Nissan, Comcast, FedEx, AT&T on verge of getting gay rights law pulled in Nashville

  • metta

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    May 20, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    Nissan, Comcast, FedEx, AT&T on verge of getting gay rights law pulled in Nashville

    http://gay.americablog.com/2011/05/nissan-comcast-fedex-at-on-verge-of.html



    Nissan, FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG. Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare

    Start by sending this letter:
    http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6006/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4141&tag=e1
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    May 20, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    Boycott their asses, and stop watching American Idol.
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    May 20, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    Done & sent to pals on facebook and my yahoo contact list. I would be interested in knowing who the board's members are to see who the representatives of these companies are that sit on the Chamber of Commerce.
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    May 20, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    rickrick91 saidBoycott their asses, and stop watching American Idol.

    Already done.
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    May 20, 2011 11:32 PM GMT
    I think its time to ditch ATT as my wireless carrier.
  • tazzari

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    May 20, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    Did it, and sent it on to about 40 friends. I hope others do the same.

    Is this constitutional?
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    May 20, 2011 11:55 PM GMT
    I hate to be a contrarian, but as a long time resident of Nashville who is politically active in my city, I will say this blogger is a bit off base and not being completely honest.

    I've been following the progression of the Metro Nashville non-discrimination ordinance since it was first proposed, as well as the evolution of HB600 in the state legislature which looks to overturn Nashville's non-discrimination ordinance. Frankly, this blogger that you linked is being a bit sensationalist.

    While I'm no fan of AT&T, they have long been a leader in GLBT non-discrimination, including GLBTs in their non-discrimination policy for 30 years now. The blog you linked is engaging in blind rage and guilt by association.

    For a more complete look at the story behind the story, look at this article from DailyKos. It shows you that many of these companies have very high ratings (some scored perfect) from the Human Right Campaign for their policies in favor of GLBT rights.

    While I do think these companies should act in accordance with their own non-discrimination policies and actively oppose HB600, their seats on the TN Chamber of Commerce does not de facto damn them as anti-gay bigots.
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    May 21, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    tazzari saidDid it, and sent it on to about 40 friends. I hope others do the same.

    Is this constitutional?
    Anything is constitutional if people throw enough money at it.
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    May 21, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    I appreciate the clarification, Global Citizen, but what you have just said while true, absolutely wreaks of hypocracy on these companies' part. I was once a licenced agent for United Healthcare. They include the GLBT community in their non discrimination statement for their company. For them to say this, but then turn around and allow a company representative to vote for and push a discriminatory bill into law is incredibly hypocritical. It is on the same level as Target having that same mission statement, but then funnelling money into the pockets of political action committees that are vocally against gays and lesbians.

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    May 22, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    For those of you that weren't raptured:
    http://www.hrc.org/15611.htm
    Alcoa:

    “Alcoa provides equal employment opportunity without discrimination and supports state and local legislation protecting the rights of all community members. We do not agree with the chamber on this issue and would ask that the governor veto the bill."

    FedEx:

    “FedEx values and promotes the unique contributions, perspectives, and differences of our team members worldwide. FedEx does not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. FedEx did not lobby for SB632/HB600 – it is our policy not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. While FedEx is a member of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, we do not support every position proposed by the Chamber.”

    AT&T:

    “AT&T does not support any laws or efforts that are discriminatory. AT&T does support the principals of ensuring that state and local laws are consistent, which is the stated purpose of HB 600/SB 632. However, the bill has become implicated in efforts to erode the rights of the gay community, which we do not support. AT&T has a long history and longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, and its policies address diversity in areas including race, creed, religion, sex, and particularly sexual orientation. In fact, Diversity Inc. has ranked AT&T in its Top 10 Companies for LGBT employees, and we were honored to be recognized as one of the ‘2010 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality’ by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. We are proud of our commitment to this community.”
  • metta

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    May 23, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    AT&T, FedEx, UnitedHealth, Alcoa, and Nissan have put out statements making clear they are against this law -- and Alcoa explicitly called for the Governor to veto it!


    Tell the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce: Hands off our civil rights!

    http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6006/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4141
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 23, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    Done it. I also sent a lengthly letter to the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce as well. When are these corporations going to stop pandering to the primitive minded religious right wing? The State of Tennessee is also abusing its authority by stripping all its counties and cities the right to legislate laws that are for their public good. Tennessee is way too conservative for its own good. Its GOP neds to be taken over by moderates and progressives. But Tennessee natives also need to start educating themselves more and stop being so religious. When are these southern states going to realize that all religious belief is literally based on ancient fairy tales and that all their anti gay and anti everything else attitudes just shows their ignorance.
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    May 24, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    Governor signs it into law. Go Vols! icon_rolleyes.gif

    http://www.hrcbackstory.org/2011/05/tennessee-governor-signs-bill-promoting-discrimination-into-law/
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    May 24, 2011 3:24 PM GMT
    What a sad day for Tennessee.

