny County Human Relations Ordinance which would help protect people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on "race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or place of birth, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, age" and use of animals to aid those with disabilities is facing major opposition from people who do not even live in Allegheny County.

The American Family Association of PA appears to be the primary organizer of this opposition. Their mailing address is in Venango County. Their attacks on the Allegheny County bill center on their opposition to including sexual orientation & gender identity.

The proposed Allegheny County Ordinance is based on the current City of Pittsburgh Human Relations Ordinance which has included sexual orientation since 1990. Gender Identity was added shortly after.

According to Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green, she has lost 3 co-sponsors to the human relations ordinance.

Allegheny County is the second largest county in Pennsylvania and failure to pass this ordinance could have state-wide ramifications.

There will be a public hearing on the bill on Jan. 15, 2009. In the meantime, if you live in Allegheny County please contact your County Councilor and ask them to support & Co-Sponsor the bill.

You can find out what County Council District you are in by clicking the link below:

http://www.alleghenycounty.us/council/dist.aspx

Click on the link below for Contact information for each County Council Member.

http://www.alleghenycounty.us/council/members.aspx


www.steel-city.org is working for the successful passage of the Ordinance & we are planning a Rally for the Ordinance in conjunction with the Nationwide DOMA protest set for 10 Jan 2009.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to help email historycat101[at]aol[dot]com &/or just come to the planning meeting described below:



Join the Impact -- Pittsburgh, PA DOMA Protest PLANNING MEETING
Sunday December 2008 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Panera Bread (We will be in their private glassed in room.)
3401 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
See map: Google Maps
This branch of Panera is within walking distance for anyone in Oakland and there is a large free parking lot for anyone who is driving.

Some of the things to be discussed at the meeting:

Location of Event & Permit for Event

Speakers for Event.

Adding the current efforts for the proposed Allegheny County Non-Discrimination Ordinance to the fabric of the Event.

Adding components to create awareness & participation in the important 2009 elections for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, PA Superior Court, County Courts, County Councils, Mayors, City Councils & School Board.

Sponsors

Creation of Printed Material & Signage

Publicity/Media involvement

Stage & Sound

Logistics

Miscellaneous

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=44326190657

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=108751625270

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=37211267216

www.steel-city.org








Paid for by National Stonewall Democrats.




SMC 1015, 5032 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15289

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