Friday, July 10, 2009

Join the Chapter in acting against hate crimes !

This Tuesday, July 14 2009 at 1:00 pm the NASW priority bill: HB1728 An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes is scheduled for a hearing in Gardner Auditorium, the State House

This bill will add Massachusetts to 13 other states, Washington D.C., and 102 counties and cities, including Boston, Cambridge, and Northampton making the protection of transgender people explicit, uniform, and visible to the general public. It will include gender identity and expression in the state's non-discrimination statute and will amend existing hate crime laws to explicitly protect people targeted for violence and harassment.

What can you do to help pass this bill?

1) Submit written testimony to the Judiciary Committee letting the committee members know you support House Bill 1728 and ask them to report the bill out favorably. Send your letter to the Committee on the Judiciary, State House Room 136, Boston, MA 02133

2) Call your state representative and senator and ask that they call the chairmen of the Judiciary Committee expressing their support for HB1728. To call your state representative or state senator, dial 617-722-2000 and ask to be connected to their office.

If you plan on coming to the State House on the day of the hearing, please be in touch with Rebekah Gewirtz at 617-227-9635 x12 or

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