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Oct. 5th, 2010

witch caldron

discipuladc

Druids in the news

Druids recognized a religious institution:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11457795

Apr. 13th, 2010

Rainbow dog

jeanne_d_arc

ENDA

It's Do-or-Die Time for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Whip Count Now Under Way. Call your Rep right now at 202-224-3121 (if you don't live in DC) to demand an inclusive ENDA with gender identity protections. If passed with gender identity included, the law will protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination.

Nov. 19th, 2009

Rainbow dog

jeanne_d_arc

Call Congress TODAY about ENDA

The fate of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will be decided by YOU!

TODAY & TOMORROW CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE!

The bill should be moving in the House shortly after Thanksgiving, but it’s critical that our elected officials hear from us TODAY to ensure that all LGBT people are protected from workplace discrimination once and for all.

Just follow these three steps:
1) Call the Capital Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask to speak to your representative. (If you’re not sure who your representative is, simply give the operator your zip code and they will connect you.)

2) Follow this script:

My name is _____ and I’m a proud FAITH VOICE in (your city, state). As a (your faith/spiritual identity) I am calling in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017) to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from job discrimination. No one should have to fear losing their job simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Please pass ENDA THIS year. Thank you for your time.

3) Go back to step 1 and call at least one of your senators — we need to make our voice for equality as loud as possible.

Nov. 9th, 2009

scribbling woman

discipuladc

B&BW replied to my note.

Case # 2234367



Dear Shannon,

Thank you for your concern. We can assure you that Limited Brands has a strict policy regarding discrimination. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. We are unable to comment on pending litigation.

If we can be of any further assistance, please reply to this email or contact us at 1-800-395-1001, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.


Sincerely,

Lisa Baird

Lisa Baird
Customer Relations

Oct. 29th, 2009

scribbling woman

discipuladc

Pagan in-fighting

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/10/grand_ol_pagan.php?page=1

The article is largely politics, but around page 3 it gets fun when an Odinist claims that Wiccans made up the link between Odinism and racism and a Wiccan claims that Odinists aren't Pagan because they lack faith in a higher power . . .

So, how about a discussion on Pagan infighting? I understand that human nature leads to a lot of so called cattiness, especially amongst the Special Snowflakes. But have we achieved a secure enough place to start insulting each other in front of the press? Even if we have (and I don't feel that we have, obviously) is that really appropriate? It strikes me as a violation of both enlightened self interest and common courtesy.

So what do you think is behind it?

Oct. 26th, 2009

Rainbow dog

jeanne_d_arc

Contact Senate for Women's Rights

Four years ago, Jamie Leigh Jones was drugged and gang-raped, vaginally and anally, while working for defense contractor KBR (a subsidiary of Halliburton at the time) in Iraq. She then was locked in a shipping container without food, water or medical treatment in an attempt to keep the story quiet. She was unable to sue KBR for sex discrimination in open court because KBR was one of many companies with government contracts that require employees to sign individual contracts barring lawsuits and forcing mandatory binding arbitration, where the company almost always wins.

Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) amendment to a defense appropriations bill pending in Congress restores women's rights to jury trials when employed by a company with a government contract. This amendment is in jeopardy, thanks to the lobbying of Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Daniel Inouye (D -Hawaii) by deep-pocketed defense contractors.

Take action NOW!

Please take time now to call the Appropriations Committee office to demand that Sen. Inouye keep the Franken Amendment in the defense appropriations bill.

Your Message

Please call the office of the Defense Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee NOW before it's too late. The staff member who is handling this issue is Nicole DiResta, and her direct line is 202-224-3506. Make sure to leave a message if you reach voice mail. If Ms. DiResta's voice mail fills up, the main number is 202-224-6688.

Please note: Sen. Inouye's name is pronounced "In-uh-way."

Sample talking points for your call:

I am calling because I am a supporter of equal rights for women, including the right to be free from violence and to seek justice through the courts.

I am concerned that Senator Al Franken's amendment to the defense appropriations bill may be taken out or watered down. Right now, government contractors are denying workers the right to sue in public court if they are sexually assaulted while on the job. This amendment restores that right.

