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Longtime activist and AIDS Memorial Quilt creator Cleve Jones has written an open letter to House speaker Nancy Pelosi on the importance of passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
"We've seen the passion you've brought to the challenge of passing health care reform," he wrote. "Now more than ever, we need your passion and skill to achieve the passage of ENDA."
Jones noted that Pelosi said Sunday night on the House floor, "When it comes to health care for all Americans, all politics is personal." He said it moved him to think of the power of politics to change lives, which can happen again with ENDA.
The letter comes after 10 people were arrested for staging protests outside Pelosi's office in Washington, D.C., and her district office in San Francisco last Thursday. The move sprouted from GetEqual, the one of the organizations gathering signatures to back Jones's letter. To read or sign the petition, visit GetEqual.org/SpeakerPelosi. The petition is presented by GetEqual and the Courage Campaign.