Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Hate crimes bill in jeopardy

The Human Rights Campaign sent out an urgent action alert Wednesday, November 28 calling on community members to contact members of the House and Senate to keep the hate crimes bill from being derailed.

The Matthew Shepard Act has been approved by both the House and the Senate and was included in a defense spending bill. Now, however, HRC says that the hate crimes provision is in danger of being removed from the spending bill.


— Cynthia Laird, November 28, 2007 @ 4:31 pm PST
Filed under: News

Obama adds ‘gay’ to stump speech

Presidential candidate Barack Obama brought his “Countdown to Change” rally to San Francisco Wednesday night (Nov. 14), and mentioned “gays and lesbians” during his speech before about 6,500 people at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

“Gays and lesbians will have somebody to fight for equal rights,” Obama told a mostly young crowd. He said that he would “make sure gays and lesbians are not discriminated against.”

“I want everyone to feel part of America, regardless of sexual orientation, regardless of race, regardless of station,” the Illinois senator said.


— Cynthia Laird, November 15, 2007 @ 12:49 pm PST
Filed under: News,Politics

AIDS Action alert

AIDS Action has urged concerned individuals to contact their congressional representatives who later this week (November 15 or 16) are expected to vote to override President Bush’s veto of the Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations bill that includes increases of $84.3 million to the Ryan White CARE Act and $33 million for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

A statement from AIDS Action said it supported the overall spending bill, although officials were “dismayed” by Congress’ decision to increase funding for the Community Based Abstinence Education Program by $28 million.

The House approved the final version of the bill November 8 on a vote of 274-141. Over 50 Republicans supported the bill and no Democrats voted against it. AIDS Action is urging people to contact their representatives and if they voted for the bill, thank them for their support and ask them to continue that support by voting to override the veto. If they did not vote or voted against the bill, urge them to reconsider their decision.

To find your representative, visit People can call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for their representative.

— Cynthia Laird, November 14, 2007 @ 1:49 pm PST
Filed under: News

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