Jamie Leigh Jones' story demonstrates what happens to women when they are denied worker's rights. Jones worked for defense contractor KBR in Iraq, where she reportedly was drugged and gang-raped by her male co-workers. In an attempt to cover up the activities of its employees, KBR had Jones locked in a shipping container without food, water or medical treatment. When Jones tried to sue KBR, she was told that due to a clause in her contract she was only allowed private arbitration, with no public transcript of the proceedings. Therefore, no judge or jury would ever hear her case.

I am shocked by media reports that claim Appropriations Chair Senator Inouye is planning to water down or eliminate this critically important amendment. Please tell Senator Inouye to stand up to big defense contractors who want to change this bill so that they can continue to avoid responsibility for the violation of women's rights.

Tell Sen. Inouye: You voted for this amendment because you know it's right. Please don't take it out of the bill. Women are counting on you. Thank you for your time.

Oct. 5th, 2009

scribbling woman

discipuladc

religious discrimmination in the work place when the method of adherence is a logistical concern

Note: The composition on this post is odd because it is copy & pasted from a longer post that I made about something else on my personal LJ.

Recently, a friend on another social networking site posted a link to a news story about Abercrombie & Fitch declining to hire a woman, apparently because her hijab violated their "look policy." Now, I'm sure that we all agree that religious discrimination is a very bad thing, but my sister, Jess, and I pointed out in the comments that there are a few factors that may affect the legal case:

Jess wondered if it was just the hijab that violated the look policy or if it was a case of her overall clothing choices being too conservative to fulfill the job function of promoting the brand.

I pointed out that in some jobs, there are multiple job functions listed that may affect the hiring requirements. For example, Hooters hires waitstaff that are also listed as entertainers, so they are "casting" as much as "hiring" which allows them to select candidates based on appearance as much as wait staff experience. If the cashier position at A&F is listed as a modeling position as well as a sales position, it would allow them to turn away candidates that not only cannot wear the required clothing, but also those that do not fit their style in terms of physical appearance.

So, I open the floor to discussion about religious discrimmination in the work place, not because of the beliefs themselves, but because the method of adherence to them is a logistical concern. For example, I'm sure that people that keep kosher must have to consider those beliefs when considering working in food service, and taking off work for less common holidays must be difficult in some work places.

Sep. 8th, 2009

scribbling woman

discipuladc

They don't want Pagan money.

Some topics came up after a recent Wild Hunt article that I thought would make for a good discussion.

Here is the link to the article, in brief, many shops in a town closed down for a day when a Pagan group came to town for a festival because they didn't want money that wasn't sanctioned by God. One woman described her attitude in a way that made it clear that she didn't want any non-Christians shopping at her store.
http://syndicated.livejournal.com/the_wildhunt/603192.html?view=214840#t214840

In the comments, a few key points were made:

Does this woman actually screen all of her customers' religions? What would she do if she came face to face with a Pagan customer? How would she react to a different religion, but one that is probably more well understood, such as a Jewish event in the area or a Jewish customer?

How would these shop-keepers react to discovering that some of their existing regular customers are Pagan or otherwise non-Christian.

Do we really want to financially support bigots anyway?

It rather makes want to wear obvious Pagan (& other small demographic) paraphernalia whenever I shop, to create positive associations and to know where I should avoid shopping.

Sep. 1st, 2009

scribbling woman

discipuladc

Texas prison discrimminates against Wiccan?

Does anyone have any other info on this?

I can certainly imagine a Texas prison refusing to respect this guy's beliefs, but I can also imagine some idiot insisting that he needs a sword and fire for ritual whilest in prison.

http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=341587

Jun. 9th, 2009

Rainbow dog

jeanne_d_arc

LGBT Events in Michigan

LGBT People with Disabilities Pride Picnic
The first one (that we know of) in Washtenaw County, Michigan will take place Sunday, June 14 from 1:30 to 3 pm in the picnic shelter of County Farm Park. The entrance is on Platt Rd, just south of Washtenaw Ave in Ann Arbor. The picnic shelter is near the playground. Families, including dogs, are welcome!

Working Together Forum
LGBT people and allies are welcome to this grassroots discussion about where our movement for equality should go and what strategy we should use. The meeting takes place Monday, June 15 from 7 to 9 pm at the Ypsilanti Public Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. This is the first of a series of such forums around the state.

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