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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.