Companies being asked to sign letter to TN governor urging veto

We’ve learned that a letter is being circulated among the thirteen companies we’ve been targeting for their role in passing legislation repealing Nashville’s gay and trans civil rights ordinance. The letter urges Tennessee’s governor to veto the legislation (the legislation must be signed or vetoed in the next few days). At least one company has already signed the letter and is urging the rest to join it.

This raises the stakes significantly for the companies involved in this growing scandal. It’s bad enough that nine of the companies have refused to even issue statements about this matter, but if one of the companies is willing to sign a letter to the governor, and the others refuse its request to join them, that will send a signal to our community that those companies think we simply didn’t matter, and that they just weren’t sufficiently interested in resolving this problem.  They have an opportunity to make things better, to prove they aren’t anti-gay and anti-trans, to prove they never wanted this to happen.  Will they take it?

We’ll be targeting specific companies shortly, providing you with contact information.

The companies we’re targeting are: Nissan, FedEx, AT&T;, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare.

If you haven’t already, please sign our open letter to these companies, putting them on notice that they need to work towards a veto, now.  And we’ve just posted a new Facebook action page about this campaign.  Please “like” it and send it to your friends.  Thanks.

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