Call Your Senators and Ask Them to Support the Matthew Shepherd Act
Local Metropolitan Washington Area resident and poet Joseph Ross sent me this call for action:
\”History could happen tomorrow as the Matthew Shepherd Act comes before the Senate. For the first time in U.S. history, the Senate could pass a bill that designates violent crimes against gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered people as hate crimes. This could allow federal assistance to local law enforcement officials, helping to prosecute these crimes.
Right wing groups are deluging senators with misinformation like pastors couldn\’t preach the Bible if this bill passes. That is a lie.
This bill comes nearly exactly nine years after the murder of Matthew Shepherd, a 17 year old student at the University of Wyoming.
Please take a few moments and call your senator. You can call any senator, asking the operator to direct your call to your senator\’s office by calling: 202.224 3121.
Please call tomorrow morning, Thursday morning, as the bill will come to a vote tomorrow.\”