Like it was for many of you, yesterday was disappointing for me. I had hoped that lawmakers would move on the public accommodations nondiscrimination legislation, and when they didn’t, I was sad and frustrated. We all know how important this bill is to our community. And not only did our legislation get held up this week – other important bills are still waiting to be heard, including legislation on racial profiling, women’s rights, and criminal justice reform.
But today, I woke up with renewed hope. We are still in this, and we are here to win. Although lawmakers did not take up our bill, there is amazing momentum in the State House. And I believe this momentum will propel us into 2016.
The House Speaker, Representative DeLeo, has come out in support for the first time since we began this campaign. His support, coupled with the support of Senate President Rosenberg, means that State House leadership is unified behind us. And just yesterday the State House Black and Latino Caucus released a statement of support.
Let me be clear – this campaign is not over. We’re at a halftime; a chance to regroup, strengthen our campaign. But we need your help. Throughout December, we ask that you keep calling your legislators, and work to get meetings in their districts. Keep up the pressure, so that when they come back from recess, legislators know that the time is now. We need your help, and together we can continue this fight!
Mason J. Dunn