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Equality Pennsylvania Joins Fellow Civil Rights Leaders in Town Hall Meeting

Last night in Philadelphia, a town hall meeting brought together civil rights leaders from across the Commonwealth. Equality Pennsylvania was there to proudly represent the LGBT community, as our President, Adrian Shanker, joined a panel of labor leaders, legislators, and other civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King III.

image (2)This event was held to mobilize Pennsylvanians for the upcoming 50th Anniversary March on Washington. The March will be held on August 24th, as part of a national campaign to “realize the dream” — commemorating the past, but also continuing the legacy of marching and fighting for civil rights

At the meeting, we were able to discuss issues related to nondiscrimination and marriage equality as a part of the larger civil rights conversation. The march 50 years ago was one for jobs and freedom, and for LGBT Pennsylvanians today, we still need the right to work without discrimination and the freedom to marry the person we love.

EQPA President Adrian Shanker shared these words at the event:

“A lesson we can learn from 50 years ago is that winning a big victory, like the Civil Rights Act, didn’t create full racial equality in America. We know that winning marriage equality, which we will very soon, will not bring about full equality for LGBT Americans.

What will happen, though, is the same thing that happened 50 years ago — we will lose the momentum we need to continue the fight for equal workplaces, fair housing, safe schools, culturally competent care for LGBT senior citizens, and family recognition. But we can’t afford to lose the momentum because we won’t be fully equal just by winning on one issue.”

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Here at Equality Pennsylvania, we are proud to be part of the conversation about the broader civil rights agenda. We believe we have much work left to do — not just to achieve equality for LGBT people but to achieve equality for all.

We strongly encourage our members to attend the March on Washington, to unite with our brothers and sisters in the fight for civil rights.


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