Equality Project comes to San Antonio
QSanAntonio, August 18, 2012
Equality Texas and the Alliance at Our Lady of the Lake University are
co-presenters of the Equality Project, a day-long training on September
29 designed to give San Antonio activists the tools they need to establish
and maintain relationships with elected officials.
The following information about the Equality Project is reprinted from
the Equality Texas website:
The Equality Project is a public education program on policy issues and
their effect on Texas citizens. The Project also trains supporters of
equality to establish relationships with their state representatives and
senators, and to advocate for policy changes with their elected officials.
The Project aims to engage the public in maintaining continuous conversations
with their elected officials about public policy matters that directly
impact their lives. It is these conversations about real people's lives
that will ultimately motivate policy changes to eliminate discrimination
based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
Equality Project participants learn how to influence their elected representatives
on the core issues that affect their daily lives. When concerned citizens
decide to proactively and persistently engage their elected representatives,
real change happens. Two significant examples of this are the passage
of House Bill 587, The James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act and House Bill 1942,
legislation relating to bullying in public schools.
Both bills represent what can be achieved when supporters from all walks
of life decide to take their concerns directly to their elected representatives.
Passage of The James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act was the result of months
of political organizing, direct lobbying and hundreds of phone calls from
concerned citizens. House Bill 1942 became law only after significant
political pressure was brought to bear upon key legislators by supporters,
including the parents of the victims of bullying.
You can influence the legislative process and win positive change for
yourself, your family and your community
Equality Project Training - San Antonio, Saturday, September 29, 2012,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sueltenfuss Library at Our Lady of the Lake University,
411 SW 24th St., San Antonio, Texas 78207. First Floor, Library Community
Room. Registration is free and includes lunch,
advance registration is required. Co-presented the Alliance at OLLU. Click
here to register.