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    May 24, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    I've been telling people about AT&T for years, but no one seems to care enough to switch. Credo Mobile donates money to progressive causes. You can check out their website and who they donate to here: http://www.credomobile.com/Mission/Nonprofit-Donations-current.aspx
  • coolarmydude

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    May 24, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    They apparently got their inspiration from Rand Paul concerning his opinion on the Civil Rights Act and that businesses should have the right to discriminate.
  • coolarmydude

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    May 24, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    I signed the petition along with the following in the comments section:

    Freedom will not come
    Today, this year
    Nor ever
    Through compromise and fear.

    I have as much right
    As the other fellow has
    To stand
    On my two feet
    And own the land.

    I tire so of hearing people say,
    Let things take their course.
    Tomorrow is another day.
    I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
    I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.

    Freedom
    Is a strong seed
    Planted
    In a great need.
    I live here, too.
    I want freedom
    Just as you.

    ~Langston Hughes 1943
  • metta

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    May 24, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    ^
    nice. icon_smile.gif

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    May 24, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    Update: The TN state chamber of commerce release a statement opposing the law, albeit about three hours too late, after the governor signed it. They initially supported it because they support a unifying of business regulations in general, but reconsidered after weighing the impact of the legislation.

    A prominent Nashville gay rights attorney is also preparing to sue to have the law overturned.

    Here's the story
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    May 24, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidTennessee is way too conservative for its own good. Its GOP neds to be taken over by moderates and progressives.


    Unfortunately things are going just the other way. For over 100 years, Tennessee's legislature was majority Democrat, although mostly conservative Democrats. In the last 10 years there has been a shocking swing to the Republican side, and not just innocuous moderate Republicans.

    The Republicans in the legislature now are the looney, militant religious right wing nuts who are on a crusade to fight the culture war and intend to crush anyone who opposes them.

    In addition to this law that reverses Nashville's anti-discrimination law, we've seen bills that seek to forbid teachers from discussing homosexuality in any way in schools and a bill that seeks to put so called "intelligent design" or "creation science" on equal footing with the real science of evolution. They have also passed a bill that will effectively once again ban abortion in the state.

    These people are crusading theocrats, plain and simple, and they make no bones about it.

    What's really unfortunate is that these people, despite their ridiculous beliefs, are not stupid. They are actually very clever and very effective. In the case of the creationism bill they have pushed it as a bill that will foster critical thinking skills. Who could be against that, right? But in their mind, evolution is brainwashing and it's a critical thinker who has the fortitude to consider creationism. They sold the anti-gay discrimination bill as the Equal Access to Commerce bill, saying they're not really targeting gays, but simply trying to unburden businesses from having to deal with varying municipal regulations. Thus the need to overturn Nashville's non-discrimination law.

    They have been shockingly effective.
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    May 24, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    It never ceases to amaze me how politicians are willing to spend time on this, never mind you're half bankrupt...
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    May 24, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    Wow, what ridiculous and false sensationalism.
  • GQjock

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    May 25, 2011 11:15 AM GMT
    It actually wasn't the companies cited who lobbied for this bill
    It's the jobs jobs jobs republicans who have majorities in the State Houses who passed this bill

    Along with a spate of others
    Once again how's that JOBS thing going for ya ?

    The Republicans in the legislature now are the looney, militant religious right wing nuts who are on a crusade to fight the culture war and intend to crush anyone who opposes them.

    In addition to this law that reverses Nashville's anti-discrimination law, we've seen bills that seek to forbid teachers from discussing homosexuality in any way in schools and a bill that seeks to put so called "intelligent design" or "creation science" on equal footing with the real science of evolution. They have also passed a bill that will effectively once again ban abortion in the state.


    all true icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 05, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    I mentioned some of the ways neo-theocrats are shaping legislation in Tennessee. One of those ways is by influencing science education in public school to include a religious/creationist view.

    Looks like the same thing is happening in Louisiana. And the tactics used looks suspiciously familiar. Identical, actually. It looks like the work of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), a conservative group loosely associated with the Focus on the Family organization. ALEC seeks to spread its policy agendas on a state by state level.

    They have been a driving force behind passing the kind of legislation described in the story linked below. Their tactics include shameless misrepresentation about the contents and affect of the legislation they advocate. For instance, they have been able to pass bills opening public schools to religious/creationist education by insisting (to the public, media, and legislators) that the bill will encourage critical thinking and greater depth in scientific education. Which is bunk. All it really does is enable Christian teachers to teach their students that God created the world as it's described in the bible. That is not science. It's religious mythology.

    Those who respect real science, and reject proselytizing in public schools, need to be aware of this trend and work to oppose it.

    Profiles in (Evolutionary) Courage, Part 4: Bringing Sanity to Louisiana Schools