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Defending Transgender Rights

Since 2016, Massachusetts law has protected transgender people from discrimination in public places such as stores, restaurants, medical offices, parks, and restrooms. Now, anti-transgender activists have placed a question on the November 2018 ballot to put this civil rights law to popular vote. A YES vote keeps the law in place. A NO vote repeals the law. The Union for Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center (RAC) is encouraging all Massachusetts Reform congregations to engage in defending civil rights for transgender people and all citizens. The RAC has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition, through the RAC’s Urgency of Now campaign (rac.org/urgency-now-initiative).

Save the Date: Forum October 3 at Temple Isaiah

Come learn more at a forum, Defending Transgender Rights, on Wednesday evening, October 3, at 7:30 pm at Temple Isaiah, organized by Tzedek Isaiah and co-sponsored with Temple Emunah. Our speakers will include Rabbi Perlman; a leader of Freedom for All Massachusetts (www.freedommassachusetts.org); and transgender people who will share personal stories. Check the weekly Email Digests for more details.

You Can Get Involved

Every other Wednesday, the Yes on 3 Campaign will host a phone bank in Lexington where volunteers have one-on-one conversations with voters about why nondiscrimination is so important and to debunk misleading anti-transgender attacks. Temple Isaiah will be hosting phone banking Wednesday evenings August 22 and September 5, starting at 6:00 pm with a full training (so everyone feels comfortable and prepared), makes calls in teams, and wraps up by 9:00 pm. While not every congregant may agree on “Vote Yes for 3,” if you wish to volunteer for phone banking (including at Temple Isaiah), you can sign up at www.freedommassachusetts.org/events/  or e-mail zachary@freedommassachusetts.org. There are also opportunities to canvass, share info at the Lexington Farmers Market, and more; contact LexPrideMA@gmail.com.

Any questions? Contact Sue Tafler.

Mon, August 20 2018 9 Elul 5778