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Jackpine Needles
Posted by Jackpine Radical in General Discussion
Wed Nov 30th 2011, 04:49 PM
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=20f706...


Jackpine,

Right now, diversity in the U.S. House is going the way of the dodo bird.

With Barney Frank retiring and Tammy Baldwin running for Senate, the LGBT caucus in Congress will be cut in half - down to two. The same level of representation we had in 1998.

For those of us who have been working in the equality movement all these years, we know we can't go back nearly 15 years.

In 1998 we had “don't ask don't tell,” there was no Matthew Shepard Act and gay marriage was illegal in every state in the union.

Since then I fought to pass the domestic partnership law in Wisconsin and expand health benefits to the same-sex partners of state and university employees. And I know from those fights that we can't move forward without a seat at the table.

Now the American Prospect, The Blade, Gay Politics and LGBTQ Nation are all pointing to me as one of the few viable gay candidates running to keep our seat at the table. Can you contribute $25, $50 or $100 today to keep this momentum building?

Both the LGBT community and its allies have worked hard for every step toward equality we've taken.

Two out members of Congress is less than half of one percent. This is not representative of the diversity of this Country and it's not enough to defend our values. Please contribute $25, $50 or $100 for me to continue that fight.

Thank you,

Mark Pocan
State Representative

P.S. Don't let our progress get rolled back. Please contribute what you can today.
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