December 08, 2005

Call Senator Kennedy

Call Senator Kennedy's office or write to him
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Ask to speak with a staffer regarding Senate Bill S.1145 and strongly request the bill be amended adding gender identity as a specific offense to the bill and also amend the Hate Crimes Statistics Act to require the crime data to be collected about gender and gender identity so that it is inclusive of transgender people.

Senate Bill S.1145
Title: A bill to provide Federal assistance to States and local jurisdictions to prosecute hate crimes.
Sponsor: Sen Kennedy, Edward M. [MA] (introduced 5/26/2005) Cosponsors (44)

- taken from the gendercrash message board

You can tell his office you are a transgender constituent or ally and not give your name if you prefer. It's probably most effective if you can give your name + address and show you're a voter and registered in MA. But every little bit counts.

I'm honestly surprised Senator Kennedy is not with us on this one. I mean, he usually seems to be good on progressive and civil rights stuff in general so maybe the nudge of these phone calls can help.

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